Thursday 20 January 2022

Delft University scientists ‘teleport’ information over three metres

Scientists at Delft University are claiming to have managed to ‘teleport’ information over a space of three metres, according to a report in scientific journal Science.

The researchers say computers were able to exchange information despite not being connected to each other in any way. In addition, information did not travel across the three metre space between them, broadcaster Nos reports on Friday.

In order to transport the information, the researchers used a phenomenon known as ‘entanglement’, which researcher Ronald Hanson describe as ‘possibly the weirdest and most intriguing consequence of the laws of quantum mechanics.’

The information which was transferred was stored on diamond quantum bits, which could eventually be used for developing quantum computers and quantum internet. The advantage of such a network is that information can be sent in total security and there is no way of eavesdropping.

The researchers plan to try to repeat the experiment this summer using a distance of 1,300 metres. However, Nos points out, the teleportation of objects such as people, remains impossible according to the laws of science.

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