Fictional becomes real. A team of Chinese scientists has been successful in teleporting an object a few hundred kilometers from the Earth into orbit.
Teleportation is a method of indirect relocation of objects, in which information about the object is transferred instead of the object itself and then the same object is created at the destination. Teleport is a device used for such transmission.
The Chinese sent a photon to the satellite Micius, which orbits the Gobi Desert at a distance of nearly 500 km.
In quantum physics, a photon is a designation for an elementary particle whose inner structure is unknown.
“They used the so-called quantum entanglement process to teleport, which occurs when two quantum objects, such as photons, are formed at the same time and point in space and thus share the same existence, “states Elite Readers Magazine.
This is not a complete novelty. The first experiment with quantum teleportation took place in 1997 at the University of Innsbruck, where photons of ultraviolet light were teleported. In 2004, atoms were quantitatively teleported for the first time. In 2002, a laser beam was teleported.
However, a team of Chinese scientists moved up teleportation to a higher level. Teleporting over such a long distance is considered a tremendous success. Quantum entanglement can be lost when photons are affected by matter in the atmosphere.
“This work establishes the first ground-to-satellite up link for faithful and ultra-long-distance quantum teleportation, an essential step towards global-scale quantum internet,” the team said in a statement published on MIT Technology Review.
This is not the first time that the originally unrealistic idea becomes a fact.
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