Chinese physicists have attained another milestone with another great leap forward in teleportation.
A team of scientists successfully broke all previous records by teleporting photons a distance of 62 miles. Their achievement is outlined in the paper “Teleporting Independent Qubits Through A 97 Km Free-Space Channel.” Juan Yin at the University of Science and Technology of China in Shanghai has confirmed that photons were teleported more than 60 miles across a large local lake.
While still a far cry from achieving a Star Trek type transporter teleporting matter (and humans) from one point to another, the achievement is noteworthy and has applications at several levels, among them encrypted communications.
Entangled particle communication has gigantic potential for the communications industry. All experts agree that while photons are good for transmitting information, encrypted messages would have to be carried on ions. Quantum ion waves can be encoded far easier than simple photons.
Communication using a quantum entanglement system would be instantaneous no matter the distance. Instead of transmitting information, the information would be teleported through a quantum wave from point of origin to the point of reception.
Sounds suspiciously like the “sub-space radio” that visionary Gene Roddenberry created for his Star Trek world.
Recently, another use for teleportation was suggested: teleporting DNA.
The 2008 co-recipient of the Nobel prize for Medicine, Luc Montagnier claims solid evidence exists that DNA transmits electromagnetic imprints of itself into distant cells and fluids. If true, teleportation is a natural process and can be mimicked to create even more advanced technologies including the transmission of matter.
At the time, Jeff Reimers, a theoretical chemist with the University of Sydney in Australia told New Scientist, “If the results are correct, these would be the most significant experiments performed in the past 90 years, demanding re-evaluation of the whole conceptual framework of modern chemistry.” Other scientists, however, are scorning the claim.
Actually, Reimers is understating the importance. If Montagnier’s results are valid, his experiments would prove to be the most significant ever done in both chemistry and biology, perhaps physics as well.
Back in 2010, the same Chinese scientists at Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale managed to teleport two objects ten miles from each other. They teleported the information to the Department of Modern Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, also located in Hefei.
Approximately 89 percent of the information was successfully transmitted.
The lead author of another study attempting to untangle entanglement is quantum physicist S. Jay Olson of Australia’s University of Queensland. In an interview with wired.com, Olson explained how particles can interact outside of time and space. “You can send your quantum state into the future without traversing the middle time.”
Olson believes quantum entanglement might cross the “time barrier.” Where that might lead is limited only by imagination.
The bottom line is the theory of quantum entanglement is true. Such mind-shattering proof holds the promise to open up a whole new world of super-science technology later in this century and the next and literally reshape the world.
Star Treks’ Enterprise Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott would approve.