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Quantum Teleportation Is A Reality Now, At Least For Data

Update Date: May 31, 2014 06:20 PM EDT
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Entire science community was pleasantly surprised when scientists this week reported a reliable way to teleport data. 

In a paper, scientists reported that they were able to reliably teleport information between two quantum bits separated by 3 meters (10 feet). 

The described method doesn't let you beam straight from your house to work but it is still really cool. 

The process involves transferring so-called quantum information from one place to another without moving the physical matter to which the information is attached. In this case the quantum information is what is known as the spin state of an electron. 

Researchers carried out the investigation by trapping electrons in diamonds, stored at extremely low temperatures. It results in qubits - units of quantum data that cane store multiple values at one time. Present day computer only allow two states - zero or one. 

The study in question also suggests that Albert Einstein may have made an error in his views on quantum entailment. Einstein is famous for saying that "physics should represent a reality in time and space, free from spooky actions at a distance."

This new research could be "a prime candidate for the realization of quantum networks for quantum communication and network-based quantum computing," researchers wrote in an article detailing their research.  

"There is a big race going on between five or six groups to prove Einstein wrong. There is one very big fish," Ronald Hanson, head of the research group at Delft University said in a statement.

The findings of the study has been detailed in the journal Science.  

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