A few years ago, thinking about teleportation was a utopia. In fact, with the evolution of technology, as we show you daily, there are certain things that are beginning to be viable, achievable, by the research behind and the willingness of scientists to make it happen.
In 2020, NASA achieves sustained quantum teleportation over long distances.
One step closer to the quantum Internet
It sounds like a lie, but the quantum Internet is a little closer to becoming a reality. This, due to a significant advance developed by NASA. In fact, the team of researchers includes minds from Caltech, the Department of Energy from Fermilab, AT&T, Harvard University, NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab and the University of Calgary.
As shared, the team was able to teleport qubits of photons. Furthermore, it managed to cross approximately 27 miles (about 43.4523 kilometers) of fiber optic cable.
Despite previous attempts, this novelty is distinguished by being the first time that teleportation of quantum information is possible over such a long distance.
So, the experiment was carried out using equipment compatible with the existing telecommunications infrastructure, as well as with emerging quantum technologies. In fact, if possible and according to the researchers, this attempt could be to unleash a realistic basis for a highly reliable quantum Internet.
Quantum teleportation could trigger a new age of communication
As published in PRX Quantum, scientists were able to send qubits - which work by replacing traditional bits with quantum bits - over approximately 27 miles of fiber optic cable.
In addition, the researchers had the opportunity to experiment with two separate networks, achieving a reliability of more than 90 percent. Furthermore, they claim that this event will trigger a new era of communication. This, if success is used to develop a quantum Internet service that could, in turn, revolutionize data storage and computing.
We are very excited to be able to move on to the next stage, using the know-how and technologies of this work to deploy quantum networks.
Revealed Panagiotis Spentzouris, head of the Quantum Science Program at Fermilab.
Although this quantum network teleportation was the result of hard work and persistence, long periods of research and development work are still ahead.