Quantum entanglement is a very intriguing notion in physics. This phenomenon allows a particle, long distance apart, to influence the state of another ‘paired’ particle without apparently using any medium. Chinese scientists have now used this phenomenon to try and transmit data across large distances.
In the recent past, we have reported that NASA is toying with the idea of an interplanetary internet system. This fresh break-through by Chinese scientists, taking quantum computing one step forward, may present itself as a more viable solution for such a venture.
The experiment was carried out by scientists at Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences in Anhui, China. During its course, the scientists took two quantum entangled particles. One was sent to a distant quantum memory node while the other was present at the lab. The scientists then altered the state of the photon in the lab and it directly affected the state of the distant photon.
This is a very exciting development for the world of quantum computing as well as those researching on faster modes of communication transmission. If indeed this progress can be translated into greater, more sophisticated system, it would mean that we can create the fastest data-transmission machines in the near future.
In the process, the data essentially ‘teleports’ from one place to another since the effect is simply resonated in the distance, without making use of any tangible medium. Nonetheless, the speed of this data will still be limited to the speed of light.
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