Scientists at Australian National University say they've successfully teleported a laser beam, a breakthrough that could revolutionize IT.
The experiment exploited the quantum entanglement of photons, where two particles can be paired on a quantum level and forced to imitate each other even when separated by some distance. The researchers were thus able to encode a radio signal in a laser beam, disassemble the beam, and re-create an exact replica--with signal intact--about a yard away.
The discovery could help make encrypted communications impossible to eavesdrop on and may lead to faster optical communications networks
or even superpowered quantum computers. "The applications of teleportation for computers and communications over the next decade are very exciting," project leader Ping Koy Lam told The Australian newspaper.
But hang on to those frequent-flier miles: Scientists don't know how to teleport even an atom of solid matter, much less a person.
5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015As InformationWeek Government readers were busy firming up their fiscal year 2015 budgets, we asked them to rate more than 30 IT initiatives in terms of importance and current leadership focus. No surprise, among more than 30 options, security is No. 1. After that, things get less predictable.