Teleporting people through space, as is done in Star Trek, is impossible by the laws of physics. Teleporting information is another matter, however, thanks to the extraordinary world of quantum mechanics. Researchers at TU Delft’s Kavli Institute of Nanoscience have succeeded in deterministically transferring the information contained in a quantum bit – the quantum analogue of a classical bit – to a different quantum bit 3 metres away, without the information having travelled through the intervening space: teleportation. The results are published online inScience, on Thursday 29 May.
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Unconditional quantum teleportation between distant solid-state qubits
W. Pfaff, B. Hensen, H. Bernien, S. B. van Dam, M. S. Blok, T. H. Taminiau, M. J. Tiggelman, R. N., Schouten, M. Markham, D. J. Twitchen, R. Hanson
Science, published online May 29, 2014.
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This animation shows schematically how to teleport the state of a spin between two distant locations.
In the short video below, Ronald Hanson explains several aspects of quantum teleportation, including a description of the experiment and the consequences of the expected results (at the time of filming the teleportation experiment was not yet performed).
English version, Dutch version
Two years ago we made a short movie to explain part of our experiment for a general audience, to compete in the FOM short movie challenge. We were one of three prize-winners! You can see our submission below: