Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Teleportation - Seriously.
For the first time ever information has been teleported between two separate atoms across a distance of a meter.
Teleportation, unlike any other communication, occurs when no information actually pass between points - that is it does not pass through a physical medium. Instead, the information disappears and reappears from point A to point B. It has occurred between other particles but none offers a means of holding and managing quantum information over long distances.
While the days of Star Trek are still a ways away, the discovery has promise for a quantum computer which could perform certain tasks (encryption-related calculations, searches of giant databases) much faster than conventional machines.