It’s 10:20. You’ve been in class since 9:00am and now you need to run from the Art Library to Hall-Atwater before your 10:30 class. Oh, and it’s raining.
A) Sprint across College Row and nearly get hit two bikes, the mail buggy and a pickup truck on Church Street?
B) Take your sweet, careful, wet time and arrive late to the glare of your professor?
Physicists in Denmark have teleported information from light to matter bringing quantum communication and computing closer to reality.
Until now scientists have teleported similar objects such as light or single atoms over short distances from one spot to another in a split second.
But Professor Eugene Polzik and his team at the Niels Bohr Institute at Copenhagen University in Denmark have made a breakthrough by using both light and matter.
“It is one step further because for the first time it involves teleportation between light and matter, two different objects. One is the carrier of information and the other one is the storage medium,” Polzik explained in an interview on Wednesday.
The experiment involved for the first time a macroscopic atomic object containing thousands of billions of atoms. They also teleported the information a distance of half a meter but believe it can be extended further.