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Apr 13, 2012

Future Internets Will Be Powered by Quantum Particles

Like quantum physics? What about quantum computers? Or quantum computers in a diamond? Then you should know that researchers at the Max Planck Institute have appropriately devised a way to create a quantum network in which a photon is exchanged between two atoms. Future!

According to Time, the two atoms transmit the photon over a 60 meter fiber optic cable and is said to be the first to send, receive and store information without failure. More here.
Professor Ignacio Cirac, a director at MPQ, proposed the framework for the experiment. In his team's quantum network, individual rubidium atoms were lodged between two highly reflective mirrors placed less than a millimeter apart - a setup referred to as an "optical cavity." The team then fired a laser at one of the atoms, calibrated so as not to disturb it and instead cause it to emit a photon, which then traversed the 60-meter fiberoptic cable to be absorbed by the second atom, transferring the first atom's quantum information.

8 comments:

R said...

Amazing!

Adam said...

interesting future

Jim said...

Awesome news, wondering what the future holds.

SecondLifer said...

My quantum is out of sync, i keep missing the portals

Trolske said...

I always dreamed about quantum computers, even without knowing what it will do. It just sounds great.

YeamieWaffles said...

This is really cool news in my opinion. Improved internet would be great for me considering the issues I sometimes get over here, if Quantum is quicker then it's the way forward.

joshxpie said...

cool

Mute (horror) said...

WOW, super awesome, impressive.