Take that, Heisenberg!
'Star Trek' teleporter nearer reality
June 17, 2002 Posted: 12:47 AM EDT (0447 GMT)
CANBERRA, Australia -- It's not quite "Star Trek" yet, but Australian university researchers in quantum optics say they have "teleported" a message in a laser beam using the same technology principles that enabled Scotty to beam up Captain Kirk.
What the team at the Australian National University have managed to achieve is to take apart an encrypted laser beam and simultaneously rebuild a replica one meter away.
Using a process called "quantum entanglement", the team effectively teleported a radio signal contained in the laser beam of light from one place to another.
Maybe a Heisenberg Compensator isn't needed after all...
The nature of information security with computers based upon this quantum event will change radically. Quantum information is impossible to tap.
Totally cool, Maynard...