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Scientists Transfer Info Between Atoms (Star Trek Teleportation is REAL!)
Local 6 News ^ | 6-16-2004 | AP

Posted on 06/16/2004 1:54:18 PM PDT by vannrox

TED: 2:55 pm EDT June 16, 2004
UPDATED: 3:03 pm EDT June 16, 2004

In a step toward making ultra-powerful computers, scientists have transferred physical characteristics between atoms by using a phenomenon so bizarre that even Albert Einstein called it spooky.

Such "quantum teleportation" of characteristics had been demonstrated before between beams of light.

The work with atoms is "a landmark advance," H.J. Kimble of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., and S.J. van Enk of Bell Labs in Murray Hill, N.J., declare in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature.

Two teams of scientists report similar results in that issue. One group was led by David J. Wineland of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colo., and the other by Rainer Blatt of the University of Innsbruck in Austria.

Teleportation between atoms could someday lie at the heart of powerful quantum computers, which are probably at least a decade away from development, Wineland said. Although his work moved information about atomic characteristics only a tiny fraction of an inch, that's in the ballpark for what would be needed inside a computer, he said.

His work involved transmitting characteristics between pairs of beryllium atoms, while the Austrian work used pairs of calcium atoms. Each atom's "quantum state," a complex combination of traits, was transmitted to its counterpart.

Key to the process was a phenomenon called entanglement, which Einstein derided as "spooky action at a distance" before experiments showed it was real.

Basically, researchers can use lab techniques to create a weird relationship between pairs of tiny particles. After that, the fate of one particle instantly affects the other; if one particle is made to take on a certain set of properties, the other immediately takes on identical or opposite properties, no matter how far away it is and without any apparent physical connection to the first particle.


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To: Junior

The "fidelity value" of the transport, according to the article, is about 75% with entanglement but 66% without entanglement. Thus you would be only 25% fly with the new setup.


21 posted on 06/16/2004 2:07:58 PM PDT by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch is der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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To: AntiGuv
some inexplicable communion with one another that operates outside our current conception of the physical universe.

This theory would be the Inexplicable Communion Theory. Careers are changing as we speak.

22 posted on 06/16/2004 2:08:53 PM PDT by RightWhale (Destroy the dark; restore the light)
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To: Prospero

Damn, you beat me to it...

1st LP " waiting for the electrician or someone like him"..

my favorite is "Dont crush that dwarf, hand me the pliers"..

these guys are probably all lefties, like everyone else out here.


23 posted on 06/16/2004 2:10:48 PM PDT by Chuzzlewit (music, music and more music)
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To: Chode

"Waiting for the electrician or someone like him". Wow. I can't believe anyone got that one. And that quick. Congrats. I've watched Tripping the Rift a couple of times and you know I think Chode's voice should have been Jason Alexander's (like Duckman).


24 posted on 06/16/2004 2:11:19 PM PDT by techcor
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To: Chode; techcor; Nick Danger
[Techcor:] "How can you be in two places at once when you're not anywhere at all". Line from a comedy sketch. Bet no one knows which one.

[Chode:] Is it from "waiting for the electrician or someone like him" or is it from "we're all bozo's on this bus???"

I don't recall, but we should ask Nick Danger, Third Eye!

25 posted on 06/16/2004 2:12:14 PM PDT by jennyp (http://crevo.bestmessageboard.com)
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To: vannrox

Brian Greene's The Fabric of the Cosmos, that I'm reading now, covers this well. Good book!


26 posted on 06/16/2004 2:12:25 PM PDT by Monty22
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To: vannrox
Star trek teleportation is quite a stretch. From everything I've read it would require computing power that may very well be out of reach forever.

It would require computing power that could know where ever atom in a body is and what it's doing at any given moment. It would also require that power to know where every atom is and what its doing at the target location. Then you have to be able to convert the matter to energy and back to matter.

I believed Carl Sagan called it the one Star Trek technology that is forever out of our reach.
27 posted on 06/16/2004 2:12:46 PM PDT by cripplecreek (you tell em i'm commin.... and hells commin with me.)
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To: vannrox

Call me when they get the 'Holodeck' and the '7 of 9 is your girlfriend' program working.


28 posted on 06/16/2004 2:15:01 PM PDT by spodefly (This post meets the minimum daily requirements for cynicism and irony.)
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To: Prospero
Actually, it was an album, not a sketch

You are correct, sir (or madam). This place is quicker than I thought. Eddie Murphy actually used one of their lines in a movie (Vampire in Brooklyn) which was "He's no fun. He fell right over." But I can't remember which album that was from.

29 posted on 06/16/2004 2:15:17 PM PDT by techcor
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To: Junior
I don't think this bears any relationship to Star Trek transporters.

Well, cut vannrox some slack. Declaring that "Ansible communication from Orson Scott Card's 'Ender's Game' and Usula K. LeGuin's 'The Left Hand of Darkness' is real!" might have been a bit obscure... :)

30 posted on 06/16/2004 2:15:17 PM PDT by TigerTale (From the streets of Tehran to the Gulf of Oman, let freedom ring.)
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To: Willie Green

Tea, Earl Grey, hot.


31 posted on 06/16/2004 2:16:15 PM PDT by Petronski (Ronald Reagan: 1015 electoral votes.)
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To: techcor

"Chrome fender dents, sneeze through window vents and a complete line of accessories designed with your mind, in mind"

"Nicky, Nicky, are you alright?
Yes
Then stop slapping me... ""

Good stuff. Thanks for reminding me...


32 posted on 06/16/2004 2:16:42 PM PDT by ProfoundMan (It's NOT a scandal, it's a WAR !!)
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To: AntiGuv

So how does this affect causality, if at all?


33 posted on 06/16/2004 2:17:36 PM PDT by B Knotts
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To: vannrox

Beam me out of prison.

34 posted on 06/16/2004 2:18:30 PM PDT by bmwcyle (<a href="http://www.johnkerry.com/" target="_blank">miserable failure)
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To: Petronski

I was thinking more along the lines of "Beer, Rolling Rock, Cold"


35 posted on 06/16/2004 2:19:27 PM PDT by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: jennyp
I don't recall, but we should ask Nick Danger, Third Eye!

Just remember- "Everything you know is wrong!"

36 posted on 06/16/2004 2:19:54 PM PDT by 7.63Broom (The Left- Poison for America's Soul)
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To: D_Idaho

Dang! You mean your soul will be owned by Big Brother Gates, and you'll have to get authorization to get to Heaven from one of yesterdays fry cooks?


37 posted on 06/16/2004 2:19:56 PM PDT by JoJo Gunn (Intellectuals exist only if you believe they do. )
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To: spodefly

Transporter psychosis. Is it real or just an excuse by liberals for antisocial behavior?


38 posted on 06/16/2004 2:20:46 PM PDT by Kirkwood
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To: vannrox

bump


39 posted on 06/16/2004 2:21:51 PM PDT by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: Willie Green

Okay, you've got me there, but hey, don't you have a keg on tap in your home?


40 posted on 06/16/2004 2:22:03 PM PDT by Petronski (Ronald Reagan: 1015 electoral votes.)
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