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Physicists beaming with teleport success
Guardian.co.uk ^ | June 17, 2002 | Staff and agencies

Posted on 06/27/2002 9:50:33 AM PDT by Korth

A team of physicists in Australia have successfully teleported a laser beam of light from one spot to another in a split second, it emerged today.

The physicists, from the Australian National University, said they had managed to disembody a laser beam in one location and rebuild it in a different spot about one metre away in the blink of an eye.

Project leader Dr Ping Koy Lam said there was a close resemblance between what his team had achieved and the movement of people in the science fiction series Star Trek, but the reality of beaming human beings between locations was still light years off.

"In theory there is nothing stopping us from doing it but the complexity of the problem is so huge that no one is thinking seriously about it at the moment," Dr Lam told a news conference.

However, he said science was not too far from being able to teleport solid matter from one location to another.

"My prediction is...it will probably be done by someone in the next three to five years, that is the teleportation of a single atom," he said. Dr Lam, who has worked on teleporting since 1997, said humans posed a "near-impossible" task because we are made up of a huge number of atoms.

The ANU breakthrough now opens up enormous possibilities for future communications systems, such as quantum computers, over the next decade.

Physicists believe quantum computers could outperform classical computers with enormous memory and the ability to solve problems infinitely faster.

Teleportation became one of the hottest topics among physicists in quantum mechanics in 1993, after the US IBM lab provided theoretical underpinning for the work. Since then about 40 laboratories globally have been experimenting in this area.

Although teams in California and Denmark were the first to do preliminary work on teleportation, the ANU team, made up of scientists from Australia, Germany, France, China and New Zealand, was the first to achieve a successful trial with 100% reliability.

ANU team member Warwick Bowen said they first successfully teleported a laser beam in May and repeated the success several times in the ensuing weeks.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: australia; realscience; science; startrek; techindex; technology; transporter
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1 posted on 06/27/2002 9:50:33 AM PDT by Korth
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To: Korth
Bump. This is going to be an interesting century.
2 posted on 06/27/2002 9:54:16 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Korth
Beam me up.....
3 posted on 06/27/2002 9:54:35 AM PDT by EggsAckley
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To: Korth
I'm thinking this one might have lost a little in translation from scientific English to Journalese. How does one "transport" a stream of photons?
4 posted on 06/27/2002 9:55:14 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Beam ping. : )
5 posted on 06/27/2002 9:56:08 AM PDT by American Preservative
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To: Korth
Pretty sure there have been a couple threads already, including this particular story. We're looking for a more detailed account that has some science content.
6 posted on 06/27/2002 9:56:41 AM PDT by RightWhale
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To: Korth
OMG..
7 posted on 06/27/2002 9:56:55 AM PDT by Jhoffa_
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To: Korth
"My prediction is...it will probably be done by someone in the next three to five years, that is the teleportation of a single atom

I predict that the first thing to be teleported will be a Fosters!

8 posted on 06/27/2002 9:57:02 AM PDT by SirChas
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To: Korth
I understand that Jim Traficant has volunteered to be the first human subject.
9 posted on 06/27/2002 9:57:39 AM PDT by Illbay
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To: Korth
Guess I better dump my GM and Ford stock now! This is seriously cool!
10 posted on 06/27/2002 9:58:09 AM PDT by 6ppc
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To: Korth
Physicists believe quantum computers could outperform classical computers with enormous memory and the ability to solve problems infinitely faster.

And required minimum hardware for future versions of Microsoft Windows...

11 posted on 06/27/2002 10:00:01 AM PDT by DrDavid
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To: Billthedrill
Well, you PROVE transport by INTENTIONALLY introducing (and recording)random fluctuation in the beam. Then you do whatever you had to do (probably a quantum coupling effect) to "teleport" the beam, and record the fluctuations in the beam. . . Then compare the tapes. . . .
12 posted on 06/27/2002 10:00:34 AM PDT by Salgak
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To: Korth

13 posted on 06/27/2002 10:00:47 AM PDT by mhking
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To: EggsAckley
"you're outta here..."
14 posted on 06/27/2002 10:03:47 AM PDT by Yehuda
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To: Jhoffa_
People need to think about the implications of this..

You can't stop it, that's for sure.. So we should be the leaders. There is no room for playing catch-up when you are talking about the potential to make aircraft carriers and icbm's obsolete..

Think about the military potential alone..

OMG..

15 posted on 06/27/2002 10:06:44 AM PDT by Jhoffa_
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To: Jhoffa_
PS: If this is real it has the potential to re-balance (and unseat) the current military powers that exist all over the planet in time.

We definately should lead here.. Anything spent on R&D may be worth it in the long run..

16 posted on 06/27/2002 10:10:13 AM PDT by Jhoffa_
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To: Korth
How does this differ from what those researchers at NEC did?

They also had an experiment where a beam of light appeared to go faster than the SOL.

17 posted on 06/27/2002 10:11:09 AM PDT by Benrand
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To: DrDavid
And required minimum hardware for future versions of Microsoft Windows...

You must mean Microsoft Holograms (TM) featuring Holocons (TM).

18 posted on 06/27/2002 10:14:58 AM PDT by ZeitgeistSurfer
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To: Korth
This might just be a way for me to take care of my cat problem ;~)
19 posted on 06/27/2002 10:17:48 AM PDT by TADSLOS
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To: Jhoffa_
The details I've read require a receiver apparatus of some sort. If that wasn't the case, then you'd be right: Teleportation with no receiver required equates to a VERY short war. . .
20 posted on 06/27/2002 10:18:12 AM PDT by Salgak
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To: Salgak

We currently drop tanks from airplanes.

This is just like everything else. a big nothing.

Hardly worthy of notice, for now. But in time, if this is real it's got huge implications.

21 posted on 06/27/2002 10:20:29 AM PDT by Jhoffa_
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To: *tech_index; *RealScience
Bump list
22 posted on 06/27/2002 10:22:42 AM PDT by Free the USA
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To: ofMagog; Snow Bunny; Scuttlebutt; beowolf; Fred Mertz; razorback-bert; COB1; ...
This would indeed be useful to round up The Crew from shore leave in ports.
Would it work to beam them back from jail cells, do you think?
That would save the nuisance it is for me to deliver bail monies, and we thus could afford better vittles for Snow Bunny to prepare.

Fred again complains about SpamSpamSpamSpam and MORE Spam.
He also wants Cobby to devise a harness with rigid pole affixed to hold an umbrella over his head while he is on his water skis.

Razorback-bert resists the idea of getting rid of using some of the Spam in his fruitcakes.

End of Daily Report

23 posted on 06/27/2002 10:23:08 AM PDT by LadyX
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To: Salgak
Even if you would have to drop a receiver.

It would still have the potential to give new meaning to "Blitzkrieg"

I think we should research and lead here for sure..

24 posted on 06/27/2002 10:26:46 AM PDT by Jhoffa_
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To: Korth
Beam me up, Scotty
25 posted on 06/27/2002 10:28:37 AM PDT by slimer
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To: Billthedrill
I'm thinking this one might have lost a little in translation from scientific English to Journalese.

Yep. I stopped reading at this line :

but the reality of beaming human beings between locations was still light years off.

26 posted on 06/27/2002 10:29:29 AM PDT by dread78645
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To: Korth; newgeezer
Physicists beaming with teleport success

Good news for the scientifically clueless!

27 posted on 06/27/2002 10:31:27 AM PDT by biblewonk
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To: Benrand
I think the experiment you refer to was where they passed a laser through a chamber with some exotic gaseous conditions inside, and the laser emerged from the chamber before it fully entered ; thus, far exceeding light speed.

What is curious to me is the quantum computer reference. I may be mistaken, but I recall that quantum computers deal with using the mechanics of the atom and it's orbiting particles to emulate transistors, which would produce a much faster and smaller processor than anything we could produce with silicon. What the hell has that to do with teleportation? They are seperate areas of Quantum theory. Is this Guardian paper that was qouted one of the massively biased papers that honestreporting.com criticizes so much?

28 posted on 06/27/2002 10:31:55 AM PDT by Shryke
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To: Korth
Had a little trouble finding this thread using search for some reason:
Science fiction closer to fact

From an Australian paper.

29 posted on 06/27/2002 10:32:48 AM PDT by RightWhale
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To: Yehuda
"thank you....."
31 posted on 06/27/2002 10:35:23 AM PDT by EggsAckley
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To: Shryke
That is the same Guardian. I noticed that as well...raise your eyebrows at this rag.
32 posted on 06/27/2002 10:36:19 AM PDT by Benrand
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To: LadyX; Snow Bunny; Scuttlebutt; beowolf; Fred Mertz; razorback-bert; COB1; MistyCA
It would indeed help keep the crew together. Presently, it is like herding kittens to keep up with them. BTW, Fred traded 1243 cases of Spam for three cases of beer. I sent Scuttlebutt and Cobby to pick up the beer a week ago...
33 posted on 06/27/2002 10:37:36 AM PDT by ofMagog
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To: Yardstick
They've, the Aussies, have already split the beer atom.
34 posted on 06/27/2002 10:37:44 AM PDT by Dead Dog
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To: EggsAckley
you know, of course, I accidentally left off "/sarcasm off".
36 posted on 06/27/2002 10:42:18 AM PDT by Yehuda
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To: Korth
Leave it to those Australians..they throw away their rights, but they score high on the Star Trek achievment test!
37 posted on 06/27/2002 10:54:55 AM PDT by goodieD
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To: Illbay
I understand that Jim Traficant has volunteered to be the first human subject.

Mostly because he's interested in finding a way out of the slammer.

38 posted on 06/27/2002 10:55:24 AM PDT by Physicist
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To: Billthedrill
I'm thinking this one might have lost a little in translation from scientific English to Journalese.

It's so uncontaminated by actual physics that I can't meaningfully comment on it.

39 posted on 06/27/2002 11:00:29 AM PDT by Physicist
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To: ofMagog; LadyX; Snow Bunny
Maybe we can teleport the Spam back to the vessel, once this teleport process matures.
40 posted on 06/27/2002 11:01:10 AM PDT by Fred Mertz
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To: Physicist
uncontaminated by actual physics

This experiment ought to show up in a journal, Physics Today, for example. OTOH, several major advances in science have been reported from Australia. Bell Labs' Schoen, too, for that matter.

41 posted on 06/27/2002 11:07:51 AM PDT by RightWhale
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To: Korth
Hmm, transport a beam of light a meter away in the blink of an eye, eh? Sounds like something I could do with a flashlight! They'd better be prepared to show that this is for real, sounds a bit like the cold fusion thing of a few years ago.

However, I do believe that one day it will be done. Imagine the custom recliner you could order for Super Bowl CDXVI. It would have a transporter built into the seat, so you'd never have to get up to go to the bathroom, no matter how much beer you drank. Sort of a "transportapotty"!

42 posted on 06/27/2002 11:18:49 AM PDT by hunter112
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To: Fred Mertz; LadyX; Snow Bunny; COB1; Scuttlebutt; beowolf; razorback-bert; MistyCA
The Spam has sufficiently "matured."

You think we oughta send someone to check on Cobby and Scuttlebutt. They shudda been back with those cases of beer days ago. Any way we can teleport them?

43 posted on 06/27/2002 11:35:39 AM PDT by ofMagog
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To: All; biblewonk
"... but the reality of beaming human beings between locations was still light years off."

Yeah, ya gots to love it when someone tries to measure time in light years.

44 posted on 06/27/2002 11:37:16 AM PDT by newgeezer
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To: Korth
In an odd way, one might wonder if todays Sci-Fi is actually the futures Sci-Fact. One could also assume that if time machines in the future actually existed, what better way to pass on knowledge. Yes, one might wonder just that if one was inclined to. :)
45 posted on 06/27/2002 11:42:36 AM PDT by JustAnAmerican
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46 posted on 06/27/2002 11:47:21 AM PDT by GraniteStateConservative
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To: slimer
Very funny Scotty, now beam down my clothes.
47 posted on 06/27/2002 12:42:05 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: ofMagog; Fred Mertz; Snow Bunny; COB1; Scuttlebutt; beowolf; razorback-bert; MistyCA
OKAY - which one of you jokesters transported me into the middle of a Sumo wrestler match?!!

Wouldn't be so bad if Goliath had not tossed Tiny on top of me.

This is almost as bad as having the eight hammocks for crew members to sleep in one room - can't even tell which one is The Snorer, the sounds reverberating around the walls at warp speed.
Thank heaven for ear plugs...

48 posted on 06/27/2002 7:25:40 PM PDT by LadyX
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To: Korth
I'm wondering if this teleportation is faster than light. Anyone know?
49 posted on 06/27/2002 7:32:26 PM PDT by Brett66
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To: LadyX; ofMagog; Fred Mertz; Snow Bunny; COB1; Scuttlebutt; beowolf; razorback-bert; MistyCA
LOL.....hahahaha
50 posted on 06/27/2002 10:43:10 PM PDT by Snow Bunny
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