Chinese Scientists Teleport First Object Into Space

Teleportation.

We’ve seen it in sci-fi flicks and in many a cartoon. Most of us just think that moving from one place to another instantly, no matter how far the two points are, can never become real. But thanks to some Chinese scientists, teleportation is now indeed possible.

On 10th July 2017, China announced that they had made a breakthrough in this regard. They had finally succeeded in teleporting a photon (a tiny particle found in an atom) to Earth’s orbit and back.

The photon successfully traveled 310 miles. This was possible due to the phenomenon called ‘quantum entanglement’.

This isn’t the first time that the Chinese had succeeded in beaming things to and fro. In 2010, a team based in Shanghai, China had set the record of teleporting the photon for 60 miles. But this time they broke all the records.

What is quantum entanglement?

The phenomenon of Quantum entanglement occurs when two quantum objects, such as photons, come to life at exact same time and place, giving them an entwined existence and identity.

Theoretically, this entanglement has no limit on the distance it works at.  The changes made on one photon is directly proportional to the changes on the other photon even if both objects are existing in separate galaxies. When the second photon takes the identity of the first photon then essentially, teleportation has occurred.

How was it done?

The process used a quantum satellite which was named after an old Chinese philosopher, Micius. It was launched into the Sun-synchronous orbit by a group of Chinese scientists last year. Micius has the capability of detecting the quantum state of a single-photon which has a very advanced photon receiver.

This allowed the team to confirm that the teleportation has occurred. Entangled pairs of photons were created. One of them was then beamed up to the satellite from a station of high-altitude situated in Tibet.

After that, they inspected the photon on the ground and compared it to its pair in the orbit to verify that teleportation had taken place.

Why was it a crowning achievement this time?

The distance traveled by the photon was almost 5 times the distance it traveled the last time. Distance is not the only development this time round. It is the first object to be ever teleported into space. The photon not only traveled to space but also traveled back to earth making it an epic achievement and proving that “quantum entanglement” is possible.

The achievement is remarkable. It opens new gates for unhackable internet which can be built on quantum communications.  Nicolas Gisin, a physicist at the University of Geneva, said,

“This demonstrates that global quantum communication is possible and will be achieved in the near future.”

Via iDropNews


  • Abdul Mannan Nasir

    Simply WoW… Amazing efforts by Chinese scientist… We should learn from Chinese what were they once and now they are leaving their marks on new scientific achievement where once it was considered that beside Europe and America no one have the ability..

    • Will be launch in Pakistan Soon ! By the Help of China !

      • I am khan (IK)

        We will rule the science world post CPEC.

  • Nawaz Rajput

    China is coming back to it’s full glory. Reclaiming it’s position as a Middle Kingdom.
    This is the beginnings of an Asian century and China will be the leader of it.

    Kudos on this marvelous achievement by Chinese Scientists!

  • M Waseem Akhtar

    Quantum physics at its extreme. Believe me its most tough subject to understand. Marvelous achievement.

  • Zubair Saqi

    Although it was said that chinese are expert in making cheap copies of Europe America or Russian’s innovations. But this thing, both achieved by Chinese. Its amazing

    • Nawaz Rajput

      Actually, Ancient China has a number of inventions to feel proud of herself like paper making, movable-type printing, gunpowder and the compass etc when the West lived in Dark Ages and America was nowhere to be found.

  • Shan Ali

    photon (a tiny particle found in an atom)…. What is this non sense…
    Photon is a packet of energy, which is produced/absorbed when electron move from a higher to lower/lower to higher energy orbit in an atom.

    • Shan Ali

      further more photon can not be defined as a tiny particle if the writer had any sense of quantum physics.

      • 0rihim

        Exactly.

  • Rao Zahid Nisar

    What????
    Photon is NOT a particle in Atom!!!
    Common man!!!!
    It’s a tiny partcle of light…
    It’s simply stupid.
    ProPK pull up your socks boys!!!

    & so many time have I read “phase detection” in mobile camera reviews. Gentlemen let me kindly break it to you – it’s “Face Detection”. SIMPLE.

    Are the new guys just always beating about the bush with no knowledge or what? Kindly google the things if you don’t know them prior publishing.

    • Shahid Saleem

      Simple thing, their mistakes = more pageviews from outraged people like you. Even I noticed the photon this afternoon at the office and logged on tonight from home to post about it.

      More pageviews = more ad views.

    • But some phones do have phase detection autofocus.

    • I am khan (IK)

      Smarty pants, heard of PDAF. Phase detection auto focus.

  • Najeeb

    So we have to teleport ourself photon by photon?

    • FuriousNinja

      It is not about teleportation per se.

      It is more about creating a secure communications pathway which cant be hacked.

      Google this Chinese experiment then you can know why they are doing this.

  • AQ

    Natural teleportation of Photons happens daily. Can we be able to convert objects into photons and than reverse them into original object?…

  • Waqar

    “They had finally succeeded in teleporting a photon (a tiny particle found in an atom)”
    This article lost its credibility in first para.

    • Abdullah Safdar

      Wym?