In the early 1990s, scientists only speculated that teleportation using quantum physics could be possible.
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However, Chinese researchers have now teleported a photon from the Gobi desert to a satellite orbiting 500 kilometres above the earth. This was achieved through quantum entanglement, a process where two particles react as one with no physical connection between them, BBC reported.
Hooke Professor of Experimental Physics at Oxford University Ian Walmsley shared with the World At One how quantum entanglement works and how teleportation could be utilised.
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The satellite called Micius is a highly sensitive photo receiver capable of detecting the quantum states of single photons fired from the ground.
Micius was launched to allow scientists to test various technological building blocks for quantum feats including entanglement, cryptography, and teleportation, reported Business Insider.