Beam Me Up, Scotty: Star Trek's Vision Becomes Reality

Posted: Mar 7 2016, 7:06am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

Beam Me Up, Scotty: Star Trek's Vision Becomes Reality
Juniorprof. Dr Alexander Szameit (r.) and Dr Marco Ornigotti from University of Jena (Germany)with models of the USS Enterprise. The physicists have now for the first demonstrated in an experiment that the concept of teleportation does not only persist in the world of quantum particles, but also in our classical world. Credit: Jan-Peter Kasper/FSU
  • “Beam Me Up, Scotty” becomes a Fact in Real Life

Who could forget Star Trek’s “Beam me up, Scotty”. Well, it has become a fact in real life thanks to the ability to innovate shown by physicists.

Star Trek’s phrase “Beam me up, Scotty” became a classic example of science fiction and the human dream of teleportation. Today science fiction seems to have entered the realm of science fact.

The popular catchphrase has been demonstrated in reality by two physicists. To travel through the infinity of hyperspace and end up at a totally different place without any wastage of time may be far off but something pretty close has been demonstrated.

Physicists have been able to transport if not particles then their properties without any relay channels in between two widely separated areas.

The revolutionary concepts shown on television in the form of Star Trek with Captain Kirk and Mister Spock are one step closer to reality today.

Some of them are in fact present today. These include self-opening doors and video teleconferencing. The important question is regarding teleportation.

Electrons and photons are in a delocalized state so it is easy for them to travel extremely fast and even be present in two places at one and the same time.

The further you take this situation of multi-locality, the greater is the chances of these channels of communication and transportation to work for sub-elementary particles.

Quantum teleportation has been known to be a reality since the past few years. However, the latest evidence collected by the researchers shows that teleportation not only exists in the quantum world of quarks, muons and gluons but also in our more ordinary classical world.

A laser beam was employed in the experiment. The entanglement and codification took place via the transmitting of information through the laser light.

As everybody knows laser stands for “light amplification through the stimulated emission of radiation”. It is a form of hyper-focused and concentrated beam of light that can actually cut through steel and penetrate the most solid of objects via its sheer razor-sharp energy and pinpointing power.

Information was encoded using the laser light in one direction. It ended up in another place where there was another laser light. While not that great a distance was covered, the information was intact and not subject to any distortion.

Classical teleportation is not of the kind that was shown on the Star Trek series. Yet it comes close enough to be a source of wonderment for mankind.

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