By Shannon Bohman
Image acquired from commons.wikipedia.org
Figure 1 This picture shows the physics building at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.
Netherland scientists of Delft University of Technology claimed to have proven quantum entanglement, the idea that if two particles’ spins are aligned, they can still influence each other at all times, no matter the distance between them.
Two diamonds, each containing single electrons, were placed 1.3 kilometers apart, a distance too large for information to travel via classical physics. Microwave lasers then shot those electrons so that their spins were aligned and measured. The electrons interacted instantaneously despite the distance, thereby confirming quantum mechanic’s role in the entanglement.
These findings not only dismissed loopholes to quantum theory, but also paved the way for the creation of a “quantum Internet.” Unlike today’s Internet, where information can be easily intercepted as it travels, a quantum Internet would be composed of a worldwide network of entangled particles that would be able to share encrypted messages instantaneously without interference from powerful supercomputers.
- Markoff, Sorry, Einstein. Quantum study suggests ‘spooky action’ is real. The New York Times (2015).