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New Teleportation Technique Helps Physicists Understand the Universe

Posted by on Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Spoiler: this post is going to blow your mind.

Physicists have discovered real life teleportation. The newest development comes from a paper by Masahiro Hotta of Tohoku University in Japan. He's discovered how to teleport energy using the theory of Quantum Entanglement. Read his full paper here.

Physicists have already shown how to teleport quantum information — photons, ions, and atoms — but this new discovery of energy teleportation is exciting because it may help scientists unite the many theories we have for understanding the universe.

Theories such as quantum mechanics, general relativity, and special relativity don’t always match. Quantum mechanics predicts how the smallest materials behave — electrons, photons, and neutrons. Or rather, it predicts that we can’t predict how the smallest materials behave.

General relativity is a theory that describes how the biggest materials behave: planets. It describes how gravity works on a planetary scale.

Special relativity is somewhere in the middle.

So how does teleporting energy help unify these theories? According to MIT’s Technology Review, physicists share a growing sense that "the properties of the universe are best described not by the laws that govern matter but by the laws that govern information." The Tech Review claims this is true for the quantum world, and for the world of special relativity, but they aren’t sure about general relativity yet.

"Having a way to handle energy on the same footing may help draw these diverse strands together."

Finding a unifying theory for understanding the universe is something Einstein spent the last 30 years of his life searching for.

Today, string theorists have devoted themselves to that same quest. And they claim to have solved the mystery: the laws of the universe are unified if we picture everything as vibrating strings, so small that no microscope can see them. However, the problem is that this theory can’t be verified scientifically.

Energy teleportation, on the other hand, can.

The key concept is quantum entanglement. MIT’s Technology Review explains that teleportation involves measuring what happens to each entangled particle. You inject energy into the first particle, and it comes out the second particle. Even if they are galaxies apart the process is instantaneous. This is all possible because of quantum energy fluctuations. You inject the energy at one point, and then exploit the fluctuation at the other.

  Comments (1)

Readers! don’t be overenthusiastic. Just go to and see the comments of Hotta himself. As per him, this is just a quantum level phenomenon and the energy available beyond that level is so small that even communication isn’t possible. Next, the classical channel is an integral part of the system and “faster-than-light” communication is even THEORETICALLY NOT POSSIBLE.

Submitted by pranabjyoti on Saturday, November 12, 2011

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