Friday, June 27, 2008

Space Station Could Beam Secret Quantum Codes by 2014

Now here's an up-to-the-minute latest from Scientific American on the future transmission/flow of information - as quantum entanglement from space....

FINAL FRONTIER? The International Space Station may carry the next generation of experiments to transmit secret quantum codes across larger distances than ever before—potentially between continents.

Researchers hope to send an experiment to the International Space Station (ISS) by the middle of the next decade that would pave the way for transcontinental transmission of secret messages encoded using the mysterious quantum property of entanglement. When two particles such as photons are born from the same event, they emerge entangled, meaning they can communicate instantaneously no matter how far apart they are. Transmitting entangled pairs of photons reliably is the backbone of so-called quantum key distribution—procedures for converting those pairs into potentially unbreakable codes. Quantum cryptography, as it is known, could appeal to banks, covert government agencies and the military, and was tested in a 2007 Swiss election.

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