Quantum Entanglement And Faster Than Light Data Transmission

Over the past week there has been quite a buzz in the scientific community over a Dutch experiment reliably transmitting data instantly between two electrons via quantum entanglement. While many reports are sensationalizing the discovery, referring to it as a breakthrough in ‘teleportation’, there’s something almost as exciting as physical transportation already proven possible in the experiment: instant communication! While scientists have reached a 3-meter(or 10-foot) range with a 100% success rate, worldwide implementation would revolutionize communication. Instant text messages, infinitely scalable internet bandwidth, and sub-millisecond(or even sub-measurable) latency. Even now, our fastest long-distance communication efforts are too slow to be pushed any further. NASA, one of the foremost names in high-tech, has to wait 13-minutes to remotely issue a command to the Curiosity rover.

Entanglement Lab

TU Delft’s Entanglement Lab

So how does it work? In basic terms:

  • Two synthetic diamonds are produced to contain the soon-to-be entangled electrons and several Nitrogen atoms.
  • Data is encoded to be transmitted into the sending diamond’s Nitrogen atom.
  • The encoded data is manifested in alterations of the spin of the electron.
  • The receiver electron then shows the same exact manipulation in real time.
Quantum Entanglement Data Transmission

Quantum Entanglement Data Transmission — Graphic source: New York Times

Since the data technically does not travel through physical matter to reach the receiver, there’s no inherent risk of natural effects on the transmission itself. Data transmission through quantum entanglement could usher in a new era of computing without fear of disruption or as much dependence on redundancy. Electronic hardware itself would be restructured from the ground up, less resistors, less heat, and less restrictions on bandwidth across the board. Concern for network growth in isolated areas might also soon be a thing of the past, if researchers manage to create a reliable way for global reach of the transmission, there wouldn’t even be a need for cable installation or cell towers!

The experiments are being conducted at the Delft University of Technology in the Western Netherlands and lead by a Professor Ronald Hanson. According to TU Delft’s news board, Hanson plans to repeat the experiment in the upcoming months, but with a new distance goal of 1.3km(0.8mi) to prove beyond a doubt that Einstein was wrong in his rejection of quantum entanglement. 

  • Dilletante

    … Ansibles?

  • Robert Dinse

    Other intelligent species elsewhere in the universe may have already figured this out, and may be broadcasting a quantum beacon looking for a reply.

  • Greg H

    Imagine if enough information (via quantum entanglement) was reconstructed to produce a video image of the remote side where the paired particle resides. Maybe this particle even resides off planet, someday. Assuming this video image was transmitted instantaneously like the others tests have proved, one would be looking at a video image in the past, since the actual light itself hasn’t reached the observer. Interesting stuff.

    • BarleySinger

      You would not be looking at the past. Normally you are looking at the past when using list to measure what is there at a distance. This would subvert a lot of the time lag. However there would still be limits on the speed of the electronics and of course the speed at which a quantum state can be changed.

      Then again you also have to be careful how rapidly you look. If you do not stop observing for long enough, you could get this issue :


  • KentonF

    Several years ago when they said this would not be possible, I among many of us probably, didn’t accept that this was impossible. I’m glad to see my instincts were correct. Much is possible, all one needs is the knowledge to make it work.

  • 3dmike

    quantume entangment published and patented in 2000

    • Dana Gleason

      That’s not what this is about…

  • Eric Reiter

    It is not surprising that if you synchronize two systems with a laser that their states will be correlated. This business of making magical communication out of it is due to the probability interpretation of quantum mechanics. Simply put, the model goes as follows: a particle is emitted, a wave determines where the particle will show up, and that same particle that was emitted will then show up somewhere. What If I can do an experiment that shows that more than one particle shows up? a two-for-one result. That is exactly what I have done, and you can read all about that set of experiments I have perfected. It shows how quantum mechanics fails, there is no probability wave, the wave is real. Please see my website http://www.unquantum.net and my video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YHaWHwJHWo

  • AtomicZeppelinMan

    I have been absolutely obsessed with this news. This could lead to tech that compares to the Internet the way the Internet compares to the Gutenberg Press. And that is ignoring the possibility that such communication is superluminal. If that is true, all bets are off and Humanity’s relationship to the Cosmos will be forever altered.
    Either way, it brings me closer to my goal of have dozens of clones all connected to my original brain with Quantum Entangled Neurons. I don’t even care if the system is a Realtime Synergy or Periodic Updates.

  • Tony_Neville

    Sub 1ms ping time and zero lag between Battlefield players anywhere in the world. mmm…

  • Cretin

    well half of the interstellar problem has been solved communication now how do we travel ?

  • Karen Wilson

    I was led to believe that this wouldn’t be possible. But if it is, I would be so jazzed!

    • Ben Young

      So was this guy. You’re in good company!

    • Dana Gleason

      By whom???

  • Kofan

    And, so, Sub-Space communication was born lol