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The network features two all-purpose nodes that can send, receive and store quantum information, linked by a fiber-optic cable that carries it from one node to another on a single photon.
The network is only a prototype, but if it can be refined and scaled up, it could form the basis of communication channels for relaying quantum information.
Because each node can perform a variety of functions— sending, receiving or storing quantum information—a network based on atoms in optical cavities could be scaled up simply by connecting more all-purpose nodes.
Originally posted by Aleister
reply to post by YouAreLiedTo
This is one of those kind of threads which get missed because there aren't enough titles listed in the Recent Posts list on New Topics. It may be one of the most important science news items of the year, or at least the week. Or right now in any case! I've long been saying that the ultimate computer will consist of gas in a very tiny unbreakable glass container.