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A Real-World Experiment in Chicago's Suburbs Achieves 'Quantum Entanglement' across a 52-Mile Fiber Network--an Important Step in Developing a National 'Quantum Internet'


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A REAL-WORLD EXPERIMENT NEAR CHICAGO HAS ACHIEVED "QUANTUM ENTANGLEMENT", ACROSS A 52-MILE FIBER-"LOOP" THAT RUNS ALONG ROADS AND THROUGH NEIGHBORHOODS IN THE CITY'S SOUTHWEST-SUBURBS.  THE "QUANTUM LOOP"--FUNDED BY THE "U-S DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY", AND SPEARHEADED BY BOTH "ARGONNE NATIONAL LABORATORY" AND THE "UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO"--HAS JUST RUN ITS FIRST SUCCESSFUL "ENTANGLEMENT"-EXPERIMENTS.  IT'S AMONG THE LONGEST LAND-BASED "QUANTUM NETWORKS" IN THE NATION--AND COULD BE A PRECURSOR FOR THE RECENTLY ANNOUNCED "QUANTUM INTERNET".  DOCTOR DAVID AWSCHALOM ["AH-SHAW-LOM"] HEADS THE PROJECT...

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IN THE 'QUANTUM WORLD', PARTICLES CAN BECOME 'ENTANGLED'--SHARING INFORMATION EVEN THOUGH THEY'RE IN VASTLY DIFFERENT LOCATIONS--A PHENOMENON OF NATURE [THAT] WE CAN USE TO TRANSFER INFORMATION, AND CREATE SECURE COMMUNICATIONS AND NETWORKS."

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY" UNDER-SECRETARY, PAUL DABBAR ["DUH-BAR"], SAYS THAT THIS COULD HAVE HUGE IMPLICATIONS FOR AMERICA'S FUTURE...

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MUCH LIKE THE CONTINUED IMPACT AND APPLICATIONS THAT RELY ON THE CURRENT INTERNET, A 'QUANTUM INTERNET' COULD HAVE [A] PROFOUND IMPACT ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY--AS WELL AS THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION'S ENERGY, BUSINESS, AND ECONOMY."

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WHILE "QUANTUM TECHNOLOGY" HOLDS A GREAT DEAL OF PROMISE, IT'S MOSTLY THEORETICAL RIGHT NOW.  THIS PROJECT, THOUGH, EXPANDS THE LABORATORY INTO THE GREATER CHICAGO-AREA.  PAUL KEARNS IS THE DIRECTOR OF "ARGONNE"
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AN EXCITING PART OF THIS EXPERIMENT IS THAT IT TAKES PLACE OUTSIDE OF THE LAB, AND MOVES INTO THE REAL WORLD--WHERE THERE ARE TEMPERATURE-CHANGES AND VIBRATIONS AND NOISE THAT CAN DISRUPT COMMUNICATIONS.  THIS WILL GIVE VALUABLE INSIGHTS INTO THE POSSIBILITY OF CREATING A NATIONAL 'QUANTUM INTERNET'."

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ARGONNE" PLANS TO SCALE THIS NETWORK--BY DEVELOPING A TWO-WAY "QUANTUM LINK", WITH NEARBY "FERMI NATIONAL ACCELERATOR LABORATORY".  SUCH A LINK COULD HELP LAY THE FOUNDATION FOR A LABORATORY-LED, CROSS-COUNTRY "QUANTUM INTERNET".  THIS EXPERIMENT IS THE LATEST FROM MEMBERS OF THE "CHICAGO QUANTUM EXCHANGE"--A NATIONAL LEADER IN "QUANTUM INFORMATION-SCIENCE".  TO LEARN MORE, VISIT "A-N-L"-DOT-GOV.



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