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What kind of materials can be teleported?

Asked by Sayd_Whater (439points) December 8th, 2010

About 15 years ago, I saw somewhere that it was possible to teleport golden particles.
They’ve showed the experiment and teletransport one golden particle, and once it is a metal, it was possible to reconstruct it from a box to other box through light.
Is this true?
What other kind of materials can you teleport?

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YoBob's avatar

If I recall, there is debate as to whether the particle that was reassembled in the second box was the actual gold particle from the first box or simply a copy.

cazzie's avatar

Ummm…. here is a more factual article about theory of teleportation and what has actually been teleported… (not gold, but a photon and it was a replica of the photon… not the photon itself because it no longer existed, only its replicant)

If you’re confusing this article perhaps where they talk about ‘gold electrons’ ......Which is confusing in itself, but perhaps electrons are easier to remove from a gold atom? (in regards to it’s ionisation energy because of the size of the atom itself, having 79 electrons)

Does this help?

Sayd_Whater's avatar

I find it quite interesting, perhaps it was the actual study I remeber, but….it’s hard to understand that if it is only a replica, how does the first one no longer exist?!?
I mean, are with talking about a a copy, or teleport?

Fyrius's avatar

Is there a physical difference between creating an indentical copy elsewhere and destroying the original, versus teleporting the original?
In either case a certain configuration of matter stops existing in one place and starts existing in the other… If it were teleported rather than broken down and then reconstructed, what would be different?

cazzie's avatar

It is in the method of the copying and transferring of the data that is being called teleportation.

‘If it were teleported rather than broken down and then reconstructed, what would be different?’ It’s in the definition, currently that being broken down and then a duplicate reconstructed IS teleportation as we currently know it.

cazzie's avatar

This has to do with quantum computing, by the way…. for more reading:

If I want to understand more of this… I’m going to have to do more reading on quantum mechanics, and I kind of gave up my reading about there. I like my atoms whole and functioning normally, thanks.. giggle

Sayd_Whater's avatar

If the ligth can teleport materia from a place to another – Like Lavoisier (mass cannot be created/destroyed, although it may be rearranged in space, and changed into different types of particles.) it makes sense…
but if can create endless replicas….well that’s like a copy machine, you’ll never print again the original, so what are we facing? the particles are exactly the same, althought they may be in a diferent order? Or not?

cazzie's avatar

Photons have no rest mass, so…. their energy is simply dispersed because they behave more like waves. One couldn’t make a light house by simply teleporting photons.

Hobbes's avatar

@Sayd_Whater – Does the copy actually degrade? How do they know that it’s a copy and not the original? Are they identical?

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Sayd_Whater's avatar

@hobbes I don’t know…But I wish I did…I find it quite disturbing because I don’t get how the light transports the particles or even if they are the same.

If we were talking about human beings… It’s seems impossible, but even if it was possible to put every single particle in the same order, at light speed, and I’ve seen people wake up after more than 30 secs in “death” I think that it would still the problem about life as a soul…

That’s why I thought that with metal we wouldn’t have that problem.

@FlutherPeeHole – How’s the data teleported by ligth? Is it like what computers do with electricity?

cazzie's avatar

What the NIST scientists have done isn’t to replicate the ion, but to simply transfer its ‘state’ to another without any physical bridge. They do this with a ‘trap’ and a laser light. They are not taking an entire atom of something and rebuilding it in another place.

They are not transferring particles or metal, but states of an ion. They are able to get one ion to behave like another one they have trapped and transferred the data from. Get it now?

It’s not matter, or mass they are teleporting.

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Fyrius's avatar

So is information the only thing that’s sent, and would it require new physical building materials to reconstruct anything on the other side?

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Dr_Dredd's avatar

@FlutherPeeHole and @Fyrius There was an interesting episode of The Outer Limits that covered this. The ethical implications of killing the duplicate when someone had been teleported.

YoBob's avatar

@Dr_Dredd I think there have been a couple of Star Trek episodes that touched on this topic as well.

Hobbes's avatar

I think it would be horrific to kill a duplicate, since neither would be less alive than the other.

cazzie's avatar

I thought this question was dealing in reality, not fiction. Hmmm….

Hobbes's avatar

Well, it’s an interesting thought experiment related to the original question.

klutzaroo's avatar

Wonka bars. ;)

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Sayd_Whater's avatar

Keeping it real…
There must be something that travels with light…somekind of particles, I just wish I knew what!
I mean… The sun light reaches earth, and I actually can feel the heat!
So is the ligth bringing heat or is heat bringing light?
What can possible be transported by light?

Fyrius's avatar

Aren’t the sun’s light and heat just two kinds of radiation? At any rate I’m pretty sure one doesn’t just piggy-back on the other to reach earth.

Sayd_Whater's avatar

But can radiation be used to transport something else?

Fyrius's avatar

Just information, I think.

What else did you have in mind? Stapling atoms to the radiation?

Sayd_Whater's avatar

I guess so…Or subatomic particles – or anything that may actually form materia.
Sun radiation reaches earth…And I actually can feel the sublight, the heat, the UV, and so on…
What I say is – If I can feel it is because there’s an energy bringing it to where I am, right?
Can I call radiation – energy, and… can I say that radiation travels at the same speed than light?
So is it possible to use radiation as an energy to somehow push somekind of other particles through space?

Fyrius's avatar

I think you’re confusing things.
Light, heat, UV, these are all forms of radiation. It’s not like the light radiates out from the sun and it takes heat with it; the heat is radiation too.
Think of your microwave. It bombards your piece of chicken with microwave radiation and the thing heats up. It’s the same for the sun’s radiation heating up the earth, and you.

It’s true that radiation is energy, and that radiation travels at the speed of light, since light is radiation. But the sun’s energy is the light and the heat and the UV radiation that it radiates.

Sayd_Whater's avatar

Yes I understand all that… But thanks anyway for clarify it =)
I also understand how silly this question may sound – But I just don’t get…

Why can’t we use that energy (radiation) to push somekind of particles, or subatomic particles? (Notice that i don’t mean to transport other kinds of radiation! I mean: using one or more kind of those radiation to push particles that may actually form materia.)

By the way – Can heat exist without light? Can UV exist without heat?

@Fyrius Sorry back there you said that radiation can be used to transport information?

Fyrius's avatar

[Belated disclaimer: I’m not really an expert on physics. I know some stuff, that’s all. I think most of this is from high school physics classes.]

I’ve never heard of radiation being able to transport particles. But since you basically just made it up (right?), I’m going to assume there’s no such thing. There’s no reason to believe there is.
I’m not saying it can’t exist, but it’s unlikely. There are so many more things that we can imagine than things that actually exist.

Sure, heat can exist without visible light. My central heating system keeps my room warm and still perfectly dark at night.
If you’d look at my radiator with infrared goggles, however, you’d possibly see infrared light. I’m not sure if all hot things emit infrared light, though. I’m not entirely clear on what exactly infrared light has to do with heat; whether there’s only a correlation or it’s actually the same thing.

UV is ultraviolet light, which is light with a wavelength just too short for us to see, in the same way that infrared is light with a wavelength just too long for us to see. In other words, UV is all the way on the other side of the visible spectrum from infrared light.
I’m not sure if UV can exist without heat. Maybe.

“Sorry back there you said that radiation can be used to transport information?”
Yes. This is how radios work. Radio stations transmit information to your radio, encoded in the radio waves’ frequency (FM) and amplitude (AM).
For that matter, you can also transmit information in morse code with a flashlight.

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