China Reaches New Milestone in Space-Based Quantum Communications

China Reaches New Milestone in Space-Based Quantum Communications
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Photo taken on Nov. 26, 2016 shows a satellite-to-earth link established between quantum satellite “Micius” and the quantum communication ground station in Xinglong, north China’s Hebei Province. Credit: The launch of the Chinese satellite Micius in 2016 could have been viewed as merely a single addition to the 2,700-odd instruments already orbiting Earth. But Micius, which is solely dedicated to quantum information science, arguably represents the nation’s lead in an emerging contest among great powers at the frontiers of physics. The brainchild of physicist Jian-Wei Pan of the University of Science and Technology of China, the satellite has helped […]

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