Scientists ‘teleport’ atomic particles

US researchers have sent atoms through space without movement, which could mean faster data transfer in the computers of the future

Teleportation — “sending” atoms, or at least their properties, through space without any physical movement — is possible, according to scientists at the National Institute for Standards and Technologies.

In a paper published in the journal Nature, NIST scientists say they were able to transfer the quantum state, or list of active properties, of one beryllium atom to another. The quantum state describes such physical characteristics as energy, motion and magnetic field.