Pure Fiction But We Wish It Was Real: Q is for Quantum Teleportation

Quantum teleportation sounds very cool but isn’t exactly what it sounds like. 

(Yeah, that’s a little sciency and I had to find this research just click on the links to find the real articles.) 

Based on science fiction teleportation is a technology that transports matter from one place to another through space. In real life quantum teleportation is more about sending communication signals. Quantum teleportation is limited to the transfer of information rather than matter itself. This is usually done with the help of quantum entanglement 

With Quantum energy teleportation it proposes that it may be possible to teleport energy by exploiting quantum energy fluctuations of an entangled vacuum state of a quantum field. 

So if it’s not actually teleportation of materials through space why do we care?

These are all a part of the study of quantum mechanics which is needed in order to get to  the kind of teleportation we want in real life.

I put this theory in one my stories but after reading all of this I realize how fantastical it actually is. The idea of breaking things down in such a way that a physical item can be transported through space and beyond walls is extremely complex. 

Doesn’t make it any less desirable, am I right?

On a starship this technology should be standard issue. However, I love that on Orville, they don’t have transporter technology. It makes for it’s own issues.

Do you think transporters are overused in science fiction? In your life, where would transporters be most appreciated?

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T.S. Valmond is the science fiction and young adult fantasy author of The Bolaji Kingdoms Series and The Verity Chronicles. As an award-winning poet, world traveler, and sign language interpreter she uses her experiences to fuel her stories. She’s a regular contributor to the website and founder of the Riders & Flyers group.