Quantum Teleportation – Not Quite Star Trek – the Focus of Hampshire Prof’s Research

Three days before the government shutdown, Hampshire College physics professor Herb Bernstein learned that NASA was investing $1.2 million in one of his research projects. Bernstein and colleagues in Illinois will study practical uses of the theory of “quantum teleportation” – the same idea as Star Trek’s transporter, but for information, rather than people or things. Eventually, Bernstein hopes to test the theories on the International Space Station. Bernstein says that when he tries to describe quantum teleportation, he often starts by explaining what it’s not.