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Nature. 2008 Jun 19;453(7198):1023-30. doi: 10.1038/nature07127.

The quantum internet.

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Norman Bridge Laboratory of Physics 12-33, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91125, USA.


Quantum networks provide opportunities and challenges across a range of intellectual and technical frontiers, including quantum computation, communication and metrology. The realization of quantum networks composed of many nodes and channels requires new scientific capabilities for generating and characterizing quantum coherence and entanglement. Fundamental to this endeavour are quantum interconnects, which convert quantum states from one physical system to those of another in a reversible manner. Such quantum connectivity in networks can be achieved by the optical interactions of single photons and atoms, allowing the distribution of entanglement across the network and the teleportation of quantum states between nodes.


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