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A Small Quantum Leap
March 10, 2011
Northwestern University researchers have developed a new switching device that takes quantum communication to a new level. They can route quantum bits, or entangled particles of light, at very high speeds along a shared network of fiber-optic cable, without losing the entanglement information embedded in the quantum bits.
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