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Teleportación cuántica de tierra a satélite

En China lanzaron hace unos meses un satélite para comunicaciones cuánticas, hace unos días rompió el record de mayor distancia en entrelazamiento cuántico, iba a citar un fragmento del paper, pero me parecio muy interesante y creo que citaré casi todo:

Ground-to-satellite quantum teleportation

An arbitrary unknown quantum state cannot be precisely measured or perfectly replicated1. However, quantum teleportation allows faithful transfer of unknown quantum states from one object to another over long distance2, without physical travelling of the object itself. Long-distance teleportation has been recognized as a fundamental element in protocols such as large-scale quantum networks3,4 and distributed quantum computation5,6. However, the previous teleportation experiments between distant locations7-12 were limited to a distance on the order of 100 kilometers, due to photon loss in optical fibres or terrestrial free-space channels. An outstanding open challenge for a global-scale "quantum internet"13 is to significantly extend the range for teleportation. A promising solution to this problem is exploiting satellite platform and space-based link, which can conveniently connect two remote points on the Earth with greatly reduced channel loss because most of the photons' propagation path is in empty space. Here, we report the first quantum teleportation of independent single-photon qubits from a ground observatory to a low Earth orbit satellite -through an up-link channel- with a distance up to 1400km. To optimize the link efficiency and overcome the atmospheric turbulence in the up-link, a series of techniques are developed, including a compact ultra-bright source of multi-photon entanglement, narrow beam divergence, high-bandwidth and high-accuracy acquiring, pointing, and tracking (APT). We demonstrate successful quantum teleportation for six input states in mutually unbiased bases with an average fidelity of 0.80±0.01, well above the classical limit14. This work establishes the first ground-to-satellite up-link for faithful and ultra-long-distance quantum teleportation, an essential step toward global-scale quantum internet.

In our experiment, the quantum state to be teleported is the polarization of a single photon which can be written as: |χ1=α|H⟩1+β|V⟩1, where α and β are two unknown, complex numbers satisfying |α|2+|β|2=1. |H⟩ and |V⟩ denote the horizontal and vertical polarization states, respectively, and can be used to encode the basic logic |0⟩ and |1⟩ for a quantum bit (qubit). Such a single qubit is generated from an observatory ground station in Ngari (located at Tibet; latitude 32°38'43.07'' N, longitude 98°34'18.80'' E; altitude 5100 m), and aimed to be teleported to the Micius satellite that has been launched from China on 16th August 2016 to an altitude of 〜500km. The satellite flies along a sun-synchronous orbit, i.e., it passes over any given point of the planet's surface at the same local solar time (00:00 midnight).

Quantum teleportation 2 , proposed by Bennett et al., relies on using both a classical channel and a quantum channel -entanglement- that are shared between the two communicating parties, whom we called as Ngari and Micius. The entangled state of a pair of photons can be written as |φ+23=(|H⟩2|H⟩3+|V⟩2|V⟩3)/√2, one of the four maximally entangled two-qubit Bell states. Ngari performs a joint measurement on the to-be-teleported photon 1 and the photon 2 from the entangled pair, projecting them into one of the four Bell states. In the case that the Bell-state measurement (BSM) yields |φ+12, the photon 3 carries exactly the desired state. If another Bell state |φ-12=(|H⟩1|H⟩2+|V⟩1|V⟩2)/√2 is detected, then up to a unitary π phase shift in the data post-processing, the state of photon 3 is equivalent to the original state of the photon 1.

Experimentally, the realization of quantum teleportation of an independent single photon necessitates the simultaneous creation of two entangled photon pairs15 and high-visibility quantum interference between them7. The multi-photon coincidence count rate is several orders of magnitude lower compared to typical single- or two-photon experiments. Due to the complexity of the multi-photon set-up for space-scale quantum teleportation, we choose the uplink configuration (Fig. 1a) where the transmitter (Ngari) is placed in the ground station and the receiver (Micius) is in the satellite. To maximize the experiment count rate, we prepare compact and ultra-bright four-photon sources (see Fig. 1b for a schematic drawing). Ultraviolet femtosecond pulses (with a central wavelength of 390 nm, a pulse width of 160 fs, and a repetition rate of 80 MHz) from a mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser passes through two bismuth borate (BiBO) crystals to generate two pairs of photons. The first pair is generated via collinear SPDC where one of them is detected as a trigger to herald the presence of a single photon 1 (count rate 5.7x105/s), whose state is to be teleported. Using a half-wave plate (HWP) and a quarter-wave plate (QWP), the initial polarization state of the photon 1 can be arbitrarily prepared. The second BiBO crystal was aligned for non-collinear SPDC 16 and prepared in the frequency-uncorrelated polarization-entangled state |φ+23, with a count rate of 1x106/s and a fidelity of 0.933 measured on the ground (see Methods).

To realize the BSM, the photon 1 and 2 are then overlapped on a polarizing beam splitter (PBS), which transmit H and reflect V polarization. After the PBS, we select these events that each output detects one photon, which is possible only if the twophotons have the same polarization- |H⟩1|H⟩2 or |V⟩1|V⟩2 -thus projecting the wave function into a subspace of |φ±12=(|H⟩1|H⟩2+|V⟩1|V⟩2)/√2. Finally, by measuring the photons in the (|H⟩|V⟩)/√2 bases at the outputs of the PBS, we can distinguish |φ+12 and |φ-23 (ref. 17). After the BSM, the final four-photon count rate measured on the ground is 4080/s. To achieve a high stability, the four-photon interferometry system is integrated into a compact platform with a dimension of 460 mm u 510 mm u 100 mm and a weight of less than 20 kg (see Methods and Extended Data Fig. 2). The variation of the four-photon count rate is observed to be less than 10 % for a duration of two weeks when the setup is mounted in Ngari observatory station. Using the same pump laser, a second multi-photon module with the same design is built in sequence, which increases the four-photon count rate to 8210/s by multiplexing (see Methods).

Compared to our downlink experiment18, a significant challenge of the uplink channel in the present work is that the atmospheric turbulence occurs at the beginning of the transmission path, which causes beam wandering and broadening that increases the amount of spreading of the travelling beams. We design a transmitting telescope with narrow divergence, and develop a high-bandwidth and high-precision APT system to optimize the uplink efficiency. The multi-stage APT system consists of both coarse and fine tracking 〜3μrad (see Methods and Extended Data Fig. 4). The teleported single photons from a single-mode fibre are transmitted through a 130-mm-diameter off-axis reflecting telescope (Fig. 1c), and received by a300-mm-diameter telescope equipped in the satellite (Fig. 1d). The locally tested beam divergence angle of the transmitting antenna is 〜14 ±1μrad (see Extended Data Fig. 4c), measured with a long focal length collimator on the ground. The atmospheric seeing in Ngari is on the order of 5μrad. which will in principle increase the divergence angle to 〜15μrad. In our experiment, we couple the photons emitted from stars into a single-mode fibre, and measure the intensity distribution as a function of the fine-tracking scanning angle. The effective divergence angle estimated from the measured field of view (FOV) of the intensity distribution (see Extended Data Fig. 4d) is 22 ±3μrad, because many additional factors can make the scan result of the FOV larger, including the mismatch of the diffraction spot size and the fiber core radius, the altitude angle of star, the precision of the tracking, the changes in atmospheric environment. Finally, the beam divergence involving the fast-flying satellite is tested by sending an attenuated laser (〜20 billion photon per second) to the satellite, which is collected by the satellite by varying the fine-tracking angle. The obtained intensity pattern is elliptical with an equivalent divergence of 24-35μrad. Figure 2 shows a time-trace of channel attenuation measured during one orbit of the satellite passing through the Ngari station. The physical distance from the ground station and the satellite varies from a maximal of 1400km (at an altitude angle of 14.5°, the starting point of our measurement) to a minimal of 500 km (at the highest altitude angle of 76.0°, when the satellite passes through the ground station above the top), where the channel loss of the uplink is from 52dB to 41dB measured using a high-intensity reference laser.

After passing through the uplink, the teleported photon is detected by two fibre coupled silicon avalanche photodiodes (Fig. 1d). Before entering in orbit, the dark count rate of the detectors is 〜20Hz. As the detectors are exposed to radiation in the space environment, they are carefully shielded and cooled down to -50° to reduce the dark counts to less than 150Hz over a 3 month period. A 3-nm narrowband filter is placed before the detectors to block stray light from the reflection of the moonlight (maximal 〜350Hz at full moon). Further, time synchronization between the satellite and ground is employed (see Methods) to reliably extract four-photon coincidence counts within a time window of 3ns.

To demonstrate that the quantum teleportation is universal, we test six input states in mutually unbiased bases on the Bloch sphere: |H⟩1, |V⟩1, |+⟩1=(|H⟩1 + |V⟩1)/√2, |-⟩1=(|H⟩1 - |V⟩1)/√2|R⟩1=(|H⟩1 +i |V⟩1)/√2, and |L⟩1=(|H⟩1 -i |V⟩1)/√2. To evaluate the performance of the teleportation, we measure the teleported state fidelity F=Tr(ρ^|χ⟩⟨χ|), defined as the overlap of the ideal teleported state (|χ⟩) and the measured density matrix (ρ^). The teleported photon 3 is measured using a polarization analyser that comprises of a QWP, a HWP (both installed inside remotely controlled rotation mounts), and a PBS, followed by two single-photon detectors, which projects the photon 3 either to the ideal state |χ⟩ or its orthogonal state |χ⟩.

Conditioned on the ground detection of the trigger photon and the two-photon double click after the BSM, we register the photon counts of the teleported photon 3 using the two-channel polarization analyser on the satellite, and record the two sets of data. After applying 0 or π phase shift in the data post-processing, depending on therespective outcome state +12 or -12 of the BSM, the teleportation fidelity can be calculated by the ratio of the correct four-photon coincidence counts to the overall four-photon events. We obtain overall 911 four-photon counts in 32 orbits, each orbit taking 350 s for data collection. In the 32 different days, the orbits vary and thus as the shortest distances between the satellite to the ground station (see Extended Data Table II for a summary). For the set of the six input states, the teleportation state fidelities are summarized in Fig. 3, yielding an average F=0.80±0.01, sampling over the whole Bloch sphere. We note that all reported data are without background subtraction.

The main sources of fidelity error include double pair emission of SPDC (6%), partial photon distinguishability (10%), uplink polarization distortion (3%), and background dark count (4%). See Methods for a more detailed analysis. Despite the photon loss and environmental noise, the measured teleportation state fidelities are all well above 2/3 -the classical limit, defined as the optimal state-estimation fidelity on a single copy of a single qubit system 14 that one can reach with a classical strategy without sharing entanglement as a resource. These results conclusively confirm the quantum nature of teleportation of a single qubit.

In summary, our work has established the first ground-to-satellite uplink at ~500-1400 kilometre scale with 41-52dB loss, and accomplishes the faithful transfer of the superposition state of a single-photon qubit using the quantum teleportation. As acomparison, if one employs the same four-photon source and sends the teleported photon through an 1200-km telecommunication fibre with 0.2dB/km loss, it is straightforward to check that one would have to wait for 380 billion years (20 times the Universe's lifetime) to witness one event, assuming the detectors have absolutely no dark counts.

In the current work, the entangled photon source and the BSM are performed at the same location on the ground. A next step toward real network connections is to realize long-distance entanglement distribution prior to the BSM10-12. To this aim, one approach is to develop entangled-photon source with long coherence time (Tc) and to reduce the arrival time jitter (Tj) between independent photons such that Tc>Tj. Teleportation is not restricted to photons as in this work, but would also allow, for example, transferring the quantum state of a fast-flying single photon into a long-lived matter qubit as a quantum memory at a distance19-21. Teleportation of a subsystem of an entangled pair translates itself into the protocol of entanglement swapping22-25 where two remote particles can become entangled without direct interactions. Further, teleportation of quantum logic gates, a key element in distributed quantum computing schemes, is also possible assisted by shared multiparticle entangled states5,6. Given the rapid progress on long-live quantum memories26 and efficient light-matter interface27, more sophisticated space-scale teleportation can be realized and is expected to play a key role in the future distributed quantum internet.

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Teleportación cuántica de tierra a satélite
En China lanzaron hace unos meses un satélite para comunicaciones cuánticas, hace unos días rompió el record de mayor distancia en entrelazamiento cuántico.
Teleportación cuántica de tierra a satélite
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