They’re an incredible group.”. A 2012 profile of Dr. Pan in Nature reported that he was in his early 30s when, in 2001, he set up China’s first laboratory for manipulating the quantum properties of photons. Union Budget 2020-21: Quantum computing gets funds, A new proposal for quantum entanglement between microorganisms. Down To Earth is a product of our commitment to make changes in the way we manage our environment, protect health and secure livelihoods and economic security for all. If you manipulate one of the photons, the other will be similarly affected at the very same moment. Again, none of the communication went through Micius. Launched in 2016, Micius has already produced a number of breakthroughs under its operating team led by Pan Jian-Wei, China’s “Father of Quantum”. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Named after the ancient Chinese philosopher also known as Mozi, Micius is the world’s first quantum communications satellite and has, for several years, been at the forefront of quantum encryption. © Copyright Down To Earth 2020. A new paper from Pan Jia-Wei’s lab published in Nature shows that Micius has again successfully brought entanglement-based quantum cryptography to its original ground stations 1,200 km apart. The launch of Micius and the records set by the scientists and engineers building quantum communication systems with its help have been compared to the effect Sputnik had on the space race in the 20th century. The launch of Micius and the records set by the scientists and engineers building quantum communication systems with its help have been compared to the effect Sputnik had on the space race in the 20th century. Our aim is to bring you news, perspectives and knowledge to prepare you to change the world. We believe information is a powerful driver for the new tomorrow. We are a voice to you; you have been a support to us. In the middle of the night, invisible to anyone but special telescopes in two Chinese observatories, satellite Micius sends particles of light to Earth to establish the world’s most secure communication link. Dr. Earl estimated that matching China’s quantum accomplishments in orbit will take the unclassified parts of the United States program another three years “and maybe longer, which is pretty concerning. The satellite serves as the source of pairs of entangled photons, twinned light particles whose properties remain intertwined no matter how far apart they are. All rights reserved. Micius is the world’s first quantum communications satellite and has been at the forefront of quantum encryption. NASA has drawn up plans to rival the Chinese advance. In fact it’s a high-flying battlefield rife with jamming, snooping, blinding, spoofing, hacking and hostility among the planet’s growing array of spacecraft and space powers. But both ground stations had to talk to and trust Micius as part of their communication systems and use it as a relay before establishing a link with each other. Any country could theoretically trust Micius to provide entangled photons to secure its communications. Connect with friends faster than ever with the new Facebook app. “It’s the scaling of the technology that makes this so important. Named after the ancient Chinese philosopher also known as Mozi, Micius is the world’s first quantum communications satellite and has, for several years, been at the forefront of quantum encryption. Traditional communications satellites used radio waves to send signals. It is this property that lies in the heart of the most secure forms of quantum cryptography, the entanglement-based quantum key distribution. None of the communication went through Micius. Will you take salary cut for it? Researchers enlisted quantum physics to send a “secret key” for encrypting and decrypting messages between two stations 700 miles apart. What you need to know about the video home-security device, Covid-positive Rajasthan health minister goes on hospital jaywalk, Vishal and Arya's upcoming action thriller with Anand Shankar is titled Enemy, Mourinho praises Tottenham 'kids' as Scarlett becomes club's youngest ever player, ECLGS 2.0: Principal to be paid in 48 installments post 1-yr moratorium, 5 Common Pushup Mistakes to Avoid in Your Workouts, Want work from home permanently? Micius has previously produced entangled photons and delivered them to two ground stations (observatories) 1,200 kilometres apart via special telescopes. In a similar way, the quantum race has political and military implications that are hard to ignore. However, the news of a successful long-distance quantum communications link is a sign that we are already living in a new era of communication security. Image credit: Jurik Peter/Shutterstock.