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Miniaturised quantum entanglement on a cubesat in space

Adam Oxford
Adam Oxford
2020-06-26

It’s either the title of a next James Bond film or a remarkable piece of physics designed by a group of scientists from Singapore, the UK and Australia. Good news – it’s the latter. This paper in Optica describes the process of throwing a tiny 2.5kg cubesat out of the International Space Station, and then using it to demonstrate quantum entanglement between particles on Earth and in orbit. Remarkable, and – the researchers speculate – possibly the future of encryption via quantum key distribution.

Adam Oxford
  • Adam Oxford is a freelance journalist, media consultant and civic tech enthusiast. He also works closely with startups developing solutions to access to justice problems.

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