Physics & Astronomy Colloquium: Dr. Joseph Lykken, Fermilab


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Wormhole teleportation

Dr. Joseph Lykken
Fermilab Quantum Institute
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

A wormhole, as first described by Einstein and Rosen in 1935, is a shortcut between two points in space. In 2016 Gao, Jafferis, and Wall showed that wormholes can in principle be made traversable, while in 2013 Maldacena and Susskind proposed a holographic duality between traversable wormholes and quantum teleportation. Since quantum teleportation is a phenomenon that can be, and has been, created in the laboratory, this implied the exciting possibility of observing the dynamics of traversable wormholes in a laboratory setting. The first successful demonstration was performed in January 2022 using a Google Sycamore quantum processor, and is described in a recent paper in Nature. In this experiment the spatial degree of freedom “through the wormhole” has no relation to ordinary space in the lab; instead it is an emergent property of the dynamics of quantum entanglement. Future experiments along these lines can explore some of the most interesting questions of quantum gravity.

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