It is not quite the “Beam me up Scotty” teleportation of Star Trek, but teams of scientists said Wednesday they had made properties jump from one atom to another without using any physical link.

Physicists in the United States and Austria for the first time have teleported “quantum states” between separate atoms.

The breakthrough may not yet make it possible for people to disappear and reappear somewhere else, like actors in a science fiction television show. But it could help lead to “quantum computing” technology that would make superfast computers.

Quantum states include physical properties such as energy, motion and magnetic field.

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