Dr Alexander Szameit and Dr Marco Ornigotti from the Institute of Applied Physics at the University of Jena said while it is not yet possible to teleport solids from location to location, they have devised a way to teleport their properties using a laser beam.
Dr Szameit said: "Within such a system spread across multiple locations, it is possible to transmit information from one location to another without any loss of time.”
Their study, published recently in Laser & Photonics Reviews, states that the duo performed quantum teleportation by encoding information in a certain polarisation direction and transmitted it into the shaper of a laser beam.
"This makes this kind of information transmission a highly interesting option in telecommunication for instance.”
The pair say that many technological advances were inspired by Star Trek, such as “Doors that open automatically, video telephony or flip phones – all things we have first seen on the starship USS Enterprise”.