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The experimental work of Bennett et al. (1993) followed by the theoretical and experimental work of
others (Vaidman, 1994; Kwiat et al., 1995; Braunstein, 1996; Braunstein and Kimble, 1998; Pan et al.,
1998; Stenholm and Bardroff, 1998; Zubairy, 1998; Vaidman and Yoran, 1999; Kwiat et al., 1999) made
the breakthrough that was necessary to demonstrate the principle of quantum teleportation in practice. It
was a remarkable technical breakthrough that settled, once and for all, the nagging question of whether
quantum entanglement could be used to implement a teleportation process to transfer information
between remotely distant quantum systems non-causally (i.e., at FTL speed). It is easy to describe how
quantum teleportation works in greater detail. Figure 6 compares conventional facsimile transmission
with the quantum teleportation process seen in Figure 7. In a conventional facsimile transmission the
original document is scanned, extracting partial information about it, but it remains more or less intact
after the scanning process. The scanned information is then sent to the receiving station, where it is
imprinted on new paper to produce an approximate copy of the original. In quantum teleportation (Figure
7) one scans out part of the information from object A (the original), which one wants to teleport, while
causing the remaining, unscanned, part of the information in A to pass, via EPR entanglement, into
another object C which has never been in contact with A. Two objects B and C are prepared and brought
into contact (i.e., entangled), and then separated. Object B is taken to the sending station, while object C
is taken to the receiving station. At the sending station object B is scanned together with the original
object A, yielding some information and totally disrupting the states of A and B. This scanned
information is sent to the receiving station, where it is used to select one of several treatments to be
applied to object C, thereby putting C into an exact replica of the former state of A. Object A itself is no
longer in its original initial state, having been completely disrupted by the scanning process. The process
just described is teleportation and not replication, and one should not confuse the two. There is a subtle,
unscannable kind of information that, unlike ordinary information or material, can be delivered via EPR
correlations/entanglement, such that it cannot by itself deliver a meaningful and controllable message.
But quantum teleportation delivers exactly that part of the information in an object that is too delicate to
be scanned out and delivered by conventional methods.

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