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Chinese scientist Pan Jianwei impresses the world
By:Wu Qiong  |  From:english.eastday.com  |  2017-12-20 08:50

Thanks to his contribution to China’s quantum science, Pan Jianwei has become a star scientist all over the country. Now the professor is getting the attention of the whole world, as he is included in Nature’s 10, the annual list of ten people who mattered in science in the past year.

As China’s quantum space pioneer, Pan has helped China to the forefront of long-distance, ultra-secure quantum communications. Pan returned to China in 2008 after finishing his overseas studies in Europe. Since then, he has devoted himself to scientific research on quantum science and technology.

In July, 2017, he and his team at the University of Science and Technology of China set a record in quantum teleportation. They beamed the quantum state of a photon to another on an orbiting satellite 1,400 kilometers above, which is a record-breaking distance. In September, they used the satellite to beam photons to Beijing and Vienna, generating quantum encryption keys that allowed teams in the two cities to video chat with absolute security.

As Christopher Monroe, a physicist with the Joint Quantum Institute at the University of Maryland, points out, he is always impressed each time China makes progress in quantum science. 

For the time being, Pan and his team plan to launch a second quantum satellite and carry out a new space quantum experiment in China’s Tiangong-2 space lab. “In the next five years, we will see lots of inspiring achievements. That will be a new era,” says Pan.