Communicating with neutrinos
   

 If laboratory experiments by University of Rochester and North Carolina State University work out, we may someday be able to use neutrino networks at ranges of tens of thousands of kilometers.
Scientists from the school were able to use neutrinos–nearly massless particles that travel at almost the speed of light–to send the binary message “Neutrino” to a receiver that was just over a kilometer away and that included 240 meters of stone in the way.” Try that with any other wireless technology!
In a statement, Dan Stancil, professor of electrical and computer engineering at NC State and lead author of Demonstration of Communication using Neutrinos, said, “Using neutrinos, it would be possible to communicate between any two points on Earth without using satellites or cables. Neutrino communication systems would be much more complicated than today’s systems, but may have important strategic uses.”
What neutrinos can do, that electromagnetic communications can’t do, is penetrate almost anything they encounter. With their neutral electric charge and almost non-existent mass, neutrinos are not subject to magnetic attractions and are not significantly altered by gravity, so they are virtually free of any possible interference. With neutrino communications or networks we could talk or hook up wirelessly with anyone on Earth or, for that matter, the far side of the moon.
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Communicating with neutrinos

 

 If laboratory experiments by University of Rochester and North Carolina State University work out, we may someday be able to use neutrino networks at ranges of tens of thousands of kilometers.

Scientists from the school were able to use neutrinos–nearly massless particles that travel at almost the speed of light–to send the binary message “Neutrino” to a receiver that was just over a kilometer away and that included 240 meters of stone in the way.” Try that with any other wireless technology!

In a statement, Dan Stancil, professor of electrical and computer engineering at NC State and lead author of Demonstration of Communication using Neutrinos, said, “Using neutrinos, it would be possible to communicate between any two points on Earth without using satellites or cables. Neutrino communication systems would be much more complicated than today’s systems, but may have important strategic uses.”

What neutrinos can do, that electromagnetic communications can’t do, is penetrate almost anything they encounter. With their neutral electric charge and almost non-existent mass, neutrinos are not subject to magnetic attractions and are not significantly altered by gravity, so they are virtually free of any possible interference. With neutrino communications or networks we could talk or hook up wirelessly with anyone on Earth or, for that matter, the far side of the moon.

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