China has successfully tested its first quantum radar which has an ability to detect objects and stealth aircraft within the range of 100 kilometers. Moreover, the radar will also prove effective in the treatment of Cancer research.
Dubbed to be very effective in biomedicine, the quantum radar is energy efficient to a large extent. However, it can also be used to probe objects non-invasively with low reflectivity, such as cancer cells. Hence, the deployment of the first quantum radar will provide vital for the upcoming research for the treatment of Cancer.
According to media reports from Russia, the first Chinese quantum radar was developed by the Intelligent Perception Technology Laboratory of the 14th Institute of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC).
Quantum radar can target a range of 100 kilometers
Even though the first quantum radar was tested in mid-August, the news came to light only recently. The new quantum radar has been designed in such a way to detect a target at a range of 100 kilometers in a real-world environment. The quantum radar deployed by China makes use of single photon detection technology.
Quantum radar to track targets with a low cross section
Technically, Quantum radar uses quantum entanglement photons, which provides enhanced detection capabilities than conventional radar systems. This method will be useful to track targets with a low radar cross section such as modern aircraft using stealth technology. Moreover, the radar can also be employed to combat active countermeasures to jam or baffle enemy radar.
Previously, China had launched the world’s first quantum science satellite (QUESS) with a weight of 600 kg on August 16, 2016. It uses quantum entanglement for cryptography and was blasted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Center in the Gobi Desert.
According to researchers, the quantum satellite performs an extreme test of all the properties of quantum mechanics. It could be a potential test bed for the start of a global and unhackable communications network. Although named as QUESS, the mission was renamed as Mozi coined after the ancient Chinese philosopher. He is said to be the first person in the history to conduct optical experiments.
After the launch, a team led by Jian-Wei Pan of the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei will conduct their own experiments with QUESS. The team makes use of photons to test quantum entanglement. Here, the quantum properties of two particles are linked even when separated. This has broken a record-breaking 1200 kilometers.