Thanks to his contribution to the quantum science of China, Pan Jianwei has become a star scientist throughout the country. Now the teacher is drawing everyone's attention, since it is included in Nature's # 10, the annual list of ten people who imported into science in the last year.
As a pioneer of China's quantum space, Pan has helped China to be at the forefront of ultra-secure, long-distance quantum communications. Pan returned to China in 2008 after finishing his studies abroad in Europe. Since then, he has devoted himself to scientific research in quantum science and technology.
In July 2017, he and his team at the University of Science and Technology of China established a record in quantum teleportation. They transmitted the quantum state from one photon to another in a satellite in orbit at 1,400 kilometers, which is a record distance. In September, they used the satellite to transmit photons to Beijing and Vienna, generating quantum encryption keys that allowed the teams of the two cities to chat on video with absolute security.
As Christopher Monroe, a physicist at the Joint Quantum Institute at the University of Maryland, points out, he is always impressed every time China progresses in quantum science.
At the moment, Pan and his team plan to launch a second quantum satellite and carry out a new quantum space experiment in China's Tiangong-2 space laboratory. "Over the next five years, we will see many inspiring achievements that will be a new era," says Pan.