Scientists Create New Matter Resembling Lightsabers

Thursday, 26 September 2013 - 11:36AM
Physics
Thursday, 26 September 2013 - 11:36AM
Scientists Create New Matter Resembling Lightsabers

Scientists at the Harvard-MIT Center for Ultracold Atoms have made a discovery that might just put us one step closer to real life Lightsabers and even help us on the way to building the first ever Quantum Computers. The team, led by Harvard Professor of Physics Mikhail Lukin, have for the first time ever, successfully managed to bond photon particles together creating a new form of molecule.

 

Photons are the elementary particles of light and until now, have always been considered massless, meaning they are unable to interact with each other. Imagine shining two lasers at each other. The beams of light would simply pass right through the other, with no interaction whatsoever. That is until now. By bonding two photons together, Lukin and his team have proved it is possibly for light to interact with light, a notion that is brilliantly summed up with one of the most iconic sci-fi weapons of all time...

 

"It's not an in-apt analogy to compare this to lightsabers" says Lukin. "The Physics of what's happening in these molecules is similar to what we see in the movies."

 

However, it's not just deadly weapons that this discovery could make a reality. Lukin believes that Quantum computing could also be made possible now they've learnt how to truly harness the power of light. This is after all a new form of matter that they have discovered, so the possibilities are endless.

 

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