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March 17th, 2014 at 10:29 am

Physicists turn light into matter

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Physicists create a device that binds photons together to form “light molecules.”

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A vacuum chamber the size of a shoebox has made history in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Harvard physicist Ofer Firstenberg has created a new form of matter: a pair of photons, stuck together.

 

The “light molecule” is, potentially, the building block of technology that uses some form of tangible light — from light sculptures to lightsabers to (perhaps more practically) computers that can perform vastly more complex calculations than today’s machines. Unlike atoms and …

Via Discover Magazine

 

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