Scientists Create New Form Of Matter Composed Of Pure Light


Light sabers are now a reality, ScienceDaily reports:

A group at the Harvard-MIT Center for Ultracold Atoms have managed to coax light photons into binding together to form molecules — a state of matter that, until recently, had been purely theoretical.

The discovery runs contrary to accepted wisdom about the nature of light. Photons have long been described as massless particles which don’t interact with each other. “Photonic molecules,” however, behave more like something in science fiction — the light saber.

“What we have done is create a special type of medium in which photons interact with each other so strongly that they begin to act as though they have mass, and they bind together to form molecules,” Lukin said.

The system could be useful in classical computing, considering the power-dissipation challenges chip-makers now face. It might one day even be used to create complex three-dimensional structures wholly out of light.

27 Comments on "Scientists Create New Form Of Matter Composed Of Pure Light"

  1. I’m already anticipating every member of my family who votes Republican, yammering to me about their 2nd Amendment right to a lightsaber on Facebook.

    • How dare they wish to defend themselves from Darth Cheney and Co!

      • There’s a certain irony in that hallowed 2nd amendment mindset. All anyone really needs to defend themselves against the tyranny of the government in this day and age is an educated awareness of what’s happening and a willingness to come together to oppose it. Our puny weapons are virtually meaningless should the US government become openly hostile towards us. It’s an antiquated notion that we might oppose the government by force. Just look at what’s going on in places like Syria, where the government has a military capability that’s probably equivalent to the US in the Vietnam war.

        Never mind that we’ve already been subjected to tyrannical manipulation by those in power and for whom the government is just a convenient pawn and scape goat. An education system that is more workforce training and propaganda than education. The manipulation of politics, race, class, religion and any number of societal structures to keep us pitted against each other and insure that there will never be enough trust between us for us to unite under a common cause for liberty.

        The irony is in the fact that if there were some sort of collapse in the social order, tenuously imposed by the constitution, all of those 2nd amendment gun nuts would then actually need their guns in order to protect themselves from the other gun nuts.

  2. BuzzCoastin | Sep 30, 2013 at 2:39 pm |

    > It might one day even be used to create complex three-dimensional structures made wholly out of light…

    WTF do they think “reality” is
    it’s three-dimensional structures made wholly out of light

    • FHAloanguy | Sep 30, 2013 at 10:14 pm |

      just lib scum. If you actually had to stand up for this country. It worthless liberals like you who make this country the failure it is now. God dam you.

      • BuzzCoastin | Sep 30, 2013 at 10:20 pm |

        Well, I’m liberally dished seeing myself in this trim!
        How all too unwordy am I, a mere mailman of peace,
        a poor loust hastehater of the first degree,
        the principot of Candia,
        no legs and a title,
        for such eminence, or unpro promenade rather,
        to be much more exact, as to be the bearer extraordinary of these postoomany missive on his majesty’s service while me and yous and them we’re extending us after the pattern of reposiveness!
        Weh is me, yeh is ye!
        I, the mightif beam maircanny,
        which bit his mirth too early or met his birth too late!

        God Bless Der Homeland

      • The Well Dressed Man | Sep 30, 2013 at 11:06 pm |

        May God open the gates to the dam preventing you from typing complete sentences.

      • everettt herbert | Oct 1, 2013 at 5:34 pm |

        A question, what would a shit kicker who can’t complete a sentence, let alone string two or three of them together know about this? FOX NEWS, that explains a lot.

      • gustave courbet | Oct 2, 2013 at 2:31 pm |

        I’m curious: from whence does this non-sequiter partisan baiting hail? And why did you not pick a comment that actually exemplifies the ‘liberal’ thought you seem to abhor? There are plenty on this site to choose from.

      • Noah_Nine | Oct 2, 2013 at 8:35 pm |

        couldn’t quite get it all out, huh? too much rage to be bothered with unimportant things like “fully fleshed out thoughts” and “complete sentences”?

    • BkWdsDrftr | Oct 2, 2013 at 1:59 am |

      The photonic molecule could be a building block to create a crystal large enough to use inside a computer chip. A very very small crystal, because they can only make a single molecule at a time. That is what they meant by a 3-dimensional structure. This is really all about how to build a quantum computer that actually works. But, they could also use this for a quantum-entangled lightsaber that cuts through objects by virtue of having cut through them already in another version of our reality.

    • Damn you commie liberal and your evolutionist fascist ideologies spewing socialist reform and propaganda. When the soothing light comes forth and cleanses our flat earth from you open minded fascist socialistic hippies then we can all propagate through artificial insemination like God intended.

  3. FHAloanguy | Sep 30, 2013 at 10:11 pm |

    Reading the holier than thou comments I had to take a crap. God I wish you libs had to stand up and actually fight for your freedom. Others did that for you and you sanctimonious cowards laugh. When I grew up America was a proud place where most everyone who wanted to work could find a decent job. now because libs/ socialists have run this county into the ground there is 16% unemployment, with the lowest workforce participation, rampant racial crime, our country is the laughing stock of the world, obozo only enforces the laws he thinks serve him politically, the list of crime against the working man of America is endless. Libs steal money from the workers and give it to bloodsuckers to buy their vote. Every lib should be required to actually get, hold, and then make jobs. Maybe then these brain dead bloodsuckers would amount to more than a pile of crap. But liberalism truly is a mental illness.

    • The Well Dressed Man | Sep 30, 2013 at 11:04 pm |

      If disinfo on MIT physics has such a powerful effect on your bowels, you’ll need a snorkel to survive the posts here that actually reference politics.

    • melvin lafleur | Oct 1, 2013 at 5:30 pm |

      i think your superiority makes you feel free while abandonment of people less fortunate than you are, that you consider inferior, is a christian, patriotic imperative.

    • BuzzCoastin | Oct 2, 2013 at 3:05 pm |

      there are no libs or conservatives
      there’s just Coke or Pepsi
      which Homelanders then choose between
      537 elected Federal officals call the shots
      and people like you think that’s freedom

    • Noah_Nine | Oct 2, 2013 at 8:43 pm |

      it always helps my digestion to have a nice whipping boy… and if that doesn’t work maybe a scapegoat…. nothing gets the bowel movements flowing like misdirected anger….

  4. Very interesting article.

  5. Vaughn Wilcox | Oct 2, 2013 at 6:12 pm |

    So….I will be able to have a holo-deck someday?

  6. Schitstyx | Oct 3, 2013 at 2:09 am |

    I’m not really sure what you said there.. Is this a future a i issue as well or is the mother ship finally coming back? I’m to much anarchist and non conformist to fall in with the sheeple to be fascist. I didn’t vote for that flag burner. You realize way back when,,,, the militia and the people all used THE SAME GUNS!

  7. “Create” means to make something from NOTHING. Scientists don’t create anything; they copy or manipulate what they already have.

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