Researchers have incredibly managed to create a new form of light by linking photons, a staggering breakthrough.
In an incredible new development that could have major implications for science, researchers have managed to create an entirely new form of light by linking photons. This new light form could build light crystals if the technology is refined in the future, which could lead to tremendous advancements in communications and computing.
The study, published in the journal Science, details how researchers found a way to get individual photons to link up with each other just like atoms do with molecules. They were able to do so at a lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology by creating a cloud of chilled rubidium atoms.
They used lasers to vaporize the rubidium and then kept it ultracold, causing the atoms to be slow moving but highly excited. Then the researchers fired a laser at the cloud, causing a few photons to enter that cloud, slwoing down the photons which emerged as pairs or triplets.
“The interaction of individual photons has been a very long dream for decades,” Vladan Vuletic, the Lester Wolfe Professor of Physics at MIT, said in a statement. “For example, you can combine oxygen molecules to form O2 and O3 (ozone), but not O4, and for some molecules you can’t form even a three-particle molecule. So it was an open question: Can you add more photons to a molecule to make bigger and bigger things?”