Professor Mikhail Lukin and his research group have created of photonic molecules (Photo: Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer)
Scientist have created a new form of matter by coaxing photons to interact with each other (Image: Shutterstock)
Scientists from Harvard and MIT have jointly demonstrated that, in specific conditions, photons can be made to interact with each other and form molecules. Such groupings of photons, dubbed “Photonic molecules”, constitute an entirely new form of matter, which until recently was purely theoretical. Combining the properties of light and those of solids, in terms of physics this new form of matter is not unlike a certain material that millions of Star Wars fans are already well familiar with. Lightsaber material.
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