Schematic of the tractor beam experiment
An artist's concept of the tractor beam in action
A team led by the University of St. Andrews has turned a laser into a tractor beam that works on the microscopic level
From The Skylark of Space to Star Wars, no self-respecting science fiction spaceship would break orbit without a tractor beam on board. We’re still a long way from locking on to errant shuttlecraft, but a team led by Dr. Tomas Cizmar, Research Fellow in the School of Medicine at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, has turned a laser into a tractor beam that works on the microscopic level.
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