'solid light', apparently...

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'solid light', apparently...

Postby German Sausage » Mon Apr 30, 2007 11:58 am UTC

Dr Andrew Greentree wrote:Solid light will help us build the technology of this century

Solid light, so they would have us believe...
I have little to no idea as to how this might actually work, but that sounds pretty nifty, and its the kind of science that i like - pushing back frontiers and plating dice with the universe etc...
I would really like a few links from the article to the research with these implications, but who am I to question the glorious institution that is Melbourne University...
So I have emailed the guy who did the research with a request for more information, and will post it as it comes in.
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Postby bashed_monkey » Mon Apr 30, 2007 12:10 pm UTC

i wonder if this means, aside from the computer related implications of photons acting like electrons, that the photons also interact with other matter more strongly, eg. like they actualy got an inertial mass. would be great, since i may get my own holodeck after all...

but since the n.s.a. and u.s. army got their fingers in it, i doubt they'll make this technology available on a large scale. i guess it can be used for deciphering codes...
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Postby Verysillyman » Mon Apr 30, 2007 2:51 pm UTC

I would like some. I hope that it's really dese and heavy, just for the irony.

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Postby RealGrouchy » Mon Apr 30, 2007 9:41 pm UTC

bashed_monkey wrote:photons acting like electrons...

You mean like particles? Electrons already act part like photons and part like particles.

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Postby Castaway » Mon Apr 30, 2007 11:16 pm UTC

I don't really understand. Are they basically refracting the photons off of themselves?
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Postby German Sausage » Tue May 01, 2007 5:28 am UTC

hey, he replied to my email and gave some more info -
the paper itself?
a summary(i think by one of the people who worked on it?)
Slashdot says...
also, a more friutful search in google would be 'quantum phase transition of light', which is more or less the title of the original paper.

and i'm off to read these articles. enjoy!
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Postby FiddleMath » Tue May 01, 2007 7:48 am UTC

Notice, though, that this is strictly theoretical. I mean, it's a cool and possibly awesome theory. Mad props. But it seems that no one has yet empirically tested this, counter to first impression on reading the linked article.


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