Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Scientists Could Create Real Lightsabers

hero1.jpg
hero2.jpg

So maybe Star Wars Kid was onto something - scientists have discovered that the lightsaber could become a real thing.

A team from Harvard and MIT, have been exploring the properties of photons: elementary particles that form light. Previously, these were believed to be massless, and incapable of interacting with each other; however, in an experiment, scientists were able to make them bind together, to form molecules, and act as though they had mass.

Harvard Professor of Physic Mikhail Lukin stated "it's not an in-apt anology to compare this to lightsabers. When these photons interact with each other, they're pushing against and deflect each other. The physics of what's happening in these molecules is similar to what we see in the movies."

The discovery has been described by the physicists involved as "pushing the frontiers of science", and believe that it could aid the world of quantum computing.

"What it will be useful for we don't know yet,” said Lukin, “but it's a new state of matter, so we are hopeful that new applications may emerge as we continue to investigate these photonic molecules' properties.”

Never mind new applications, get working towards those lightsabers, quicksmart.

[via Independent]

(Images: AllStar)

Related

hero2.jpg

Lightsaber Thumb Wrestling

hero1.jpg

Minimal Star Wars Fighters

starshiphero1.jpg

Incredible Poster of Every Sci-Fi Starship

Comments

More

The Daily Mash and the BBC are teaming up for a new satire show

It'll be helmed by the up-and-coming stand-up Nish Kumar

by Tom Mendelsohn
24 Mar 2017

They've invented a new type of humblebrag and it's just as bad as the

You definitely know one of these people

by Tom Mendelsohn
24 Mar 2017

A real-life Jurassic Park is coming to the UK this summer

Get ready to be scared shitless

by Matt Tate
24 Mar 2017

The Daily Mail have finally lost the plot with their latest front page

We should ban Google apparently

by Dave Fawbert
24 Mar 2017

Charlton Athletic unveil touching tribute to PC Keith Palmer

Police officer killed in London attack was a keen football fan

by Dave Fawbert
23 Mar 2017

This retired racehorse has absolutely zero chill

"Woah Shamrock"

by Matt Tate
22 Mar 2017

This Monopoly board show how much it actually costs to live in London

Oh well, renting forever

by Gary Ogden
22 Mar 2017

This 'new catnip' will get your cat off its tits

Thanks science

by Emily Reynolds
22 Mar 2017

Everyone is mad about Mary Berry's pie

No soggy bottoms here

by Emily Reynolds
22 Mar 2017

Spare a thought for the Cadbury social media manager

Guess what? The internet is wrong again

by Emily Reynolds
22 Mar 2017