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Movie Tech: MIT Researchers Accidentally Create Real LightSaber

Movie Tech: MIT Researchers Accidentally Create Real LightSaber

by Stephen BrownMarch 22, 2016

 

The moment “Star Wars” fans have been waiting for might finally be here: Lightsabers are no longer just a figment of George Lucas’ imagination. They could soon be more than a plastic Hollywood prop or a Halloween accessory.

In a reported first, researchers at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a new technology that theoretically could be used to construct an actual lightsaber.

Until now, photons, or the mass-less particles that constitute light, were thought to not interact, but rather simply pass through each other, just two beams of luminescence during a laser-light show.

“The physics of what’s happening in these molecules is similar to what we see in the movies.

“When these photons interact with each other, they’re pushing against and deflecting each other. The physics of what’s happening in these molecules is similar to what we see in the movies.” – Mikhail Lukin, Harvard physics professor

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Stephen Brown

Stephen Brown @SteveBTech is a Technology Entrepreneur, Programmer, & Int’l CES Judge. Along with being the founder of DigiLyfe, and Nubby.co, he is the founder of DigitalAfro.com, & StemStars.org an organization that teaches K-12 Students Science & Technology.

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