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Sunday, February 25, 2024

They Made A Mothernerfin’ Lightsaber!!!!!

Well… kinda.

A team of physicists at Harvard university wanted to see what would happen when Photons interact with each other, and unwittingly created a beam of light that was the result of photons forming molecules. This dosen’t usually happen, Photons being bereft of mass and all, but it did and we now have lightsabers.


Sultry I am. In my eyes you look. Babies we're having
Sultry I am. In my eyes you look. Babies we’re having.

Well… kinda.

Light particles in this new beam move around in a solid mass. So it looks hella’ awesome. But unfortunately we will not be carving our thanksgiving dinners with one yet, as it is only light particles. Now, call me optimistic, but we have lasers that can sear off bone; why don’t we (by “we” I mean scientists, I’m busy making pop culture references, get off my back man, jeez) make this particle beam and the laser have a baby? Lightsabers, bitch. 

Not sure if awesome, or just wrong.
Not sure if awesome, or just wrong.

Mikhail Lukin, head of the team, stated that “‘The physics of what’s happening in these molecules is similar to what we see in the movies.”. which is totally right apart from the fact that you can’t CUT ANYTHING WITH IT. Hmph. I’m going to watch Empire now.

Hailing from Kent, England, Mike is a writer, editor and podcaster who has just finished his degree at CCCU. He also is a drummer of 11+years, plays in several bands, and is available for session work. His other interests are Batman, music which doesn't suck and pizza. Follow Mike @The_Dark_Mike

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