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This is the age of miracles and wonders and storing light

For the experiment, atoms of rubidium-87 are first pre-cooled and then transported to the main test area, which is a custom-made vacuum chamber. There they are cooled to temperatures of just a few microkelvins.

Light has, for the first time, been “stored and transported.” Let that sink in.

Physicists successfully carry out controlled transport of stored light “We stored the light by putting it in a suitcase so to speak, only that in our case the suitcase was made of a cloud of cold atoms. We moved this suitcase over a short distance and then took the light out again. This is very interesting not only for physics in general, but also for quantum communication, because light is not very easy to ‘capture’, and if you want to transport it elsewhere in a controlled manner, it usually ends up being lost,” said Professor Patrick Windpassinger, explaining the complicated process.

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  • Casey Klahn October 14, 2020, 10:29 AM

    I carry Light around all the time. The Bible.

    That being said, it is interesting to see scientists actually doing something, well, scientific. It’s a rare treat, although my pessimistic mind sees a future where some evil scientist decides it can be used for some vile political reason.

  • James ONeil October 14, 2020, 11:04 AM

    The science is unsetteling.

  • John Venlet October 14, 2020, 11:51 AM

    Interesting hype, which reminds me of the hype over cold fusion, or the now defunct Segway company, which was hyped as a revolutionary mode of transportation. While I appreciate what science has accomplished for us, not all the rabbit holes science goes down are worth exploring.

  • ghostsniper October 14, 2020, 12:30 PM

    John sed: “…not all the rabbit holes science goes down are worth exploring.”
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    Right. And at what cost, and to whom?
    Erase all of the gov’t welfare and the parasites it breeds, then the productive people would be better off.
    I don’t believe this “light transport” thing no matter the slick language, as language is easily manipulated and now a days words mean whatever the user wants them to mean. Heisenberg theory is at the root, the ability (or lack thereof) to catalog atoms. There will always be a loss, thus, what you end up with id different than what you started with.

    Bones wondered, “When men molecularly transport do their souls transport as well?”, or are they simply creating molecular copies while simultaneously destroying the original?

  • Harry October 15, 2020, 10:21 AM

    The thing about the rabbit holes is that one doesn’t always know until one reaches the bottom of the hole, or even years after when other rabbit holes are explored.

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