Alchemy with light shocks physicists
Date: Saturday, June 07, 2003 @ 02:47:32 GMT
Topic: Science

19:00 21 May 03 - Exclusive from New Scientist Print Edition.

"Claims of "unexpected and stunning new physical phenomena" are rare in the abstract of a reputable scientific paper. But the latest report by photonics crystal pioneer John Joannopoulos and his group at MIT, soon to be published in Physical Review Letters, does not disappoint."

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"The researchers document the ultimate control over light: a way to shift the frequency of light beams to any desired colour, with near 100 per cent efficiency...

If the effect can be harnessed, it will revolutionise a range of fields turning heat into light, for example, or prized terahertz rays. Right now, the only way to shift the frequency of a light beam involves sending an extremely intense light pulse with a power of many megawatts or even gigawatts along next to it..."

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