We never finish to discover new things about light
Date: Monday, November 13, 2017 @ 13:46:10 EST
Via ScienceAlert.com: Harvard Scientists Have Unlocked Unexpected New States of Light.
Light is ubiquitous and vital, but also incredibly strange - and it's possible we'll never exhaust the opportunities to learn more about it.
Case in point: researchers at Harvard have developed a material that can generate and maintain completely new and more complex states of light.
The tool uses polarisation to generate structures such as swirling vortices, spirals, and corkscrews that not only help explore light's properties, but also have potential practical applications, such as high-powered imaging.
Discoveries about light are still being made. It was only in 2015 that
scientists took the first-ever photograph of light behaving as both a
particle and a wave.
And it hasn't even been that long - just 1992, 25 years ago - since light was discovered to have orbital angular momentum.
Full article: https://www.sciencealert.com/material-generates-new-states-of-light-corkscrews-vortices
Harvard has legally protected all IP related to the project and is
currently seeking commercialisation opportunities. The research itself
has been published in the journal Science.