A galaxy far far away might not be closer than expected
Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 18, 2013 03:10
Ever since the widely popular move series, Star Wars, hit the movie screens in the 1980s fans have dreamed about having their own lightsaber. But with recent discoveries made by MIT and Harvard, it could be entirely possible.
In their Sept. 25 edition of the scientific journal Nature, a team of Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) physicists explain they’ve discovered a molecule that behaves exactly like the famous Jedi weapon.
“It’s not an in-apt analogy to compare this to lightsabers,” Harvard professor Mikhail Lukin said. “When these photons interact with each other, they’re pushing against and deflect each other. The physics of what’s happening in thee molecules is similar to what we see in the movies.”
The comical part of this story is that the physicists did not even intend to discover the physics behind the lightsaber. They were developing photons for a quantum supercomputer.
This journal entry gives no record that scientists will use this to actually create the infamous lightsaber.
But with Disney revamping the Star Wars film in 2015, who wouldn’t want to bring a lightsaber to the premiere.