Physicists use light waves to enable ultrafast quantum computing

Scientists have discovered that terahertz light - light at trillions of cycles per second - can act as a control knob to accelerate supercurrents. That can help open up the quantum world of matter and energy at atomic and subatomic scales.

A hidden phase of matter created by a burst of light

A pulse of laser light resulted in a stable "supercrystal" created by a team of U.S. researchers. The team's goal is to discover interesting states of matter that do not exist in equilibrium in nature.

Physicists create new form of light

Physicists have created a new form of light that could enable quantum computing with photons.

Optical computing is now a step closer

By forcing light to go through a smaller gap than ever before, researchers have paved the way for computers based on light instead of electronics.

Australian researchers store light as sound for the first time

Researchers at Australia university were able to store light waves as sound waves on a microchip, which could bring us closer to light-based computers.

Scientists Discover That Light Can Behave Like a Liquid

Recent research shows that light is much stranger and more complex than scientists had previously given it credit for. According to recent findings, light can also behave like a liquid.

The world's fastest film camera: When light practically stands still

A research group has developed a camera that can film at a rate equivalent to five trillion images per second, or events as short as 0.2 trillionths of a second. This is faster than has previously been possible.

An Ultrafast Camera Captures 'Sonic Booms' of Light for First Time

The new technology used to make this discovery could one day allow scientists to image live activity in the brain.

Physicists detect exotic looped trajectories of light in three-slit experiment

Physicists have performed a variation of the famous 200-year-old double-slit experiment that, for the first time, involves "exotic looped trajectories" of photons.

Breakthrough in the quantum transfer of information between matter and light

From stationary to flying qubits at speeds never reached before... This feat brings us a little closer to the era when information is transmitted via quantum principles.

Scientists stop light in a cloud of atoms

Australian scientists have stopped light in a cloud of very cold atoms, a development that provides a essential building block for quantum computing.

Researchers discover new way to turn electricity into light, using graphene

By slowing down light to a speed slower than flowing electrons, researchers create a kind of optical "sonic boom"

Light-matter interplay probed: Physicists achieve quantum Hall state with light

Harnessing the shared wave nature of light and matter, researchers have used light to explore some of the most intriguing questions in the quantum mechanics of materials.

Meta-lens works in the visible spectrum, sees smaller than a wavelength of light

High efficiency ultra-thin planar lens could replace heavy, bulky lenses in smart phones, cameras and telescopes.

Bionic leaf turns sunlight into liquid fuel: New system surpasses efficiency of photosynthesis

Scientists have created a system that uses solar energy to split water molecules and hydrogen-eating bacteria to produce liquid fuels. The system can convert solar energy to biomass with 10 percent efficiency, far above the 1 percent seen in the fastest-growing plants.