Packaged light: scientists managed to pack light and transfer it a short distance

Scientists were able to pack and move light

German physicists did the impossible. They were able to select a certain beam of light, separate it from the main stream, and then move it a certain distance. The unsurpassed experiment is the handiwork of specialists from the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. In their official release, they reported that a group of physicists were able to pack the light, and then unpack it at a distance of 1.2 millimeters from the previous collection point. In that case, the light itself did not change and was not exposed to any effect.

The concept is very simple. But it was not possible to realize it for many years. However, the physicists were able to find an approach to the issue and solve the problem. To do that, the scientists cooled the atoms of rubidium-87 to almost absolute zero.

According to the head of the study, Professor Patrick Windpassinger, the light was stored and placed in a so-called suitcase. It was formed from a cloud of cold atoms. The scientists subsequently moved the suitcase some distance, and then unpacked the light, and it remained unchanged.

The results of the experiment demonstrated the possibility of opening a completely new era in the system of quantum computing.

It turned out that some data storage systems require the capture and manipulation of quantum information that is carried by the light. It is very interesting, and not only for the physics, because the light is almost impossible to capture and isolate, but also for general quantum communication.

After all, if there is a desire to transport the light to another place in a controlled way, then it is unrealistic to do that, since the light is lost. An experiment conducted by the German physicists also demonstrates that the light had little effect on the coherence of its storage.