Yes, you can freeze light.

All you need is a Bose–Einstein condensate and a whole lot of physics know-how. In 2001, Lene Hau, a Professor of Physics at Harvard, was the first person to stop light. She did this by turning light into matter and then back into energy. She appeared and narrated her story on NPR and she is dubbed ‘Master of the Universe’ and she explains what stopped light looks like and specifically how she did it. Lene also has a website that documents the feats she and her students accomplish. To make things more interesting, it’s funded by NASA, the US Department of Defense, and the NSF. I must apologize for the short post, it’s been a long week.

P.S. Sorry for that ‘Bonus’ Saturday Quote, I accidentally posted it three days early!



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