80-years ago to physicists Breit and Wheeler, came up with a theory that light could be turned into matter. They didn’t think that it could every be proven. They were wrong.
Researchers from Imperial College London, have discovered a way to turn light into matter. Of course, now that the research has been published, there is a race to see who can do it first.
The process converts photons into positrons and electrons, much like a gamma ray burst (the largest explosions in the Universe).
If the process works, another piece of Einstein’s equations will be confirmed.
The Breit–Wheeler process proposed in 1934 was never possible to prove before now. It is a shame that both scientists did not live to see their theory proven.
So now that they can almost turn light into matter, I want to know when I can go down to the local comic book store and pick up my lightsaber, for real.
– Ex astris, scientia –
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