|Could we eventually have our own lightsaber battles?|
According to an article by Ryan Whitwam of Geek.com:
A team of scientists from MIT and Harvard have been herding photons through a cloud of super-cold atoms in an attempt to get them to do something that was once considered impossible — bind together.
|Courtesy of Geek.com|
The team used a vacuum chamber filled with rubidium atoms to facilitate the formation of photonic matter. The cloud of gas was cooled to within a few degrees of absolute zero using (fittingly) lasers.
Of course, there is still much research to be done. While this could possibly be a step in the direction for the creation of laser swords, "A few photons sticking together is a long way from a lightsaber, but we can still dream, can’t we?" said Whitwam.