Quantum Researchers Able to Stop and Restart Light

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In two independent experiments that defy the notions of Einstein, researchers have been able to stop, then restart a beam of light.

Ordinarily, light travels at the speed of 186,282 miles per second, but the research team of Lene Hau, a professor of physics at Harvard, who in 1999 was able to slow light down to 38 miles per hour, has been able to trap light in a cloud of sodium atoms super-cooled to near ‘absolute zero.’

“It’s nifty to look into the chamber and see a clump of ultracold atoms floating there,” Hau says. “In this odd state, light takes on a more human dimension; you can almost touch it.” [1]

In an independent experiment, an easier approache was tried by the team of Ronald Walsworth and Mikhail Lukin at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA).

They shot laser beams through a dense cloud of rubidium and helium gas. (Rubidium, in its solid or natural form, is a soft, silver-white metal.) The light bounced from atom to atom, gradually slowing down until it stopped. No supervacuum or ultra-cold was needed. In fact, the chamber where the light stopped was at a temperature of 176 degrees F. [1]

 

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Both experiments accomplish almost the same thing, however, in the CfA experiment researchers were only able to store about half of the incoming light, and the storage time was about half that of Hau’s experiment.

Think of both contraptions as sophisticated light switches that control not just light but information. Incoming light can carry information expressed by changes or modulations of its frequency, amplitude, and phase. When the light stops, that information is stored just like information is stored in the electronic memory of a computer. To access the information, you turn on a control laser, and out it comes. [1]

Remarkably, scientists are somewhat uncertain about the implications and practicality of this research.

“We hope for wonderful things,” says David Phillips, who worked on the CfA “stop light” project. “Our imagination hasn’t figured out what the possibilities are yet.” [1]

However, there appear to be clear implications for using experiments like this to ultimately improve the speed of computers, potentially creating the possibility to shift from binary computing to quantum encoding of data.

Computers operating by these so-called quantum effects are much more efficient that those available today, or even on the drawing board. (“Quantum” refers to changes in the energy levels of the atoms.) Today’s machines represent information in bits, electronic combinations of zeros and ones. Bits represented by quantum states of atoms could carry much, much more information. Cubic inch for cubic inch, quantum computers could tackle problems that would stymie the most super of conventional computers. For example, they could perform many calculations simultaneously. [1]

The eminent physicist Albert Einstein theorized that it was impossible for light to travel at a speed faster than 186,282 miles per second, and in this case he has not yet been proven wrong.

Watch the following video for amazing footage of Hau’s research:

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  1. Diana says:

    This is called a “black hole”.

  2. Henry says:

    the *eminent* physicist Albert Einstein. Not *imminent*.

  3. LaLa says:

    Is it just a way to prove that everything is possible!?:)

  4. Jeff says:

    Her assistants are all female. Chance, or feminism?

  5. scott says:

    The speed limit of light is determined only for a vacuum. Faster speeds are possible depending on the medium through which the light traverses.

  6. joe says:

    Albert Einstein was a fraud. In his Special Theory of Relativity he expects us to believe that of two identical clocks each one can run faster (or slower) than the other. This is impossible and the theory is easily refuted. In his General Theory of Relativity we are expected to believe that mass can warp a completely fictional entity known as “space-time”. This again is complete nonsense – how can you warp NOTHING (i.e. non-physical units of measurement)? And why do academics toe the line?

    It most definitely is a conspiracy. Overlooking blatant mistakes and ignoring obvious illogicalities (euphemism: “paradoxes”), that a child laughs at, is not human nature – unless the human intellect has been coralled, dumbed down and irretrievably stunted. How does one explain academical adherence to nonsense? Maybe, for those not in-the-loop, it’s pensions, grants, salaries, peer group pressure and herd-mentality, or worse: shut up…or else.

    All those “proves Einstein right” experiments have been questioned by a few brave heavyweights in the field but no satisfactory answers have been given. And nearly all the results have been manipulated to fit the model or have used downright fraudulent data. Anyway, none of the phenomena needs to invoke Einstein for explanation. If time dilation is possible in the real world, then it is in no way explained or even described correctly by Einstein’s special and general hogwashes, where he confuses reality with observer-perceived reality (i.e. illusion). Read Professor Herbert Dingle’s “Science at the Crossroads”, and how he was defeated by the Matrix.

    It’s not only in cosmology and astronomy. It’s the same in archaeology, geology, history, religion, economics, 9/11, terrorism, politics, etc…etc, where the truth is systematically being denied us and covered up to be replaced by laughable absurdities. You may wish to learn who is imposing the Matrix, and how and why.

    • Anonymous says:

      These are merely constructs to allow us to think about it.

    • fuck the state says:

      very well said ! and unlike a lot of the subject matter, true.

    • Anonymous says:

      Joe, very well said. I’m so relived to hear someone speak the real truth

    • Anonymous says:

      At first your comment didn’t make sense, then I dashed my head against a rock and scooped my frontal lobe out with a spork and IT ALL MAKES SENSE NOW! WE R IN TEH MATRIX!

    • hey Joe. Why do you pronounce Einstein, a ‘fraud’ ? Just like any ‘parent’..he did the best he could..and yes, he got things wrong..thats progress. Your questions are paradoxical when you ask “how can you warp nothing”…you yourself mention paradox…and you make a (boxed) and unproven specification, which is “nothing”..have you proof of such an entity ? Is it your best shot to shout “conspiracy ?”..Conspiracy is like ‘nothingness’..a ‘made-up’ chain of events to delude..as you say Einstein was doing…I find you an interesting person, but very negative. I am like you, a warrior, seeking truth, but is anybody wrong to say light travels at x-speed…? I think he was right..for when its travels slower/faster, it alters its state, to something other than light. Just as water can be fluid/solid/gaseous, dependant on its surroundings.

  7. Haarp says:

    Well this is what happens when you get a bunch of sheep (mainstream science) to believe in just one theory and accept it as true fact then laugh at anything else. Good job on the experiments. As the above poster says, Einstein was a fraud.

    • DrMeatwad Phd says:

      He (the E-man) sure was a fake phony and fraud. He had the bestest PR gang money can buy. Even with all the unwitting volunteers working their show biz. There was a reason he never did his proofs in public, he didn’t know himself. I find it funny how a guy born into the Horse and Buggy era can tell us there is a speed limit to light and matter. C is not a constant, but he depended on it being a constant.

  8. joe says:

    When a brain-dead newsreader tells you your country has x zillions of debt, have you never asked “Gee, who do we owe all that money to?” The International Bankers (IBs) with their global network of central banks and their authorised government bond dealers is the correct answer. So how do they create this credit to loan to governments at interest for which we have to pay taxes? The correct answer is: it’s a scam.

    “The modern banking system manufactures money out of nothing. The process is perhaps the most astounding piece of sleight of hand that was ever invented. Banking was conceived in iniquity and was born in sin … The Bankers own the earth … if you wish to remain the slaves of Bankers and pay the cost of your own slavery, let them continue to create money and control credit.” – Sir Josiah Stamp, Director, Bank of England (the UK’s Central Bank), in the 1920s

    Basically, by using fractional reserve banking, if the central banks loan a government y millions (by swapping government bonds for credit), they can then loan commercial banks and other financial institutions 10y millions at a discount rate. These 10y millions are not covered by their assets and deposits, they’re covered by the taxpayers – as we and our descendants will find to our cost. This is money/credit created out of thin air. The commercial banks, et al, can then do likewise and charge us any interest.

    The present – completely unnecessary – global recession and “credit crunch” (hahaha) are all about the IBs calling in their loans (on money they have created out of nothing) and owning the entire Earth. The elite IBs are, almost to a man, of the same tribe as Einstein: Khazar-Jews. The latter also own or control nearly – if not – all of the major global media. These are our Matrix imposers, with millions of their minions (including witting and unwitting elite Gentiles) being the Matrix enforcers.

    The Universe is not driven by the weakest force in Nature known as “gravity” – some ten to the power of 39 times weaker than proton-proton or electron-electron repulsion, or electron-proton attraction – but by electromagnetism and plasma physics. It’s an Electric Universe, maybe infinite and eternal. Gravity is probably electrical – you don’t think the most massive dinosaurs could have been able to stand up, let alone walk and run or fly, in the Earth’s present-day gravity and atmosphere, do you?

    If the universe were driven by attraction-only gravity, it would have collapsed long ago. It most surely stands to reason that for the very big jobs, Nature would use the strongest attractive and repulsive forces at its disposal – the electric forces. The Big Bang, Black Holes, neutron stars, dark matter, dark energy, warped spacetime and other fancy gobbledygook are impossible, laughable absurdities. Without Einstein, but with a Maxwell-Lorentz ether, a gravity-driven universe would never have got off the ground.

    Admitting an electric universe opens the door and could lead (as Nikola Tesla well knew) to free energy. To the Matrix imposers who want to own us by monitoring, tracking, metering and charging us for everything: That is Forbidden!

    In order to understand what our ancestors were trying to tell us, we have to understand how the Solar System really formed. The Earth has experienced major, literally earth-shattering and terra-forming, catastrophies in the past – it was one hell of a ride for our ancestors some 5,000-10,000 years ago. Why do you think the planet Venus was obsessively monitored worldwide and made, among many motifs, a ravaging witch-on-a-broomstick and a beautiful virgin goddess by nearly all cultures? Why was the planet Mars made the god of war? Why was the planet Saturn described as an ancient sun?

    There is only one answer: the Solar System we see today is radically different from the one our ancestors saw; and almost all major myths, worldwide, are describing the life and violent death (Armageddon; Ragnarok; etc.) of the longlived Saturnian Golden Age (The Otherworld) and the creation of the present Solar System (The Apocalypse – from the Greek meaning “The Unveiling”: New Earth, New Heaven, New World). But they are not myths: they are a true record of what our ancestors actually experienced, up close and personal.

    For our ancestors, this – the creation of the Solar System as we know it – is when time began; and it could be measured, for they could now see the present metronomic Sun, Moon and the stars; and it was also the time of a massive leap in human consciousness – literally shocked into a higher level – with the consequent birth of civilizations: the Earth and all its inhabitants became fully plugged into the Electric Universe. Let there be Light.

    The archetypal Red Dragon symbolizes the planet Mars. The planet Mars – to countless cultures worldwide – was the saviour of mankind, god of war, redeemer, healer, pest and disease bringer, destroyer of worlds, miracle worker, fertility god, etc…etc, who sacrificed himself to save the Earth by being crucified on the Axis Mundi, Tree of Life, Navel or Mountain of the Earth, World Tree, Pillars of Hercules (Atlantis, anyone?), etc…etc. These were probably all descriptions of the Birkeland currents connecting Earth and Saturn, where Mars and Venus (and other satellites of Saturn) interacted physically and electrically with this gigantic “serpent” or “whale” or “dragon” or “behemoth” or “ladder” or “leviathan”, etc…etc, a.k.a. Typhon (Greek) or Tiamat (Babylonian) or Set (Egyptian) or Vritra (Brahman) or Jormungand (Norse) or Kukulkan (Mayan) or Quetzalcoatl (Aztec), etc…etc. This coiled, crooked, hurricane-like, milky (later blood-red) column or whirlwind (i.e. a typhoon – derived from Typhon; and probably the original Milky Way) churned out the Arctic Ocean and at sometime caused the arctic (at that time, temperate) fauna to be electrocuted and flash-frozen. The Earth was flooded when these Birkeland currents (and all the water, plasma, gas, dust, boulders, rocks, stones and debris they contained) collapsed – “slain” by Mars (Babylonian: Marduk; Red dragon defeats white dragon – Merlin) or sometimes by Saturn – and so severing Earth from Heaven. The Earth, Mars and the comet Venus (and maybe the Moon and Mercury) were now free to migrate to the inner Solar System – a perilous, terrible Four-Horsemen-of-the-Apocalypse journey with the Earth being continually terra-formed by electric arc-discharge machining and mountain upheavals carried out principally by Mars and Venus on their frequent close encounters with the Earth.

    Mars took a battering – wounded in the side, thigh or heel, scarred on the face, incinerated, melted, and in some cultures had his “skull shattered to pieces” – which may well explain the creation of the Asteroid Belt. For our ancestors, the planet Mars was also their leader or shepherd who brought them out of the Saturnian half-darkness (The Twilight of the Gods) into the present Solar System, out of Egypt into the land of milk and honey, as it were.

    All ancient societies, tribes, nations boast of the planets Saturn, Venus or Mars, under countless names, as being their creator, first ancestor, founder, protector, father, mother, saviour. And they believed that one day the Red Dragon will return to free his people and restore goodness to the world. Many buried their dead with red ochre and facing North where the Saturnian system, and that of course includes Mars, was once located. The Egyptians went much further in that their Pharoahs were expected to actually recreate or at least rejoin the Saturnian system – The Golden Age – in their afterlife.

    To the priests of Judah, YHWH was the planet Saturn. Israel never existed on Earth – only in the Saturnian sky. Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, David, Solomon, Samson, Jonah, etc…etc, were different aspects of the planets Saturn or Mars; Miriam, Esther, Ishtar, Astarte, Asherah, et al, were the planet Venus. God, Father, Elohim, El Shaddai, Jehovah, Lord of the Mountain are also the head-honcho planet Saturn. Hell, even today, their holy day – Shabbat – is the planet Saturn’s day.

    Whoever wrote the New Testament gospels (probably the Romanized Maccabees) were indeed smartasses – the main character, Jesus Christ, is basically the planet Mars; the Virgin Mary, Mary Magdalene, Salome, and probably other Meri/Marys, are all different aspects of the planet Venus. The main purpose of the NT is to remind Christians to pay taxes lovingly on time (and turn the other cheek, sucker) and to unwittingly (or wittingly for some, come to think of it) worship the god of war.

    The major gods of the Egyptians were: Osiris/Atum/Amun/Amen/Ra/Re – Saturn (Pharoah Akhenaten tried unsuccessfully to introduce worship of the one god only: Aten – the present Sun); Isis/Meri/Sekhmet – Venus; and Horus – Mars (The Sphinx is “Horus the Red” and represents the gate-keeper planet Mars). The same trinity/triad is found in countless cultures, worldwide, eg. to the Sumerians they were Shamash, Inanna and Nergal. This triad is also depicted on the national flag of Wales. (The classic Celtic Cross symbolises the Saturnian system, depicting the Axis Mundi with Saturn, Venus and Mars atop it).

    To the ancient Welsh (Britons), the planet Saturn (in the Otherworld, located way above the North Pole) was The Holy Grail, the magic cauldron, the head on a platter, Caer Gwydyon; Arthur (“not a king, a warlord”) of legend is the planet Mars (Arthur’s “wife” was Gwenhwyfar – White or Blessed Spirit, i.e. Holy Ghost, i.e. Venus); Branwen (White Crow), Arianrhod (Silverwheel), Olwen (White Track) and many other Welsh characters are different stages in the life of the newly-born planet Venus: Athene (Venus) did indeed come “out of the head of Zeus” (Saturn).

    And our ancestors saw it all.

    • DrMeatwad Phd says:

      You know it Joe. Now if we can get the parasites to give up their scam(s) against those gullible minions, peons, the slaves of time that give their finest livestock to the rabbi (any parasite leader of god-spells, bankers, etc) as their children go hungry,,, one version “they” have tells their followers they can enslave their brother. The other version tells you to give all your things to the poor,,, what a scam.

      Quiz time boys and girls: What is the Southern pole, the anode or cathode? (hint: which one collects the corrosion and gets built up over time if left without a wire brush cleaning it)

      Joe, your sixth paragraph should be the basics of every elementary school.

      Paragraph seven, is a fact and if this high school ‘kicked out’ knows of it, how many others have figured it out? I can not divulge this or they will power up their killing machines with it. So far I see nobody on the same lines with their attempts. Although some are very well thought out, are not even close.

      “They” (the plagiarizing story changers and myth makers)laugh at the idea of life elsewhere in our universe. “They” laugh at the electric properties of the same, when both are proven right here on this planet. The global polarity, and the constant lightning somewhere over the globe is not the exception to the rule.

      This topic just charges me up.

    • John says:

      This actually really blew my mind. self-education is true education. why learn what others say ‘You have to!’ braindead sheep that flock to one side of the farm trying to get away from the wolf. the wolf is the one leading the way…

  9. Sorensen says:

    It seems to me that no matter what is done with light it is still light. I am fairly certain that even by calling it a photon and slowing it down it is still a non physical phenomenon. Like magnetism I think that there is more to light than what is evident in the physical reality.
    Looking at it in a more esoteric way I would say that there is a divine element to light since light can be experienced in one’s inner awareness without a physical light source.
    It may be that light needs a transmission carrier (photon?)in order to function in the physical world!
    Slowing it down and stopping it is very interesting since one should then be able to separate light from its carrier…..well anyway that is the theory!

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