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Scientists beam light around corners

Posted on Monday, 15 August, 2011 | Comment icon 12 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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A team of scientists have successfully bent light beams around objects on a two dimensional surface.

Its the first ever demonstration of what is known as "airy beams", with light being bent around an object and then course-correcting itself to continue in a straight line on the other side. The technology could open the door to faster and cheaper light-based computer chips.

"The international team, including three members from the Research School of Physics and Engineering at ANU, have successfully demonstrated that a tiny beam of light on a flat surface can be bent around an obstacle, and course-correct itself on the other side of that obstacle."

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Comment icon #3 Posted by Timonthy on 15 August, 2011, 13:49
Mmm and this is a little different from refraction
Comment icon #4 Posted by FilterFish on 15 August, 2011, 14:05
oh I don't know! doesn't light bend naturally around objects anyway? Nope, not without huge gravitational assistance from nearby galaxies it doesn't.
Comment icon #5 Posted by DigitalDreamer on 15 August, 2011, 14:24
Refraction is another ball park
Comment icon #6 Posted by Halloween78 on 15 August, 2011, 15:55
This topic is over my head
Comment icon #7 Posted by JackoftheFools on 16 August, 2011, 1:21
the cloaking device is close at hand
Comment icon #8 Posted by Since804 on 16 August, 2011, 7:26
they already have cloaking... military tech is always years in advance of what's shown to the public. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tT-jgBk5IJg skip to 3:30
Comment icon #9 Posted by AlienDan on 17 August, 2011, 6:19
they already have cloaking... military tech is always years in advance of what's shown to the public. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tT-jgBk5IJg skip to 3:30 That isn't cloaking, just that the camera is blending all moving objects/has a low framerate and the guys uniform is similar color to the background of the parts where he looks cloaked. Just look at the guys in the background, and the guys that run from left to right in another part. They have a similar distorting look with movement, but they're uniforms are darker.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Since804 on 17 August, 2011, 16:10
That isn't cloaking, just that the camera is blending all moving objects/has a low framerate and the guys uniform is similar color to the background of the parts where he looks cloaked. Just look at the guys in the background, and the guys that run from left to right in another part. They have a similar distorting look with movement, but they're uniforms are darker. Are you thinking objectively or just repeating what others said in the youtube comments? If that were the case why is he the ONLY soldier that appears that way(not to mention he comes from a totally random direction all alone)? If ... [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by Taut on 18 August, 2011, 0:20
I notice they didn't say how they are creating the wave. These guys will be rich soon.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Spid3rCyd3 on 18 August, 2011, 18:32
Getting a little tired of waiting on that lightsaber, lets get with the program here scientists.


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