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Rainbow trapped for the first time

December 2, 2009 | Comment icon 10 comments



Image Credit: D-Kuru
For the first time a rainbow of light has been trapped using a lens and a plate of glass using a technique that could open the doors to a whole new era of telecommunications and optical computing.
Oh, to catch a rainbow. Well, it's been done for the first time ever and with just a simple lens and a plate of glass at that. The technique could be used to store information using light, a boon for optical computing and telecommunications.


Source: New Scientist | Comments (10)


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Comment icon #1 Posted by Mac E 13 years ago
This is a huge discovery for the computing area as well. To be able to store memory by trapping light would make a big difference.
Comment icon #2 Posted by BeastieRunner 13 years ago
Looks like Newton's rings.
Comment icon #3 Posted by kurethmu 13 years ago
Great find. How long before they completely overpower the good it can do with capitalistic greed?
Comment icon #4 Posted by Drcatj18 13 years ago
Great find. How long before they completely overpower the good it can do with capitalistic greed? ( "nod and agrees") I Say 2 Months.
Comment icon #5 Posted by BiffSplitkins 13 years ago
This is a huge discovery for the computing area as well. To be able to store memory by trapping light would make a big difference. It will once they figure out a faster conversion from electrical to optical.
Comment icon #6 Posted by DieChecker 13 years ago
( "nod and agrees") I Say 2 Months. And two months later it is a weapon.
Comment icon #7 Posted by BiffSplitkins 13 years ago
And two months later it is a weapon. What? Are they going to turn it into some super glorious gay-beam with Meredith Baxter pulling the trigger?
Comment icon #8 Posted by J.B. 13 years ago
And two months later it is a weapon. Or a counterweapon. Depending on the material, you could certainly use it to trap deathray beams. A shield ahead of its time.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Mac E 13 years ago
What? Are they going to turn it into some super glorious gay-beam with Meredith Baxter pulling the trigger? Ha, Thanks for the laugh Biff!
Comment icon #10 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 13 years ago
Great find. How long before they completely overpower the good it can do with capitalistic greed? Soon! Sooooooooooon! They're one step closer to get that pot of gold!


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