Posted on Monday, 15 August, 2011 | 12 comments| News tip by: Still Waters
Image credit: Novosibirsk University
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."