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Light and matter merge in quantum coupling

Light and matter merge in quantum coupling

Did you know that light and matter can meet in such a way that, with help from a magnetic field, they can become one state? Some very smart people at Rice University wrapped electrons in light, creating a combo of light and matter referred to as a polariton. This mind-bending, particle-combining phenomenon is simply remarkable!

Source: http://phys.org/news/2016-08-merge-quantum-coupling.html

Image Source: By Konstantinos Lagoudakis (The Physics of Exciton-Polariton Condensates) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons