Science Briefs

by Blogburger on August 19, 2013

Researchers slow light to a crawl Light traveling in a vacuum is the universe’s ultimate speed demon, racing at approximately 186,000 miles per second. Now scientists have an effective new way to put a speed bump in light’s path. Reported last week in The Optical Society’s open-access journal Optics Express, researchers from France and China embedded dye molecules in a liquid crystal matrix to throttle the group velocity of light back to less than one-billionth of its top speed. The team says the ability to… – Science News

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