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Andrei Seryi, director of the John Adams Institute at Oxford University, said: “It’s breathtaking to think that things we thought are not connected, can in fact be converted to each other: matter and energy, particles and light. Would we be able in the future to convert energy into time and vice versa?”
In a neat demonstration of E=mc2, physicists believe they can create electrons and positrons from colliding photons
Researchers have worked out how to make matter from pure light and are drawing up plans to demonstrate the feat within the next 12 months.
The theory underpinning the idea was first described 80 years ago by two physicists who later worked on the first atomic bomb. At the time they considered the conversion of light into matter impossible in a laboratory.
But in a report published on Sunday, physicists at Imperial College London claim to have cracked the problem using high-powered lasers and other equipment now available to scientists.
“We have shown in principle how you can make matter from light,” said Steven Rose at Imperial. “If you do this experiment, you will be taking light and turning it into matter.”
originally posted by: Grimpachi
Cool. Maybe one day such things will be as common as they are portrayed on Star Trek shows where you even get your food from them.
That will probably be a ways off, long after I am dead.
originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: alienjuggalo
Pretty neat if it works. Bold statement to make beforehand.
I'm not sure what that quote from Andrei Seryi has to do with it. Convert energy into time? What an odd thing to say.
"Time! Get your time right here! Buckets of time, right here! Get your time right now!"
originally posted by: ArtemisE
What element would be created I wonder.
originally posted by: sirhumperdink
a reply to: Vortiki
no elements are created
electrons and positrons are created (this is called pair production)
did you guys even read the article?