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photons -- which are the elementary particles of light -- tend to be massless and kind of aloof. If you shoot two laser beams at each other, the photons just pass right through each other without so much as a hello or a high five. But when the researchers fired a few photons into a vacuum chamber with a cloud of extremely cold rubidium atoms to take advantage of an effect called a Rydberg blockade, the photons started hanging out and even left the chamber together as the first "photonic molecule" -- a sort of quantum bromance -- ever observed. And it's that bond between new particle bros that creates the new form of matter, which bears a resemblance to that most awesome weapon from a galaxy far, far away.
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I've always wondered if it would be possible to use a clump of lasers in a handle with a clear plastic stick in the middle and a mirrored end cap to reflect the beams back to make a toy lightsaber. Obviously it would only work in smoke or a fog machine but it would be awesome.
Obviously not what they are talking about here, but I may rig one up one day.