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 Slow Light2003-10-17 10:55
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Researchers have shown than they can slow down light to a stand still, and even store its properties in atoms and then reconstitute the light later. And now other researchers have found that they can manufacture crystal that either slow down or speed up light.

It all reminds me of a science fiction story I read once where somebody had manufactured "slow glass". It would take something like 20 years for light to pass through a pane of glass like that. So, you would buy glass panes that had been standing around on the African savannah or in the Himalayas or something for years, and put them as windows in your house. And then, for years, you could look out at exotic wildlife walking about outside or breathtaking mountain views.

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17 Oct 2003 @ 11:02 by scotty : what a shame
that the windows was only science fiction - what a great idea !!  

18 Oct 2003 @ 16:47 by bri_outten : Excellent
I wonder if this is true.
If so marvellous!
Although unlikely as I gather that light, even in the densest of materials, only slows light down marginally, although enough for it to refract!  

21 Oct 2003 @ 09:15 by ming : Light of Other Days
Ah, great, yes, that's the one! Thanks.  

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