is this even possible? What is this?
Just when you think we know about photons these experimenters find out some crazy stuff. Is light a wave or a particle? Most people think both as been covered by the site and other articles before. And now, these physicists get technical and explain what they just spotted:
Physicists from Trinity College Dublin’s School of Physics and the CRANN Institute, Trinity College, have discovered a new form of light, which will impact our understanding of the fundamental nature of light.
One of the measurable characteristics of a beam of light is known as angular momentum. Until now, it was thought that in all forms of light the angular momentum would be a multiple of Planck’s constant (the physical constant that sets the scale of quantum effects).
Angular momentum was apparently thought to be constant. Uh I guess not eh? Now what does this mean in terms of applications? It may be too early to know.
Let’s find out more about this new light and check out a video on page 2