In their new work, the researchers wondered whether interactions could take place between not only two photons, but more. Can you add more photons to a molecule to make bigger and bigger things? To find out, the team used the same experimental approach they used to observe two-photon interactions. The process begins with cooling a cloud of rubidium atoms to ultracold temperatures, just a millionth of a degree above absolute zero.
Cooling the atoms slows them to a near standstill. Through this cloud of immobilized atoms, the researchers then shine a very weak laser beam — so weak, in fact, that only a handful of photons travel through the cloud at any one time. The researchers then measure the photons as they come out the other side of the atom cloud.
In the new experiment, they found that the photons streamed out as pairs and triplets, rather than exiting the cloud at random intervals, as single photons having nothing to do with each other. In addition to tracking the number and rate of photons, the team measured the phase of photons, before and after traveling through the atom cloud. The researchers then developed a hypothesis to explain what might have caused the photons to interact in the first place. Their model, based on physical principles, puts forth the following scenario: As a single photon moves through the cloud of rubidium atoms, it briefly lands on a nearby atom before skipping to another atom, like a bee flitting between flowers, until it reaches the other end.
If another photon is simultaneously traveling through the cloud, it can also spend some time on a rubidium atom, forming a polariton — a hybrid that is part photon, part atom. Then two polaritons can interact with each other via their atomic component. At the edge of the cloud, the atoms remain where they are, while the photons exit, still bound together. The researchers found that this same phenomenon can occur with three photons, forming an even stronger bond than the interactions between two photons.
The entire interaction within the atom cloud occurs over a millionth of a second. This means that photons that have interacted with each other, in this case through an attraction between them, can be thought of as strongly correlated, or entangled — a key property for any quantum computing bit. Going forward, the team will look for ways to coerce other interactions such as repulsion, where photons may scatter off each other like billiard balls.
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Or will something else happen? Research published in Science demonstrates the ability of photons to bind together in a way previously thought impossible — creating a new form of light. Writing for Newsweek, Katherine Hignett reports that for the first time, scientists have observed groups of three photons interacting and effectively producing a new form of light.
Being able to manipulate these photons could enable the distribution of data in much more powerful ways. Research by Physics PhD candidate Sergio Cantu has led to the discovery of a new form of light, which happens when photos stick together, as opposed to passing through one another.
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Raising her head, she saw the storm had passed, the castle ahead now clear in morning sun. In front of it, two iron gates swung open and shut against the rocks, the entrance to this white fortress that towered over a calm, gray lake. Edginess fluttered in her chest. Agatha looked up at the zigzagging staircase that ascended towards the circle of white towers. Agatha turned back to the water. The Lady of the Lake had protected that Snake. And not just protected him: The hag loomed beneath the lake like a troll under a bridge, glaring up at Agatha with cold eyes.
Her voice carried through the water, low and distorted —. So now he tries to weasel out of our deal by sending you?
You have to help them! The green-masked boy had the blood of Arthur in his veins. I could smell it when I had my powers. I knew the blood of the one true king. He sensed my secret: He knew that I would trade my magic for love if only someone gave me the chance. And he was offering me that chance. A chance Arthur never gave me. For a single kiss, the boy promised I could be free of this life… I could go with him to Camelot.
I could have love. He is the king. And I serve the king. The boy you kissed was the Snake. He kissed you to strip your magic and rob Good of your power.
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He kissed you to help the Lion become King. And now I need to know who that Snake is. Because if you can be tricked, so can Excalibur! The Lady of the Lake lurched towards Agatha, her decayed face just beneath the surface. The boy I kissed was the king.
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And I saw the Snake there! The Lady tore through the water. It was the same boy I protected. He is the rightful king… not the one you and Merlin defend. The Lady of the Lake paused, her skull shining underwater like a pearl. This time, when she looked up, the ice in her eyes had thawed. All Agatha saw was sadness.
I helped Merlin like he wanted. I have nothing left. So please… just go. If you show me what the Snake looks like, I can find out where he and Rhian come from. You say Excalibur makes no mistakes, but you made Excalibur and you made a mistake. You know you did. Truth has become Lies and Lies the Truth.