Because what good is science fiction if we can't eventually make the technology real, scientists at Harvard and MIT have created a new form of matter that behaves similar to a lightsaber. Heck yeah! *turns off light swinging yardstick with a bunch of glowsticks taped to it* "Wow GW, why don't you just buy one of those lightsaber replicas?" Wow, Mr. Moneybags, why don't you just give me $300?
A team of physicists were fooling around with photons when they managed to get the particles to clump together to form a molecule, one that's unlike any other matter.
Credit for the experiment goes to Harvard physics professor Mikhail Lukin and MIT physics professor Vladan Vuletic, who blasted photons through a cloud of rubidium atoms. When they sent more than one photon at once, they noticed that the particles clung to each other to form a molecule.
"It's not an in-apt analogy to compare this to lightsabers," said Lukin (Skywalker?) in a press release. "When these photons interact with each other, they're pushing against and deflect each other. The physics of what's happening in these molecules is similar to what we see in the movies."
Unfortunately, scientists are more concerned with how the new matter can be applied to developing better quantum computers than laser swords, which is a real shame. Come on -- eyes on the prize! Watch and learn. HOLY SHIT GUYS -- SCIENTISTS ARE SEEKING FUNDING TO DEVELOP FUNCTIONAL LIGHTSABERS! *money flies out of every geek's pocket* Versus, HOLY SHIT GUYS -- SCIENTISTS ARE SEEKING FUNDING TO DEVELOP BETTER QUANTUM COMPUTERS! *crickets chirping, somebody steals $1 out of a church offering basket* I rest my case.
Thanks to Ford, PYY, Andreas, Shipwreck and IIFTY, who agree they should have at least lied and said they were going to develop lightsabers so people would care more.