Science!: First Photo Of Light As Both Wave AND Particle

March 3, 2015


This is a picture taken by the scientists at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland of light acting as both a wave and particle at the same time. Fascinating. (Fascinating is what you say when you don't understand something but don't want to LET ON that you don't know something. It's also great to use if you ever stumble across an ancient underground tomb)

Here's how they did it: they shone laser onto a tiny nanowire that caused it to vibrate, which, in turn, caused light waves to travel back and forth along its length -- when the waves met, they ended up emitting light particles. The team then fired electrons close to the nanowire that enabled them to capture both the light waves and particles, as you can see in the image above.

Did that make sense? You want to explain it to me? Maybe, I dunno, over coffee or something? "Is this a date?" What? Noooooooooo. You will be paying though. And I will text you constantly for days after asking why you don't like me and what I did wrong. Then I'll get the hint and go silent. Just for like a week though, then back to the constant texting. I demand closure.

There's a video explanation after the jump, which still didn't make much sense to me, but, to my credit, I was watching

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