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On the other hand we seem to be able to trap 'light' in a BEC.For quite some time. http://www.physorg.com/news6123.html And this is even cooler if it is correct.As it states that stopped light turn into 'matter' or at least that lights 'information' becomes 'imprinted' on 'matter'.http://www.abc.net.au/science/news/stories/2007/1843012.htm
How the light 'imprinted' itself, and what 'energy' the 'coupling laser' might have transfered to those 'imprinted' atoms? As those two was, sort of, 'unknowns' in the article.And that pdf the site had looks good too.
"that lights 'information' becomes 'imprinted' on 'matter'."So what?It's not that exciting an idea.
"that lights 'information' becomes 'imprinted' on 'matter'."So what?It's not that exciting an idea.Hundreds of years ago smugglers used signal lamps to convey information. The people on the shore remembered seing the lights and remembered what information those lights carried.The details of human memory are complex and, at least from my point of view, not well understood but they clearly involve making a recodr of that information on the matter in the brain- perhaps by strengthening conections between synapses.In any event, the light converyed information that was imprinted on matter.Big deal- ask Kodak .