An MIT professor has helped Harvard scientists develop real-life lightsaber molecules and they say that this discovery could actually lead to amazing scientific advancements. WSBTV announced on Sept. 27, 2013, that lasers have been used to discover a new form of matter.
At the Center for Ultracold Atoms, Mikhail Lukin and Vladan Vuletic shot photons through a cloud of rubidium atoms in near absolute-zero temperatures. For those that may not fully understand what that means, it simply means that a real-life lightsaber could honestly be on the way.
A writer for Geek.com says, “The key was to create a special medium in which photons can interact strongly enough that they attract one another as if they have mass.”
Those photons “bumped into the atoms in a way similar to the way regular matter would. In the process, the photons slowed down enough to bump into each other and bond into molecules.” (Via CNN)
He has actually been able to bind together light particles, or photons, into a single molecule.
“Maybe a characteristic of a lightsaber is that you have these two light beams and they don’t go through each other as you might expect they just kind of bounce off each other,” he explained.
Essentially, Gizmodo's Adam Clark Estese says that this process is what is known as the Rydberg blockade, which states "atoms neighboring an atom that's been excited...cannot be excited to the same degree as the initial atom."
In otherwords, instead of going on forever, the beams of light bond together. With that, you get a real lightsaber.
There is a lot less of the matter, of course. Even though it is much smaller than the type of weapon you'd see in "Star Wars," it is still a real lightsaber and one that could be made.