Why Are Scientists Trying To Stop Light From Moving?

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Recently, researchers kept light still for 16 seconds using cold atoms. What could this mean for future technology?

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Sources:

Air Force Fighters Will Carry Laser Cannons, Cyber Weapons By 2020:

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/09/air-force-fighters-will-carry-laser-cannons-cyber-weapons-by-2020/

“Sometime very soon, combat aircraft may be zapping threats out of the sky with laser weapons. ‘I believe we’ll have a directed energy pod we can put on a fighter plane very soon,’ Air Force General Hawk Carlisle said at this week’s Air Force Association Air & Space conference in a presentation on what he called Fifth-Generation Warfare.”

How Light Works:

http://science.howstuffworks.com/light.htm

“Light is at once both obvious and mysterious. We are bathed in yellow warmth every day and stave off the darkness with incandescent and fluorescent bulbs.”

Researchers Now Able To Stop, Restart Light:

http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/2001/01.24/01-stoplight.html

“’Two years ago we slowed it down to 38 miles an hour; now we’ve been able to park it then bring it back up to full speed.’ Lene Hau isn’t talking about a used motorbike, but about light – that ethereal, life-sustaining stuff that normally travels 93 million miles from the sun in about eight minutes.”

Automatic Telescope Spots Light-Speed Explosions:

http://www.space.com/3936-automatic-telescope-spots-light-speed-explosions.html

“Some dying stars smolder into darkness while others quickly shed their coat of hot gases. But some go out with a bang, propelling their remains through the cosmos at more than 99.9997 percent of the speed of light–the maximum speed limit in the universe.”

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Why Are Scientists Trying To Stop Light From Moving?