The Week of Wonders: Stopping Light

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By CAITLIN McGARRY

Researchers at Darmstadt Technical University have achieved the unachievable by trapping light for one whole minute using a crystal barrier.  Professor Thomas Halfmann, Christian Hubrich, and Georg Heinze used a technique called electromagnetically induced transparency.  

Basically it “is a quantum interference effect that permits the propagation of light through an otherwise opaque atomic medium.”  So through this process they were able to trap light into a crystal.  To give you an idea of this unbelievable feat, light normally travels about 11 million miles in one minute… which is the equivalent to more than 20 round trips to the moon.  So one minute is a coon’s age in light speed.  

The results of their conquest may further light-based research and could make it possible to store data within beams of light, which could then be sent over long distances.  

Which could be useful for the over 100,000 people currently applying for one-way-trips to Mars.

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Art

Jack Shainman Gallery

HANK WILLIS THOMAS  /  AND QUESTION BRIDGE: BLACK MALES

This exhibition “explores critical and challenging issues within the African American male community by instigating a transmedia conversation among black men from a range of geographic, economic, generational, educational and social strata.” 

Through August 23, 2013

Jack Shainman Gallery
513 West 20th Street
NY,NY

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Art

Whitney Museum of American Art

Stewart Uoo and Jana Euler: Outside Inside Sensibility

These works suggest new ways of thinking about contemporary portraiture.

Through August 11, 2013

Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Ave
NY,NY