Light captured as particle and wave in same photograph

March 2, 2015 7:49 PM

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Light captured as particle and wave in same photograph

According to Quantum mechanics, light can act as both a wave and particle. But until now, observing such a duality in real time has been near impossible.

Scientists enabled the multifaceted photo by blasting a laser at a nanowire. The energy caused electrons on the nanowire to vibrate and begin marching across the wire, some moving in opposite directions. When the crossing electrons meet, they form a new light wave that radiates around the wire -- a ...

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