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First Ever Photo of Light As Both Particle and Wave.

“This experiment demonstrates that, for the first time ever, we can film quantum mechanics – and its paradoxical nature – directly.” - Fabrizio Carbone, Ph.D., Lead Scientist, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland

This is a groundbreaking, first-ever image of light behaving simultaneously as both a wave and a stream of particles. This historic image was made by scientists at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland, led by Fabrizio Carbone. The team used electrons to image a standing wave of light. Phys.org explains: "As the electrons pass close to the standing wave of light, they 'hit' the light's photons particles, changing photon 'energy packet' speeds that also showed up in the image as particles." See Phys.org for animation: http://phys.org/news/2015-03-particle.html - (from earthfiles.com)
Tags: physics - historical, physics - light / photons, physics - particle / wave, physics - subatomic particles
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