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Precise Control of Photons in a Synthetic Dimension

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STANFORD, Calif., Feb. 24, 2020 — To enable precise control of photons, a Stanford-led team created a pseudo-magnetic force, essentially “tricking” photons — which are intrinsically nonmagnetic — into behaving like charged electrons. The photons were sent through carefully designed mazes in a way that caused them to behave as if they were being acted upon by what the scientists call a “synthetic” magnetic field. “We designed structures that created magnetic forces capable of pushing photons in predictable and useful ways,” professor Shanhui Fan said. The concept of...Read full article

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