Apr 28, 2022

Zero-index metamaterials offer new insights into the foundations of quantum mechanics

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In physics, as in life, it’s always good to look at things from different perspectives.

Since the beginning of quantum physics, how moves and interacts with matter around it has mostly been described and understood mathematically through the lens of its energy. In 1900, Max Planck used energy to explain how light is emitted by heated objects, a seminal study in the foundation of quantum mechanics. In 1905, Albert Einstein used energy when he introduced the concept of photon.

But light has another equally important quality, known as momentum. And as it turns out, when you take momentum away, light starts behaving in really interesting ways.

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