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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 synthetic dimensions has generated interest in many branches of science. Previous experiments have augmented the real-space dimensionality by one additional…READ MORE