E=mc2 becomes m=E/c2
Theoretically, it should be possible to turn light into matter. In practice, well - "easier said than done" is an understatement.
Now, 84 years after the process was first theorized, some researchers reckon they're going to be able to do it - and they're about to start the experiment.
It's called the Breit-Wheeler process, and it all has to do with E=mc2.
The process was first described in 1934, by a pair of physicists named Gregory Breit and John A. Wheeler, in the journal Physical Review.
In their paper, Breit and Wheeler proposed that, if you smashed two photons - particles of light - together, the collision would result in a positron and an electron. You would have created matter out of light.
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We're eagerly awaiting the results. In the meantime, you can read more about the experiment in the team's 2014 paper, published in the journal Nature Photonics.
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