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Physicists levitate tiny diamonds in wild experiment
Fox News ^ | August 15, 2013 | Laura Poppick

Posted on 08/16/2013 10:07:29 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

In quite an eerie feat, physicists have floated microscopic diamonds in midair using laser beams.

Researchers have already used lasers to levitate extremely small particles, such as individual atoms, but this is the first time that the technique has worked on a nanodiamond, which, in this case, measures just 100 nanometers (3.9 x 10-8 inches) across, or more than 1,000 times thinner than a fingernail.

In the new study, the physicists from the University of Rochester relied on the fact that a laser beam, which is made up of photons, creates a tiny force that usually can't be felt.....

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TOPICS: Science
KEYWORDS: diamonds; freakinglaserbeams; levitation; science; stringtheory
What could that lead to?
1 posted on 08/16/2013 10:07:29 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

>>What could that lead to?<<

Damn near everything is scaleable.


2 posted on 08/16/2013 10:13:28 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (US Military's anti-Christianity: Moral slavery is slavery nonetheless)
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What could that lead to?

Indoor skydiving for very small people?

3 posted on 08/16/2013 10:13:29 PM PDT by thesharkboy (posting without reading the article since 1998)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

To da Moon Alice!

Lucy in the Sky, with Diamonds!


4 posted on 08/16/2013 10:14:02 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

For some strange reason the song “Tiny Bubbles” comes to mind. Don’t know why.


5 posted on 08/16/2013 10:17:34 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"What could that lead to?"


6 posted on 08/16/2013 10:17:44 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Beam me up, Scotty.


7 posted on 08/16/2013 10:27:35 PM PDT by Rocky (Obama is pure evil.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This could lead to:

Beam me up, Scottie, without dematerialization.


8 posted on 08/16/2013 10:30:18 PM PDT by Kennard
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

When I was in college 35 years ago, one of the chemistry professors got a brand-new argon ion laser. 18kW in, one watt out... an awful lot of visible light at the time.

I watched the technicians install it. I think it was manufactured by Spectra-Physics, but memory is not reliable after this many years.

Anyway, they were adjusting it with the cover off, and I could see - inside the water-jacketed laser tube - these tiny little particles, flitting around within the beam. They were close to the mirrors on each end, and they looked like tiny moths flying around a tiny flame.

I asked one of the techs about them, and he said “oh, those are zombies.” He asked another tech “hey, have they ever figured out what causes the zombies” and the other guy said “no, they’re some kind of tiny particles that they can’t eliminate from the manufacturing process.”

I wonder if they were floating on photon momentum.


9 posted on 08/16/2013 10:33:18 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“which is made up of photons”

What could it lead to?

Photon torpedoes?

10 posted on 08/16/2013 10:44:36 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Tractor beams.


11 posted on 08/16/2013 10:45:40 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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What could that lead to?

Some great diamond heist scenes in some future James Bond movie.

12 posted on 08/16/2013 10:46:51 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Improved laser particle separation and improved optical tweezers. Advances in single biological cell separation. Think improvements in fighting diseases.


13 posted on 08/16/2013 10:51:12 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Cementjungle
A remake of 11 Harrow House?
14 posted on 08/16/2013 10:58:29 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I aim to raise a million plus for Gov. Palin. What'll you do?.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Haven’t seen that one, but just looked it up... sounds like a good movie.


15 posted on 08/16/2013 11:01:16 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Cementjungle

Read the book as a young teen.


16 posted on 08/16/2013 11:03:33 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I aim to raise a million plus for Gov. Palin. What'll you do?.)
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What could that lead to?

Chris Christie starring as Baron Harkkonen in "Dune: Potomac.". :)

17 posted on 08/16/2013 11:05:12 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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no, they will use his obvious talent and put him in a sand worm costume.


18 posted on 08/16/2013 11:14:26 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: GeronL

Lol...Lucy In The Sky. :)

Or maybe Diamonado?


19 posted on 08/16/2013 11:22:21 PM PDT by berdie
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To: berdie

That would be scary. The hardest natural substance being whipped around like that would be quite a weapon.


20 posted on 08/16/2013 11:32:58 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL

Shhhhhh!!!!


21 posted on 08/17/2013 12:13:18 AM PDT by berdie
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Someone please tell me how Coral Castle was built, then I'll be impressed.
22 posted on 08/17/2013 12:45:21 AM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (If Americans were as concerned for their country as Egyptians are, Obama would be ousted!)
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To: GeronL

Light speed diamond cannon...

Laser hits first heating/softening the impact area, then the hard substance impacts at sublight.

The stuff SciFi dreams are made of ;)

Imagine the kinetic energy. Who needs Rods from God?


23 posted on 08/17/2013 1:22:04 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: 6SJ7; AdmSmith; AFPhys; Arkinsaw; allmost; aristotleman; autumnraine; backwoods-engineer; ...

I wonder what impact this would have made on Marilyn Monroe. Thanks 2ndDivisionVet.

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24 posted on 08/17/2013 3:36:33 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Reminds me of watching dust swirl and float in a sunbeam coming through a window..


25 posted on 08/17/2013 4:03:00 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

(Sir Bedevere) “What also floats in air?”
(Various peasants) “very small rocks”


26 posted on 08/17/2013 4:58:53 AM PDT by DManA
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

27 posted on 08/17/2013 6:07:33 AM PDT by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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