Is It Possible to Make Matter From Light?

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In 1934, physicists Gregory Breit and John A. Wheeler developed a theory for converting matter into light. Reporting in Nature Photonics, scientists describe a method for creating a “photon-photon collider” that could prove the theory. Physicist Edward Hill, a co-author on the paper, describes how this collider could be created with existing technology.

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Edward Hill

Edward Hill is research associate of plasma physics at The Blackett Laboratory at Imperial College London in London, United Kingdom.

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About Alexa Lim

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