Giovanni Lerario, Antonio Fieramosca, Dario Ballarini, Lorenzo Dominici Milena De Giorgi, Giuseppe Gigli and Daniele Sanvitto of the NANOTEC Institute of Nanotechnology, Fabio Barachati and Stéphane Kéna-Cohen of the Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Konstantinos S. Daskalakis of Finland’s Aalto University, Stefan A. Maier of Imperial College London were among the scientists gracing the endorsements section of a paper titled “Room-temperature super fluidity in a polaritoncondensate” released on June 5th, 2017 by the scientific journal, Nature.
My first thought was initially interested in the French and Italian names gracing the paper. Any classically trained (ie, European lineaged) artist will tell you that light flows around the form, and that Italy and France stand at the apex of the art world historically. The exact words of my teacher, Kathryn Manzo, after explaining the curving of light around form were “Physics might disagree with us but that’s irrelevant, just observe the light.”
With that being said, I have to warn that I don’t mention this because I am the sort of person who is surprised or remotely indignant when scientists investigate if mice like cheese. Doing the actual lab work, no matter how obvious it seems, is crucial to the integrity of science and technology. I just thought it was interesting that this has been observed historically by a mankind far more in the dark about physics than us. The European Academic Tradition dates back formally to Michelangelo, the art world’s Einstein. The views on how light moves would date back at least to his time period.
As a side note for followers of Judaic Kabbalah and Hermetic Qabbalah, if light was a mere wave, it wouldn’t agree with Kabbalistic theory, which purports that the light of Ain Soph Aur, particularly in Lurianic Kabbalah, flows “like water” through the Sephira, which are layered like “the layers of an onion” as Luria put it. (The Tree of Life, The Palace of Adam Kadmon)
Confirming that light flows like this will significantly increase technological advancements in solar panels, so friends of energy alternatives should be very excited about these findings.
The initial discovery appears to have been credited to one man, Dr. Stéphane Kéna-Cohen of Polytechnique Montréal, the world class engineering institution. He wrote an article titled “A stream of superfluid light” available at http://www.polymtl.ca/carrefour-actualite/en/news/stream-superfluid-light.
The original Nature PDF is available at https://www.nature.com/articles/nphys4147.epdf.