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A recent discovery at MIT further supports the idea that photons may be dielectric, and capable of a phase shift into massive matter.

Researchers found that photons can stick together into pairs and triplets when passed through a cloud of ultracold rubidium atoms.

The structures formed had mass, and were therefore slowed down a lot. They moved at a speed 100,000 times slower than ordinary light.

The light appears to have gone through a phase shift similar to that observed for electron-positron pair production. However, in this case, we got the additional effect of photons latching onto each other to create structure.

Quasi-stable matter produced from light
Quasi-stable matter produced from light

Light was, as it were, condensed into matter.

This goes a long way towards proving that photons are dielectric. After all, it is in the nature of dielectric matter to interact and form structures.

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