The First-Ever Experiment Simultaneously Photographing Light as Both a Particle and a Wave

light as particle and wave

Scientists at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne led by Fabrizio Carbone have for the first time ever photographed light simultaneously behaving as both a particle and a wave. They recently published a paper about their work in Nature Communications.

Albert Einstein proposed the notion that light is both a particle and a wave in 1905, but earlier experiments only captured it behaving one way or the other. The institute has also released an animated explanation of how the experiment was conducted.

image via Fabrizio Carbone/EPFL

via EurakAlert, Chris Intagliata