Using U.S. Navy dolphins, a physicist and a marine biologist confirmed the existence of sonically-activated lasers.
In a breakthrough that could upend the technology industry, changing everything from the way cell phones transmit data to how computer chips perform computations, researchers from Fermi National Laboratory and the U.S. Navy announced today a new way to create lasers beams, the tightly-focused beams of narrow-spectrum light. And the key to it all is dolphin sonar.
The finding confirmed decades of speculation. “Theorists have been predicting the existence of sonically-activated lasers since the mid-1990s,” said Katherine Johnson, a professor of photonics at the University of California, Berkeley. “But we didn’t have any proof. Now we do.”