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Photons living on the edge

Image credit: JQI. Figure attributes (color, lighting) altered for artistic purposes with permission of authors.

Image credit: JQI. Figure attributes (color, lighting) altered for artistic purposes with permission of authors.

Topological Light: JQI/NIST scientists have observed infrared photons racing around the edge of a room temperature, silicon-on-insulator chip, unobstructed by defects. This novel design assists with the miniaturization of optical communication technology, bringing photons a little closer to their electronic circuit counterparts.

This has been the first installment of "A Quantum Bit"