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According to ScienceAlert (This article and its images were originally posted on ScienceAlert February 1, 2019 at 07:39PM.)
Two decades after the hypothetical prediction that it should be possible, scientists have been able to produce fractal light from a laser.
Not only that, they’ve shown the fractal light could be created in 3D rather than just 2D.
Displaying one of nature’s most common patterns from a very human-made technology could open up opportunities in all kinds of communication and imaging fields, the team behind the breakthrough says.
You don’t have to look for long to see these geometrical masterpieces in nature – they’re everywhere from snowflakes to salt flats – but it turns out that discovering them in a beam of laser light requires some very carefully calibrated observations.
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