Dynamical Casimir Effect

A team of physicists including a researcher from the University of Michigan observed what's called the dynamical Casimir effect for the first time earlier this year. They essentially squeezed light particles from the vacuum of space. Image courtesy of Philip Krantz, UM

Physicists’ ‘Light From Darkness’ Named A Top 2011 Discovery

They shook light from darkness. They coaxed something out of what we normally think of as nothing — the vacuum of space. And now their work has been named one of the top 10 breakthroughs of the year by Physics World, the international magazine announced today.

WWJ Newsradio 950–12/18/2011