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Did you know that In 1999, Harvard physicist Lene Hau was able to slow down light to


Until now not even the most advanced of today’s modern technology has been able to outrun the speed of light, which is estimated as nearly 300,000,000 m/s. However, back in 2001 one woman was able to stop the speed of light completely.

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Image Source: Wikipedia

Lene Hau was born in 1959 in Vejle, Denmark. In 1984 Hau received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics, earned a Master’s Degree in Physics and got a doctorate in Quantum Theory. In 1999 she was signed to lead a two-year long postdoctoral research project. Hau and her team managed to slow down the speed of a single beam of light to 17 m/s with the use of a superfluid. In 2001, two years after this huge accomplishment, Hau became the first person to stop the speed of light completely with the use of a Bose–Einstein condensate.
Nowadays Hau teaches in Harvard as a Professor of Physics and Applied Physics. She is praised worldwide and is often involved in a variety of international conferences.


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