Light mimics hotel with limitless vacancies

Hilbert illustration of infinity inspires new twist in optical information storage

hotel vacancy sign

PLENTY OF ROOM  An imaginary hotel conceived by mathematician David Hilbert always has vacancies, even though its infinite number of rooms are all occupied. That idea of opening up more space could be used to let light carry more data.

Jeremy Brooks/Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0

This article is only available to Science News subscribers.

Subscribers, enter your e-mail address to access our archives.

Not a subscriber?

Science News is a nonprofit.

Support us by subscribing now.

More Stories from Science News on Quantum Physics

From the Nature Index

Paid Content