Edible Lasers

A friend of mine claimed you can make a laser from a gin & tonic, and so I had to find out more. It turns out that not only can you make a very poor laser using ethyl alcohol, you can also make one from Jello! Well, not the actual Jello like you’d find in a grocery store – instead it would be a non-toxic variation of the traditional dye laser held in gelatin rather than liquid — but edible and lasing none-the-less!

Stephen Wilk explores these and more edible possibilities in this article for Optics & Photonics News (embedded magazine reader). Alternative source: (google docs)

See also: DIY Pickle Light

10 thoughts on “Edible Lasers

  1. But is it possible to synthesize excited bromide in an argon matrix? :) (100 pts to anyone who gets that reference)

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