It's possible to create a new form of light by binding the properties of photons and electrons, physicists have claimed.
The theoretical model was developed by scientists at the Imperial College London, and suggests coupling light particles photons and electrons can create properties that could lead to circuits that work with packages of light instead of electrons.
In normal materials, light interacts with a whole host of electrons present on the surface and within the material, explained Imperial College.
But by using theoretical physics to model the behaviour of light and a recently-discovered class of materials known as topological insulators, we have found it could interact with just one electron on the surface.
This, the College said, would create a coupling that merges some of the properties of the light and the electron.
Normally, light travels in a straight line, but when bound to the electron it would instead follow its path, tracing the surface of the material.