Calabi-Yau Manifold

Laser Crystals

Laser Crystals

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According to string theory, spacetime as we know it isn't 4-dimensional, but 10-dimensional.  The next question is, where are the extra 6 dimensions that we don't see?  One answer is that they're 'compactified': roughly speaking, rolled up into such a small shape that they're unobservable by humans.

Calabi-Yau spaces may be that submicroscopic shape. There are many such spaces, but being 6-dimensional, they're not easy to draw! This model is a 3D cross-section through a likely space.  Surprisingly it's beautiful – a wildly self-intersecting ride.

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