The company said its scientists have demonstrated a quantum mechanical process known as Bose-Einstein Condensation (BEC).
It uses a luminescent polymer similar to the light emitting displays in smartphones of today.
The phenomenon demonstrated by the scientists is named after Satyendranath Bose and Albert Einstein – they predicted it in the mid 1920s, said IBM. A BEC is a state of matter when a dilute gas of particles (bosons) are cooled to close to absolute zero (-273C).
However, IBM has achieved the same state at room temperature in a thin plastic film of 35 nanometres with bosonic particles created through interaction of the polymer material and light. The phenomenon last for a few picoseconds, but the IBM scientists think that is long enough to create a source of laser-like light or an optical switch.