Frozen/Solid light Shields
I can't find much online; but after listening to an Isaac Arthur episode where he briefly mentions frozen light, I immediately thought about the Hardlight items from the Halo series.
My basic idea: being able to control the light and the distance it can travel so that it becomes frozen in place a certain distance from the emitter. So a ship would have hundreds or thousands of these shield projectors to create overlapping coverage of the ship.
Now I am thinking, since this might require lots of energy, that the shields will be an active defence and only turn on when a sensor picks up an incoming attack. From a scientific point of view, would these shields be able to stop any physical matter, of would they only be useful against laser attacks? (If even useful against those at all).
The shields would experience fatigue then and need to cool down after prolonged use. This would give the Star Trek effect of "forward shields at 40%". Except instead of diverting power to the shields to increase their duration it would be diverting cooling to the shields since the ships will have limited cooling abilities.
Does this seem feasible or am I way off the ball on this? I guess is this technology into feasible as information and communication devices or can it have physical applications.
Essentially, I want to neutralize laser weapons on warships and have a space navy that relies on physical kinetic and explosive weapons.