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Light trap for single atom devised

Dacia Herbulock posted in on September 27th, 2010.

University of Otago physicists have found a way to trap a single atom, using a clever technique to circumvent the quantum uncertainties involved. Their  research, published today in the journal Nature Physics, uses laser cooling techniques and “optical tweezers” to isolate and hold in place one rubidium 85 atom. (The image at right shows an atom caught […]

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