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Otago researchers take control of atoms – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on March 9th, 2017.

Physicists at the University of Otago have found a way to control individual atoms, making them appear wherever they command. The research, led by Dr Mikkel Andersen from the Dodd-Walls Centre, follows a breakthrough in 2010 when the team isolated and captured a neutral rubidium-85 atom, which allowed them to photograph it for the first time. […]

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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