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Contact: Dr. Niels Kjaergaard
University of Otago

Splitting Atomic Clouds with Laser Tweezers

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Caption: Physicists from New Zealands' University of Otago have pushed the frontiers of quantum technology by developing a steerable 'optical tweezers' unit that uses intense laser beams to precisely split minute clouds of ultracold atoms. Here the researchers use the technology to split a single ultracold cloud of rubidium atoms sequentially into 32 daughter clouds, spreading them out over nearly half a centimetre.

Credit: Niels Kjaergaard

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