Bose-Einstein condensates and superatoms

20 Aug 2010

At August 18th .. Nigel Calder looks at very cold rubidium atoms combining together to make superatoms known as Bose-Einstein condensates. A team in Germany added more rubidium atoms and this brought order and a neater pattern which was probably aided and abetted by reason the superatoms became wider overall. Calder is quoting from a paper in Nature on the subject, and adds, it is not the superatoms themselves that is new but the fact the German team were successful in imaging them with a new kind of microscope that picks up flourescence from the atoms caused by the cooling process. He further adds that this is the beginning of a new technology - after electronics we may have atomics.