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Bose-Einstein condensate research

Bose-Einstein condensate research

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PASCAL GOETGHELUCK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PASCAL GOETGHELUCK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Bose-Einstein condensate research. Scientist working with lasers to create a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC), which is a particular state of matter that can arise at very low temperatures. Atoms are trapped using laser beams and magnets, and supercooled to a few fractions of a degree above absolute zero. At these temperatures, the atoms all have the same quantum energy state, and are indistinguishable from each other. They coalesce, behaving as if they were one single 'super atom.' Photographed at the Laboratoire Kastler Brossel at the Centre National de recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris, France.

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