Device Enables Portable, Ultra-Precise Clocks, Sensors
Research led at the Univ. of Strathclyde has developed a portable device to produce ultracold atoms for quantum technology and quantum information processing.
The researchers have developed technology which is far more compact than previous setups but can still cool and trap large numbers of atoms for use in portable devices. They pattern the surface of a semiconductor chip to form a diffraction grating, splitting a laser into many beams that cool the atoms.
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