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Published: Fri, 06/29/2018 - 8:15am

A large fraction of JILA research relies on laser cooling of atoms, ions and molecules for applications as diverse as world-leading atomic clocks, human-controlled chemistry, quantum information, new forms of ultracold matter and the search for new details of the origins of the universe. JILAns use laser cooling every day in their research, and have mastered arcane details of the process.

So it was a surprise when an accidental discovery in a JILA lab, coupled with new theory to explain that discovery, created an entirely new, more robust method of laser cooling, potentially advancing nearly all current JILA research using laser cooling, and opening new areas of research.

The new JILA laser cooling technique, dubbed SWAP cooling, uses stimulated emission, rather than spontaneous emission, to increase cooling forces. This new technique, detailed in a recent New Journal of Physics publication, is ideal for cooling atoms with narrow linewidth transitions, such as those with expansive frequency metrology applications (e.g., atomic clocks). The technique could also have applications...

Published: Jul 10, 2008

The Jin group recently came up with the first strong experimental link between superfluidity in...

Published: Jul 10, 2008

What happens to a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) when its atoms interact strongly? One...

Published: Jul 10, 2008

Nanoartisans Cindy Regal, John Teufel, and Konrad Lehnert have come up with a clever new way...

Published: Jul 09, 2008

Graduate student Robyn Levine, Fellow Andrew Hamilton, and colleagues from the University of...

Published: Jul 09, 2008

Fellow Jun Ye’s group is methodically working its way toward the creation of an X-Ray frequency...

Published: Jul 07, 2008

For many years, chemists have explored the differences between liquids and solids. One...

Published: Apr 14, 2008

Fellow Phil Armitage is excited about the discovery of several new galaxies in which a disk of...

Published: Apr 10, 2008

 

What sort of experiment could detect the effects of quantum gravity, if it...

Published: Apr 10, 2008

By late 2006, Fellow Jun Ye’s clock team had raised the accuracy of its strontium (Sr)-lattice...

Published: Apr 02, 2008

With every breath you take, you breathe out carbon dioxide and roughly 1000 other different...

Published: Mar 01, 2008

An excellent way to watch proteins fold is to probe the inside of a microfluidics device with...

Published: Feb 18, 2008

When the Jin and Ye group collaboration wanted to investigate the creation of stable ultracold...

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