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Published: Tue, 09/04/2018 - 2:30pm

JILA Researchers have generated the most powerful XUV frequency comb yet. This tabletop experiment generates powers comparable to synchrotron light sources’, while maintaining stability and control. This tool could light a second revolution in quantum physics by enabling spectroscopy at unprecedented precisions.

 

With the advent of the laser, the fuzzy bands glowing from atoms transformed into narrow lines of distinct color. These spectral lines became guiding beacons visible from the quantum frontier.

More than a half century later, we stand at the next frontier. The elegant physics that will decode today’s mysteries (such as dark matter, dark energy, and the stability of our fundamental constants, to name a few) is still shrouded in shadows. But a new tool promises illumination. 

Whereas the monochrome glow of the laser illumed the mysteries of the quantum frontier, today’s frontier is lit by the frequency comb – a revolutionary laser source that emits not one, but over one-million distinct colors.

“Like the teeth of a comb that you could comb your hair with,” is how Stephen Schoun, a...

Published: Aug 08, 2013

Because quantum mechanics is crucial to understanding the behavior of everything in the Universe, one can understand key elements of the behavior...

Published: Aug 02, 2013

What sets the stage for planet formation?

To search for answers to this question, research associate Jake Simon and his colleagues are...

Published: Jul 26, 2013

Many people are familiar with the beautiful harmonies created when two sound waves interfere with each other, producing a periodic and repeating...

Published: Jul 01, 2013

The quantum world is not quite as mysterious as we thought it was. It turns out that there are highways into understanding this strange universe....

Published: Jun 25, 2013

When research associate Wei Xiong and graduate student Dan Hickstein studied quantum dots by shining laser light on them in the gas phase, they...

Published: Apr 01, 2013

The Ye group has opened a new gateway into the relatively unexplored terrain of ultracold chemistry. Research associate Matt Hummon, graduate...

Published: Mar 15, 2013

The Lehnert group has come up with a clever way to transport and store quantum information. Research associate Tauno Palomaki, graduate student...

Published: Mar 13, 2013

Astrophysicist Fellow Jeff Linsky and his colleagues from CU’s Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy have come up with a neat...

Published: Feb 15, 2013

Fellow Mitch Begelman and colleague Marek Sikora of the Polish Academy of Sciences have proposed a solution for the long-standing puzzle of what...

Published: Feb 14, 2013

Researchers in the Regal group have gotten so good at using laser light to track the exact position of a tiny drum that they have been able to...

Published: Feb 11, 2013

Ana Maria Rey’s group is devising new theoretical methods to help experimentalists use ultracold atoms, ions, and molecules to model quantum...

Published: Feb 05, 2013

When experimental physicists at Penn State were unable to observe some of the predicted behaviors of ultracold rubidium (Rb) atoms expanding...

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