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Matter Waves On A Microchip: Munich Max-Planck Researchers Reached "Quantum Leap" To Miniaturize Atom Lasers

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October 11, 2001
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A few years ago, the first atom lasers were built, devices that produce a beam of atoms with many of the properties of a laser beam. Now physicists at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet in Munich have demonstrated that atom lasers can be integrated on a microchip (Nature, 4 Oct. 2001).

A few years ago, the first atom lasers were built, devices that produce a beam of atoms with many of the properties of a laser beam. Now physicists at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet in Munich have demonstrated that atom lasers can be integrated on a microchip (Nature, 4 Oct. 2001). This result dramatically simplifies the production of laser-like matter waves, and can be compared to the step from single transistors to integrated microelectronics. The new devices are expected to become key components in future technologies ranging from ultraprecise measurements to quantum information processing.


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Max Planck Society. "Matter Waves On A Microchip: Munich Max-Planck Researchers Reached "Quantum Leap" To Miniaturize Atom Lasers." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 11 October 2001. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/10/011010074437.htm>.
Max Planck Society. (2001, October 11). Matter Waves On A Microchip: Munich Max-Planck Researchers Reached "Quantum Leap" To Miniaturize Atom Lasers. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 16, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/10/011010074437.htm
Max Planck Society. "Matter Waves On A Microchip: Munich Max-Planck Researchers Reached "Quantum Leap" To Miniaturize Atom Lasers." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/10/011010074437.htm (accessed April 16, 2014).

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