Center for Ultracold Atoms

Nobel Prize winning research advances in the Center for Ultracold Atoms

One spectacular result from this year, quoting from the MIT News Article: the observation of ‘quantum tornadoes’. Professors Martin Zwierlein and Richard Fletcher used lasers to trap a cloud of about 1 million sodium atoms. They cooled the atoms to temperatures near 100 nanokelvins. They then used a system of electromagnets to generate a trap to confine the atoms, and collectively spin the atoms around, like marbles in a bowl, approximately 100 rotations per second.

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