A microwave freezer for molecules

1 Aug 2022

A team led by quantum physicist Immanuel Bloch has developed a new method to cool gases of polar molecules to near absolute zero. This paves the way for studying quantum effects of exotic forms of matter.

© Christoph Hohmann

When a highly diluted gas is cooled to extremely low temperatures, bizarre properties are revealed. Thus, some gases form a so-called Bose-Einstein condensate - a type of matter in which all atoms move in unison.


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