Physics at Virginia

Sackett participates in NASA cold-atom experiment

Friday, June 12 2020

Cass Sackett is a principal investigator and science team member in the NASA Cold Atom Lab project, in which ultra-cold atoms are produced and studied on the International Space Station. A report on the project has just been published in Nature, which describes the first production of a Bose-Einstein condensate in Earth orbit. The paper reports atoms cooled to temperatures below 1 nanoKelvin; Sackett is working on methods to make the atoms colder yet.

See https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2346-1

For some background, see https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12217-017-9584-3

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