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Putting a Spin on Light and Atoms
September 14, 2010
Alkali-vapor magnetometers use light to put a spin on atoms and then measure that spin to detect magnetic fields. A team from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the University of California at Berkeley, and the Vavilov State Optical Institute in Russia have achieved a remarkable technical advance with this kind of magnetometer, with potential for improving atomic clocks, quantum memory devices, and a range of other scientific gadgets that depend on measuring spinning atoms with light.
DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
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