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JILA team develops "spinning trap" to measure electron roundness


December 5, 2013

artist's conception of JILA's new technique JILA researchers have developed a method of spinning electric and magnetic fields around trapped molecular ions to measure whether the ions' tiny electrons are truly round--research with major implications for future scientific understanding of the universe. Full Story

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