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Atomic Squeeze Play Stops Light Cold

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Science  26 Jan 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5504, pp. 566-567
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5504.566B

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In papers in Physical Review Letters and Nature, scientists report that they have used atomic gases to grab light pulses, squeeze them into a smaller space, imprint them on atoms, and read them out again after a delay. The researchers speculate that such sleight-of-light tricks might one day be useful in the still theoretical field of quantum information processing.