News FocusCondensed-Matter Physics

Doing the Bose Nova With Your Main Squeeze

Science  23 Mar 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5512, pp. 2301-2303
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5512.2301

You are currently viewing the summary.

View Full Text

Via your Institution

Log in through your institution

Log in through your institution


Summary

After 6 years of study, condensed-matter physicists have found, much to their satisfaction, that the tenuous vapors that make up atomic Bose-Einstein condensates resemble much denser substances known as quantum fluids--including the classic superfluid, liquid helium (see www.sciencexpress.org). In other labs, researchers are putting the materials through some weird contortions: engineering them with quantum properties that might lead to ultraprecise measurements of distance or time (see p. 2386); imploding atomic vapors at will to create a kind of miniature supernova or "Bose nova"; and pumping their atoms so full of internal energy that less uniform substances would be instantly destroyed (see www.sciencexpress.org).