A powerful tool of laboratory atomic physics the ability to cool and trap atoms with lasers may be headed for its first widespread practical application: measuring gravity for oil and geophysical exploration and submarine navigation.
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Richard O. Hansen
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Mark A. Kasevich
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Steven L. Rolston
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