Electron makes ultracold atoms move as one

Harnessing the strong particle-gas interaction is early step toward quantum optics applications

By Ashley Yeager, 14:42 PM October 30, 2013

Trapping a single electron in a Bose-Einstein condensate can make tens of thousands of rubidium atoms in an ultracold gas vibrate together. The electron-gas connection is stronger in this system than observed in previous experiments and is one of the purest forms available to study how electrons and matter interact, researchers report October 30 in Nature.

Harnessing this electron-gas interaction could one day help scientists image the path electrons take as the particles move around an atom's...

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