Ultracold molecules form inside superatom

By Peter Weiss, 15:47 PM April 15, 2008

A strange form of matter appears when researchers cool gaseous clouds of certain atoms to nearly absolute zero. The ultracold atoms all fall into the same quantum state, becoming a sort of superatom called a Bose-Einstein condensate.

Since they made the first such superatoms almost 5 years ago (SN: 7/15/95, p. 36), physicists have wondered if they could also make condensates of molecules. Molecular condensates would offer new ways of studying chemical reactions and molecular properties, scien...

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