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Diamonds, it has long been said, are a girl's best friend. But a research team including a physicist from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has recently found that the gems might turn out to be a patient's best friend as well.
Scientists have devised a new technique for real-time detection of freely moving individual neutral atoms that is more than 99.7% accurate and sensitive enough to discern the arrival of a single atom in less than one-millionth of a second
If physicists lived in Flatlandâ€”the fictional two-dimensional world invented by Edwin Abbott in his 1884 novelâ€”some of their quantum physics experiments would turn out differently (not just thinner) than those in our world.
For the first time, scientists have successfully teleported information between two separate atoms in unconnected enclosures a meter apart â€“ a significant milestone in the global quest for practical quantum information processing.
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Joint Quantum Institute (NIST/University of Maryland) have developed a new method for creating pairs of entangled photons, particles of light whose properties are interlinked in a very unusual way dictated by the rules of quantum physics. The researchers used the photons to test fundamental concepts in quantum theory.
Ultracold atoms moving through a carefully designed arrangement of laser beams will jiggle slightly as they go, two NIST scientists have predicted.* If observed, this never-before-seen â€œjitterbugâ€ motion would shed light on a little-known oddity of quantum mechanics arising from Paul Diracâ€™s 80-year-old theory of the electron.
Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have used charged atoms (ions) to demonstrate a quantum physics version of computer memory lasting longer than 10 seconds--more than 100,000 times longer than in previous experiments on the same ions.
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