Monday, April 09, 2007

Reflections of Absolute Zero

This is a neat technique. While it is almost routine to cool atomic gases using lasers, it isn't that easy to do this on macroscopic solid object - till now. This report describes the successful cooling of a dime-sized mirror to about 0.8 K, using a technique that could possibly be used to lower the temperature even more. Can we start seeing the quantum effects from the cooled solid soon? Stay tune!


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