Near absolute zero, atomic experiment leads to disappearing act

November 3, 2014 8:08 PM

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A disappearing act in ultra-cold conditions shows how lithium atoms can be made to pass through other particles of matter.

Bose Einstein condensates (BECs) are a state of matter that form at temperatures near absolute zero. In these ultra-frigid conditions, atoms and subatomic particles can merge into single quantum mechanical entities - a "matter wave" of energy.

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