A Quantum Halt. One Laser Stops Tumbling Molecule

September 3, 2014 2:16 PM

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The quantum world gets a bit more interesting today. Scientists at Northwestern University have figured out a simple way to stop a molecular tumbling motion. Shine a laser on it.

The single laser cools the molecule from room temperature to minus 452 degrees in a fraction of a second, halting the molecule’s motion.

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