Turning on the atom laser

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The first practical atom laser is a step closer today thanks to Australian researchers.

The researchers have shown how to refuel the laser with ‘quantum foam’ allowing continuous operation. The results, reported today in Nature Physics, hold great promise for precision measurement in navigation, industry and mining and for fundamental tests of quantum mechanics.

Scientists hope to use this ‘atom laser’ as the basis for a swathe of new devices, some offering staggering improvements in measurement sensitivity.

“We discovered how to refuel the material, potentially allowing continuous operation of the atom laser,” says lead author, Nick Robins from the Australian National University.

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