Small, mini, nano: Gear units created from a few atoms

Journal Reference: Aaron Gerwien, Frederik Gnannt, Peter Mayer, Henry Dube. Photogearing as a concept for translation of precise motions at the nanoscale. Nature Chemistry, 2022; DOI: 10.1038/s41557-022-00917-0 Miniaturization plays a key role in the further development of modern technologies and makes it possible to manufacture smaller devices that have more power. It also plays a … Read more

Invisible helium atoms provide exquisitely sensitive test of fundamental theory

Journal Reference: B. M. Henson, J. A. Ross, K. F. Thomas, C. N. Kuhn, D. K. Shin, S. S. Hodgman, Yong-Hui Zhang, Li-Yan Tang, G. W. F. Drake, A. T. Bondy, A. G. Truscott, K. G. H. Baldwin. Measurement of a helium tune-out frequency: an independent test of quantum electrodynamics. Science, 2022; 376 (6589): 199 … Read more

Chaining atoms together yields quantum storage

Journal Reference: Andrei Ruskuc, Chun-Ju Wu, Jake Rochman, Joonhee Choi, Andrei Faraon. Nuclear spin-wave quantum register for a solid-state qubit. Nature, 2022; 602 (7897): 408 DOI: 10.1038/s41586-021-04293-6 The new system relies on nuclear spins — the angular momentum of an atom’s nucleus — oscillating collectively as a spin wave. This collective oscillation effectively chains up … Read more

Physicists watch as ultracold atoms form a crystal of quantum tornadoes

Journal Reference: Biswaroop Mukherjee, Airlia Shaffer, Parth B. Patel, Zhenjie Yan, Cedric C. Wilson, Valentin Crépel, Richard J. Fletcher, Martin Zwierlein. Crystallization of bosonic quantum Hall states in a rotating quantum gas. Nature, 2022; 601 (7891): 58 DOI: 10.1038/s41586-021-04170-2 But in the quantum world, the behavior of individual atoms is governed by the eerie principle … Read more

Demonstrating Feshbach resonances between a single ion and ultracold atoms

Journal Reference: Pascal Weckesser, Fabian Thielemann, Dariusz Wiater, Agata Wojciechowska, Leon Karpa, Krzysztof Jachymski, Michał Tomza, Thomas Walker, Tobias Schaetz. Observation of Feshbach resonances between a single ion and ultracold atoms. Nature, 2021; 600 (7889): 429 DOI: 10.1038/s41586-021-04112-y Quantum effects dominate at ultralow temperatures In classical physics, the molecular formation of atoms and ions usually … Read more