Atomic and molecular physics

Atomic and molecular physics it the study of the properties, dynamics and interactions of the basic (but not fundamental) building blocks of matter. A crucial component of this is understanding the behaviour of the electrons that surround the atomic nucleus; these dynamics dominate the way atoms and molecules interact with their environment.

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    The detection of the quantum state of tens of neutral atoms arranged in arrays has reached a new record fidelity. This brings fault-tolerant quantum computation and simulation closer to reality.

    • Christian Gross
    Nature Physics 15, 523-524
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    It is extremely difficult to observe the radiation that is thought to be emitted by black holes. The properties of this radiation have now been analysed using an analogue black hole comprising a system of ultracold atoms.

    • Silke Weinfurtner
    Nature 569, 634-635
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    Supersolids are highly sought-after structures whose atoms can simultaneously support frictionless flow and form a crystal. Hallmarks of a supersolid have now been observed in three experiments that involve quantum gases of dipolar atoms.

    • Lode Pollet
    Nature 569, 494-495
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    While Bose–Einstein condensates of atoms were achieved in the mid-1990s, extending the regime of quantum degeneracy to polar molecules took another two decades of dedicated work. The researchers that contributed to this achievement span many generations of students in many different laboratories around the world.

    • Kang-Kuen Ni
    Nature Physics 15, 526-527