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Quantum physics

Atoms in chequerboard order

Bose–Einstein condensates are ideal tools with which exotic phenomena can be investigated. The hitherto-unrealized Dicke quantum phase transition has now been observed with one such system in an optical cavity.

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Figure 1: Chequerboard ordering of atoms in an optical cavity.


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Chin, C., Gemelke, N. Atoms in chequerboard order. Nature 464, 1289–1290 (2010).

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