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Bose–Einstein condensates

A peek and a poke

An adapted scanning electron microscope allows the non-destructive measurement and manipulation of Bose–Einstein condensates. The single-atom sensitivity that this technique promises could soon become indispensable in the study of quantum degenerate atomic gases.

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Figure 1: Scanning electron microscopy of a Bose–Einstein condensate (BEC).


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