atom laser


: a device that projects a beam of atoms that have been cooled until they are in a single combined quantum state
To understand why the atom laser is causing so much excitement, it is helpful to remember that atoms—which we usually think of as solid—also have a wavelike nature.Jim Wilson, Popular Mechanics, July 1997

Word History

First Known Use

1995, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of atom laser was in 1995

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“Atom laser.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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