atom laser


Definition of 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

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1995, in the meaning defined above

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“Atom laser.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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