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Metastable Helium: Atom Optics with Nano-grenades

Baldwin, Kenneth


In this, the hundredth year since Einstein first postulated the existence of photons, the successful application of wave-particle duality to matter has seen an explosion of activity in the field of atom optics and Bose- Einstein condensation (BEC). This article provides a brief introduction to atom optics, illustrated with applications taken from experiments using helium atoms in long-lived (metastable) excited states. Metastable helium atoms store the greatest amount of energy (∼20 electron...[Show more]

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Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
Source: Contemporary Physics
DOI: 10.1080/00107510412331332798


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