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Targeting Individual Atoms

Targeting Individual Atoms

“I wanted to find answers to fundamental questions, and I wanted to know what holds the world together. Minimal electrical voltage is used to slip a single atom between a silver and a platinum pad, causing a digital signal to be emitted. To begin its work, the Centre of Atomic Scale Technologies is using initial Foundation funding to create 14 positions for PhD candidates and postdocs, and to purchase additional equipment to analyse and optimise nano-components. Hubble’s discovery was the first observational support for Georges Lemaître’s Big Bang theory of the universe, proposed in 1927. Lemaître proposed that the universe expanded explosively from an extremely dense and hot state, and continues to expand today. Subsequent calculations have dated this Big Bang to approximately 13.7 billion years ago.

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Each pair of neighboring atoms oscillated like two masses linked by a spring, and this oscillation was synchronous across the entire illuminated region. … Read More

Targeting Individual Atoms

Targeting Individual Atoms

and thus the spatial distribution of the microwave magnetic field component Bγ by measuring p2 for different values of the microwave power Pmw, see Figure 3 and . By measuring Bπ with B0 oriented along x, y, and z one can reconstruct the Cartesian microwave magnetic field amplitudes Bx, By and Bz. By measuring the circularly polarized components B+(–) for B0 along x, y and z , it is also possible to reconstruct the spatial distribution of relative phases between Bx, By and Bz.

  • Our experiments exploit the extreme versatility and sensitivity of our home built low-temperature scanning tunneling microscope/atomic force microscope (STM/AFM).
  • By measuring the circularly polarized components B+(–) for B0 along x, y and z , it is also possible to reconstruct the spatial distribution of relative phases between Bx, By and Bz.
  • This artificially created atom can then be examined with a laser beam.
  • To do this,
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Targeting Individual Atoms

Targeting Individual Atoms

A control voltage is responsible for moving the atom, thus for turning the single-atom switch on and off. And the control voltage needed to operate the single-atom switch is one hundred times lower than what is required for today’s silicon semiconductors. Schimmel and his team have also succeeded in radically reducing the voltage from some thirty millivolts in their first single-atom switch prototype to a mere three-to-six millivolts in the latest version. One of the main goals of this workshop is to assemble a Community Roadmap that is supported by the cold atom community and the potential user communities interested in its science goals.

  • To do so, the scientists designed an experiment in which the photon-phonon pair could be created at two different instants.
  • “Our single-atom transistor made of tin is a true milestone in our research,” says Schimmel.
  • To conserve energy during this process, a light of a new
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Targeting Individual Atoms

Targeting Individual Atoms

This workshop follows the submission of a community letter, which outlined the intention to organise a community workshop is to discuss options for a quantum technology development programme coordinated at the Europe-wide level. An even more mysterious form of energy called “dark energy” accounts for about 70% of the mass-energy content of the universe. This idea stems from the observation that all galaxies seems to be receding from each other at an accelerating pace, implying that some invisible extra energy is at work. Phillips, “Laser cooling and trapping of neutral atoms”, Rev. Mod. Ashkin, “Acceleration and trapping of particles by radiation pressure”, Phys. The process described above should therefore be seen as the fission of an incoming photon from the laser into a pair of photon and phonon – akin to nuclear fission of an atom into two smaller pieces.

  • Naturally, further development is necessary before it could be used
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Targeting Individual Atoms

Targeting Individual Atoms

Our research combines experiment with theory, employing techniques of atomic physics, quantum optics and optomechanics. A common goal of our activities is to investigate quantum physics in systems of increasing size and complexity. In the laboratories of modern physics the elementary components of matter are studied. To do this, scientists sometimes build artificial atoms to help them understand the laws of matter. A research team at the Paul Scherrer Institute (Villigen/AG) uses a specifically modified helium atom to determine the exact mass and other properties of pions. Pions could help to understand more precisely where atomic nuclei get their mass from.

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The research alliance between Zurich and Karlsruhe is now united in the new Centre of Atomic Scale Technologies. Although the collaboration has only recently begun, the research groups involved were predestined for the task at hand. Thomas Schimmel is a pioneer of electronic circuits at the level of the … Read More