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NASA’s Cold Atom Lab Sets Stage for Quantum Chemistry in Space

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The remotely operated facility aboard the International Space Station has created another tool that researchers can use to probe the fundamental nature of the world around us. For the first time in space, scientists have produced a quantum gas containing…

Article7 months ago
Cold Atom Lab flight instrument

Coexisting quantum gases in Earth’s orbit

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PROJECT: Cold Atom Lab (CAL) SNAPSHOT: Two species of quantum gases have been created to coexist and interact for the first time in space. Accessing resonant interactions among these gases will allow scientists to explore few-body physics, quantum chemistry, and…

Article10 months ago

NASA’s Space-Based Quantum Science Lab Keeps Getting Better

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The agency’s Cold Atom Lab is getting its second major upgrade and will be using it to explore the quantum realm.

Article10 months ago

Ultracold Bubbles on Space Station Open New Paths for Quantum Research

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Produced inside NASA’s Cold Atom Lab, the bubbles provide new opportunities to experiment with an exotic state of matter. Since the days of NASA’s Apollo program, astronauts have documented (and contended with) how liquids behave differently in microgravity than they…

Article2 years ago

Upgrading the Space Station’s Cold Atom Lab With Mixed Reality

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NASA is looking into whether mixed reality technology could help with repairs and upgrades on the cutting-edge Cold Atom Lab aboard the space station. NASA’s Cold Atom Lab is a first-of-its-kind physics laboratory operating in Earth orbit. About the size…

Article3 years ago