Lasers and super-cool stuff
September 20, 2010 |
I hate the cold. But I think this story is seriously cool: scientists have used lasers to chill molecules to near absolute zero – the unimaginably low temperature of –273 °C.
And here’s something even cooler: at extremely cold temperatures, molecules start behaving very differently because the weird and wonderful laws of quantum mechanics kick in.
Apparently, these super-cool molecules could eventually be used in quantum computers to perform calculations at lightning-fast speeds.
This research appears in the 19 September 2010 online issue of the journal Nature (advance online publication).
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