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NIST Physicists Turn to Radio Dial for Finer Atomic Matchmaking
Release Date: 10/20/2009

Investigating mysterious data in ultracold gases of rubidium atoms, scientists at the Joint Quantum Institute of the National Institute of … more

High in Sodium: Highly Charged Tungsten Ions May Diagnose Fusion Energy Reactors
Release Date: 09/08/2009

Just as health-food manufacturers work on developing the best possible sodium substitutes for low-salt diets, physicists at the National Institute … more

JILA/NIST Scientists Get a Grip on Colliding Fermions to Enhance Atomic Clock Accuracy
Release Date: 04/16/2009

BOULDER, Colo.—Physicists have measured and controlled seemingly forbidden collisions between neutral strontium atoms—a class of antisocial atoms … more

X Marks the Spot: Ions Coldly Go Through NIST Trap Junction
Release Date: 04/07/2009

The NIST X-trap is constructed from a sandwich of two diamond-shaped alumina wafers, visible in the right center of the top photo. The bottom … more

Flatland Physics Probes Mysteries of Superfluidity
Release Date: 03/24/2009

If physicists lived in Flatland—the fictional two-dimensional world invented by Edwin Abbott in his 1884 novel—some of their quantum physics … more

Simply Weird Stuff: Making Supersolids with Ultracold Gas Atoms
Release Date: 01/13/2009

Physicists at the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland have … more

JILA Scientists Create First Dense Gas of Ultracold ‘Polar’ Molecules
Release Date: 10/01/2008

Scientists at JILA, a joint institute of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado at Boulder … more

NIST Physicists are Finalists for Service to America Medals
Release Date: 09/16/2008

Two physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have been named finalists for the 2008 Service to America Medals, … more

NIST Physicist David J. Wineland Awarded 2007 National Medal of Science
Release Date: 08/25/2008

BOULDER, Colo.—Physicist David J. Wineland of the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been awarded the … more

New Technique Reveals Hidden Properties of Ultracold Atomic Gases
Release Date: 08/06/2008

Physicists at JILA, a joint institute of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado at Boulder, have … more

High-Flying Electrons May Provide New Test of Quantum Theory
Release Date: 04/29/2008

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Max Planck Institute for Physics in Germany believe they can achieve … more

NIST 'Quantum Logic Clock' Rivals Mercury Ion as World's Most Accurate Clock
Release Date: 03/18/2008

An atomic clock that uses an aluminum atom to apply the logic of computers to the peculiarities of the quantum world now rivals the world’s most … more

Stunt Doubles: Ultracold Atoms Could Replicate the Electron ‘Jitterbug’
Release Date: 03/18/2008

Ultracold atoms moving through a carefully designed arrangement of laser beams will jiggle slightly as they go, two NIST scientists have … more

NIST 'Quantum Logic Clock' Rivals Mercury Ion as World's Most Accurate Clock
Release Date: 03/06/2008

Comparison Yields Best Results Yet in Tests for Change in 'Constants' of Nature BOULDER, Colo.- An atomic clock that uses an aluminum atom to … more

Thousands of Atoms Swap ‘Spins’ with Partners in Quantum Square Dance
Release Date: 07/25/2007

NIST Advance Is Step Toward Quantum Computing with Neutral Atoms GAITHERSBURG, MD—Physicists at the Commerce Department’s National Institute of … more

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