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atom trap

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noun Physics.
  1. a device in which atoms or particles are slowed by the use of lasers and then confined to a small region of space.
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Also called laser trap.
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laser trap in Science

laser trap

  1. A device that uses magnetic coils and lasers with tunable frequencies to suspend atoms or particles in a small region of space and to slow them down, reducing their temperature. Laser traps have been used to form Bose-Einstein condensates.
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