atom trap

noun Physics.

a device in which atoms or particles are slowed by the use of lasers and then confined to a small region of space.

Nearby words

  1. ato,
  2. atoll,
  3. atom,
  4. atom bomb,
  5. atom smasher,
  6. atom-bomb,
  7. atomic,
  8. atomic age,
  9. atomic bomb,
  10. atomic clock

Also called laser trap. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Science definitions for laser trap

laser trap

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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