Atomic Physics seeks to isolate and study individual atoms or small collections of atoms. These atoms are typically trapped using combinations of electric fields, magnetic fields, and laser light, and can often be cooled to billionths of a degree above absolute zero. Such cold, isolated ensembles of atoms exhibit unique behaviors, such as entanglement, Bose-Einstein condensation, or superfluidity, which can only be explained using quantum mechanics.
Atomic Physics and Quantum Information
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