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Published on 04 February 2014

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Artist's Conception Of A Magneto-Optical Trap
Artist's Conception Of A Magneto-Optical Trap

NASA will fund seven proposals to conduct physics research using the agency’s new microgravity laboratory, which is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station in 2016.

NASA’s Cold Atom Laboratory will provide an opportunity to study ultra-cold quantum gases in the microgravity environment of the space station — a frontier in scientific research that is expected to reveal interesting and novel quantum phenomena.

The chosen proposals came from seven research teams, which include three Nobel laureates, in response to NASA’s research announcement “Research Opportunities in Fundamental Physics.” The proposals will receive a total of about $12.7 million over a four- to five-year period.

Above is an artist’s conception of a magneto-optical trap and atom chip to be used by the Cold Atom Laboratory.



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Posted 2014-02-04 11:43:00