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Title: Atomic Matchmaking
Description: In the sequence of green arrows, a pair of ultracold gas atoms collides, briefly forms a molecule, and flies apart, in the presence of an external magnetic field (not shown) that influences this process. By adding RF radiation (lightning bolts) of the right frequency, the atoms can experience being in many different molecular states (red arrows), providing even more extensive and detailed control of the collision. The size of the yellow bursts indicate the amount of absorption/emission of RF radiation.

*Physics
Subjects (names):
Topics/Categories: Physics--Atomic and Molecular Physics
Type: Graphic/illustration
Source: National Institute of Standards and Technology
Credit Line as it should
appear in print:
Credit: Eite Tiesinga, NIST/JQI
AV Number: 09PHY023
Date Created: 2009
Date Entered: 10/20/2009

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