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Title: Synthetic electric fields
Description: The researchers create a synthetic electric field (E*) in an ultracold gas of several hundred thousand rubidium atoms (BEC) immersed in a constant magnetic field (B0). Using lasers (red arrows), the team alters the atoms energy-momentum relationship, which causes the atoms to move in a way that is physically identicaland mathematically equivalentto how a charged particle would move in an electric field.

*PML, ultracold, gas, synthetic, electric, BEC

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Type: Graphic/illustration
Source: National Institute of Standards and Technology
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AV Number: 11PML043
Date Created: 2011
Date Entered: 4/1/2011

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