Bose-Einstein condensation of molecules achieved in Cheng Chin's group at the University of Chicago

Discovery could open new fields in quantum chemistry and technology.

Researchers have big ideas for the potential of quantum technology, from unhackable networks to earthquake sensors. But all these things depend on a major technological feat: being able to build and control systems of quantum particles, which are among the smallest objects in the universe.

That goal is now a step closer with the publication of a new method by University of Chicago scientists. Published April 28 in Nature, the paper shows how to bring multiple molecules at once into a single quantum state—one of the most important goals in quantum physics.

People have been trying to do this for decades, so we’re very excited,” said senior author Cheng Chin, a professor of physics at UChicago who said he has wanted to achieve this goal since he was a graduate student in the 1990s. “I hope this can open new fields in many-body quantum chemistry. There’s evidence that there are a lot of discoveries waiting out there.” Continue reading the report in UChicago News.

Read the article: Transition from an atomic to a molecular Bose–Einstein condensate.” Zhang, Chen, Yao and Chin, Nature, April 28, 2021.



Minnie Han   2021-5-10 14:29:37