[time-nuts] How does it work?
jfor at quik.com
Tue Jun 28 17:41:45 UTC 2011
A bit more on traps and LASER cooling:
BTW, optical frequency standards make H-MASERS look crummy.
> For the sake of this poor, befuddled non-engineer, would one of you worthy
> gentlemen explain how it is that lasers striking a mass of cesium atoms
> compressing them into a ball (in a cesium fountain) has the effect of
> cooling them to near absolute zero? That seems counter-intuitive to me,
> then I have virtually no education in this area.
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