Atomic beams shoot straighter via cascading silicon peashooters

Atomic beams conjure fantasies of gigantic Space Force canons. But there are real tiny atomic beams that shoot out of newly engineered collimators, a kind of tiny silicon peashooter, that could land in handheld devices. The beams streaming out of them create precise inertia much better than a gyroscope's that could help spacecraft navigate the solar system. The atomic beams from the new collimators could also let physicist cheaply and easily produce exotic quantum mechanical states.

Atomic beams shoot straighter via cascading silicon peashooters

To a non-physicist, an "atomic beam collimator" may sound like a phaser firing mystical particles. That might not be the worst metaphor to introduce a technology that researchers have now miniaturized, ...

Tue 23 Apr 19 from Phys.org

Atomic beams shoot straighter via cascading silicon peashooters, Tue 23 Apr 19 from ScienceDaily

Atomic beams shoot straighter via cascading silicon peashooters, Tue 23 Apr 19 from Eurekalert

Physicists make collimated atomic beam smaller, more precise

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have managed to build a cascading silicon peashooter -- a smaller, more precise atomic beam collimator.

Tue 23 Apr 19 from UPI

Physicists make collimated atomic beam smaller, more precise, Thu 25 Apr 19 from SpaceDaily

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