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How Mark Raizen and his lab — and some borrowed ideas — got atoms under control

How Mark Raizen and his lab — and some borrowed ideas — got atoms under control

Atom Stopper: In his quest to control atoms to a greater and greater degree, Professor Mark Raizen has borrowed ideas from chemistry, electromechanics and plasma physics. His journey demonstrates scientific creativity and the parts that serendipity and intuition play in discovery and that ideas can come from unexpected sources and arrive at unlikely times and places. It started in 2005 when Raizen took up the idea of controlling atoms.

Most powerful laser creates phenomena of universe in physics laboratory

Most powerful laser creates phenomena of universe in physics laboratory

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Most powerful laser creates phenomena of universe in University of Texas at Austin laboratory

Most powerful laser creates phenomena of universe in University of Texas at Austin laboratory

Really Extreme Science: Todd Ditmire leads the way into his new laboratory below Robert Lee Moore Hall. He jiggles a key into a lock and swings open the door to a subterranean chamber worthy of a James Bond villain–if the villain were a university professor trying to do world-class research on a limited budget.