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Why are scientists sculpting ultra-cold atoms into weird new shapes?

A new study has uncovered a way of sculpting ultracold atoms by using a laser light. Image: Unsplash/Terry Vlisidis

Grant Henderson

PhD candidate in Physics, University of Strathclyde

Alison Yao

Senior Lecturer of Physics, University of Strathclyde

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light carrying orbital angular momentum Ultracold atoms
Light carrying orbital angular momentum (OAM, m) ‘twists’ as it moves. Image: Author provided
This approach of shining twisted light through ultracold atoms opens a new and simple way of controlling and sculpting matter into further unconventional and complex shapes.
This approach of shining twisted light through ultracold atoms opens a new and simple way of controlling and sculpting matter into further unconventional and complex shapes. Image: Author provided

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