This Looks Like a Job for...Superatoms

What's a superatom good for?

Chip Making By transmitting an atom laser beam through a holographic mask, manufacturers will be able to build circuits with lines just one atom wide. Similar holographic techniques could be used to make other nanoscale devices.

Navigating Gyroscopes based on atom lasers could be built in to inertial-guidance (or dead-reckoning) systems, providing planes, submarines, and other vessels with their exact location, without having to refer to any external guideposts, as the Global Positioning System does.

Measuring and detecting Interferometers built around atom lasers will be sensitive enough to detect even slight variations in the strength of gravitational fields coming from oil deposits, tunnels, or magma flows deep underground.

From top: Photodisc; U.S. Navy; Bill Gass


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