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Atomic, molecular & optical physics

For the latest news, features and products in atomic, molecular & laser physics

News

Reservoir of ultracold atoms is filled continuously

Device could lead to better quantum accelerometers

Electron spins cross over in femtoseconds

New measurements could lead to better spintronics

Pushy bacteria create their own superfluids

Collective motion of bacterial swimming could power tiny motors

Metal foams could make promising radiation shields

Environmentally friendly foams could be used in everything from space travel to nuclear reactors

In depth

The green flash

Pete Lawrence describes his quest since childhood to see this elusive phenomenon

Fight over light

Robert P Crease examines why Goethe so savagely attacked Newton's views on optics

Bringing the quantum to life

Jim Al-Khalili and Johnjoe McFadden's primer on quantum biology hits the mark with Marta Varela

Filling the world with light

Nobel laureate Shuji Nakamura on winning the prize and what comes next