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Atomic, molecular & optical physics

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News

Nanomachine pumps molecules 'uphill'

New molecular machine is inspired by those found in nature

Fermionic microscope sees first light

How to clearly image 1000 individual ultracold atoms in a cloud

Polariton refrigerator could chill tiny semiconductor devices

Physicists show that quasiparticles are very good at removing heat

Atomic gas puts the brakes on light in optical fibres

New realization of "slow light" could make quantum memories easier to manufacture

In depth

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

Meet the kaleidoholics

Robert P Crease stumbles into the incredible world of a "philosophical toy" that’s 200 years old