Laser Cooling of Neutral Atoms

Steven Chu

The decade of the '80s was the time when many of the dreams of the '70s in laser cooling and trapping of atoms became reality. It was also a time when accidental discovery led to totally new areas of research and deeper understanding of the basic ideas of laser cooling. Indeed, the "technology" of the manipulation of atoms has exceeded the expectations of the first proposals during the 1970's.

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