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atom trap

noun, Physics.
a device in which atoms or particles are slowed by the use of lasers and then confined to a small region of space.
Also called laser trap. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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laser trap in Science
laser trap  
A device that uses magnetic coils and lasers with tunable frequencies to suspend atoms or particles in a small region of space and to slow them down, reducing their temperature. Laser traps have been used to form Bose-Einstein condensates.
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