This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site you agree to our use of cookies. To find out more, see our Privacy and Cookies policy. 
PhysicsWorld Archive
IoP
physicsworldarchive.iop.org

Taming light with cold atoms

Author
  1. Lene Vestergaard Hau
Published
September 2001
Page(s)
35–40
Article Type
Features

[Icon] Full text (PDF, 23,475K)

Article summary

As Anyone who uses the Internet will know, the last ten years have seen some incredible developments in communication. We can now e-mail colleagues thousands of miles away and download research papers from distant servers in seconds. Much of this extraordinary progress has been due to improvements in optical communication. And, despite recent reports of a financial downturn in the optical-technology sector, we are now at a very exciting stage as far as the technology itself is concerned.