Giant Rydberg Atoms

Giant Rydberg atoms become trapped in wells of laser light in a new highly efficient trap developed by University of Michigan physicists. They liken it to an egg carton. Image: Sarah Anderson, University of Michigan

Flipping An Egg Carton Of Light Traps Giant Atoms

In an egg carton of laser light, University of Michigan physicists can trap giant Rydberg atoms with up to 90 percent efficiency, an achievement that could advance quantum computing and terahertz imaging, among other applications.

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/02/2012