Week in Review: 12/18/16 – 12/24/16


JILA Atomic Clock Mimics Long-sought Synthetic Magnetic State in Solids

Using their advanced atomic clock to mimic other desirable quantum systems, JILA physicists have caused atoms in a gas to behave as if they possess unusual magnetic properties long sought in harder-to-study solid materials. Representing a novel “off-label” use for atomic clocks, the research could lead to the creation of new materials for applications such as “spintronic” devices and quantum computers.