Apr 14, 2021

For The First Time, Scientists Have Performed Atom Interferometry in Space

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To make some of the most precise measurements we can of the world around us, scientists tend to go small — right down to the atomic scale, using a technique called atom interferometry.

Now, for the first time, scientists have performed this kind of measurement in space, using a sounding rocket specially designed to carry science payloads into low-Earth space.

It’s a significant step towards being able to perform matter-wave interferometry in space, for science applications that range from fundamental physics to navigation.

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