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Bose-einstein condensates-light stoppers?

  1. May 10, 2010 #1
    Im just a 11th grader so pardon me if i sound stupid.

    I had read in an article that bose-einstein condensates can slow down light to mere human speeds. Is this really possible?if so, what's the theory behind this? Can the same be achieved by fermionic condensates?
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  3. May 14, 2010 #2


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    Yes, it's possible. You might google the following: "lene hau" slow light, to get more info. To put it very simply, the index of refraction can be made very large under the right circumstances. Here is an article that may get you started:
    It may be worth your while to find her article in the Feb. 1999 issue of Nature magazine as well.
    I am not sure about fermionic condensates.
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