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Different Ways of Trapping A Single Atom?

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  1. Jun 19, 2015 #1
    What are the different ways that have been used to keep a single atom in a specific location?
     
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  3. Jun 19, 2015 #2
    Magnetic fields are probably the most useful way.
    Then again an atom can easily be well locked into a specific location within a larger structure such as a crystal.
     
  4. Jun 20, 2015 #3
    This makes no sense because it is impossible.
     
  5. Jun 20, 2015 #4
    Can you please elaborate?
     
  6. Jun 20, 2015 #5
    A Bose-Einstein Condensate keeps many atoms in specific locations by means of wave harmonics and laser cooling. Semiconductors use atoms "arranged" in a crystal lattice like rootone mentioned. Magnetic confinement is used to contain antimatter, because if it comes in contact with normal atoms... Boom! As far as a "single atom" being isolated from any other atoms, I can't think of any good examples.
     
  7. Jun 20, 2015 #6
    Nothing more to say about the reply of jerromyon: Thanks. You expressed it perfectly. Just one little critics: If there is a good example for a single paricle quantum mechanics is gone to heaven..
    To anyone: I recommend "Feynman", part 3 for the basic understaning.
     
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