‘Our theory on Bose-Einstein condensate opens new avenue in research’

Professor Kazimierz Rzążewski and Doctor Krzysztof Pawłowski talked about their recent research on atom fluctuations in the Bose-Einstein condensate and the ways in which quantum physics impacts our lives.

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The research on the Bose-Einstein condensate began over 90 years ago. However, in 2015, scientists from the Polish Academy of Sciences joined forces with their Danish colleagues from the University of Aarhus to find answers to the unresolved features of this physical phenomenon.

Their findings on atom fluctuations in the condensate were published in April in the established Physical Letters Review.

The theoretical aspect of atom fluctuation is still very open, Professor Rzążewski said, and thus the findings we came up with “really open new avenues in research.”

Mr Pawłowski emphasised that even though the research seems “like science fiction technology,” there are practical applications of quantum technologies due to their precision.

“One Bose-Einstein condensate is flying above us on a satellite and is used to measure gravitation”, Mr Pawłowski said. This, in turn, enables us to measure time and, consequently, is used in GPS technologies. “In future, the measurement of gravitational field changes may be utilized to predict earthquakes,” Mr Rzążewski added.

What exactly is the Bose-Einstein condensate? How was the Polish scientists’ research conducted? In what ways does quantum physics influence, and will influence, our lives?

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