laser trap definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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A device made of magnetic coils and tuned lasers in which atoms or particles are slowed and then confined to a small region of space. A laser trap is used to form a Bose-Einstein condensate. Also called atom trap.
laser trap - Science Definition
A device that uses magnetic coils and lasers with tunable frequencies to suspend atoms or particles in a small region of space and to slow them down, reducing their temperature. Laser traps have been used to form Bose-Einstein condensates.