laser cooling

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laser cooling

n.
The reduction of kinetic energy of atoms or molecules by means of a tunable laser, which, when set at a certain frequency, will cause approaching atoms that absorb photons to lose momentum.
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Optical refrigeration or solid state optical refrigeration technology offers many advantages over currently used, bulky mechanical coolers because it is vibration free (no moving parts), compact, lightweight and agile (fast turn-on and off)," said Sheik-Bahae.
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