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The temperature is not measured in the sense of using a thermometer. Instead it is calculated from the velocities of the particles in the trap. Temperature is related to the velocity distribution by the Maxwell-Boltzmann equation. Under normal circumstances we are usually starting from a known temperature and calculating the velocity distribution. However ...


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I hope someone with more knowledge will pop into thread, but here is my education. There might be number of ways to measure such low temperatures. One I find fascinating is starting with material, namely Bose-Einstein condensate. Reference is this one: Cooling Bose-Einstein Condensates Below 500 Picokelvin, Leanhardt et al. Science, 12 September 2003. ...


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Couldn't I use a retarding film of randomly varying thickness to convert a Coherent laser beam into an incoherent laser beam...? If the film is not changing (in time) you are not changing the coherence properties of beam at all. You can think of putting a slab of something in the way as putting a really bad lens (possibly with no optical power) in the ...



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