Inoue, who this September enters his fourth year toward his PhD, originally started his experimental work in an atomic physics lab, where he worked on an imaging setup to trap extremely cold atoms in a vacuum.
The researchers grow and characterize silicon-germanium-tin materials on silicon substrates using ultra-high-vacuum chemical vapor deposition.
Each observatory comprises a pair of L-shaped vacuum systems, four kilometres long with mirrors at each end, along which laser beams are fired.
The researchers, which include colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research through the joint Max-Planck-UBC Centre for Quantum Materials, prepared the Li-decorated graphene in ultra-high vacuum conditions and at ultra-low temperatures (5 K or -449 F or -267 C), to achieve this breakthrough.
Researchers have, for the first time, levitated individual nanodiamonds in vacuum.
It works by splitting a laser beam in two perpendicular directions and sending each down a long vacuum tunnel.
Bodies that are gravitationally bound (such as our local supercluster, our own Milky Way galaxy, our solar system, and eventually ourselves) become ripped apart and all that is left is (probably) lonesome patches of vacuum.
The lab is funded by an Engineering teaching grant to support the Manufacturing Engineering Tripos (MET) Design modules, and will allow students to convert product design ideas quickly into prototyped products.
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