Bose-Einstein Condensation in a Dilute Gas:. the First 70 Years and Some Recent Experiments

  title={Bose-Einstein Condensation in a Dilute Gas:. the First 70 Years and Some Recent Experiments},
  author={Eric Allin Cornell and Carl E. Wieman and H. T. Nieh},
Bose-Einstein condensation, or BEC, has a long and rich history dating from the early 1920s. In this article we will trace briefly over this history and some of the developments in physics that made possible our successful pursuit of BEC in a gas. We will then discuss what was involved in this quest. In this discussion we will go beyond the usual technical description to try and address certain questions that we now hear frequently, but are not covered in our past research papers. These are… 
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