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The Bose-Einstein theory explained

Eighty years after Professor Satyendranath Bose,along with Albert Einstein,predicted a new form of matter — the Bose-Einstein condensate...

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata |
January 24, 2009 2:21:25 am

Eighty years after Professor Satyendranath Bose,along with Albert Einstein,predicted a new form of matter — the Bose-Einstein condensate — Nobel laureate Wolfgang Ketterle on

Friday explained the phenomenon to a gathering of city academicians,intellectuals and students.

While delivering the S N Bose Memorial Lecture at the Vivekananda Hall at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture at Golpark,the 51-year-old physicist began his lecture with the idea of temperature and went on to talk about the lowest possible temperature in the universe.

Proceeding further to the mathematical deductions of the Bose-Einstein condensation,he explained that it was based on simple probability.

In his lecture,‘New forms of matter near absolute zero temperature’,the Noble laureate engaged the audience by elucidating on his research on ultra-cold particles.

Ketterle also shared his experiences on how the mentorship programme at MIT had helped him in his quest of scientific achievement. “Traditional mentorship is very important for scientific research. I just took the research carried out by my colleagues to the next level,” he said.

Ketterle was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2001 for experimentally demonstrating the Bose-Einstein condensation,nearly 75 years after the theoretical deductions were made.

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