Cold Atom Laboratory

Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL) is an experimental instrument being developed for launch to the International Space Station (ISS) on 21 April 2016.[1]

The instrument will create extremely cold conditions in the microgravity environment of the ISS leading to the formation of Bose Einstein Condensates that are a magnitude colder than those that are created in laboratories on Earth.[2] In a space-based laboratory, up to 20 seconds interaction times and as low as 1 picokelvin temperatures are achievable, and it could lead to exploration of unknown quantum mechanical phenomena and test some of the most fundamental laws of physics.[2][3] NASA's JPL scientists state that the CAL investigation could advance knowledge in the development of extremely sensitive quantum detectors, which could be used for monitoring the gravity of Earth and other planetary bodies, or for building advanced navigation devices.[3]

The initial mission will have a duration of 12 months with up to five years of extended operation.[2]

See also


  1. Cosmic Concept: Studying Weird Physics on the Space Station. Popular Mechanics magazine. John Wenz, 4 February 2014.
  2. 1 2 3 "Cold Atom Laboratory mssion". Jet Propulsion Laboratory. NASA. 2014. Retrieved 2015-05-21.
  3. 1 2 "Cold Atom Laboratory Creates Atomic Dance". NASA News. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 2015-05-21.

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