Bose-Einstein Condensate Story
It has been 85 years since Albert Einstein and Satyendra Nath Bose first discovered the theory of Bose-Einstein Condensate. It is 2001 now and I and my colleagues, Wolfgang Ketterle and Carl Wieman have received the Noble Prize for our experiments that brought about this new phase of matter. Our hard work and dedication will now allow the world an endless amount of advancements in technology on so many levels. Before we get into all that though, I would like to have a chat with you about how this all started and how we got to where we are today. Scene 2—
I, Eric Cornell, must not forget to give credit to the two men who discovered the bases of this 5th matter, Albert Einstein and Satyendra Nath Bose. It all began in the 1920s, Bose had been working on thermodynamics and statistical mechanics with the quantum mechanical theories that were being developed, alongside Einstein, who carried the work to its natural conclusions and brought it to the public eye. You see, during this time however, Einstein and Bose could not do much further research into the subject due to lack of equipment and technology. It was only a theoretical possibility. This low energy form of matter was far from where it is today. Bose and Einstein had done all they could do, the rest was a mystery left in our hands. Scene 3—Fast forward a few more years to the 1960s and when the first laser was built. Now scientists and researchers had greater opportunities, but still it was limited. Around this time I didn’t know much about Bose-Einstein Condensates, I was just beginning to get interested in the topic. It wasn’t until I started school that I really got a feel and love for this area. The idea that there might be a new, 5th matter, unlike any other amazed me and I knew I had to follow through. Scene 4-- That’s when I met Wolfgang Ketterle and Carl Wieman, little did I know that here we would be, accepting our Nobel Peace Prize in...
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