New space chamber can cool atoms to one ten billionth of a degree


Today’s Video of the Day comes from Science@NASA and features a look at a new atomic refrigerator called the Cold Atom Lab (CAL) that will be added to the International Space Station later this year.

The chamber will be colder than the vacuum of space, capable of refrigerating matter to one ten billionth of a degree above absolute zero. At this temperature, atoms slow down their movement dramatically, opening up a new area of study for a variety of topics.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: Science@NASA