An Indian Origin Physicist Created the Fifth State of Matter from Her Living Room

Dr Amruta Gadge setting up the lasers prior to lockdown. Credit: University of Sussex.

Dr Amruta Gadge setting up the lasers prior to lockdown. Credit: University of Sussex.

Dr. Amruta Gadge from the Quantum Systems and Devices Laboratory successfully created a Bose-Einstein Condensate (BEC) at the University of Sussex facilities, not at a lab, but in her living room.

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  • Last Updated: May 27, 2020, 12:34 PM IST

Issac Newton worked from home during a pandemic in his times, and discovered the theory of gravity.

This may not be the bubonic plague, but the new novel coronavirus has forced everyone inside, and an Indian-origin scientist has found a way to best utilize her time – by discovering the fifth state of matter.

Dr. Amruta Gadge from the Quantum Systems and Devices Laboratory successfully created a Bose-Einstein Condensate (BEC) at the University of Sussex facilities, not at a lab, but in her living room.

This may be the first time that BEC has been created remotely in a lab that did not have one before.

The research team believe the achievement could provide a blueprint for operating quantum technology in inaccessible environments such as space, finds a Phys.org release.

Peter Krüger, Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Sussex, in an interview to Lab News, said “We believe this may be the first time that someone has established a BEC remotely in a lab that didn’t have one before. We are all extremely excited that we can continue to conduct our experiments remotely during lockdown, and any possible future lockdowns.”

Dr. Gadge, Research Fellow In Quantum Physics And Technologies at the University of Sussex, was able to make the complex calculations then optimising and running the sequence, by accessing the lab computers remotely from her home.

“The process has been a lot slower than if I had been in the lab as the experiment is unstable and I’ve had to give 10-15 minutes of cooling time between each run. This is obviously not as efficient and way more laborious to do manually because I’ve not been able to do systematic scans or fix the instability like I could working in the lab,” she said.

This may just be the model other scientists and in fact, everyone else around the world will have to slowly apply as the cure to the Covid-19 virus may still be far away.




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