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Physicists shattered the record for coldest temperature ever achieved in a lab


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Scientists just broke the record for the coldest temperature ever measured in a lab: They achieved the bone-chilling temperature of 38 trillionths of a degree above -273.15 Celsius by dropping magnetized gas 393 feet (120 meters) down a tower.

The team of German researchers was investigating the quantum properties of a so-called fifth state of matter: Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC), a derivative of gas that exists only under ultra-cold conditions.

While in the BEC phase, matter itself begins to behave like one large atom, making it an especially appealing subject for quantum physicists who are interested in the mechanics of subatomic particles.

Temperature is a measure of molecular vibration – the more a collection of molecules moves, the higher the collective temperature.

https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-shattered-record-for-coldest-temperature-ever-recorded-in-a-lab

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