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- | If $PV=nRT$ the absolute zero temperature occurs when $P=0$. In practice most gases will liquefy before this point, but we can measure the pressure of fixed volume of gas at a couple of reference points and extrapolate down to zero pressure to get an estimate for [[wp>Absolute_zero|absolute zero]]. | + | If $PV=nRT$ the absolute zero temperature occurs when $P=0$. In practice most gases will liquefy before this point, but we can measure the pressure of a fixed volume of gas at a couple of reference points and extrapolate down to zero pressure to get an estimate for [[wp>Absolute_zero|absolute zero]]. |

Through laser cooling and molecular trapping techniques it is now possible (but difficult!) for temperatures on the order of a $\mathrm{nK}$ to be achieved. Prof. [[http://ultracold.physics.sunysb.edu/index.html|Dominik Schneble]] produces ultra-cold ($\mu K$) Bose-Einstein condensates in the basement of this building! Prof. [[http://www.stonybrook.edu/metcalf/hmetcalf.html|Hal Metcalf]] was one of the key players in the original development of laser cooling. | Through laser cooling and molecular trapping techniques it is now possible (but difficult!) for temperatures on the order of a $\mathrm{nK}$ to be achieved. Prof. [[http://ultracold.physics.sunysb.edu/index.html|Dominik Schneble]] produces ultra-cold ($\mu K$) Bose-Einstein condensates in the basement of this building! Prof. [[http://www.stonybrook.edu/metcalf/hmetcalf.html|Hal Metcalf]] was one of the key players in the original development of laser cooling. | ||