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The NIST-JQI team, which also includes a colleague from the University of Delaware, found a way around the problem by taking advantage of a quantum phenomenon in which all the light-shifts in atoms irradiated with certain precise wavelengths cancel each other out. In that condition, the atoms no longer “feel” the light.
By measuring these “magic zero” wavelengths with unprecedented accuracy, the scientists were able to place tight constraints on the factors that determine the strength of the light shifts that affect two different transitions in rubidium. The technique can provide much-needed data for other atomic-clock elements, including mercury, strontium and ytterbium.
Yopu're twisting words to mean what you want them to mean. "Feel" in this context is related to "experience" which can be defined as "the fact or state of having been affected by participation" as in "the rocket experiences acceleration" or you could say informally that the rocket "feels" the g-forces, and note "feel" is in quotes, which clearly indicate it's not attempting to suggest a state of consciousness. Similarly you can say atoms "feel" heat, without implying any consciousness.
Originally posted by onequestion
So they described the atom as "feeling" the light. I find this amazing because often as i describe my own personal relationship with myself and the universe i tend to use words that describe whatever it is i am talking about as aware and conscious.
They say "magic zero", i wonder, what do they mean by magic zero? Are they really using the word magic now to describe science?