Beautiful Minds at Work During Covid-19

May 28, 2020 03:19 PM

Self Isolation provides a great opportunity to ponder over many things and get into deep thinking. This quarantine might have allowed plenty of musing for great minds, and enrich their understanding in many ways. Quarantine maybe a dream for scientists who are immersed in cerebral activities, and also involved in path-breaking discoveries.

In August 1665 the deadly bubonic plague gripped London and there was frenzy; the city was ravaged. In those tumultuous times, a 22-year old young scientist; unknown to the world of science move to his family farm in Woolsthorpe. There he discovers the law of gravity which transformed science. This should certainly ring the bell – the scientist was Isaac Newton.

Fast forward to the year 2020 and Covid-19 is creating the same mayhem. Dr Amruta Gadge Indian origin scientist developed the fifth state of matter from her home with the help of quantum technology. She is a physicist and lives in the United Kingdom. Dr Amruta built a Bose-Einstein Condensate (BEC) in her living room which is 2 miles away from the University of Sussex. Experimental Physics Professor Peter Krüger is delighted that the researcher’s enthusiasm and passion did not waver during the lockdown. On the contrary, the isolation was helpful.

The achievement is a shot in the arm for researchers. It is a template to operate quantum technology in a remote environment. Scientists have confirmed that Bose-Einstein Condensate was never created in an isolated lab before. Bose-Einstein Condensate (BEC) created by Dr Gadge is a unique state of matter where extremely cold atoms merge together and become a single entity. The young scientist used her remote control laser, computer, and radio waves to create the fifth state of matter. The previous four states are liquid, plasma, gas, and solid.

For a layman, this feat would ensure that quantum technology can be operated in deep sea, and space. It is certainly fascinating and something from sci-fi.

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