Control of the atomic nucleus with the help of an electric field, thanks to the occasion, researchers from the Australian University of New South Wales (UNSW) were able to achieve. This was reported on March 12 by the UNSW press service, citing a scientific article in the journal Nature published by researchers.
They tried to solve the problem of controlling the atomic nucleus in 1961, when the American physicist Nicholas Blombergen put forward the hypothesis of the possibility of controlling the atomic nucleus of an electric field. Australian scientists managed to prove Blombergen’s hypothesis by chance.
During the experiment, in the framework of which they tried to influence the nucleus of an antimony atom with a powerful magnetic field, the antenna that directed the magnetic field emitted exploded. To the surprise of scientists, the resonant radiation of the nucleus did not stop. It turned out that the collapsed antenna still continued to work. But she radiated toward the atomic nucleus now not a magnetic, but an electric field.
Thus, as scientists write, they managed to “rediscover” the effect of nuclear electric resonance predicted by the Blombergen hypothesis. The discovery can be of great importance when introducing technology into nanodevices. The creation of magnetic fields to control atoms requires the creation of devices that generate a magnetic field of impressive size. An electric field can be created by devices of a very small size, by generating a field on a very small tip and very precisely controlling individual atoms.
Scientists report that the field for the use of such devices can be quite wide: from quantum computers, very accurate sensors of electric and magnetic fields to applications in scientific research in order to find answers to fundamental questions of quantum mechanics.