Magnetic Magic

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William Phillips

Nobel Prize-winning physicist William Phillips is a professor at the University of Maryland and leads the Laser Cooling and Trapping Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Magnets have always instilled wonder in both children and adults alike with their seemingly magical properties. In this clip from the 2010 festival, Nobel Prize winning physicist William Phillips demonstrates how scientists utilize magnetic fields to perform otherwise impossible tasks, such as trapping atoms.