|Cold Atom Laboratory Makes Use of Microgravity
Astronauts will install the Cold Atom Laboratory experiment aboard the International Space Station (shown) in early 2016, giving the facility, which will observe quantum phenomena from the microgravity environment, a unique perspective from which to make its observations. Image credit: NASA
A facility designed to fly aboard the International Space Station, the Cold Atom Laboratory, or CAL, will make use the space station's unique microgravity environment to observe quantum phenomena that would otherwise be undetectable from Earth. The laboratory will be available for use by multiple scientific investigators and is designed to be maintained on orbit.
The Cold Atom Laboratory, which is scheduled for launch and installment on the International Space Station in April 2016, will also serve as an experiment in the use of laser-cooled atoms for future quantum sensors.