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Physicist Henriksen to Build Quantum-scale Sensors

Erik Henriksen, a professor of physics at Washington University, was funded from the National Science Foundation to develop quantum-limited rotation sensors. This innovative project leverages helium and 2D materials to create a superfluid device with atomic-scale pores, forming a Josephson junction. Their goal is to create the most sensitive sensor for rotations using superfluid helium, potentially enabling applications such as GPS positioning without satellites and real-time Earth rotation monitoring. Quantum technology is poised to grow over the next decade and in turn boost helium demand too.

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