The Alice Framework

In 2016 we had the Alice challenge running where players were grouped together online to optimize solutions. These solutions were carried out in the experimental lab. Read about what we discovered here.

For us working at ScienceAtHome, the Alice Framework has two sides. First, it is the experimental control system which we use in the lab every day to control and handle complex sequences of commands to technical equipment and devices. This control system enables us to trap and cool a cloud of atoms and conduct experiments with them, giving new insight into the atomic world. The second side is that of Alice being the interface for our experiment to the outside world. This function enables people from all over the globe to take control of a cutting edge physics experiment.

This game helps our research in:

  • Group-interaction and intuition in solving a complex physics problem.
  • Providing experts and the public access to a state-of-the-art cold atomic physics experiment.