BOULDER, Colo. (AP) Experiments in developing a more accurate atomic clock and quantum computers that use atoms to manipulate data have ground to a halt at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder.
Last year's Nobel Prize winner in physics, David Wineland, and 2001 physics winner Eric Cornell, are among the employees deemed "non-essential" and furloughed during the shutdown.
In an interview with The Associated Press Monday, Wineland said that he is one of a few employees allowed into the lab each day to monitor equipment that must be left operating. Among those allowed at the lab are the scientists who operate the atomic clock.
While Wineland's experiments are on hold during the shutdown, Wineland says he still working from home by thinking and analyzing the quantum physics problems he's trying to solve.
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