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posted 02. March 2006 23:59
Source: LANL News and Public Affairs
Attosecond pump-probe proposed to explore the dance of electrons
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LOS ALAMOS, N.M., February 27, 2006 -- Electrons in atoms move in a choreographed motion on a time scale of attoseconds (one quintillionth, or one billionth of a billionth of a second). To observe this ultrafast motion, physicists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have theoretically demonstrated an attosecond pump-probe technique that captures the steps in this intricate dance by ionizing the atom at selected times. The development of the proposed technique might someday allow scientists to actually see into a world of electron motion.
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