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A Feeling For The 'Light' Wave
2014-01-13 12:55:37

Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics A team in the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics (LAP) at the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics has taken another step toward the achievement of complete control over the waveform of pulsed laser light. Together with colleagues based at LMU and the Technische Universität München (TUM), they have constructed a detector which provides a detailed picture of the waveforms of laser pulses that last for a few femtoseconds (1 fs = 10-15 seconds)....

2013-10-21 23:00:48

The Intelligent Community Forum's Smart21 range from the huge urban metropolis of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to the small rural town of Mitchell, USA. The Smart21 employ Internet broadband services and other information and communications technology to improve economic as well as social opportunities for the entire community. New York, New York (PRWEB) October 21, 2013 The Intelligent Community Forum names the world’s Smart21 Communities of 2014 and this select group of communities is...

2013-02-18 11:09:06

Berkeley Lab research at AAAS Meeting In the blink of an eye, more attoseconds have expired than the age of Earth measured in — minutes. A lot more. To be precise, an attosecond is one billionth of a billionth of a second. The attosecond timescale is where you must go to study the electron action that is the starting point of all of chemistry. Not surprisingly, chemists are most eager to explore it with X-rays, the region of the electromagnetic spectrum that can probe the core...

Electrons Frozen In Flight
2012-10-16 13:36:17

Using the world´s fastest laser pulses, which can freeze the ultrafast motion of electrons and atoms, UA physicists have caught the action of molecules breaking apart and electrons getting knocked out of atoms. Their research helps us better understand molecular processes and ultimately be able to control them in many possible applications. In 1878, a now iconic series of photographs instantly solved a long-standing mystery: Does a galloping horse touch the ground at all times? (It...

2012-04-24 09:36:12

Scientist works to understand how fluctuations change biochemical reactions inside us We are surrounded by a constantly changing magnetic field, be it the Earth's or those emanating from devices, such as cell phones. Carlos Martino, an assistant professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, is interested in understanding how these magnetic-field fluctuations change biochemical reactions inside us. Martino explains that the subject is controversial. "Our research shows that exposure to...

In Today's High-Speed World, 250 Milliseconds Is Too Long To Wait
2012-03-02 08:40:26

John Neumann for RedOrbit.com Back in the old days (younger readers may roll their eyes here), waiting for web pages to load was expected and uneventful. However, in this day and age of always-on high-speed data connections, we dislike waiting any longer than necessary for any web page to open. Even slow broadband these days will open a page filled with photos within 1 or 2 seconds, but even that isn´t fast enough for most web users, reports Shane McGlaun for SlashGear....

2011-09-09 13:06:09

Mastering the fine structuring of ultrashort light fields An expedition through the fast-paced microscopic world of atoms reveals electrons that spin at enormous speeds and the gigantic forces that act on them. Monitoring the ultrafast motion of these electrons requires ultrashort flashes of light. However, in order to control them, the structure of these light flashes, or light pulses, needs to be tamed as well. This type of control over light pulses has now been achieved, for the first...

2011-08-24 11:33:06

National High Magnetic Field Laboratory moves closer to 100-tesla mark Researchers at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory´s Pulsed Field Facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory have set a new world record for the strongest magnetic field produced by a nondestructive magnet. The scientists achieved a field of 92.5 tesla on Thursday, August 18, taking back a record that had been held by a team of German scientists and then, the following day, surpassed their achievement...

2010-10-13 08:57:40

Air Force Office of Scientific Research-supported physicists at the University of California, Berkeley in collaboration with researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics and the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, became the first researchers to observe the motion of an atom's valence or outermost electrons in real-time by investigating the ejection of an electron from an atom by an intense laser pulse. In the experiments, an electron in a krypton...

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