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Title: Attosecond Light and Science at the Time-scale of the Electron-Coherent X-Rays from Tabletop Ultrafast Lasers

Ever since the invention of the laser 50 years ago and its application in nonlinear optics, scientists have been striving to extend coherent laser beams into the x-ray region of the spectrum. Very recmore »ently however, the prospects for tabletop coherent sources at very short wavelengths, even in the hard x-ray region of the spectrum at wavelengths < 1nm, have brightened considerably. This advance is possible by taking nonlinear optics techniques to an extreme - physics that is the direct result of a new ability to manipulate electrons on the fastest, attosecond, time-scales of our natural world. Several applications have already been demonstrated, including making a movie of how electrons rearrange in a chemical bond changes shape as a molecule breaks apart, following how fast a magnetic material can flip orientation, understanding how fast heat flows in a nanocircuit, or building a microscope without lenses. Nature 460, 1088 (2009); Science 317, 775 (2007); Physical Review Letters 103, 257402 (2009); Nature Materials 9, 26 (2010); Nature 463, 214 (2010); Science 322, 1207 (2008).« less
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Title: Attosecond Light and Science at the Time-scale of the Electron-Coherent X-Rays from Tabletop Ultrafast Lasers
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Publication Date: 2010-03-31
OSTI Identifier: 1017177
DOE Contract Number: AC02-07CH11359
Other Number(s): TRN: US201206%%587
Resource Type: Multimedia
Resource Relation: Conference: Fermilab Colloquia, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL), Batvia, Illinois (United States), presented on March 31, 2010
Research Org: FNAL (Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States))
Sponsoring Org: USDOE Office of Science (SC)
Subject: 71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS ; CHEMICAL BONDS ; ELECTRONS ; HEAT FLUX ; INVENTIONS ; LASERS ; LENSES ; MAGNETIC MATERIALS ; MICROSCOPES ; NONLINEAR OPTICS ; ORIENTATION ; PHYSICS ; SHAPE ; WAVELENGTHS
Country of Publication: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 0:58:04
System Entry Date: 2016-01-28