posted on Jun, 16 2007 @ 09:02 AM
The Shortest Light Pulse Ever
In an effort to understand the world of subatomic particles we must live in their world.
That means attoseconds....billion, billion of a second
Researchers in Italy have created the shortest light pulse yet, a single isolated burst of extreme-ultraviolet light that lasts for only 130
These isolated attosecond pulses promise to probe electron phenomena such as “wavepackets”—specially tailored electron waves inside atoms
and molecules that may help scientists use lasers to change the course of chemical reactions for scientific and practical uses, such as controlling
the breaking of bonds in complex molecules for medical and pharmaceutical applications.