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Published: Thu, 10/04/2018 - 9:15am

JILA researchers are using lasers to control chemical reactions at the quantum level. This control brings new insights to our understanding of reaction pathways, and serves as a proof-of-principle that similar techniques could revolutionize our study of chemical processes.

In the vast stretches between solar systems, heat does not flow and sound does not exist. Action seems to stop, but only if you don’t look long enough.

Violent and chaotic actions occur in the long stretches of outer space. These chemical reactions between radicals and ions are the same reactions underlying the burn of a flame and floating the ozone above our planet. But they’re easy to miss in outer space because they’re very rare.

“It’s very low density in the interstellar medium, so the probability of seeing another atom or molecule is very low,” said JILA Fellow Dr. Heather Lewandowski. “They could go for kilometers before seeing another particle.”

And when meetings are that rare, the particles must be reactive. “If you do run into another particle, you want to have a high probability of reaction if you are ever going to react,” said Lewandowski.

Radicals and ions are...

Published: Sep 24, 2018

JILA researchers are devising methods to network quantum computers. These networks will exponentially increase...

Published: Sep 04, 2018

JILA Researchers have generated the most powerful XUV frequency comb yet. This tabletop experiment generates powers...

Published: Aug 13, 2018

A collaboration between the Thompson Lab and Rey’s theory group is exploiting phenomena related to Quantum...

Published: Jul 18, 2018

The hardest problems are never solved by one person. They are solved by teams; or in the case of science, collaborations.

It took a...

Published: Jun 29, 2018

A large fraction of JILA research relies on laser cooling of atoms, ions and molecules for applications as diverse as world-leading atomic clocks...

Published: Jun 28, 2018

JILA researchers have created a laser-controlled "electron faucet", which emits a ...

Published: Jun 27, 2018

“Well, this isn’t going to work.”

That was recent JILA graduate Carrie Weidner’s first thought when her advisor, JILA Fellow Dana Anderson...

Published: Mar 15, 2018

We all know what a tenth of a second feels like. It’s a jiffy, a snap of the fingers, or a camera shutter click. But what does 14 billion years–...

Published: Mar 02, 2018

Magnets hold cards to your fridge, and store data in your computer. They can power speakers, and produce detailed medical images. And yet, despite...

Published: Feb 23, 2018

Jupiter is large enough to fit 1,300 Earths inside, and still have room. But like all planets, Jupiter was once nothing more than a cosmic dust...

Published: Feb 08, 2018

Researchers from the Raschke group are lighting up dark excitons.

Specifically, the Raschke group developed a method to observe dark...

Published: Jan 12, 2018

The reaction, at first glance, seems simple. Combustion engines, such as those in your car, form carbon monoxide (CO). Sunlight converts...

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