Posted: June 9, 2012 by Wildcat in Uncategorized

This art represents an electron being ripped from an atom by a strong laser field, which stretches its quantum wave function over hundreds of atomic sizes. Just as electrons accelerated in an X-ray tube emit bremsstrahlung radiation, electrons accelerated by a laser can emit rainbows of coherent X-rays in a laser-like beam. X-ray light is “invisible to the human eye but is important for being able to ‘see’ the fine details and fastest motions of the nanoworld.” Credit: Tenio Popmintchev, JILA and University of Colorado at Boulder

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