—Electron Dynamics “” Electrons, the stuff of chemical bonds, zip around at an unimaginably fast time-scale—on the order of attoseconds (10–18 seconds). The ability to generate and control attosecond pulses of laser light is less than a decade old. Yet in the past few years, chemists have begun to learn how to use these new laser methods to create three-dimensional electron-orbital images and hope to soon make movies that capture the orbitals undergoing change in the course of chemical reactions.
by Mitch Jacoby |
March 08, 2010