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Published: Fri, 01/12/2018 - 1:30pm

The reaction, at first glance, seems simple. Combustion engines, such as those in your car, form carbon monoxide (CO). Sunlight converts atmospheric water into a highly reactive hydroxyl radical (OH). And when CO and OH meet, one byproduct is carbon dioxide (CO2) ­– a main contributor to air pollution and climate change.

But it’s more complicated than that. Before CO2 is formed, a short-lived, intermediate molecule, called the hydrocarboxyl radical (HOCO), is formed. The existence of HOCO was first proposed over 40 years ago, but the unstable nature of the molecule made it difficult, nearly impossible, to observe. The Ye group of JILA, however, has been closing in on the impossible.

The deuterated version of HOCO, called DOCO, was observed by Bryce J. Bjork, Thinh Q. Bui, Jun Ye, and their collaborators in 2016. Deuteration, or substituting a heavier version of the hydrogen atom, called deuterium, reduced signal...

Published: Nov 03, 2017

The actors are molecules. The plot, broken molecular bonds. JILA Fellow Ralph Jimenez and a team...

Published: Oct 09, 2017

Why are we here? This is an age-old philosophical question. However, physicists like Will...

Published: Oct 05, 2017

Imagine A Future . . . The International Moon Station team is busy on the Moon’...

Published: Oct 05, 2017

Newly minted JILA Ph.D. Catherine Klauss and her colleagues in the Jin and Cornell group decided...

Published: Sep 18, 2017

Quantum computers require systems that can encode, manipulate, and transmit quantum bits, or...

Published: Sep 07, 2017

Researchers at JILA and around the world are starting a grand adventure of precisely controlling...

Published: Aug 29, 2017

When Steven Spielberg’s adorable extra-terrestrial, E. T., wanted to phone home, he should have...

Published: Aug 07, 2017

The Sun isn’t working the way we thought it did. Many astrophysicists haven't actually...

Published: Jul 21, 2017

The Perkins group has made dramatic advances in the use of Atomic Force Microscopes (AFMs) to...

Published: Jul 10, 2017

Getting lasers to have a precise single frequency (color) can be trickier than herding cats. So...

Published: Jun 20, 2017

The Kapteyn-Murnane group has come up with a novel way to use fast bursts of extreme ultraviolet...

Published: May 22, 2017

JILA and NIST scientists are hot on the trail of understanding quantum correlations (or...

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