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Published: Wed, 07/18/2018 - 9:00am

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

It took a collaboration of 17 researchers, including four JILA fellows and another six JILA affiliates, just a little over five years to achieve robust polarization control over isolated attosecond (one billionth of a billionth of a second) pulses of extreme-ultraviolet light. In layman’s terms, they smooshed oodles of energy into a temporally tiny, yet exquisitely controlled, burst of X-rays. In slang terms, they threw an X-ray sucker punch.

The complete accomplishment is indeed a mouthful. But the qualifiers detail the high degree of control the researchers now wield.

X-rays are an unruly electromagnetic wave that refuse to be controlled by typical optical tools. But the collaboration was not daunted by the formidable task. For years, JILA Fellows and their collaboration have been developing clever solutions for X-ray control.

The journey started more than twenty years ago, when JILA experimentalists learned how to develop X-rays in a small laboratory setting. The technique, called high-harmonic generation, combines...

Published: Mar 02, 2017

The Perkins group continues to extend the performance of its unique Atomic Force Microscope (AFM...

Published: Dec 21, 2016

Research associate Shimon Kolkowitz and his colleagues in the Ye group and Rey theory group have...

Published: Dec 19, 2016

Deborah Jin, Jun Ye, and their students wrote a review during the summer of 2016 for Nature...

Published: Dec 13, 2016

Astrophysicist Jeff Linsky and his colleagues recently created a sophisticated mathematical...

Published: Dec 12, 2016

The Rey and Ye groups discovered the strange rules of...

Published: Nov 22, 2016

Galaxy mergers routinely occur in our Universe. And, when they take place, it takes years for...

Published: Nov 21, 2016

Graduate student Mike Thompson of the Weber group wants to understand the basic science of...

Published: Nov 11, 2016

For a long time, there’s been a mystery concerning how tiny interactions between individual...

Published: Nov 08, 2016

Fellow Mitch Begelman’s new theory says it’s possible to form stars while a supermassive black...

Published: Oct 31, 2016

Far-red fluorescent light emitted from proteins could one day illuminate the inner workings of...

Published: Oct 27, 2016

Using frequency comb spectroscopy, the Ye group has directly observed transient intermediate...

Published: Sep 26, 2016

The Nesbitt group has invented a nifty technique for exploring the physics and chemistry of a...

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