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Published: Tue, 09/04/2018 - 2:30pm

JILA Researchers have generated the most powerful XUV frequency comb yet. This tabletop experiment generates powers comparable to synchrotron light sources’, while maintaining stability and control. This tool could light a second revolution in quantum physics by enabling spectroscopy at unprecedented precisions.

 

With the advent of the laser, the fuzzy bands glowing from atoms transformed into narrow lines of distinct color. These spectral lines became guiding beacons visible from the quantum frontier.

More than a half century later, we stand at the next frontier. The elegant physics that will decode today’s mysteries (such as dark matter, dark energy, and the stability of our fundamental constants, to name a few) is still shrouded in shadows. But a new tool promises illumination. 

Whereas the monochrome glow of the laser illumed the mysteries of the quantum frontier, today’s frontier is lit by the frequency comb – a revolutionary laser source that emits not one, but over one-million distinct colors.

“Like the teeth of a comb that you could comb your hair with,” is how Stephen Schoun, a...

Published: Mar 20, 2017

Dennis Gardner and his coworkers in the Kapteyn-Murnane group accomplished two major breakthroughs in imaging tiny structures much too small to be...

Published: Mar 03, 2017

The lovely Crab Nebula was created by a supernova and its spinning-neutron-star remnant known as a pulsar. Pulsar wind nebulae, such as the Crab,...

Published: Mar 02, 2017

The Perkins group continues to extend the performance of its unique Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) technology, revealing for the first time a dozen...

Published: Dec 21, 2016

Research associate Shimon Kolkowitz and his colleagues in the Ye group and Rey theory group have developed a powerful new way to experimentally...

Published: Dec 19, 2016

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

Published: Dec 13, 2016

Astrophysicist Jeff Linsky and his colleagues recently created a sophisticated mathematical model of the outer atmosphere of the small M-dwarf...

Published: Dec 12, 2016

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

Published: Nov 22, 2016

Galaxy mergers routinely occur in our Universe. And, when they take place, it takes years for the supermassive black holes at their centers to...

Published: Nov 21, 2016

Graduate student Mike Thompson of the Weber group wants to understand the basic science of taking carbon dioxide (CO2) produced by...

Published: Nov 11, 2016

For a long time, there’s been a mystery concerning how tiny interactions between individual atoms could lead to really big changes in a whole...

Published: Nov 08, 2016

Fellow Mitch Begelman’s new theory says it’s possible to form stars while a supermassive black hole consumes massive amounts of stellar debris and...

Published: Oct 31, 2016

Far-red fluorescent light emitted from proteins could one day illuminate the inner workings of life. But before that happens, scientists like...

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