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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: Feb 10, 2006

When Albert Einstein said, "the only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at...

Published: Feb 09, 2006

Chemical physicists investigate the structure and behavior of atoms and molecules on the quantum...

Published: Nov 14, 2005

"Watch" atoms collide! Thrill to the twists and turns of potassium atom wave functions as the...

Published: Oct 08, 2005

Have you ever wondered whether a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) could spontaneously escape from...

Published: Oct 02, 2005

Scientists in Fellow Jun Ye's lab are developing a high-precision optical atomic clock linked to...

Published: Oct 02, 2005

Giant gas planets don't often stay in orbit where they're formed. They often move...

Published: Oct 01, 2005

Understanding dark matter's role in the distribution of galaxies in the Universe is a...

Published: Oct 01, 2005

Brad Perkins and his thesis advisor Fellow David Nesbitt recently decided to explore what...

Published: Oct 01, 2005

Imagine high-school or college students so excited about physics they can hardly wait to get...

Published: Oct 01, 2005

Graduate students Dave Harber and John Obrecht, postdoc Jeff McGuirk, and Fellow Eric Cornell...

Published: Oct 01, 2005

Gamma-ray jets produced deep within massive stars can blow apart the star when they emerge,...

Published: Oct 01, 2005

For nearly 18 years, JILA Fellow Dick McCray has been studying the brightest supernova to...

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