Researchers establish ultrafast control of quantum processes at several attoseconds

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 07:00 in Physics & Chemistry

A team of physicists including Russian researchers conducted an experiment that established control over the ultrafast motion of electrons at three attoseconds for the first time. (An attosecond is 1×10−18 of a second—that's one quintillionth of a second. For context, an attosecond is to a second what a second is to about 31.71 billion years.) This opens new directions of research that previously seemed improbable. The experiment was conducted with the help of the free-electron laser FERMI located at the Elettra Sincrotrone research center in Trieste, Italy.

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