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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: Oct 18, 2012

Former research associate Antonio Picón, research associate Agnieszka Jaron-Becker, and Fellow...

Published: Oct 18, 2012

Research associate Bruno Giacomazzo recently studied the effects of magnetic fields and matter...

Published: Oct 10, 2012

Many neutron stars are surrounded by accretion disks. The disks are often made up of matter...

Published: Oct 08, 2012

Members of the Jin group found a way to measure for the first time the a type of abstract “...

Published: Sep 12, 2012

Researchers from a German national laboratory, the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB)...

Published: Aug 22, 2012

Graduate student Dan Hickstein (Kapteyn/Murnane group) recently investigated the behavior of...

Published: Jun 18, 2012

The interface between a gas and a solid is a remarkable environment for new investigations. Lots...

Published: Jun 07, 2012

The Kapteyn/Murnane group had the idea that it might be possible to produce bright, laser-like...

Published: Jun 06, 2012

The Nesbitt group has been investigating RNA folding since the early 2000s. The group’s...

Published: May 24, 2012

News Flash!  The Rey group has discovered another good reason for using alkaline-earth...

Published: May 09, 2012

In Roman mythology, Janus is the god of beginnings and transitions, of doors and bridges, as...

Published: May 03, 2012

Fellow Mitch Begelman and his colleagues came up with the idea of quasistars to explain the...

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