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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: Apr 02, 2008

With every breath you take, you breathe out carbon dioxide and roughly 1000 other different molecules. Some of these can signal the early onset of...

Published: Mar 01, 2008

An excellent way to watch proteins fold is to probe the inside of a microfluidics device with light. This tiny device contains micron-sized...

Published: Feb 18, 2008

When the Jin and Ye group collaboration wanted to investigate the creation of stable ultracold polar molecules, the researchers initially decided...

Published: Feb 17, 2008

What did Fellow Jeff Linsky come home with from a 2006 SINS conference?

He arrived at JILA with the realization that quasars twinkle...

Published: Feb 14, 2008

Neutron stars are born in supernovae, spinning very fast. How fast they spin at birth depends on a variety of factors including the initial...

Published: Feb 12, 2008

Benzene has a special ring structure that allows some of its electrons to be shared among all six carbon atoms in the ring. It turns out that...

Published: Feb 11, 2008

The Kapteyn/Murnane group recently proved that you don’t need an accelerator facility to make the X-Rays for an X-Ray microscope. In fact, you can...

Published: Feb 10, 2008

Fellow Andrew Hamilton recently confirmed a prediction he made 10 years ago of the location of a reverse shock wave slowing the expansion of the...

Published: Feb 07, 2008

The Perkins group is helping to develop DNA as a force standard for the nano world. Polymers of DNA act like springs, and DNA's elasticity...

Published: Feb 02, 2008

In Ray Bradbury’s book Something Wicked This Way Comes, people get older or younger depending on which direction they ride on a carnival...

Published: Jan 10, 2008

A solid understanding of the structure and behavior of atoms is important for understanding the physical world, from the basic building blocks...

Published: Oct 01, 2007

In JILA Fellow Dick McCray’s view, the way students learn astronomy is nearly the reverse of the way early astronomers learned astronomy....

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