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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: Jun 02, 2016

The Kapteyn/Murnane group has measured how long it takes an electron born into an excited state...

Published: May 04, 2016

The Ye group just solved a major problem for using...

Published: Apr 21, 2016

Move over, single-atom laser cooling! The Holland theory group has just come up with a stunning...

Published: Apr 20, 2016

The old JILA molecule factory (built in 2002) produced the world’s first ultracold polar...

Published: Mar 31, 2016

The Ye and Rey groups have discovered the strange rules of quantum baseball in which strontium (...

Published: Feb 10, 2016

Cong Chen and his colleagues in the Kapteyn/Murnane group have generated one of the most complex...

Published: Jan 28, 2016

The Rey and Ye groups are in the midst of an extended collaboration on using the Ye group’s...

Published: Dec 08, 2015

In 2008, Fellow Jeff Linsky and his colleague Seth Redfield of Wesleyan University used spectral...

Published: Dec 03, 2015

Imagine laser-like x-ray beams that can “see” through materials––all the way into the heart of...

Published: Nov 30, 2015

In the future, quantum microwave networks may handle quantum information transfer via optical...

Published: Nov 06, 2015

JILA’s cold molecule collaboration (Jin and Ye Groups, with theory support from the Rey Group)...

Published: Nov 02, 2015

The Regal and Rey groups have come up with a novel way to generate and propagate quantum...

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