Tag Archives: Optics

Light Pulses Change Speed in a Plasma

Interactions between two laser beams in a plasma allow for precise
control over the light’s velocity. Continue reading

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A tabletop waveguide delivers coherent x rays

The layered anode emits bright, directed beams without the need for mirrors or large-scale accelerators. Continue reading

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Femtosecond Probe Catches Electrons Relaxing

Pump-probe experiments measure the time it takes for electrons to thermalize and cool after photoexcitation. Continue reading

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Pulses of Light Accelerate in Free Space

A recipe for greatly accelerating a light pulse involves sculpting its
spectrum in space and time. Continue reading

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Real-Time Measurements of Earth’s Spin and Tilt

An array of ring lasers provides the first continuous measurement of Earth’s motion from a single location.  Continue reading

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Excited Molecules Escape Their Trap

The loss of ultracold molecules from an optical trap comes from optical excitation of the complexes that form when two of the molecules collide.  Continue reading

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Physics Technique Reveals Hidden Bugs to Bats

Strategic angles help bats hunt stationary bugs on leaves. Continue reading

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A glimpse of a planetary system’s final stages

Detailed spectroscopy measurements may help astronomers discover bodies orbiting white dwarfs. Continue reading

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Mars smiles for InSight’s cameras

We look forward to learning more about Mars as InSight’s scientific operations commence. Continue reading

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Father of optical trapping awarded a share of the Nobel Prize in Physics

Optical tweezers have endured as an invaluable laboratory tool for manipulating molecules and other small particles. Continue reading

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