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Dr. Margaret MurnaneFellow of JILA and Distinguished Professor of Physics and Electrical and
Computer Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder Lecture Title: "How to Make Atoms Sing and Molecules Dance-Using Fast Light Pulses to Observe and Control Nature"In recent years there has been a revolution in the field of ultrafast science. Visible light pulses of only a few optical cycles in duration can now be generated from a simple laser. By amplifying these light pulses to high powers, visible laser beams can be converted into laser-like, coherent, x-ray beams. Moreover, using computer algorithms, we can teach a laser to generate an optimally-shaped light pulse, that allows us to control how an atom or a molecule responds to light. This allows us, for example, to channel laser energy into a specific x-ray wavelength, or to selectively excite vibrations in molecules, as a first step to controlling chemical reactions with light. Applications in high resolution x-ray biological and materials imaging will also be discussed.
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