The ultrafast measurement of the motion of electrons inside atoms, molecules and solids at their natural time scale is known as attosecond science and could have important implications in power generation, chemical- and biological-weapon detection, and medical diagnostics.
niversity of Central Florida researchers are making the cutting-edge field of attosecond science more accessible to researchers from all disciplines.
Their method to help open up the field is detailed in a new study published today in the journal Science Advances.
An attosecond is one billionth of a billionth of a second, and the ability to make measurements with attosecond precision allows researchers to study the fast motion of electrons inside atoms and molecules at their natural time scale.
Measuring this fast motion can help researchers understand fundamental aspects of how light interacts with matter, which can inform efforts to harvest solar energy for power generation, detect chemical and biological weapons, perform medical diagnostics and more.