Volume 91 Issue 16 | p. 36 | Concentrates
Issue Date: April 22, 2013

Glimpsing Organic Molecules In Motion

Ultrafast electron diffraction technique lets scientists spy on molecules as they rearrange
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Organic SCENE, Analytical SCENE
Keywords: femtosecond electron diffraction, ultrabright electron source, molecular movements

Sneaking a peek at organic molecules as they move is tricky. The laser pulses typically used to initiate motion with most imaging techniques can thermally decompose the molecules or cause irreversible changes in the sample before researchers get any useful data. Scientists led by R. J. Dwayne Miller of the University of Hamburg, in Germany, and the University of Toronto have come up with a way around this problem. The team . . .

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