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Anne L'Huillier

Anne l'Huillier

Professor

Anne L'Huillier

Light for brevity

Author

  • Anne L'Huillier

Summary, in English

The shortest time interval controlled by a human being is the duration of a light pulse as short as only 100 attoseconds, i.e., 10-16 s. This "attosecond" light pulse belongs to the extreme ultraviolet range (XUV) of the electromagnetic spectrum, with central photon energy typically between 20 and 200 eV. Related to its brevity, an attosecond pulse has a broad bandwidth covering tens of eV. These are natural time and energy scales to study electron dynamics in atoms and molecules.

Department/s

  • Atomic Physics

Publishing year

2015-01-01

Language

English

Pages

23-26

Publication/Series

Europhysics News

Volume

46

Issue

5-6

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

EDP Sciences

Topic

  • Natural Sciences
  • Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0531-7479