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January 30, 2013
News Feature
The way electrons move within and between molecules, transferring energy as they go, plays an important role in many chemical and biological processes, such as the conversion of sunlight to energy in photosynthesis and solar cells
Image - Tubular, color-coded molecular model.
August 13, 2012
Press Release
Menlo Park, Calif. — With a thin sliver of diamond, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have transformed the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) into an even more precise tool for exploring the nanoworld.
LCLS Self-Seeding Hardware Panorama (Photo by Matt Beardsley)
February 28, 2012
News Feature
A surprising atomic-scale wiggle underlies the way a special class of materials reacts to light, according to research that may lead to new devices for harvesting solar energy.
artist's conception depicts the sudden contraction and elongation experienced by the unit cell of the ferroelectric material lead titanate as an intense pulse of violet light hits it
January 31, 2012
News Feature
Scientists have found a way to distort the atomic arrangement and change the magnetic properties of an important class of electronic materials with ultra-short pulses of terahertz (mid-infrared) laser light without heating the material up.
This graphic depicts an ultrashort pulse of terahertz light distorting a manganite crystal lattice

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