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SLAC Public Lecture Series

Past Lecture

Making Molecular Movies: 10,000,000,000,000 Frames per Second

Kelly Gaffney , SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Tuesday, December 12, 2006 07:30 pm

Movies have transformed our perception of the world. With slow motion photography, we can see a hummingbird flap its wings, and a bullet pierce an apple. The remarkably small and extremely fast molecular world that determines how your body functions cannot be captured with even the most sophisticated movie camera today. To see chemistry in real time requires a camera capable of seeing molecules that are one ten billionth of a foot with a frame rate of 10 trillion frames per second! SLAC has embarked on the construction of just such a camera. Please join me as I discuss how this molecular movie camera will work and how it will change our perception of the molecular world.

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