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Researchers at the Stanford PULSE Institute watch ultrafast particle motions and chemical reactions to get a deeper understanding of matter in all its forms. Soon we’ll be able to watch even speedier electron movements that underlie all of chemistry, technology and life.

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Public Lecture presented by Elizabeth Ryland

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Catching up to Electrons on the Move

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Scientists at SLAC observe chemical reactions in unprecedented detail and find ways to make them more efficient, with the goal of using chemistry to help solve the nation’s energy challenges.

Liquids getting vaporized by the world's brightest X-ray laser
News Feature

The award recognizes Driver’s contribution toward attosecond X-ray capabilities.

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News Brief

Proving the technique works puts scientists one step closer to unraveling the mysteries of hydrogen transfers.

Red and blue laser beams strike a sample.
News Feature

A groundbreaking study shows defects spreading through diamond faster than the speed of sound 

Shocking a diamond with a high-power laser produced defects that propagated faster than the speed of sound.
News Feature

X-ray laser studies help researchers identify early steps in the freezing process to better understand how clouds make ice and their effect on climate.

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News Feature

The results should further our understanding of similar reactions with vital roles in chemistry, such as the production of vitamin D in our bodies.

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Press Release

After decades of effort, scientists have finally seen the process by which nature creates the oxygen we breathe using SLAC’s X-ray laser.

Photosystem II
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In photosystem II, the water-splitting center cycles through four stable states

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