SLAC creates new opportunities in ultrafast science by building one of the world's fastest "electron cameras"
Scientists at SLAC, including PULSE PIs, Markus Guehr, Ryan Coffee, Alan Fry, and Aaron Lindenberg, have built a new scientific instrument that allows researchers to observe the motion of electrons and atomic nuclei at incredibly short timescales - less than a tenth of a trillionth of a second. This instrument relies on a method called Ultrafast Electron Diffraction, where scientists are able to capture subtle differences in the diffraction patterns of electron waves that scatter off atomic nuclei and electrons as they pass through a sample. The diffraction patterns are then combined to reconstruct ultrafast motions of the sample's interior structure.
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