New laser-light source to shed light on fundamental physics

5 mayo 2015

With the aid of extremely short and highly intense pulses of laser light, scientists have made great strides in their efforts to observe and control particle motions outside the confines of atomic nuclei. Indeed, the future of electronics lies in optical control of electron flows. That would enable data processing operations to be performed at frequencies equivalent to the rate of oscillation of visible light — some 100,000 times faster than is feasible with current techniques. To reach this goal, advances in laser technology are essential. Physicists have now developed a new laser-light source that will lead to significant advances in research on fundamental physics.