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Watching an electron at the molecular crossroads

Watching an electron at the molecular crossroads

Many fundamental processes in nature (e.g. photosynthesis, catalysis, metabolism) result from the complex motion of an electron through the potential energy landscape defined by the atomic positions inside the molecule. Prof. Arvinder Sandhu along with graduate student Henry Timmers used extreme ultraviolet, attosecond light bursts to strobe the motion of an electron in a polyatomic molecule and film its coherent evolution near a conical intersection.
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Changing the Crystal Structure of Graphene

Changing the Crystal Structure of Graphene

Prof. Brian LeRoy along with graduate student Matthew Yankowitz have demonstrated how an electric field can change the crystal structure of graphene. The electric field causes the graphene to transform from a semi-metal to a semiconductor.
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