Innovative Laser Light to Stimulate Fundamental Physics Research

Published Date : May 05, 2015

By deploying an extremely short and highly intense laser light pulses, scientists have been able to make significant strides in their attempts to watch and control particle motions which are outside the confines of the atomic nuclei. This will enable data processing operating which can be performed at the frequencies which are equivalent to the rate of visible light oscillation which is around 100,000 times faster as compared to the feasibility with current techniques.

To make this happen, advances in the technology of laser are necessary. The physicist and the LAP, or Lab for Attosecond Physics and the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics or MPQ has created a novel light source which helps to bridge the gap of optoelectronics. The team has described this new instrument in the Nature Communications journal.

A majority of these lasers were used in research labs which are based on titanium sapphire crystals. These are a kind of instrument which is dominant tool used in the production of ultra short light pulses for the past 20 years. However, this situation will most probably change pretty soon. These are all indications that their older rivals that use a rod or slab based crystals technique.

Physicists are at present able to control the waveform of the emitted pulses using considerable precision. However, this new system extends the capacity even further. The exquisite control of temporary shape of the electron magnetic fields is indispensable as it can help to switch electron flows in a very compact manner and in single atoms which are aimed for optoelectronics.