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EPSRC Reference: GR/S22400/01
Title: Basic Technologies: Attosecond Technology - Light Sources, Metrology and Applications
Principal Investigator: Tisch, Professor J
Other Investigators:
Knight, Professor Sir P Marangos, Professor J Smith, Professor R
Researcher Co-Investigators:
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Department: Dept of Physics
Organisation: Imperial College London
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 September 2003 Ends: 29 February 2008 Value (£): 1,012,727
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Lasers & Optics Optical Devices & Subsystems
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology
Related Grants:
GR/S22417/01 GR/S22424/01 GR/S24015/01 GR/S24022/01
GR/S24039/01
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Summary on Grant Application Form
The fundamental processes of chemistry, biology and materials science are mediated by the electronic and nuclear motions of the constituent atoms. The extremely fast electronic motions inherent to these systems have attosecond time-scales (1 attosecond [as]= 10-18 s). Therefore a proper understanding of the way in which the motion of electrons affect these processes requires probes in this hitherto inaccessible time-domain. This project aims to deliver a source of isolated attosecond optical pulses that will provide the scientist with the tools to study these fundamental processes directly for the first time. We will develop the expertise and techniques to apply this unique tool to a broad range of new scientific challenges. These challenges include the direct measurement of electron dynamics in chemical reactions, the study of electronic motion in strong fields, the exploration of dynamics of inner shell excitations in matter and the probing of electron motion within nano-scale and biological structures.
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Project URL: http://attosecond.org/
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Organisation Website: http://www.imperial.ac.uk