Think of it as a microscopic movie: A sequence of X-ray images shows the explosion of superheated nanoparticles. The picture series reveals how the atoms in these particles move, how they form plasma and how the particles change shape.
"We can create a real movie of the microworld," Rudenko said. "The key development is that now we can take sequences of pictures on the nanoscale."
Rudenko and Rolles — both affiliated with the university's James R. Macdonald Laboratory — collaborated with researchers at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford University, Argonne National Laboratory and the Max Planck Institutes in Germany. Their publication, "Femtosecond and nanometre visualization of structural dynamics in superheated nanoparticles", appears in Nature Photonics. You may also read the K-State news release.
Week of 22 May 2016
Graduate students Adam Summers and Derrek Wilson attended Congressional Visits Day in Washington this Spring. They joined other science and technology cohorts to educate Congress about optics and photonics and their impact on the economy. They were invited to attend Congressional Visits Day by The Optical Society, participating with National Photonics Initiative partners.