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Ultrashort light pulses shake atoms

The response of electrons in atoms to ultrashort optical light pulses has been probed by measuring the ultraviolet light emitted by the atoms. This reveals that a finite time delay occurs before the response. See Letter p.66

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Figure 1: Bound electron motion in a half-cycle light wave.

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Kim, K. Ultrashort light pulses shake atoms. Nature 530, 41–42 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1038/530041a

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