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X-rays inspire electron movies

The advent of high-energy, short-pulse X-ray sources based on free-electron lasers, laser plasmas and high-harmonic generation is now making it possible to probe the dynamics of electrons within molecules.

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Figure 1: Probing of electronic wave packet motion in a hydrogen atom, using time-resolved X-ray diffraction.
Figure 2: Time-resolved powder diffraction of KDP.


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Vrakking, M., Elsaesser, T. X-rays inspire electron movies. Nature Photon 6, 645–647 (2012).

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