Navigation Links
Watching electrons move in real time
Date:9/21/2010

This release is also available in Chinese on EurekAlert! Chinese.

Washington, D.C. (September 21, 2010) -- At its most basic level, understanding chemistry means understanding what electrons are doing. Research published in The Journal of Chemical Physics not only maps the movement of electrons in real time but also observes a concerted electron and proton transfer that is quite different from any previously known phase transitions in the model crystal, ammonium sulfate. By extending X-ray powder diffraction into the femtosecond realm, the researchers were able to map the relocation of charges in the ammonium sulfate crystal after they were displaced by photoexcitation.

"Our prototype experiment produces a sort of 'molecular movie' of the atoms in action," says author Michael Woerner of the Max-Born-Institut fr Nichtlineare Optik und Kurzzeitspektroskopie in Germany. "The time and spatial resolution is now at atomic time and length scales, respectively."

Electron positions were mapped by observing the diffraction of X-ray pulses lasting tens of femtoseconds (quadrillionth of a second). Positions of protons and other nuclei were deduced from the locations of regions of high electron density. Within the crystal, the excited electrons transferred from the sulfate groups to a tight channel within crystal matrix. This channel was stabilized by the transfer of protons from adjacent ammonium groups into the channel. This transfer mechanism had not been previously observed or proposed, and the researchers had expected to see much smaller displacements.

According to Woerner, the technique should be applicable to structural studies of materials ranging from biomolecules to high-temperature superconductors. "We expect that the technique will be applied to many interesting material systems." He says. "In principle, femtosecond X-ray powder diffraction can be applied to any crystalline form of matter. Only the complexity of crystals and the presence of heavy elements, which reduces the penetration depth of X-rays, set some constraints."


'/>"/>

Contact: Jason Socrates Bardi
jbardi@aip.org
301-209-3091
American Institute of Physics
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Europe and China watching Earth together
2. Watching movies featuring characters who smoke negatively influences Mexican-American teens
3. Scientists show theres nothing boring about watching paint dry
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/7/2016)... According to a new market research report "Emotion Detection and Recognition Market ... Application Area, End User, And Region - Global Forecast to 2021", published by ... 2016 to USD 36.07 Billion by 2021, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate ... ... MarketsandMarkets Logo ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... Valencell , the leading innovator in ... a third consecutive year of triple digit growth for ... with a 360 percent increase in companies who have ... driven by sales of its wrist and ear Benchmark™ ... technology for hearables for fitness and healthcare applications. ...
(Date:11/30/2016)... , Nov. 30, 2016 Not many of us realize that we spend ... recovery so we need to do it well. Inadequate sleep levels have been found ... pressure, stroke, diabetes, and even cancer. Maybe now is the best time ... could help them to manage their sleep quality? Continue ... ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:12/7/2016)... -- Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG ) announced ... as its chief science officer — a new position ... Neogen effective Jan. 1. Kephart has served ... of Thermo Fisher Scientific, as well as animal health ... industry experience also includes the management of a team ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... , Dec. 7, 2016  Nordion, a ... General Atomics (GA), welcome today,s award by the ... Security Administration (NNSA) of the Phase II cooperative ... with Nordion and the University of Missouri Research ... funding will support the establishment of a new, ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... , Dec. 7, 2016  Vyriad Inc. announced today ... the company,s Board of Directors. "We are ... build our business and develop our oncolytic viruses as ... said Stephen Russell , MD, PhD, CEO of ... share our vision and passion for making a difference ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... YORK and ANN ARBOR, Mich. ... privately held biopharmaceutical company developing breakthrough immune modulatory medicines, ... trial of the Company,s lead therapeutic candidate, LYC-30937- E ... is often a debilitating skin disease that is estimated ... the United States , with approximately 1.5 ...
Breaking Biology Technology: