When scientists moved from manipulating atoms to messing with molecules, molecules started to disappear from view. Professor Kang-Kuen Ni has figured out why.
July 22, 2020 • ~6 min
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Harvard researchers have performed the coldest reaction in the known universe by capturing a chemical reaction in its most critical and elusive act.
Dec. 20, 2019 • ~5 min
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Using precisely focused lasers that act as “optical tweezers,” Harvard scientists have been able to capture and control individual ultracold molecules – the eventual building-blocks of a quantum computer – and study the collisions between them in more detail than ever before.
Oct. 2, 2019 • ~6 min
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