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Hope Whitelock - Making the World's Most Expensive Light Bulb (3/10/20)

posted Feb 26, 2020, 9:35 AM by Tyler McMaken
Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 at 5pm
Gamow Tower, 11th floor,
Commons Room
Free Pizza
 Making the World's Most Expensive Light Bulb*

To watch a chemical reaction in real time, you usually need x-rays, which come from an expensive, inaccessible x-ray facility like a free electron laser or synchrotron. Most of those x-rays then get wasted and never make it to a detector. This makes x-ray experiments expensive, inconvenient, and just plain difficult. But what if we could do it on a table top? What if we could do it with just a light bulb? What if we could make detectors that caught all of the x-rays? In this talk, I’ll introduce how a fancy light bulb and a camera made of cold metal are going to change the future of ultrafast chemistry.

 Hope Whitelock

*okay there might be one or two that are more expensive.