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Research sheds new light on proton behavior, draws praise from science community

A dis­covery by a research team led by Northeastern’s Paul Cham­pion upends the under­standing held for cen­turies of pro­tons’ behavior. The researchers—using an ultra­fast pulsed laser system designed at Northeastern—have revealed that pro­tons actu­ally tunnel through ther­mo­dy­namic bar­riers rather than travel over them. Sci­ence mag­a­zine, struck by the results, high­lighted the research in its “Editor’s Choice” column.

Aug. 22, 2016 - BOSTON, MA. - Paul Champion, professor and chair, Department of Physics, poses for a portrait in the Egan Research building at Northeastern University on August 22, 2016.  Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Lasers reveal the hidden lives of biomolecules

Paul Cham­pion, pro­fessor and chair of the Depart­ment of Physics, uses fem­tosecond laser pulses to probe mol­e­c­ular vibra­tions that elude stan­dard ana­lyt­ical techniques.

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Packing a ‘super’ punch

North­eastern hosted a lec­ture on Sunday on the physics of super­heroes’ powers ahead of the Amer­ican Phys­ical Society’s annual meeting in Boston.

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Shedding light on a protein, and a future

Physics stu­dent on research co-​​op works with ultra­fast lasers at Impe­rial Col­lege London mol­e­c­ular biology lab, and gains insight into his career path

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