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