Speaker Name(s): Paul Corkum, OC, PhD University of Ottawa and National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa. 2009 NSERC Herzberg Award Recipient
Description: Short, intense laser pulses can control electrons and how these electrons are used to create even shorter pulses — the world’s shortest — with duration measured in attoseconds (1/1,000,000,000,000,000,000 of a second). With this very brief flash, it is possible to “photograph” a molecule’s electrons and the position of its atoms. The audience will leave understanding that we are on the verge of making movies of bonds breaking and atoms rearranging during a chemical reaction — the very essence of chemistry.