What is it about?

According to Einstein's special relativity clocks slow down when they travel at high speeds. In this article we suggest a new type of experiment that exploits this wonder of nature to understand the behaviour of molecules and atoms at the ultrashort timescales.

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Why is it important?

Most biochemical processes happen at the femtosecond timescale and some physical processes happen at the attosecond timescales. Understanding the behaviour of atoms and molecules at these ultrashort timescales helps understand a multitude of key dynamics in nature ranging from vision to computer memory storage.


I hope this article sparks a lot of interest and brings together ultrafast scientists and particle physicists to explore together the ultrashort timescales of nature. I enjoyed writing this article and hope you find it thought-provoking.

Hazem Daoud
University of Toronto

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This page is a summary of: Utilizing relativistic time dilation for time-resolved studies, The Journal of Chemical Physics, March 2021, American Institute of Physics, DOI: 10.1063/5.0037862.
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