Laser Facility for Ultra-Sensitive Molecular Characterization

Grant number: LE100100131 | Funding period: 2010 - 2011

Completed

Abstract

Lasers are indispensable tools for the characterization and photochemical modification of molecular systems. Powerful lasers produce intense bursts of light across the electromagnetic spectrum, from the infrared to the ultraviolet. This versatility allows chemists to observe the dynamical behaviour of single molecules on ultra-fast timescales, to probe the shape of molecules relevant to the action of therapeutic drugs, to explore the characteristics of molecules found in space, and to initiate laser-activated chemical processes in microscopic dimensions to modify sensor surfaces. The proposed laser facility will enable progress in these areas and will help maintain Australia's research edge ..

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