Turning Aluminum Liquid in Picoseconds


M. Kandyla, T. Shih, and E. Mazur. 2007. “Turning Aluminum Liquid in Picoseconds.” In Optics and Photonics News, 18: Pp. 44–. Publisher's Version


The interactions between the electrons and the lattice in solids define many basic properties of these materials. Exciting the electrons in a solid with intense ultrashort laser pulses is one way to induce non-equilibrium processes, observe the resulting dynamics and obtain direct information on electron-lattice interactions. An ultrashort laser pulse can rapidly heat electrons to temperatures on the order of 103 K, while leaving the lattice near room temperature.
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