Science NewsCurated by RSF Research Staff Home > Science News > The world’s most powerful X-ray laser beam creates ‘molecular black hole’ When scientists at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory focused the full intensity of the world's most powerful X-ray laser on a small molecule, they got a surprise: A single laser pulse stripped all but a few electrons out of the molecule's biggest atom from the inside out, leaving a void that started pulling in electrons from the rest of the molecule, like a black hole gobbling a spiraling disk of matter. Within 30 femtoseconds - millionths of a billionth of a second - the molecule lost more than 50 electrons, far more than scientists anticipated based on earlier experiments using less intense beams, or isolated atoms. Then it blew up. The results, published today in Nature, give scientists fundamental insights they need to better plan and interpret experiments using the most intense and energetic X-ray pulses from SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) X-ray free-electron laser. Experiments that require these ultrahigh intensities include attempts to image individual biological objects, such as viruses and bacteria, at high resolution. They are also used to study the behavior of matter under extreme conditions, and to better understand charge dynamics in complex molecules for advanced technological applications. Read More at: https://phys.org/news/2017-05-world-powerful-x-ray-laser-molecular.html#jCp Discovery of unusual spindle-like galaxiesOctober 20, 2017New findings to create better permanent magnetOctober 18, 2017Flow reversal in a quantum systemOctober 16, 2017Neutron Star Collision Lights Up the SkyOctober 16, 2017Pilot Wave Theory Explains EM DriveOctober 16, 2017 Sharing is caring - please share this with your friends: Facebook Twitter If you like this content, you will love the Resonance Academy.