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 Failed Stars may act more like Giant PlanetsAugust 21, 2017Plasma Dynamics: New Method to Stabilize Plasma in Nuclear Fusion ProcessAugust 21, 2017Brain is far more flexible than conventionally thoughtAugust 17, 2017Cosmic Magnifying Lens Reveals Inner Jets of Black HolesAugust 16, 2017The Geometry and Physics behind the Great American EclipseAugust 14, 2017 Sharing is caring - please share this with your friends: Facebook Twitter If you like this content, you will love the Resonance Academy.