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Ions Catch a Wave


April 2, 2012

the experimental setup of ion surfing in practice When tasked with the challenge of transporting individual ions through a sluggish sea of gas in a matter of milliseconds, a land-locked East Lansing physicist came up with a very West Coast solution--surfing. But instead of bobbing in the ocean, failure to catch a wave results in losing the opportunity to study extremely rare ions found nowhere else on Earth. Full Story

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Michigan State University

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