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Quantum Analog of Ulam's Conjecture Can Guide Molecules, Reactions
August 7, 2007
Like navigating spacecraft through the solar system by means of gravity and small propulsive bursts, researchers can guide atoms, molecules and chemical reactions by utilizing the forces that bind nuclei and electrons into molecules (analogous to gravity) and by using light for propulsion. But, knowing the minimal amount of light required, and how that amount changes with the complexity of the molecule, has been a problem.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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