Molecular Transformation Near Absolute Zero Temperatures Solved
Researcher Kang-Kuen Ni, the Morris Kahn associate professor of chemistry and chemical biology and physics at Harvard University, has managed to observe chemical reactions involving two potassium-rubidium molecules cooled to just 500 nanokelvin above absolute zero. Ni and her team use ultra-fast lasers to make observations of intermediate states of the reactions. The windows of observations last in the range of femtoseconds. In essence, they were able to shed light on the process of how potassium-rubidium molecules transform themselves into new types of molecules.
This work will help scientist in formulating better predictive theories of chemical reactions and chemical compounds.