Lubbock police are trying to find out who set off a small explosion that alarmed residents of a Central Lubbock neighborhood yesterday afternoon. Officers who were summoned to the area near 25th and University around 4 p.m. found a fire burning in an alley. They said the blast was caused by a small explosive device. Residents told KAMC-28 News it was a homemade pipe bomb. Sadie Armistead called 911. Quote: "We jumped up, ran outside, I mean I actually thought it was a gun." Smoke shrouded the alley where the blast occurred.
source; KFYO 12/11/08
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Light from Below
A strong oscillating laser field can pull electrons from the outer layer of an atom or molecule and then send them careening back, releasing high-energy photons upon collision. This process underlies recent techniques for generating the shortest light pulses, with durations below 10-15 second. Two studies now show that more tightly bound electrons can also undergo this ricochet process in strong fields (see the Perspective by Doumy and DiMauro). Li et al. (p. 1207; published online 30 October) observed distinct emission intensities at different stages in the vibrational period of a vibrating N2O4 molecule. Similarly, McFarland et al. (p. 1232, published online 30 October) found distinct spectral signatures depending on the spatial orientation of N2 molecules relative to the polarization of the applied laser field. In both cases, the results are attributed to involvement of electrons in both the highest and second-highest energy-occupied orbitals. The findings open the door to wide-ranging probes of electronic coupling to molecular vibrations and rotations on time scales previously too fast to monitor.
CREDIT: MCFARLAND ET AL. SOURCE science mag Volume 322, Issue 5905
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