A new window on all things great and small could revolutionise understanding and control
Dynamic imaging of molecules during chemical reactions and biological processes is one of the greatest challenges for the scientific community, yet the rewards of achieving it are priceless. The EU-funded TiMoleS project is developing the theoretical and computational foundations required to exploit two very advanced laser techniques that together promise to deliver the spatiotemporal resolution necessary to image atomic nuclei and their electrons in action. Applications are virtually endless in fields from medicine to crop breeding to water treatment and biofuels. Aside from a new window on our world and on our universe, success of TiMoleS could lead to the exponentially greater control and manipulation of processes that impact our lives in a myriad of ways.