This talk will cover the new science and technology that can be explored using light to both observe and manipulate matter. In the visible
region of the spectrum, we use shaped optical pulses to deposit energy selectively into molecules. This allows us to excite targeted vibrational modes, and to attempt to direct chemical reactions along a particular pathway. In the x-ray region of the spectrum, we generate coherent, laser-like, beams of x-rays and use them for high-resolution, ultrafast imaging. We also apply concepts from photonics to improve the efficiency of x-ray sources.
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