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With the help of an X-ray laser, a team of international researchers – including scientists from European XFEL, a new major science facility in the Hamburg metropolitan area, DESY, and the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry – has looked more precisely than ever before into the electron cloud, a bunch of charged tiny particles orbiting molecules. The team managed to document changes in the states of electrons in a similar way to how pictures taken at different times can be assembled to a movie. They were also able to get information comparable to razor-sharp images of even very short-lived transition states that other methods miss. This image shows an iron coordination complex like the one used in the experiment. (Picture: W. Gawelda, European XFEL)

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