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Using ultra-short X-ray flashes, an international team of researchers watched electrons jumping between the fragments of exploding molecules. The study reveals up to what distance a charge transfer between the two molecular fragments can occur, marking the limit of the molecular regime.

This illustration is an artist's concept of an exploding iodomethane molecule and its jumping electrons.

More information about this work is available in the press release "When Is a Molecule a Molecule?"

Credit: SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

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