Electron and X-Ray Methods of Ultrafast Structural Dynamics: Advances and Applications


  • Majed Chergui Prof. ,

    1. Laboratoire de spectroscopie ultrarapide Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, ISIC-FSB-BSP, CH-1015 Lausanne (Switzerland)
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  • Ahmed H. Zewail Prof.

    1. Physical Biology Center for Ultrafast Science and Technology, Arthur Amos Noyes Laboratory of Chemical Physics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91125 (USA), Fax: (+1) 626 792 8456
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In this contribution, we highlight the state of the art in the determination of structures with ultrafast electrons and X-rays. We provide our perspectives and reflections on the principles, techniques and methods, and on applications from different disciplines, with some focus on physical, chemical and biological structures. Although this article is not a survey of all the work done with these techniques, it provides a comprehensive referencing to current research.