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This Is How A Physicist Lights Up A Christmas Tree

In our new Scientific Guide to Celebration, we'll teach you how to harness the power of science for enhancing all your celebratory moments. Today, learn how to deck a Christmas tree using the power of physics!

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Step 1: Build a nanoscale Christmas tree.

Step 2: Zap it with a 35-femtosecond pulse from a terawatt-class laser.

Step 3: Bask in the lingering afterglow.

Read more in Lighting up the Christmas tree: high-intensity laser interactions with a nano-structured target. Tip via the Physics Today Facebook feed.

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DISCUSSION

Pff. Step one was easy. But my terawatt-class laser is busted and can only be set for pulse lengths in 10 femtosecond intervals- will 40 femtoseconds do?