Tiniest particles shrink before exploding when hit with x-ray laser

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Researchers assumed that tiny objects would instantly blow up when hit by extremely intense light from the world’s most powerful X-ray laser. But to their astonishment, these nanoparticles initially shrank instead – a finding that provides a glimpse of the unusual world of superheated nanomaterials that could eventually also help scientists further develop X-ray techniques for taking atomic images of individual molecules.

This full article appears on <a href="http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/01/160130182454.htm">Science Daily</a>

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