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Published December 3, 2001 | public
Journal Article

Chemistry at the Uncertainty Limit


Spatial and temporal resolution with, until recently, an unimaginable precision—about 0.01 Å and 10 fs, respectively—are today possible thanks to femtochemistry. However, this atomic-scale resolution raises fundamental questions from quantum mechanics: the Uncertainty Paradox. How is it that this is not an obstacle, and what are the future directions? are the themes of this Essay.

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© 2001 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH, Weinheim, Fed. Rep. of Germany. Version of Record online: 28 Nov 2001. This contribution is an extended version of a recent commentary published in Nature, in the new section Concepts.[1] The invitation by the Editor of Angewandte Chemie made me steer the piece towards chemistry questions and provide the experimental–theoretical bridge relevant to molecular dynamics.

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