Scientists Shining Lasers on “Molecule That Made the Universe”

Posted on March 13, 2019 11:02 am
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Trihydrogen, or H3+, is acknowledged by many scientists as the molecule that made the universe.

In recent issues of Nature Communications and the Journal of Chemical Physics, Michigan State University researchers employed high-speed lasers to shine a spotlight on the mechanisms that are key in H3+ creation and its unusual chemistry.

H3+ is prevalent in the universe, the Milky Way, gas giants and the Earth’s ionosphere. It’s also being created and studied in the lab of Marcos Dantus, University Distinguished Professor in chemistry and physics. Using ultrafast lasers — and technology invented by