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Melting Ice with a Laser
Saturday, 05 January 2008

A new paper by Carl Caleman and David van der Spoel has just been published (on-line) in Angewandte Chemie . The paper describes siumulatios of  the melting of ice by a laser pulse. The laser deposites energy in the OH bond-stretching, and this excitation is tranferred into melting a few ps after the pulse. The paper is in the VIP (Very Important  Paper) category according to  the two referees  (less than 5% of  papers in Angewandte reach this status), and it will be featured on the cover of the printed edition in February 2008. A movie from the simulations is available here .

Some coverage in the popular press of this paper is here (Swedish):

 And international:

 
(c) 2006 David van der Spoel