Contact: Dr. Christian Schuessler-Langeheine
Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres
Caption: An optical laser flash (red) destroys the electronic order (blue) in magnetite and, within one trillionth of a second, switches the state of the material from insulating to conducting.
Credit: Image: Greg Stewart, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
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