Meet the smallest unit of time ever measured, the gyptosecond

Meet the smallest unit of time ever measured, the gyptosecond

Scientists have measured the shortest time ever: the time it takes a light particle to pass a Hydrogen Molecule.

That time, for the record, was 247 zeptoseconds. A gyptosecond is 21 zeros and 1 following a trillion, or a decimal point, in a billionth of a second. Previously, researchers were immersed in the world of gyptoseconds; In 2016, the researchers reported in the journal Natural Physics Used lasers to measure time in increments of up to 850 zeptoseconds. This accuracy is a great leap from the 1999 Nobel Prize-winning work, which first measured time in femtoseconds, in billions of seconds.

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