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Tenio Popmintchev "is not intimidated by what might go wrong in an experiment," says adviser and mentor Henry Kapteyn.
Tenio Popmintchev, 39 Laser physicist University of Colorado Boulder
Experimental physics is not for the fainthearted. One tiny error — or a concatenation of many — can keep a complicated experiment from working smoothly. Fortunately, Tenio Popmintchev has the tenacity for it.