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Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Seminar

Monday, November 26, 2018
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Storrs Campus
Physics Building, P121

Dr. Nora Kling Department of Physics, University of Connecticut

Ultrafast Nuclear Motion: Resolving Hydrogen Migration(s) in Time

Intramolecular hydrogen migration is a natural process that plays a crucial role in many biological, chemical, and physical phenomena, and is the object of current research efforts in fuel cells, proteomics, and combustion chemistry. Using ultrafast, intense lasers and sophisticated pump-probe ion imaging techniques, we can explore the rich dynamics of hydrogen migration reactions, including what timescale they occur on. In my talk, I will present two studies. The first study is on acetylene, a small hydrocarbon, where a hydrogen can migrate across the carbon atoms to form its vinylidene isomer [1,2]. The second study is on ethanol, a complex molecule where both single and double hydrogen migrations occur, and the timescale for each is individually determined [3]. These experimental results, in combination with state-of-the art quantum chemical trajectory calculations, give us new insight into the complex nuclear motions in complex polyatomic molecules.

[1] C. Burger et al. Faraday Discussions 194, 495 (2016).

[2] M. K├╝bel et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 193001 (2016).

[3] N. G. Kling et al. submitted for publication


Prof. N. Berrah

Physics Department (primary)

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