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Graduate Student Seminar

Friday, September 6, 2019
12:15pm – 1:15pm

Storrs Campus

Prof. N. Berrah, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut

Towards Making Molecular Movies

In the past decade, improved laser technology from the Infrared to the X-ray regime has allowed scientists to advance the frontiers of time-resolved ultrafast science. Table-top ultrafast lasers as well as Free Electron Lasers (FELs) science have been identified as one of the highest priority for funding agencies.

We have pursued photo-induced molecular dynamics research with complementary table-top as well as XUV and X-ray FELs with the ultimate goal of making molecular movies. These movies follow the electronic and nuclear dynamics induced by the absorption of photons by molecules that occur because of the coupling between the electronic and nuclear motion in the molecules. This coupling first leads to attosecond electron excitation within the molecules, followed by nuclear motion in the femtosecond range, eventually resulting in the formation and breaking of chemical bonds on the picosecond timescale. Research highlights will be presented.


Prof. V. Kharchenko

Physics Department (primary), UConn Master Calendar

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