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Electronic Spectroscopy and Dynamics
Gordon Research Conference

Dates

July 22-27, 2012

Location

Bates College
Lewiston, ME

Organizers

Chairs:
Bern Kohler & Edward R. Grant

Vice Chairs:
Samuel Leutwyler & David M. Jonas

Meeting Description

The GRC on Electronic Spectroscopy & Dynamics showcases some of the most recent and influential experimental and theoretical developments in electronic spectroscopy. Electronic spectroscopy is a venerable, yet constantly evolving discipline used to reveal the structure and dynamics of isolated molecules, bulk materials, and molecules embedded in clusters and condensed phases. Electronic spectroscopy is an important tool in many fields of research, and this GRC brings together experts with diverse backgrounds in physics, chemistry, biophysics, and materials science, making the meeting an excellent opportunity for the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and techniques by those who share a common interest in electronic structure and dynamics and who speak the common language of spectroscopy.

Topics covered in this GRC include high-resolution spectroscopy, coherent electronic energy transport in biology, excited state theory and dynamics, excitonics, electronic spectroscopy of cold and ultracold molecules, and the spectroscopy of nanostructures. Several sessions will highlight innovative techniques such as time-resolved x-ray spectroscopy, frequency combs, and liquid microjet photoelectron spectroscopy that have forged stimulating new connections between gas-phase and condensed-phase work.

Active participation of postdoctoral researchers and graduate students is strongly encouraged.

Contributors

Meeting Program

SUNDAY
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in (Office Closed 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmPoster Previews
Discussion Leader: Ed Grant (University of British Columbia)
9:30 pmChair's Reception
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmCoherent Electronic Energy Transfer in Biology
9:00 am - 9:15 amDiscussion Leader: Gregory Scholes (University of Toronto)
9:15 am - 9:45 amAlan Aspuru-Guzik (Harvard University)
"From spectra to density matrices: Quantum process tomography for ultrafast experiments"
9:45 am - 9:55 amDiscussion
9:55 amCoffee Break
10:25 am - 10:55 amBirgitta Whaley (University of California, Berkeley)
"Probing and manipulating electronic quantum coherence in light harvesting dynamics"
10:55 am - 11:05 amDiscussion
11:05 am - 11:35 amJennifer Ogilvie (University of Michigan)
"Probing energy and charge transfer with 2D electronic spectroscopy: applications to the photosystem II reaction center"
11:35 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pmGregory S. Engel (University of Chicago)
"Quantum Transport in Photosynthesis"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmExcited State Spectroscopy
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmDiscussion Leader: Helen Fielding (University College London)
7:45 pm - 8:15 pmRobert Field (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
"Rydberg States and Chirped Pulse Millimeter Waves"
8:15 pm - 8:25 pmDiscussion
8:25 pm - 8:55 pmAlbert Stolow (National Research Council Ottawa)
"The Dynamophore: Localization of Excited State Dynamics"
8:55 pm - 9:05 pmDiscussion
9:05 pm - 9:20 pmTBA (Poster Focus)
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmElectronic Spectroscopy of Cold and Ultracold Molecules
9:00 am - 9:15 amDiscussion Leader: Tim Softley (University of Oxford)
9:15 am - 9:45 amGerard Meijer (Fritz Haber Institute)
"On decelerated beams and trapped molecules"
9:45 am - 9:55 amDiscussion
9:55 amGroup Photo / Coffee Break
10:25 am - 10:55 amHeather Lewandowski (JILA and University of Colorado, Boulder)
"Trapped metastable-state molecules at millikelvin temperatures"
10:55 am - 11:05 amDiscussion
11:05 am - 11:35 amTakamasa Momose (University of British Columbia)
"Electronic spectroscopy of Zeeman decelerated cold free radicals"
11:35 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pmJan-Michael Rost (Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems)
"Rydberg atoms on the move"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmLiquid Microjet Photoelectron Spectroscopy
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmDiscussion Leader: Stephen Bradforth (University of Southern California)
7:45 pm - 8:15 pmBernd Winter (BESSY)
"Photoelectron Spectroscopy from Aqueous Solution: X-Ray Induced Ultrafast Charge and Energy Transfer"
8:15 pm - 8:25 pmDiscussion
8:25 pm - 8:55 pmDaniel Neumark (University of California, Berkeley)
"Excess electrons in clusters and liquid jets"
8:55 pm - 9:05 pmDiscussion
9:05 pm - 9:20 pmTBA (Poster Focus)
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmTransformation and the Resolution Revolution
9:00 am - 9:15 amDiscussion Leader: Kevin Lehmann (University of Virginia)
9:15 am - 9:45 amNathalie Picqué (University Paris-Sud)
"Direct frequency comb spectroscopy of molecules"
9:45 am - 9:55 amDiscussion
9:55 amCoffee Break
10:25 am - 10:55 amTahei Tahara (RIKEN)
"Heterodyned Nonlinear Electronic Spectroscopy at Liquid Interfaces"
10:55 am - 11:05 amDiscussion
11:05 am - 11:35 amTrevor Sears (Brookhaven National Laboratory)
"Progress in comb-referenced high resolution spectroscopy"
11:35 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pmHans-Peter Loock (Queen's University)
"Cavity-enhanced spectroscopy with optical waveguides and microresonators"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the next Vice Chair; Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences; Election of the next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmTime-Resolved X-Ray Spectroscopy
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmDiscussion Leader: David M. Jonas (U. Colorado)
7:45 pm - 8:15 pmLin X. Chen (Argonne National Laboratory and Northwestern University)
"Ultrafast X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy: Recent Progress and Challenges"
8:15 pm - 8:25 pmDiscussion
8:25 pm - 8:55 pmStephen Leone (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and U. of California, Berkeley)
"Femtosecond and Attosecond X-ray Spectroscopy of Molecular Dynamics"
8:55 pm - 9:05 pmDiscussion
9:05 pm - 9:20 pmTBA (Poster Focus)
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmExcited State Dynamics
9:00 am - 9:15 amDiscussion Leader: Spiridoula Matsika (Temple University)
9:15 am - 9:45 amDavid Chandler (Sandia National Laboratories)
"Crossed Molecular Beam Scattering of Electronically Excited State Molecules: Differential Cross sections and alignment moments for NO(A) + Rare Gas collisions"
9:45 am - 9:55 amDiscussion
9:55 amCoffee Break
10:25 am - 10:55 amEberhard Riedle (Ludwig Maximilians University Munich)
"The generation of benzhydryl cations: a complex and multi-step process over many time ranges"
10:55 am - 11:05 amDiscussion
11:05 am - 11:35 amLeticia Gonzalez (University of Vienna)
"The role of intersystem crossing in photochemistry"
11:35 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pmVilly Sundström (University of Lund)
"Eumelanin - a pigment wired for photoprotection"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmExcitonics
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmDiscussion Leader: Keith Nelson (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
7:45 pm - 8:15 pmAnna Köhler (University of Bayreuth)
"How do triplet excitons and charges move in a disordered film?"
8:15 pm - 8:25 pmDiscussion
8:25 pm - 8:55 pmUri Banin (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
"Nanocrystal dimensionality effects on spectral characteristics and energy transfer"
8:55 pm - 9:05 pmDiscussion
9:05 pm - 9:20 pmTBA (Poster Focus)
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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