The Big Picture
Photochemical and photophysical phenomena are involved in a wide range of processes, including photosynthesis, the initial steps in human vision, and emerging nanotechnologies such as light-driven molecular motors. The time scales involved are very short, and the dynamics is predominantly quantum mechanical.
The quantum nature of our world at the microscopic level provides opportunities to accomplish new feats of science and engineering, unthinkable in our everyday classical world. Examples include quantum computing, coherent control of chemical reactions, photonics, and the design of new materials with interesting and useful properties. Ultimately, we hope our research will contribute to the development of new technologies that are more efficient and require less resources.
Our long-term goal is to develop theory and simulations to a degree that makes it possible to design, from scratch, novel photochemical and photophysical processes for the quantum technologies of the future. This work involves the development of new theoretical and computational methods in close collaboration with new experiments; our mantra is new theory for new experiments.
Many of our projects are done in close collaboration with experimental groups that work on new light-sources, such as ultrafast lasers and free-electron x-ray lasers.
1. Ultrafast imaging (incl. scattering techniques)
2. Photoelectron and high harmonic generation spectroscopy
3. Heavy Rydberg states and superexcited molecules
You can watch videos relating to our research here.
Research Highlighted in Press and Media
- Chemical & Engineering News (c&en) by Mitch Jacoby (2020 July)
- Chemistry World by Kira Welter (2020 May)
- Physics World by Hamish Johnston (2020 May)
- Research highlight in nature briefing 26 May 2020
- Press-release from School of Chemistry 2019
- Nature 522, 395 (2015) also a Research Highlight
- Chemical & Engineering News (29/6 2015) Science Concentrate
- Physics 8, 59 (2015) Viewpoint by Martin Centurion
- Chemistry World (Jun 2015) Article by Philip Ball
- Physics World (Jan 2014) Article in online edition by Hamish Johnston
- Chemistry World (Jan 2014) Article by Philip Ball
- ArsTechnica – science and technology website. Article by Matthew Francis
- Editor’s Choice 2010 in J. Chem. Phys.