Research area:

The advent of attosecond light sources has opened up the door to new possibilities in the study of the real-time electron dynamics in complex systems, and the direct observation and control of fundamental chemical processes. Thirty years after the femtochemistry revolution, we are witnessing the birth of attochemistry; a new field that allows us to explore and manipulate the rapid motion of electron in atoms and molecules. While femtochemistry provided the tools to follow nuclear motion during a chemical reaction, attochemistry will give us the possibility to obtain snapshots of a chemical reaction and to steer a nuclear motion via the control of the electron-density distribution. Since electrons in molecules are responsible for bond breaking and bond formation, control of their density opens the way to a new chemistry, where new compounds could be designed and unconventional reactions could become possible. The fundamental understanding of electron motion in molecules will lead to novel methods for energy transfer and energy release, impacting crucial fields, such as solar energy. 

Research objectives:

The main objective of my research is to develop efficient and versatile numerical methods to support  experimental and theoretical studies of the interaction of multi-electron systems with ultra-short and intense laser pulses. These numerical tools are tailored to respond to the experimental needs and face the challenges of attosecond science. This research considers a variety of processes in atoms and molecules, such as time-resolved electron dynamics, strong-field ionization, high harmonic generation, charge migration and electronic coherence, light-assisted electron and x-ray scattering.

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Theoretical research group:

My research group at KSU is currently composed of three undergraduate students:

  • Taylor Moon
  • Michael Dodson
  • Trevor Walsh

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