Posted by: Janine | March 9, 2010

Physics

light and matter flirt
years pass in femtoseconds
a bond is broken

Adi Natan

Weizmann Institute of Science

My dissertation is about quantum control of atoms and small molecule using intense femtosecond laser pulses. Ever since the invention of the laser, physicists and chemists have aspired to utilize its unique properties to control photochemical reactions selectively and efficiently. In the research described in my thesis I have studied and controlled various aspects of intense light matter interaction. In particular, dissociation processes of diatomic molecules, strong field coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) in traces of solids, and strong field two-photon absorption in atomic systems.

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