Quantum Dynamics at the Nanoscale


Fri, 10 Jan 2014, 03:00 pm - 04:00 pm
Natural Science Bldg. 112 - Louisville, KY
Spring 2014


Varga Kálmán
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, USA


Attosecond science has brought “an era of control of the quantum world” enabling scientists to observe the electron dynamics in molecules and solids directly on their natural length (Angstrom) and time (sub-femtosecond) scales. We will present our study of electron and nuclear dynamics induced by strong laser pulses in the framework of the time-dependent density functional theory in real-time and real-space. Several prototypical examples will be used to highlight the correlated electron and nuclear dynamics in strong fields, including Coulomb explosion of clusters, laser-enhanced field emission from nanostructures, and laser-assisted desorption of hydrogen from surfaces of silicon clusters and graphene flakes.

A reception with Dr. Varga will be held prior to his talk at 2:30 in the Adams Room.



Natural Science Bldg. 112