I am interested in photo-induced dynamics of atoms and molecules. I am particularly interested in the dynamics of excited states in these systems, and how energy transfer takes place inside a molecule. The relevant timescales for these interactions is typically in the range of attoseconds to picoseconds. These dynamics include photo-triggered chemistry such as non Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics and quantum phenomena in strong-field driven systems. I also develop tools for studying these dynamics in the time domain.
My research builds on my extensive experience with ultrafast optical laser science and technology. As a graduate student at Stanford University I participated in the first experiments at the Linac Coherent Light Source, where we studied a new regime of X-ray-matter interactions. I was a postdoctoral scholar at Lawerence Berkeley National Laboratory before returning to SLAC to lead the attosecond science group.
Current Role at Stanford
Principal Investigator, Stanford PULSE Institute<br/>Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Sciences Department Head, Linac Coherent Light Source.