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"How to make a molecular movie," Thursday, January 31, 1:30pm, MH 606

Daniel Rolles, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY)

Taking a movie of a chemical reaction with atomic resolution? Watching the making and breaking of chemical bonds in real time? Continuing technical advances in the creation of (sub-) femtosecond pulses with optical lasers, relativistic electron guns, and X-Ray Free-Electron Lasers have turned the vision of “recording a molecular movie” with femtosecond temporal and atomic scale structural resolution into a realistic scenario. In this talk, I will discuss recent experiments aimed at visualizing nuclear and electronic dynamics during (photo-)chemical reaction. They open up an exciting new field at the borderline between atomic & molecular physics and physical chemistry which promises to have a profound impact on our understanding of chemical reaction dynamics.
Daniel studied physics at the University of California, Berkeley, and at the Technical University Berlin, Germany, where he earned his Ph.D. in atomic and molecular physics in 2005. After three years as a post-doc and Humboldt fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, he joined the Max Planck Advanced Study Group at the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science in Hamburg, Germany. Since 2013, he is leading a research group at DESY and Göttingen University, where he is pursuing his dream of “shooting a molecular movie”.