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July 14, 2017
Dr. Himadri Chakraborty, associate professor of physics at Northwest Missouri State University, recently presented an invited lecture at the American Physical Society Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics meeting in Sacramento, California.
Chakraborty's paper, “Migratory Resonances and Wigner Timers in the Photoionization of Fullerene Class of Molecules,” was part of a June 8 session on the topic of energy and time domain spectroscopy of fullerenes and endofullerenes.
Chakraborty focused his talk on an exotic class of energy migration processes in fullerenes and endofullerenes and a connection to a more contemporary form of spectroscopy through evaluation of the time-of-flight of the photoelectron, using the Wigner clock, a microscopic clock to measure the speed of a molecular event.
Chakraborty notes that empty fullerenes and atom-encaging endofullerenes are quintessential symmetric molecules exhibiting near stability in the room temperature. That property endows them with the quality to be tested for spectroscopic information otherwise inaccessible with regular atoms and molecules.
Chakraborty completed his research with the assistance of a number of undergraduate students as well as post-doctoral scholars, a Ph.D. student and external collaborators.
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