Assistant Professor of Physics. PH484 (Introduction to Quantum Mechanics) instructor for Fall 2014.
My primary research interests lie in computational atomic molecular and optical (AMO) physics specifically in the area of quantum chemistry. Much of my work has involved computing highly-accurate theoretical potential energy surfaces (PESs) of polyatomic systems for use in future dynamics calculations with a focus on Dissociative Recombination of electrons with polyatomic ions. Recently I have been in collaboration with the Army Research Lab (ARL) working on calculations to predict the visual signatures of molecular residues after chemical detonations. Currently we are assessing the accuracy of Time Dependent Density Functional Theory (TD-DFT) as a means to compute the optical properties, specifically vertical excitations, of atoms and molecules common in chemical detonation residues. I am also interested using high energy lasers (HEL) to explore the properties of bulk materials like steel and aluminum. Particular properties that have been of interest to the Army and the DoD are heating rates and surface destruction properties, as well as how external factors may impact these properties.
American Physical Society, American Association of Physics Teachers, Sigma Pi Sigma
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