University of Waterloo
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Phys 10 Undergraduate Seminar Series
Speaker: Benji Wales, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Waterloo
In this interactive lecture, you will be given an introduction to the experimental and theoretical elements of Coulomb Explosion Imaging (CEI). This technique is used to produce images of simple molecules as they undergo ultrafast changes so as to produce molecular movies with frame rates of one frame per 0.00000000000001 seconds. You will learn how to build the position sensitive spectrometer at the heart of the imaging apparatus and how to develop the key ionization techniques used in this work - namely high intensity femtosecond laser pulses. You will be presented with published images from this research with the opportunity to voice your interpretation of the results and ideas for future target molecules. If none of this makes sense to you or if all of it is familiar, it is worth your while to come.