University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
Phone: (519) 888-4567 ext 32215
Fax: (519) 746-8115
Associate Professor and Teaching Fellow
Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Waterloo
Dr. Sanderson's research and that of his students focuses on the study of how matter interacts with intense Femtosecond laser pulses.
One of the ways which the interaction of matter with femtosecond laser pulses can be utilised is as a means of imaging some of the smallest fastest moving and most complex units of matter, molecules.
In femto-chemistry a primary goal is to follow the nuclear and electronic evolution of a molecule in time and space as it undergoes a chemical reaction. I will describe something called Coulomb explosion imaging. This method uses a femtosecond laser to blow up a molecule and by following the fragments, make an image of a molecule. This is a bit like having a camera with a very fast shutter speed, in this case 10-15 s. I will give a potted history of this method with some digressions and describe some nice recent results.
All are welcome to attend!