Coulomb Explosion Imaging of Molecular Fragmentation in Femtosecond Pump-Probe Experiment
University of Louisville
Physics and Mathematics Major
Mentored by Dr. Daniel Rolles and Dr. Artem Rudenko
The Coulomb Explosion Imaging technique [1,2] is used to study cis- and trans-dichloroethene molecules in the gas phase. The molecules are photo-ionized by 790nm, 25 fs near-infrared laser pulses, and the resulting fragments are measured by coincident ion momentum imaging. The experimental data is then compared to numerical simulations of the Coulomb Explosion process carried out by utilizing the 8th order Runge-Kutta method.
This project was supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) through NSF grant number PHYS-1461251.
I'd like to thank my mentors Dr. Daniel Rolles and Dr. Artem Rudenko. I would also like to thank the graduate students that worked with me this summer: Farzaneh Ziaee, Utuq Ablikim, Kurtis Borne, and Balram Kaderiya.