Resolving and retrieving ultrafast nuclear dynamics in small molecules

PhD defence, Friday 26 October 2018. Qingli Jing.

2018.10.26 | Olivia Elsebeth Belling-Nami

Qingli Jing

During her studies, Qingli Jing has studied the interaction of small molecules with intense femtosecond (10-15 s) and attosecond (10-18 s) light pulses by using the Monte Carlo wave packet approach. The strong external fields alters the distribution of the electron cloud around the nuclei in a molecule.
The alteration of the electron clouds would result in a weakening or strengthening of the chemical bonds between the constituent atoms in the molecule and thus ultrafast nuclear motion of the molecule can be induced. It is known that molecular vibrational motion occurs on the femtosecond timescale.
To resolve and retrieve such fast nuclear dynamics in a small molecule exposed to ultrashort laser pulses, Qingli has conducted a thorough analysis of the nuclear kinetic energy release spectra following breakup of the molecule.
The interaction between molecules and ultrashort laser pulses has attracted lots of research interests since coherent control of ultrafast nuclear dynamics in molecules can be realized by adjusting the laser parameters of the applied laser pulses.

The PhD degree was completed at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Science and Technology, Aarhus University.

This résumé was prepared by the PhD student.


Time: Friday 26 October 2018 at 9:30
Place: Building 1525, room 626, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Ny Munkegade 120, Aarhus University, 8000 Aarhus C.
Title of PhD thesis: A study of nuclear dynamics following excitation and ionization in small molecules and weakly bound clusters
Contact information: Qingli Jing, e-mail:, tel.: +45 31 81 10 11
Members of the assessment committee:
Professor Eva Lindroth, Department of Physics, Stockholm University, Sweden.
Professor Jan Petter Hansen, Chalmers University of technology, Gothenburg Sweden.
Associate Professor Karsten Riisager (chair), Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University 
Main supervisor:
Professor Lars Bojer Madsen, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University
Language: The PhD thesis will be defended in English

The defence is public.
The dissertation is available for reading at the Graduate School of Science and Technology/GSST, Ny Munkegade 120, building 1520, rooms 128-134, 8000 Aarhus C.

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Revised 22.10.2018