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* James Franck Binational German-Israeli Minerva Programme in Laser Matter Interaction

Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, Ben-Gurion University, Weizmann Institute of Science, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
(Established 1987)

Chairman of the Advisory Council

Prof. Dr. Karl Ludwig Kompa
Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik
Hans-Kopfermann-Str. 1
85748 Garching
Tel.: 089/32905703
Fax: 089/32905200
E-mail: klk@mpq.mpg.de
Coordinated on a rotational basis by the Vice Presidents of the participating Israeli research institutions.

Programme Coordinator:

Prof. Dr. R. Levine
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dept. of Physical Chemistry
91904 Jerusalem, Israel
Tel: 00972-2-6585260
E-mail: rafi@batata.fh.huji.ac.il

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* Fields of research/Forschungsgebiete

Laser-matter Interaction/Lasermaterie-Wechselwirkung
* Key Words

Photodissociation, bimolecular reactions, rotovibrational excitations, atmospheric chemistry, ionpair dynamics, proton transfer, acid-base reactions, photoacids, energetics and dynamics of clusters, photo induced charge transfer applications
* Research activities and objectives

The research performed at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at Tel Aviv University is focused on the following directions: cluster spectroscopy and dynamics, charge separation and ionization, condensed phase dynamics and advanced interrogation techniques. The current emphasis is on the understanding of photo induced charge transfer and autoionization in large systems, with reference both to the isolated system and to the role of external perturbations. The research deals with high energy intravalence and Rydberg excitation of large molecules, with time-resolved chemistry in isolated supermolecules and biomolecules, mode selectivity and coherent singlemolecule chemistry. The main activity is experimental with some supporting theoretical efforts. An outgrowth of the continuous interest in clusters is the recent emphasis on the dynamics of ultrahot clusters.
The activity at the Ben-Gurion University is focused on two major topics. The first concerns photodissociation of polyatomic molecules, rotovibrational excitation and atmospheric chemistry. The second deals with ion pair formation, proton transfer, acid-base reactions and photoacids. The objective is the study of the feasibility of mode-specific chemistry, i.e. the opportunity to influence the branching ratio and the rate of evolution of the products via selective excitation of specific roto-vibrational modes of a polyatomic molecular reagent. A second objective is to investigate whether after dissociation of the excited states of a polyatomic molecule a proton may recombine geminately with the parent molecule at different sites and to measure the geminate proton recombination in presence of homogeneous concentration of protons in solution.
The research at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is concentrated on the dynamics of scattering processes in fullerenes, on the development of advanced analytical techniques for in situ monitoring of pollutants and of laser induced fluorescence techniques. The activity at the Weizmann Institute concerns the development of quantum state holography, i.e. of theoretical methods for the reconstruction of the amplitude and phase of evolving wavepackets, as well as the experimental study of laser induced structures in the photoionization continuum of helium whose interpretation was made by a numerical simulation based on the adiabatic elimination of the continuum from the time dependent Schrödinger equation.