UVa's Science and Engineering of Laser Interactions with Matter (SELIM) Graduate Training & Research Program




Open House & Graduate Poster Session

Monday, September 30

3-5 pm., Chemistry 3rd floor Atrium

Refreshments provided


Tours of UVa Ultrafast Laser Facility


at 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm


List of SELIM Poster Titles:




“Microcanonical Unimolecular Rate Theory at Surfaces: Dissociative Chemisorption of Methane on Pt(111) and Ni(100)”, Heather Abbot- Chemistry


“Broadband Sum Frequency Generation in the CAMOS Lab”, Kristin Buck- Chemistry


“A Study of Intramolecular Vibrational Energy Redistribution (IVR) in Terminal Acetylenes Using Picosecond Pump-Probe Spectroscopy”, Pam Crum – Chemistry


“Rotational Spectroscopy of Excited Vibrational States by Fourier Transform Microwave Spectroscopy”, Kevin Douglas- Chemistry


"Multiple Wavelength Detection for Electrophoresis on a Microchip Using an Acousto-Optical Tunable Filter (AOTF)", James Karlinsey- Chemistry


“Solvent Induced Dephasing and Intramolecular Vibrational Coherence in the Vibrational Dynamics of Terminal Acetylenes”, Brooks Pate- Chemistry


“Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Tip Induced Dissociation of Molecules on Pt(111)”, Todd Schwendemann - Chemistry


"Conformational Isomerization Kinetics of Hexafluoropropanol in Gas and Solution Phase", Yehudi Self-Medlin – Chemistry


“A Simple Competition Between Intramolecular Vibrational Redistribution (IVR) and Solvent-Induced Vibrational Energy Transfer (VET) for the Acetylenic C-H Stretch Fundamental”, Hyun Yoo- Chemistry


“Surface Photochemistry of CO2 on Pt(111): Exploiting e- Transfer to Create an Å-scale Molecular Accelerator”, Rob Zehr- Chemistry




“Controlling the Fragmentation Branching Ratios in Intense Field Ionization

of Clusters”, Bob Jones- Physics


"Shaping and Retrieval of the Complex Amplitude and Phase of Ultrafast Laser Pulses", Dan Pinkham- Physics


"Implementation of a Stable Dichroic Atomic Vapor Laser Lock”, Jessica Reeves- Physics


"Dielectronic Recombination from a Continuum of Finite Bandwidth in

Crossed Electric and Microwave Fields", Edward Shuman- Physics


“Evidence for Pondermotive-Gradient Field-Ionization in an Intense Focused

Laser Beam”, Eric Wells - Physics


Engineering Physics:


"Study and Characterization of Quasi-Phase-Matched Nonlinear Optical Interactions in Periodically Poled Ferroelectrics", Greg Jennings- Engineering Physics/Physics


“Wide Field of View Gas Filter Correlation Radiometer for Sounding Rocket Deployment”, Clayton Nunnally- Engineering Physics/ Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


"Simulation of Bayesian Measurements for Heisenberg-Limited Interferometry", Raphael Pooser – Engineering Physics/Physics


Materials Science:


“Ultraviolet Emitting SrS:Te Thin Films”, Jim Fitz-Gerald – Materials Science


 “Novel Application of Matrix Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation Methods for the Development of Biodegradable Powder Coatings and Thin Films: Microelectronics and Medical Industries”, Andrew Mercado, Materials Science


“Production and Control of Nanoscale Porosity in Amorphous Ice Films”, Devin Pugh – Materials Science


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


"Ultrafast Carrier Dynamics in Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon Films for Photovoltaics", Robert Stevens- Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Norfolk State University:


“Angle-Resolved XPS Study for Determination of Depth and Thickness of Surface Contamination on GaAs(001)”, Ed Gilman- Norfolk State University, Physics


Invitation to University Community:


Dear Folks,


            In the spirit of building community amongst people at UVa who employ lasers and modern optical techniques in their research and training activities, I invite you to come to our SELIM Open House this coming Monday afternoon. This event will be from 3-5 pm in the Chemistry Building Atrium and will feature poster presentations by our SELIM graduate students who are currently drawn from 6 departments from across the Schools of Engineering and Arts & Sciences. There will also be tours of our UVa Ultrafast Laser Facility at 3:30 and 4:30 pm which will begin by collection of interested parties from the Chemistry Building Atrium. Note that we are interested in expanding collaborative activities with other faculty and students and that our Ultrafast Laser Facility (with 20 fs, 100 fs and 2 ps pulse duration lasers and tuning ranges from 10 micron wavelength in the infrared to 10 nm in the extreme ultraviolet) is open to all UVa researchers. A UVa end station at Jefferson Lab's Free Electron Laser (FEL) in Newport News, Va also provides access to the world's most powerful FEL - 10 kW tunable in the IR. Food and drink will be provided at our Open House. We hope to see you Monday!


            With best regards,

            Ian Harrison

            Director, SELIM Program