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Katharine Reid

Professor of Chemical Physics and Head of Physical & Theoretical Chemistry, Faculty of Science

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Biography

Katharine Reid obtained her B.Sc. (1986) and Ph.D. (1989) in Chemical Physics from the University of Sussex, UK. She then spent two years as an SERC/NATO Fellow with Professor Richard Zare at Stanford University, USA. Professor Reid returned to an EPSRC Advanced Fellowship at the University of Nottingham in 1992.  She was appointed to a permanent academic position in 1995, a Readership in 2002, and a Professorship in 2007.

Research Summary

We develop and use laser photoelectron imaging techniques, including ultrafast time-resolved techniques, to investigate structure and mechanisms of intramolecular energy redistribution in the excited… read more

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We develop and use laser photoelectron imaging techniques, including ultrafast time-resolved techniques, to investigate structure and mechanisms of intramolecular energy redistribution in the excited states of small polyatomic molecules. Our ultrafast experiments are conducted with a unique laser system that produces pulses of 1 ps in duration, sufficiently short to monitor many intramolecular dynamical processes, but which have a spectral profile that enables the resolution of vibrational structure, and sometimes torsional structure, in small aromatic molecules. This capability, used in conjunction with novel methods of detection and analysis, has allowed us to quantitatively determine the coupling matrix elements that drive some of the energy redistribution processes in toluene and p-fluorotoluene. We are also developing techniques that enable us to use the photoelectron angular distributions derived from our photoelectron images to provide structural information on small polyatomic molecules. For example, in recent work we have shown that we can obtain photoelectron angular distributions corresponding to individual rotationally resolved levels in light polytomic molecular ions, and that the complicated three-dimensional photoelectron angular distributions that arise in the frame of an individual molecule can be tomographically reconstructed from carefully designed measurements. More information on our research can be found at: www.nottingham.ac.uk/~pczklr/research.htm

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