Research and Teaching Interests
Our group uses a variety of experimental techniques to study and control atomic and molecular dynamics with ultra-short laser pulses. In particular, we develop methods of quantum coherent control in which the coherence of laser light, the wave-like nature of matter, and the phenomenon of quantum interference are used to enhance or suppress certain physical and chemical processes. Among those processes are: photo-ionization of atoms, photo-fragmentation of molecules, Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering, atomic and molecular nano-deposition, and others. We also use lasers to create and study ion-pair molecular states, detect and characterize aerosol particles, and look at chemical reactions on solid surfaces.
B.Sc., University of Waterloo (1976); Ph.D., University of Toronto (J.C. Polanyi, 1980); NATO Postdoctoral Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Y.T. Lee, 1980-82); A.P. Sloan Foundation Fellow (1988-90); Professeur Associe, Universite Paris-Sud (1988, 1990, 1992); Noranda Award (1992); Rutherford Medal (Physics, 1992); Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada (1992); Canada Council Killam Fellowship (1995-97); Fellow of the American Physical Society (1999); Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (2005)