Quantum Dynamics and Laser Control for Photochemistry

  • Matthieu Sala

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Matthieu Sala
    Pages 1-10
  3. Theoretical Studies in Photophysics and Photochemistry: Applications to Aniline and Pyrazine

  4. Laser Control of Unimolecular Processes

About this book


The central subject of this thesis is the theoretical description of ultrafast dynamical processes in molecular systems of chemical interest and their control by laser pulses. This work encompasses different cutting-edge methods in quantum chemistry, quantum dynamics and for the rigorous description of the interaction of light and matter at the molecular level. It provides a general quantum mechanical framework for the description of chemical processes guided by laser pulses, in particular near conical intersections, i.e. geometries where the nuclear and electronic motions couple and the molecule undergoes non-adiabatic (or non-Born-Oppenheimer) dynamics. In close collaboration with experimentalists, the author succeeds in making a decisive step to link and to apply quantum physics to chemistry by transferring state of the art techniques and concepts developed in physics to chemistry, such as “light dressed atoms and molecules” and “adiabatic Floquet theory”. He applies these techniques in three prototypic model systems (aniline, pyrazine and NHD2) using high-level electronic structure calculations. Readers will enjoy the comprehensive and accessible introduction to the topic and methodology, as well as the clear structure of the thesis.


Molecular quantum dynamics Adiabatic Floquet theory Conical intersections Ultrafast dynamical processes Photochemical dynamics Laser control of molecular processes Photophysical processes Excited state dynamics Molecular tunneling dynamics Potential energy surfaces Dark and bright states Non-resonant laser pulses Non-resonant dynamic Stark effect

Authors and affiliations

  • Matthieu Sala
    • 1
  1. 1.Interdisciplinaire Carnot de BourgogneUniversité de Bourgogne; LaboratoireKielGermany

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