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AB, Harvard University, 1965; PhD, Harvard University, 1970; Postdoctoral Fellow, California Institute of Technology, 1970-1972; Postdoctoral Fellow, Naval Research Laboratory, 1972-73; Visiting Scholar, Stanford University, 1980-1981; Visiting Professor, Hokkaido University, Japan, 1992; Visiting Professor, Department of Physics, University of Michigan, 1995-1996; Visiting Professor, Department of Chemical Physics, Weizmann Institute of Science, 2011. University of Illinois Fellow, 1992-1995; Fellow of the American Physical Society, 1996; Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2003; Secretary-Treasurer of the Division of Chemical Physics, American Physical Society, 2013-2016.
The focus of our research is on the use of lasers to control the behavior of matter. A primary example is the coherent phase control of chemical reactions. In the frequency domain, we utilized quantum mechanical interference between one- and three-photon excitation paths to control the branching between photodissociation and photoionization of molecules in a molecular beam.1 In the time domain, we used shaped femtosecond laser pulses to control the dynamics of electronically excited pyrazine.2 We used similar methods to induce coherent phonon excitation and to control the carrier dynamics in a gallium arsenide crystal,3 and we discovered a novel mechanism for energy transfer between lasers in a plasma.4 Applications of our research include ultrafast material processing,5 application of laser ablation to glaucoma surgery,6 and material analysis using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS).7
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