Chemistry and Light Theme Departmental Seminar
07 June 2021, 3:00 pm–4:00 pm
Low energy electron induced processes in molecules and clusters and how to model them
This event is free.
- UCL staff | UCL students
Virtualvia TeamsLondonWC1H 0AJUnited Kingdom
Molecular processes involving the electronic continuum are important from an applied perspective; they also provide insight into fundamental ideas in quantum mechanics. I will describe how we use the R-matrix method (and its computational implementation) to model low energy electron scattering from and photoionization of molecules. I will review the successes of the approach as well as the current challenges. I will also discuss what happens when the molecule of interest is not isolated: the presence of an environment can, for example, lead to interatomic Coulomb electron capture. This is a scattering process that has hardly been investigated but that may actually play an important role in phenomena like radiation induced damage.
About the Speaker
Dr Jimena Gorfinkiel
at School of Physical Sciences, Open University
Dr. Gorfinkiel is an alumnus of the UCL Department of Physics & Astronomy