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On quantum scales, there are many second laws of thermodynamics

New research from UCL has uncovered additional second laws of thermodynamics which complement the ordinary second law of thermodynamics, one of the most fundamental laws of nature. These new second laws are generally not noticeable except on very small scales, at which point, they become increasingly important. More...

Published: Feb 10, 2015 11:55:53 AM

Spectrum of hot methane

Spectrum of hot methane in astronomical objects using a comprehensive computed line list

A powerful new model to detect life on planets outside of our solar system, more accurately than ever before, has been developed by researchers from UCL Physics & Astronomy and the University of New South Wales. More...

Published: Jun 18, 2014 4:54:56 PM

Quantum Phase Transitions

"Like melting an entire iceberg with a hot poker" – UCL scientists explore the strange world of quantum phase transitions

“What a curious feeling,” says Alice in Lewis Carroll’s tale, as she shrinks to a fraction of her size, and everything around her suddenly looks totally unfamiliar. Scientists too have to get used to these curious feelings when they examine matter on tiny scales and at low temperatures: all the behaviour we are used to seeing around us is turned on its head. More...

Published: May 13, 2014 4:06:57 PM

Dr Jonathan Underwood

Email: j.underwood@ucl.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7679 2564 (Internal 32564)


I was an undergraduate at the University of Nottingham where I gained a BSc(Hons) in Chemistry in 1995. I remained at Nottingham studying for a PhD under the supervision of Prof Ivan Powis from 1995 to 1999. The topic of my PhD work was Vector Properties in Molecular Photodissociation. Following a brief postdoctoral stint with Prof Katharine Reid at Nottingham I spent 3.5 years (from 2000 to 2003) as a visiting research fellow with Dr Albert Stolow at the Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences, National Research Council Canada. While at the Steacie Institute I worked on the application of femtosecond laser techniques to the study and control of molecular photophysics. In 2003 I returned to the UK to take a lectureship in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the Open University. In 2007 I transferred to a lectureship in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at University College London. My current position is co-funded by the Photon Science Department at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, where I spend roughly half of my time.

Research interests

My research interests are focussed on the use of femtosecond lasers for the study and control of molecular physics. My research is described in the AMOPP webpages about Ultrafast laser spectroscopy and Strong Laser Interactions and you can read more about my research here.

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