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Chemical Physics

The field of chemical physics is intertwined with physical and theoretical chemistry in the sense that all three, as the name implies, involve some overlap between physics, as well as mathematics, and chemistry. As a broadly-based discipline the combination of Physical Chemistry/Chemical Physics, and particularly on its instrumentation side, also overlaps with many other areas in the Department, including analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry and inorganic chemistry. Chemical Physics per se connotes a stronger overlap between physics and mathematics with research interests in chemistry with several examples of this kind of overlap currently represented in the Department, including...

Spin-polarized probes in chemistry: NMR, uSR and beta-NMR; Molecular and many-body interactions in condensed phases; Nanoscale electronic and optoelectronic materials; Molecular and laser spectroscopy, including non-linear optical spectroscopy; Laser control and coherent chemistry in the ultracold regime; Mechanical and conformational changes in single-molecule biophysical chemistry; Spectroscopy of clusters, aerosols and nanoparticles; the dynamics of chemical reactions and other rate processes; Fundamental aspects of quantum chemistry and its applications to molecular environments.