Benjamin J. Whitaker

Jadwiga A Milkiewicz1
Kevin Raffael1
1Jadwiga A Milkiewicz
1Kevin Raffael
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We experimentally investigate the transition to synchronization in a population of photochemical oscillators with weak global coupling. Above a critical coupling strength the oscillators join a one-phase group or two-phase clusters. The number of oscillators in each cluster depends on the initial phase distribution, and irregular switching of oscillators(More)
Since the discovery of the halogen dance (HD) reaction more than 60 years ago, numerous insights into the mechanism have been unveiled. To date however, the reaction has not been investigated from a theoretical perspective. Density functional theory (DFT) was used to model the potential energy surface linking the starting reagents to the lithiated products(More)
Ultrafast photodissociation of the 2 (1)A' state of ClNO, which has an absorption spectrum peaking at 335 nm, is studied by computational and experimental methods. New potential-energy surfaces are calculated for the 1 and 2 (1)A' states at the multireference configuration interaction (MRCI) level. Wavepacket dynamics simulations performed both exactly and(More)
Pump-probe photoionization has been used to map the relaxation processes taking place from highly vibrationally excited levels of the S(2) state of azulene, populated directly or via internal conversion from the S(4) state. Photoelectron spectra obtained by 1+2(') two-color time-resolved photoelectron imaging are invariant (apart from in intensity) to the(More)
We report on the application of an evolutionary algorithm to a noisy, dynamic optimization problem in chemistry: the maximization of three-photon absorption in molecular iodine. An evolution strategy is used in real-time in a closed loop experiment to search the space of physically realizable phase-modulated femtosecond laser pulses. The probability of(More)
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