Dr. Philip H. Bucksbaum
Marguerite Blake Wilbur Professor of Photon Science, Applied Physics, and Physics at Stanford University
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 4:00 PM
Horace H. Rackham Graduate School
915 E. Washington Street 48109
University of Michigan Central Campus
There will be a reception prior to the lecture, beginning at 3:30 PM in Assembly Hall, located across the hall from the Amphitheatre.
Tracking the Motion Inside Molecules with X-Ray Lasers
The last decade marked the development of a new kind of powerful research laser that can deliver a trillion 1-Angstrom x-rays in a femtosecond or even less. This x-ray free-electron laser is revolutionizing the way scientists observe dynamics on the quantum scale in the laboratory. We are beginning to learn how to track the relative motion of atoms inside molecules. Professor Bucksbaum will discuss the current efforts and future opportunities to employ these sources for molecular movies.
Dr. Philip Bucksbaum holds the Marguerite Blake Wilbur Chaired Professorship in Natural Science at Stanford University, with appointments in Physics, Applied Physics, and in Photon Science at SLAC. He also founded and formerly directed the Stanford PULSE Institute (ultrafast.stanford.edu). He studies the interaction of intense coherent radiation with atoms and molecules, with an emphasis on interactions induced by attosecond pulsed radiation and ultrashort x-ray lasers.
Prior to coming to Stanford, Dr. Bucksbaum was on the faculty at the University of Michigan, and a member of the research staff at Bell Laboratories. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley, and his A.B. degree in Physics, magna cum laude from Harvard College.
He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Optical Society and has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was president of the Optical Society in 2014 and is currently serving as president of the American Physical Society for 2020.
Previous lectures in this series:
- 2019 Dr. Sandra Faber: General Relativity: Creator and Killer of Galaxies
- 2018 Dr. Susan Coppersmith: From Bits to Qubits: A Quantum Leap for Computers
- 2017 Dr. Andrea Ghez: The Monster at the Heart of Our Galaxy
- 2016 Dr. H. Eugene Stanley: Are There Two Forms of Water?
- 2015: No Lecture This Year
- 2014: No Lecture This Year
- 2013 Dr. Nigel Lockyer: The Higgs is One Piece of the Mass Puzzle: Toward a New Understanding of the Quantum Universe
- 2012 Dr. Frank von Hippel: A Global Cleanout of Nuclear Weapon Materials
- 2011 Physics Nobel Laureate William D. Phillips: Time, Einstein, and the Coolest Stuff in the Universe
- 2010 Terry Tao: The Cosmic Distance Ladder
- 2009 Alan Guth: Inflationary Cosmology: Is Our Universe Part of a Multiverse?
- 2008 Margaret Geller: Newton Meets Einstein: Mapping Dark Matter in the Universe
- 2007 Kip Thorne: The Warped Side of the Universe from the Big Bang to Black Holes and Gravitational Waves
- 2006 Physics Nobel laureate Saul Perlmutter: Supernovae, Dark Energy, and the Accelerating Universe -- What Next?
- 2005 Physics Nobel laureate Wolfgang Ketterle: When Freezing Cold is Not Cold Enough -- New Forms of Matter at Close to Absolute Zero Temperature
- 2004 Physics Nobel laureate Robert B. Laughlin: The Emergent Age
- 2003 Physics Nobel laureate Carl E. Wieman: Bose-Einstein Condensation: Quantum Weirdness at the Lowest Temperature in the Universe
- 2002 Sir Michael Atiyah: Geometry and Physics: A Marriage Made in Heaven
- 2001 Mildred S. Dresselhaus: Frontiers in Nanoscience