The Molecular Dynamics Section conducts basic and applied research in:

  1. The study of reaction mechanisms and chemical dynamics of molecular species on the millisecond to femtosecond time scales,
  2. Photochemistry and relaxation dynamics of molecular species in gases, heterogeneous and interfacial environments and on surfaces,
  3. Fabrication and characterization of nanorods;
  4. Optical studies of species and processes in fuel cell catalysts and solid oxide fuel cells;
  5. Atmospheric propagation of femtosecond pulses,
  6. Detection and classification of buried unexploded ordnance,
  7. Long wavelength video fire detection

Selected Publications

2016 Caldwell, J.D.., I.. Vurgaftman, J.G.. Tischler, O.J.. Glembocki, J.C.. Owrutsky, and T.L.. Reinecke, "Atomic-Scale Photonic Hybrids for Mid-Infrared and Terahertz Nanophotonics", Nature Nanotechnology, vol. 11, pp. 9-15, 2016.
2016 Tsoi, S.., F.J.. Bezares, A.. Giles, J.P.. Long, O.J.. Glembocki, J.D.. Caldwell, and J.C.. Owrutsky, "Experimental Demonstration of the Optical Lattice Resonance in Arrays of Si Nanoresonators", Applied Physics Letter , pp. 108, 2016.
2016 Spann, B.T.., R.. Compton, D.. Ratchford, J.P.. Long, A.D.. Dunkelberger, P.B.. Klein, A.. J. Giles, J.. D. Caldwell, and J.. C. Owrutsky, "Photoinduced Tunability of the Reststrahlen Band in 4H-SiC", Physical Review B, issue 93, 2016.
2016 Kirtley, J.D.., S.N.. Qadri, D.. A. Steinhurst, and J.C.. Owrutsky, "In Situ, Simultaneous Thermal Imaging and Infrared Molecular Emission Studies of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Electrodes", Journal of Power Sources, issue 336, pp. 54-62, 2016.
2016 Ellis, C.T.., J.G.. Tischler, O.J.. Glembocki, F.J.. Bezares, A.J.. Giles, R.. Kasica, L.. Shirley, J.C.. Owrutsky, D.N.. Chigrin, and J.D.. Caldwell, "Aspect-Ratio Driven Evolution of High-Order resonant Modes and Near-Field Distributions in Localized Surface Phonon Polariton Nanostructures", Scientific Reports, vol. 6, 2016.
2016 Dunkelberger, A.D.., B.T.. Spann, K.P.. Fears, B.S.. Simpkins, and J.C. Owrutsky, "Modified Relaxation Dynamics and Coherent Energy Exchange in Coupled Vibration-Cavity Polaritons", Nature Communications, vol. 7, 2016.
2016 Dunkelberger, A.D.., R.. Compton, P.A.. DeSario, D.. Weidinger, B.T.. Spann, I.R.. Pala, C.N.. Chervin, D.R.. Rolison, K.. Bussmann, P.D.. Cunningham, et al., "Transient Optical and Terahertz Spectroscopy of Nanoscale Films of RuO2", Plasmonics, vol. 1-8, 2016.
2015 DeSario, P.A., J.J.. Pietron, D.H.. Taffa, R.. Compton, S.. Shunemann, R.. Marschall, M.. Wark, J.C.. Owrutsky, and D.R.. Rolison, "Correlating Changes in Electron Lifetime and Mobility on Photocatalytic Activity at Network-Modified TiO2 Aerogels", Journal of Physical Chemistry, vol. C, issue 119, 2015.
2015 Owrutsky, J.C.., J.P.. Long, C.N.. Chervin, K.. Bussmann, and D.R.. Rolison, "Towards a Working Mechanism of Fuel Oxidation in SOFCs: In Situ Optical Studies of Simulated Biogas and Methane", Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 119, 2015.
2008 Petrova, T. B., H. D. Ladouceur, and A. P. Baronavski, "Nonequilibrium Dynamics of Laser-Generated Plasma Channels", Physics of Plasmas, vol. 15, issue 5, 2008.
2008 Owrutsky, J. C., M. B. Pomfret, D. J. Barton, and D. A. Kidwell, "Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy of Azide and Cyanate Ion Pairs in AOT Reverse Micelles", Journal of Chemical Physics, vol. 129, issue 2, 2008.
2007 Sando, G. M., A. D. Berry, P. M. Campbell, A. P. Baronavski, and J. C. Owrutsky, "Surface Plasmon Dynamics of Large Aspect Ratio Gold Nanorods", Plasmonics, vol. 2, issue 1, pp. 23-29, 2007.
2007 Sando, G. M., K. Dahl, and J. C. Owrutsky, "Vibrational Spectroscopy and Dynamics of Azide Ion in Ionic Liquid and Dimethyl Sulfoxide Water Mixtures", Journal of Physical Chemistry B, vol. 111, issue 18, pp. 4901-4909, 2007.
2007 Sando, G. M., A. D. Berry, and J. C. Owrutsky, "Ultrafast Studies of Gold, Nickel, and Palladium Nanorods", Journal of Chemical Physics, vol. 127, issue 7, 2007.
2007 Petrova, T. B., H. D. Ladouceur, and A. P. Baronavski, "Numerical Modeling of the Electrical Breakdown and Discharge Properties of Laser-Generated Plasma Channels", Physical Review E, vol. 76, issue 6 Pt 2, 2007.
2006 Pomfret, M. B., J. C. Owrutsky, and R. A. Walker, "High-Temperature Raman Spectroscopy of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Materials and Processes", Journal of Physical Chemistry B, vol. 110, issue 35, pp. 17305-17308, 2006.
2006 Gottuk, D. T., J. A. Lynch, S. L. Rose-Pehrsson, J. C. Owrutsky, and F. W. Williams, "Video Image Fire Detection for Shipboard Use", Fire Safety Journal, vol. 41, issue 4, pp. 321-326, 2006.
2006 Owrutsky, J. C., D. A. Steinhurst, C. P. Minor, S. L. Rose-Pehrsson, F. W. Williams, and D. T. Gottuk, "Long Wavelength Video Detection of Fire in Ship Compartments", Fire Safety Journal, vol. 41, issue 4, pp. 315-320, 2006.
2006 Sando, G. M., K. Dahl, and J. C. Owrutsky, "Vibrational Relaxation in Ionic Liquids and Ionic Liquid Reverse Micelles", Chemical Physics Letters, vol. 418, issue 4-6, pp. 402-407, 2006.
2006 Sando, G. M., and J. C. Owrutsky, "Photodetachment of Ferrocyanide in Reverse Micelles", Journal of Physical Chemistry B, vol. 110, issue 19, pp. 9586-9592, 2006.