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Quantum and Classical Light-Matter Interactions

  • The Graduate Center, CUNY, Rm 9204 365 5th Avenue New York, NY, 10016 United States (map)

M Nov. 12 & T Nov. 13 (Rm 9204)

The interaction of light and matter has played a pivotal role since the early days of quantum mechanics. Experimental advances together with theoretical simulations in the past decade have led to the control of the dynamics of molecules, even at the attosecond time-scale, and in turn, using matter to generate light pulses with desired features. Strong light-matter coupling can be achieved by confining the system to a cavity, where even the vacuum field can modify molecular properties. The burgeoning field of “polaritonic chemistry” requires a full accounting of the correlated dynamics of electrons, nuclei, and photons. Experts will discuss state-of-the-art developments in fundamentals and applications of both quantum and classical light-matter interactions.

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9:00-9:30 Coffee and bagels

9:30-10:45 How photons change the properties of matter: QEDFT a first principles framework for modeling light-matter interactions
Angel Rubio, MPI-Hamburg and the Simons Institute, NY

11:00-12:15 Ab initio descriptions of non-perturbative light-matter interactions
Prineha Narang, Harvard University

12:15-1:30 Lunch

1:30-2:45 Strong light-matter interaction in low-dimensional systems
Vinod Menon, City College, CUNY

3:00-4:15 The emergent photochemistry & photophysics of molecular polaritons
Joel Yuen-Zhou, University of California, San Diego

4:30-5:45 Understanding light-matter interactions with quantum-classical intuition: Lessons from Nonadiabatic Dynamics
Joseph Subotnik, U. Penn


9:00-9:30 Coffee and bagels

9:30-10:45 Circularly polarized attosecond pulse generation and applications to ultrafast magnetism
Andre Bandrauk, U. Sherbrooke, Canada

11:00-12:15 Expanded Theory of Molecular J- and H-aggregates
Frank Spano, Temple University

12:15-1:30 Lunch

1:30-2:45 Time resolved spectroscopy of molecular dynamics: Comparing different approaches
Thomas Weinacht, SUNY Stonybrook University

3:00-4:15 Superradiant quantum materials in QED cavities
Antoine Georges, the Simons Institute, NY

4:30-5:00 Closing Remarks

Sponsored by the Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences, and by the CUNY doctoral programs in Chemistry and Physics. Please email with any questions.