CTAMOP Professor elected as Fellow of APS

Last updated May 29, 2017 by Andrew Brown

Prof. van der Hart of the Centre for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics has been elected as Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). Professor van der Hart was nominated by the APS Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics for innovative theoretical developments in the field of multi-photon processes, particularly in the context of ultra-short laser pulses, and for their successful application in the solution of problems involving electron-electron interactions. Professor van der Hart has been a member of staff at Queen’s since 1999. His primary research interest is to understand how atoms behave in state-of-the-art light fields. Over the last 15 years, great progress has been made in the generation and application of ultra-short light pulses, with the aim of visualizing and eventually guiding the motion of electrons inside atoms and molecules. Funded by EPSRC and the EU, Professor van der Hart and co-workers have developed new theoretical methods to study this motion computationally in atoms. The key characteristic of their method is that no approximation is made to the interaction between particles. This unique approach therefore allows the full atomic dynamics to be investigated in detail. The main criterion for election to APS Fellowship is “exceptional contribution to physics enterprise”, such as ouststanding physics research. Each nomination is evaluated by the Fellowship committee of the appropriate Division, and reviewed by the full APS Fellowship Committee. Fellowship status is limited to at most one-half of one percent of membership.


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