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DE-FG02-04ER15597: Quantum Correlated Multi-Fragment Reaction Imaging

Award Status: Inactive
  • Institution: California State University Fullerton, Fullerton, CA
  • UEI: VQ5WK498QDC6
  • DUNS: 106670755
  • Most Recent Award Date: 03/30/2017
  • Number of Support Periods: 12
  • PM: Settersten, Thomas
  • Current Budget Period: 02/01/2016 - 06/30/2017
  • Current Project Period: 02/01/2016 - 06/30/2017
  • PI: Feagin, James
  • Supplement Budget Period: N/A

Public Abstract

Innovations in few-body science at molecular and nano levels are a critical component of ongoing national efforts to establish sustainable environmental and energy resources. The varied research paths taken will require the development of basic science on broad fronts with increasing flexibility to crossover technologies. We thus continue work to extract understanding and quantum control of few-body microscopic systems based on our long-time experience with more conventional studies of correlated electrons and ions.

Given the enormous advances over the past 20 years to our understanding of quantum correlations with photon interferometry, collision science generally is ready to move beyond the one-particle, single-port momentum detection that has dominated collision physics since Rutherford. Nevertheless, our familiar theoretical tools for collision theory need to be upgraded to incorporate these more generalized measurement formalisms and ultimately to give incentive for a new generation of experiments.

Our interest in these topics remains motivated by the recent surge in and success of experiments involving few-body atomic and molecular fragmentation and the detection of all the fragments. In the final year of this project, we will work to complete two parallel efforts with (i) emphasis on reaction imaging while (ii) pursuing longtime work on quantum correlated collective excitations.

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