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Magnetic and Laser Control of Molecules: Fundamental, Planetary and Interstellar Medium Applications

MS Team Room 28 FEB 20213 PM

Title : Magnetic and Laser Control of Molecules: Fundamental, Planetary and Interstellar Medium Applications by Dr. Hamza Labiad. University of Swansea, UK

AbstractThis talk will be a panorama of different topics and applications that can be approached and treated in Laboratory Astrophysics. In fact, this latter is a highly growing interdisciplinary field in Astronomy that not only treats various astronomical questions, but also uses experiments to benchmark fundamental theories and calculations of atomic and molecular dynamics, bridging the gap between several fields and aspects in Physics, Astronomy and even Chemistry.Under specific conditions of pressure and temperature, controlling molecules using different magnetic and laser-based techniques is a routine, but challenging, activity that experimentalists in Laboratory Astrophysics utilize to reproduce the extreme conditions of astronomical objects in order to interpret astronomical observations, contribute in the planification of future space missions, and benchmark fundamental quantum mechanical calculations in an elegant link of the microscopic world to the astronomically big scales phenomena in the Universe. Mainly, two case studies will be highlighted: laboratory measurements of inelastic molecular collision constants relevant to the Interstellar Medium, and reproducing ice analogues of solar system ice bodies in the laboratory, specifically ice of Pluto’s surface.

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