Roberto Merlin (SIMES Friday Seminar)

Date(s) - Oct 25 2013
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Shasta Room, Bldg. 40, Room 361


Ultrafast Science meets Condensed Matter Physics

Roberto Merlin

Peter A. Franken Collegiate Professor of Physics, University of Michigan
Visiting Physicist, PULSE Institute, SLAC

Time-domain studies of solids cover a broad range of phenomena and experimental approaches, from coherent spectroscopic probes of low-lying excitations to laser-induced phase transformations and non-equilibrium physics. This talk provides an imperfect overview of the field, emphasizing the microscopic mechanisms of light-matter interaction, and a brief description of selected recent breakthroughs from the literature. An attempt will also be made to identify emerging areas of research relevant to condensed matter systems that could benefit from ultrafast x-ray studies.