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Katharine Reid

University of Nottingham
United Kingdom


Katharine Reid obtained her B.Sc. (1986) and Ph.D. (1989) in Chemical Physics from the University of Sussex, UK. She then spent two years as an SERC/NATO Fellow with Professor Richard Zare at Stanford University, USA. Professor Reid returned to an EPSRC Advanced Fellowship at the University of Nottingham in 1992. She was appointed to a permanent academic position in 1995, a Readership in 2002, and a Professorship in 2007. Professor Reid is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a Member of the Institute of Physics and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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We develop and use laser photoelectron imaging techniques, including ultrafast time-resolved techniques, to investigate structure and dynamics in the excited states of small polyatomic molecules. Our ultrafast experiments are conducted with a unique laser system that produces pulses of 1 ps in duration, sufficiently short to monitor many intramolecular dynamical processes, but which have a spectral profile that enables the resolution of vibrational structure, and sometimes torsional structure, in small aromatic molecules. This capability, used in conjunction with novel methods of detection and analysis, has allowed us to quantitatively determine the coupling matrix elements that drive some of the energy redistribution processes in small polyatomic molecules. We are also developing techniques that enable us to use the photoelectron angular distributions derived from our photoelectron images to provide structural information on small polyatomic molecules.

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