Chem 228: Professor Wei Xiong, UCSD

Seminar series
Physical Chemistry Seminar
Mon, Jan 31 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Young Hall 2033
Speaker Wei Xiong
Chemistry & Biochemistry

Ultrafast Dynamics of Molecular Vibrational Polaritons For Chemistry and Quantum Simulation

Molecular vibrational polaritons are hybrid half-light, half-matter quasiparticle. This hybrid quasiparticles not only inherit properties of both photons and matters, but also processes unique new photonic and molecular phenomena, including tilting chemical potential landscapes of reactions, adding new energy transfer pathways and strong photonic interactions. Many of these developments hinge on fundamental understanding of its physical properties of molecular vibrational polaritons. Using pump probe and 2D IR spectroscopy to study vibrational-polaritons, we obtained results that advance both molecular science and photonics fields. I will discuss a few phenomena of IR molecular vibrational-polaritons: 1.  Cavity-enabled intermolecular energy transfer, 2. Vibrational strong coupling accelerated barrier crossing events, and 3. Nonlinear interactions between polaritons resides in neighboring cavities. These results will have significant implications in novel infrared photonic devices, lasing, molecular quantum simulation, as well as new chemistry by tailoring potential energy landscapes.