“We have not been able, yet, to watch a molecule transform itself from one structure to another. But we are close – very close. In the Weber group, we are pioneering new technologies that are just now allowing us to realize this dream.” — Prof. Weber
We explore fundamental molecular processes in the broadest sense. We have developed two highly time-resolved techniques to explore molecular dynamics from two different perspectives.
- In the first experiment, a pump-probe photoelectron spectroscopy technique allows us to observe the flow of energy in molecules.
- The second experiment follows structural rearrangements by a time-resolved diffraction technique. The spectroscopic and the structural measurements are complementary, and combining them leads to a better understanding of molecular reactions.