Brett Esry

Brett Esry University Distinguished Professor
325 Cardwell Hall
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Ph.D. University of Colorado, 1997
B.S. Kansas State University, 1993

Research Area

Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics

The main thrust of my work is understanding the dynamics of a molecule in an intense laser field. My group is working on ways to solve the time-dependent Schrödinger equation for this highly non-perturbative system. Even the simplest molecule H2+, however, requires the solution of a six-dimensional time-dependent equation --- a nontrivial job for even the biggest supercomputers. We have explored various approximation schemes on our way to a complete solution.

Research Support

  • Department of Energy
  • National Science Foundation

Graduate Advisee

  • Dustin Ursrey, PhD

Postdoctoral Advisees

  • Yijue Ding
  • Norio Takemoto

Recent Selected Publications

"Bond rearrangement during Coulomb explosion of water molecules," M. Leonard, A. M. Sayler, K. D. Carnes, Emily M. Kaufman, E. Wells,
R. Cabrera-Trujillo, B. D. Esry, and I. Ben-Itzhak, Phys. Rev. A 99, 012704 (2019) [link]

"An optimized absorbing potential for ultrafast, strong-field problems." Y. Yu and B. D. Esry, J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 51 095601 (2018). [link]

"Nonunique and nonuniform mapping in few-body Coulomb-explosion imaging," AM Sayler, E Eckner, J McKenna, BD Esry, KD Carnes, I Ben-Itzhak, GG Paulus, Phys. Rev. A 97, 033412 (2018). [link]

"Native Frames: Disentangling Sequential from Concerted Three-Body Fragmentation," Jyoti Rajput, T. Severt, Ben Berry, Bethany Jochim, Peyman Feizollah, Balram Kaderiya, M. Zohrabi, U. Ablikim, Farzaneh Ziaee, Kanaka Raju P., D. Rolles, A. Rudenko, K. D. Carnes, B. D. Esry, and I. Ben-Itzhak, Phys. Rev. Lett. 120, 103001 (2018). [link]

"Using the carrier-envelope phase to control strong-field dissociation of HeH+ at midinfrared wavelengths," D. Ursrey and B. D. Esry, Phys. Rev. A 96, 063409 (2017). [link]