Electron dynamics in biological relevant media

Lead Research Organisation: Imperial College London
Department Name: Physics


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Description The non-linear optical response of aerosols is a new way of probing their properties. Measurements were made on the mechanism of high order harmonic generation from aerosol particles.
Scientific discussions were held with our partners at PSI and at ETH in March of last year, and ongoing online discussions have continued.
Exploitation Route We are currently preparing a publication and considering next steps in this research.
Sectors Energy


Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology

Description It is too early to be certain of the eventual outcomes but both in the area of radiation damage to biomolecules, optical diagnosis of aerosols and charge carrier generation in organic semiconductors there are outcomes of the collaborations that we will continue to pursue,
First Year Of Impact 2024
Sector Energy,Environment,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology
Description Collaboration on non-linear optical interactions in aerosols 
Organisation ETH Zurich
Country Switzerland 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Hosted a visit from an ETH researcher to set up an aerosol source and provided 4 weeks of laser beamtime for investigating non-linear interactions in aerosols.
Collaborator Contribution Provided a aerosol source compatible with our vacuum chambers and the expertise to install and operate it for joint experiments.
Impact Paper is in preparation
Start Year 2023
Description Discussions on future experiments with Swiss FEL at PSI 
Organisation Paul Scherrer Institute
Country Switzerland 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Explored new ideas for XFEL measurements at Swiss FEL to look at (a) biomolecular fragmentation mechanisms following x-ray interaction, (b) exciton dynamics in organic semiconductors
Collaborator Contribution Provided technical insights and details to assist in preparing future collaborative research.
Impact One beamtime application was submitted and invited for resubmission (in the meantime a variant has been submitted to LCLS).
Start Year 2023