Atomic and Molecular Interactions Group
The Atomic and Molecular Interactions Group (AMIG) promotes the growth and exchange of ideas on the physics of the interaction of atoms, molecules, photons, electrons and their antiparticles. More generally we are interested in the experimental and theoretical study of the dynamics of many-body quantum systems for which the collision energy can range from ultracold to relativistic.
The areas of interest to the Group include the interactions of atomic and molecular systems with photons, electrons, ions, positrons and muons. More generally we are interested in experimental and theoretical studies of the dynamics of many-body quantum systems for which the collision energy can range from ultracold to relativistic energies.
The Atomic and Molecular Interactions Group was formed in 2001 from the old Gas-Phase Collisions Group, and has a large and active research community already established within the Division of Atomic, Molecular, Optical and Plasma Physics (DAMOPP). The strength of this community reflects the high degree of expertise in fundamental and applied collision processes which exists in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The Group continues to support the excellent existing contacts between theoretical and experimental researchers. It highlights the applications of atomic collision research in related areas such as nonlinear optics, quantum optics, fusion and plasma physics, astrophysics, environmental physics, surface and condensed matter physics. It extends beyond traditional areas of collision physics to encompass areas such as the dynamics of cold atoms and BECs, interactions between atoms, molecules and laser fields.
Atomic and Molecular Interactions Research
The Atomic and Molecular Interactions Group has produced a brochure highlighting an area of research the group is involved with, and their pure and applied scientific relevance.
Antimatter (PDF, 2 MB)
More recently, we have collaborated with the IOP to produce a booklet on the same subject. Download the booklet (PDF, 8 MB)
The Atomic and Molecular Interactions Group has strong common interests with the Molecular Physics Group as well as with the QQQ, Quantum Electronics, and Plasma Physics groups. The Group Committee will cultivate links between research groups on a national and international level. Towards this goal, we arrange short scientific meetings on important themes in our subject. We also participate in the QuAMP conferences (Quantum, Atomic, Molecular and Plasma Physics). The 2013 QuAMP Conference will be held in early September at Swansea University.