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Meet Our Innovators

Randy Bartels, PhD

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Areas of Collaborative Interest

  • ro-vibrational dynamics of molecules excited by femtosecond laser pulses
  • limits of control over a specific degree of freedom
  • coupling of an excited mode to other degrees of freedom in a molecule
  • fundamental dynamical effects for the propagation of femtosecond laser pulses
  • licensing our technologies

The research that we do in our group is highly multidisciplinary, drawing on optics, chemistry, biological, and engineering principles.  Our work focuses on unravelling fundamental questions concerning the interaction of femtosecond light pulses with molecules to induce coherent motion in specific degrees of freedom of the molecules. The research in my laboratory will provide a better understanding of the interaction of shaped femtosecond laser pulses with molecules, the dynamics of their response, and the impact of those dynamics on the propagation of electromagnetic pulses in the molecules. Ultimately, the new knowledge of molecular control will be applied to study and manipulate proteins with light directly in a cellular environment. This new degree of freedom may lead to tools that help uncover the function of many biological molecules in their natural environment.

  • *Assignee other than Colorado State University Research Foundation

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