The Gordon Research Conference on Electronic Spectroscopy and Dynamics is focused on the most recent experimental and theoretical research on the electronic (structural and dynamical) properties of isolated molecules in the gas phase, of molecules embedded in condensed phases, and of extended structures such as clusters, polymers, nanoparticles, biomolecules and semiconductors.
Electronic Spectroscopy and Dynamics is one of the oldest still continuing GRCs. Initially the conference focused on molecular electronic spectroscopy of gas phase molecules. In these days, extended high-resolution surveys of electronic band systems were becoming available for small molecules, methods for interpreting perturbations in electronic spectra were developed, ab-initio
quantum chemistry was emerging as a powerful tool for the interpretation of the often very complex spectral structures observed in electronic spectra, and the development of tunable lasers was about to revolutionize electronic spectroscopy.
The scientific community attending the conference has always been attentive to incorporate emerging fields of research related to electronic structure and dynamics into the scientific programme. Recent conferences have had sessions on electronic processes in the condensed phase, on ultrafast electronic dynamics, on electronic spectroscopy of biological molecules, on photodissociation and photoionization dynamics, on single-molecule spectroscopy, on the electronic spectra of nano particles, on cold molecules, on metrology and fundamental physics, etc. To reflect this evolution, the name of the conference changed from “Molecular Electronic Spectroscopy” to “Electronic Spectroscopy and Dynamics”.
Over the many years of successful meetings, the field of electronic spectroscopy and dynamics has undergone many changes, usually triggered by breakthroughs in theory or experimental techniques. The field is more lively than ever and the conference inspires all scientists interested by the electronic structure and electronic dynamics in all states of matter.
What is a GRC? Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.