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Electronic Spectroscopy & Dynamics
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36 Months

Conference Description

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Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.

Meeting History

YearMeeting NameDatesConference SiteChair(s)
2012 Electronic Spectroscopy & Dynamics Jul 22-27 Bates College Bern Kohler
Edward R. Grant
2009 Electronic Spectroscopy & Dynamics Jul 19-24 Colby College Mark Maroncelli
Timothy S. Zwier
2006 Electronic Spectroscopy & Dynamics Sep 10-15 Les Diablerets Conference Center Frederic Merkt
2003 Electronic Spectroscopy & Dynamics Jul 6-11 Bates College Elliot R. Bernstein
James L. Skinner
2000 Molecular Electronic Spectroscopy Jul 30 - Aug 4 Colby-Sawyer College Robert W. Field
1997 Molecular Electronic Spectroscopy Aug 31 - Sep 5 The Queen's College David Pratt
1994 Molecular Electronic Spectroscopy Aug 14-19 Proctor Academy Robert J. Silbey
1991 Molecular Electronic Spectroscopy Aug 12-16 Brewster Academy Donald H. Levy
1985 Molecular Electronic Spectroscopy Aug 12-16 Brewster Academy Gerald J. Small
1982 Molecular Electronic Spectroscopy Aug 9-13 Brewster Academy Robin M. Hochstrasser
1976 Molecular Electronic Spectroscopy Aug 9-13 Proctor Academy Jon T. Hougen
1973 Molecular Electronic Spectroscopy Jul 30 - Aug 3 Proctor Academy G. Wilse Robinson
1967 Molecular Electronic Spectroscopy Jun 12-16 New Hampton School K. Keith Innes
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