Saturday, 7 September 2013

Recent Advances in Spectroscopy at Terahertz Frequencies

Analytical Division, Molecular Spectroscopy Group & the East Anglia Region
3rd one day meeting on THz spectroscopy:
 “Recent Advances in Spectroscopy at Terahertz Frequencies
 to be held on:
 Thursday 31 October 2013
 at the RSC Thomas Graham House, Science Park, Milton,
Cambridge, CB4 0WF
The Molecular Spectroscopy Group and East Anglia Region of the RSC will jointly host the 3rd Terahertz Spectroscopy meeting to be held on Thursday 31st October 2013:
Recent Advances in Spectroscopy at Terahertz Frequencies

This 3rd one day meeting will be held at Thomas Graham House in Cambridge and will focus on recent advances in terahertz spectroscopy.

Terahertz radiation, the part of the electromagnetic spectrum between microwaves and infrared radiation, has unique properties in that it easily penetrates through most polymeric materials and is therefore an exciting new tool to study such materials. As well as being a non-destructive imaging probe, in organic molecular crystals terahertz radiation interacts with vibrational modes that extend across large domains of a crystal lattice. This makes terahertz spectroscopy unique: even though it is possible to excite molecules using a variety of energies it is only through the careful selection of the low energy in the terahertz range that it is possible to selectively excite crystal lattice vibrations and study the presence and nature of interactions between molecules.

Travel directions for getting to Thomas Graham House may be found at:
10.00 - 10.40        Registration and coffee
10.40 - 10:50        Welcome by John Chalmers and Axel Zeitler
10:50 - 11:20        “Terahertz spectroscopy – title TBA”.
                                Prof. Bernd Fischer (Institut Franco-Allemande de Recherches de Saint-Louis,                                             France)
11.20 - 11:50        DFT methods for THz spectral assignments.
                                Prof. Timothy Korter (Department of Chemistry, Syracuse University, USA)         
11:50 - 12.20        Low frequency Raman spectroscopy of phase transformations.
                                Dr. Jonathan Burley (Department of Chemistry, University of Nottingham, UK)
12.20 - 12.50        Normal coordinate analysis of neutron diffraction data – link to THz                                                          spectroscopy.
                                Prof. Jacqui Cole (Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK).
12.50 - 14:00        Lunch
14.00 - 14.30        Coherent Synchrotron Radiation in low-alpha mode at Diamond Light Source for
                                Fourier Transform IR Interferometer in the (sub-)THz gap 5-100cm-1
                                Dr. Gianfelice Cinque (MIRIAM Beamline, Diamond Light Source, Harwell Campus,                                   UK)
14.30 - 15:00        Thermal decouplng of molecular relaxation processes from the vibrational                                              density states insupercooled hydrogen-bonded liquids. 
                                Juraj Sibik (Department of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology, University of                                            Cambridge, UK)
15:00 - 15.30        Tea break
15.30 - 16:00        Microstructure analysis of confined liquids with terahertz time-domain
                                Nicholas Tan (Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of                                 Cambridge, UK)
16:00 - 16.30        Crystallization of amorphous lactose at high humidity studied by terahertz time                                      domain spectroscopy. 
                                Dr. Robert Donnan (School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Queen                                  Mary College University London, UK)

16:30      Close