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Shaul Mukamel

Chancellor Professor of Chemistry
University of California, Irvine

Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies
School of Soft Matter Research
Albertstr. 19
79104 Freiburg im Breisgau


Shaul Mukamel, currently the Chancellor Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Irvine, received his Ph.D. in 1976 from Tel Aviv University. Following postdoctoral appointments at MIT and the University of California, Berkeley, he has held faculty positions at Rice University, the Weizmann Institute, and the University of Rochester. He is the recipient of the Sloan, Dreyfus, Guggenheim, and Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist award, the OSA Lippincort Award and the APS Plyler Award for Molecular Spectroscopy. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America. His interests focus on developing computational techniques for the design of novel ultrafast laser pulse sequences for probing electronic and vibrational dynamics in molecules. Biophysical applications include folding and dynamical fluctuations in proteins , hydrogen bonding, long-range electron and energy transfer in photosynthetic complexes, and signatures of chirality. Other areas are attosecond x-ray spectroscopy, excitons in semiconductor nanostructures, many-body effects in quantum optics. He is the author of over 650 publications in scientific journals and the textbook, Principles of Nonlinear Optical Spectroscopy (Oxford University Press, 1995).


FRIAS Project

New Directions in Multidimensional Optical Spectroscopy of Photosynthetic Complexes and Proteins with Classical Optical Fields and Entangled Photons; Theoretical and Simulation Studies

Coherent two dimensional (2D) optical spectroscopic techniques use femtosecond laser pulses to excite the vibrational and electronic degrees of freedom of molecules and watch for correlated events taking place during two (or more) controlled time intervals. Theoretical studies will focus on the design of new pulse sequences and developing computational methods for the analysis of these signals. Simulations that demonstrate how energy- transfer and charge-separation pathways in photosynthetic antennae and reaction centers may be revealed by these signals will be carried out. The dynamics of protein folding and aggregation will be investigated using 2D techniques in the UV and the infrared. Extensions to spectroscopy of single molecules with time and frequency gated fluorescence of photoelectron detection will be explored. Multidimensional signals obtained in response to entangled photons by varying the parameters of the photon functions will be predicted. Entangled photons offer an unusual combination of bandwidths and temporal resolution as well as the control over quantum pathways of matter, not possible by classical beams. Focused attention will be devoted to the interplay of photon and matter entanglement using techniques of Quantum Information.


Selected Publications

  1. J.J. Rodriguez, S. Mukamel: Dissecting Two-Dimensional Ultraviolet Spectra of Amyloid Fibrils into Beta-Strand and Turn Contributions. J Phys Chem B. (2012)
  2. J.J. Rodriguez, S. Mukamel: Probing Ring Currents in Mg-Porphyrins by Pump-Probe Spectroscopy.. J Phys Chem A. (2012)
  3. “Collective Two-Particle Resonances Induced by Photon Entanglement”, M. Richter, S. Mukamel, Phys. Rev. A. 83, 063805 (2011)
  4. "Signatures of Quasiparticles Entanglement in Multidimensional Nonlinear Optical Spectroscopy of Aggregates", S. Mukamel,  J. Chem.Phys. 132, 241105 (2010)
  5. "Ultrafast Double-Quantum Coherence Spectroscopy of Exciton with Entangled Photons", M. Richter and S. Mukamel, Phys.Rev. A. 82, 013820 (2010)
  6. "Energy-Transfer and Charge-Separation Pathways in the Reaction Center of Photosystem II revealed by Coherent 2D Optical Spectroscopy", D. Abramavicius and S. Mukamel, J. Chem. Phys. 133, 184501 (2010)
  7. “Multidimensional Optical Spectroscopy of a Single Molecule in a Current-Carrying State, S. Rahav and S. Mukamel, J. Chem. Phys. 133, 244106 (2010)
  8. “Coherent Multidimensional Optical Probes for Electron Correlations and Exciton Dynamics; from NMR to X-rays”, S. Mukamel, D. Abramavicius, L. Yang, W. Zhuang, I.V. Schweigert and D. Voronine. Acct. Chem. Res. 42, 553-562 (2009)
  9. “Coherent Multidimensional Optical Spectroscopy Excitons in Molecular Aggregates; Quasiparticle vs. Supermolecule Perspectives”, D. Abramavicius, B. Palmieri, D. Voronine, F. Sanda and S. Mukamel, Chem. Rev. 109, 2350-2408 (2009)
  10. “Coherent Multidimensional Vibrational Spectroscopy of Biomolecules; Concepts, Simulations and Challenges”.  W. Zhuang, T. Hayashi and S. Mukamel, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 48, 3750-3781 (2009)
  11. “Nonequilibrium Fluctuations, Fluctuation Theorems and Counting Statistics in Quantum Systems” M. Esposito, U. Harbola and S. Mukamel, Rev. Mod. Phys. 81, 1665-1702 (2009)
  12. “Density Matrix Analysis and Simulation of Electronic Excitations in Conjugated and Aggregated Molecules,'' S. Tretiak, S. Mukamel, Chem. Rev. 102, 3171-3212 (2002)
  13. “Multidimensional Femtosecond Correlation Spectroscopies of Electronic and Vibrational Excitations”,  S. Mukamel, Ann. Rev. Phys. Chem., 51, 691-729 (2000)
  14. “Principles of Nonlinear Optical Spectroscopy”, Graduate-level textbook, S. Mukamel, Oxford University Press (1995)