The Ohio State University Institute for Optical Science aims to identify and facilitate Ohio State faculty to capitalize on national interdisciplinary initiatives in the optical sciences. The iOS goals are the creation of an Ohio State community of multidisciplinary researchers in the optical sciences, coordinate on-campus and regional focus groups and centers that eliminate traditional academic boundaries at the research level and identifies strengths in interdisciplinary photon science research. 

At a Glance

Chemical Physics Graduate Program

The International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy annually attracts approximately 500 scientists to a 5-day meeting at Ohio State on various aspects of spectroscopy.

The Molecular Spectroscopy Archives is a collaborative project between The Ohio State University Institute for Optical Science and University Libraries and Elsevier, the publisher of the Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy (JMS).

A Chemical Physics Graduate Program course, Frontiers in Spectroscopy, provides graduate students with an overview of topics on the frontier of spectroscopic research, including fundamental characteristics of molecular quantum structure, electromagnetics, new experimental techniques, remote sensing, ultra-high sensitivity analytical techniques, and astrophysical applications.

Chemical Physics Program

One of the best choices for students and faculty seeking the training and skills necessary to succeed as scientists. Faculty and graduate students are doing innovative work on all of the atomic and molecular properties of matter.

Graduate faculty members, numbering over 30, principally come from the departments of chemistry and physics but include faculty from medical biochemistry, engineering, astronomy, and geology. These faculty members include both theorists and experimentalists.

Research ranges from studies of high-temperature plasmas to studies near absolute zero, from projects in astrophysics to materials science, and from elementary particles to single molecules and supramolecular assemblies, liquids, liquid crystals, and solids.

Research Features

Daniel Gauthier (Physics)
Developing optical and photonic systems for classical and quantum information processing. A special interest is in machine learning for high-speed processing of temporal data and quantum-enhanced machine learning.

Robert Baker (Chemistry)
The Baker group focuses on understanding surface electron dynamics and interfacial charge transfer in catalytic systems. Much more is currently known about molecular photophysics and photochemical reaction dynamics compared to surface photochemistry due to the challenge of probing surfaces selectively with sensitivity to oxidation state, spin state, carrier thermalization, lattice distortions, and charge trapping at defect states. Femtosecond soft x-ray reflectivity developed in our group is now enabling such studies with the goal of advancing the field of surface chemical physics.