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Tamar Seideman

Professor of Chemistry; Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Ph.D. in Theoretical Chemistry, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, 1989; B.Sc. in Chemistry, The Tel-Aviv University, Ramat-Aviv, 1982

Research Interests

The Seideman group is engaged in theoretical research at the broad interface between chemistry, physics and material sciences. Specific topics of interest include:

  • coherent control and coherence spectroscopies in isolated molecules and in dissipative media;
  • quantum transport, molecular electronics, current-driven nanochemistry and molecular machines;
  • ultrafast nanoplasmonics and light manipulation in the nanoscale;
  • the interaction of matter with intense laser fields;
  • photomanipulation of external molecular modes;
  • mathematical method development.

Of particular relevance to the Applied Physics Program is the group’s research on molecular nonadiabatic alignment by moderately intense laser pulses, an approach that evolved, during the past decade, from a theoretical dream1 into a rich field of experimental and numerical research and the topic of hundreds of publications.Currently we are particularly excited about the application of laser alignment to coherently control electric transport in the nanoscale,3  and about opportunities in solution chemistry4 and in attosecond physics.5

  1. T. Seideman, Rotational Excitation and Molecular Alignment in Intense Laser Fields, J.Chem.Phys. 103, 7887 (1995); T. Seideman, On the Revival Structure of Aligned Rotational Wavepackets, Phys.Rev.Lett. 83, 4971 (1999).
  2. H. Stapelfeldt and T. Seideman, Aligning Molecules with Strong Laser Pulses, Rev.Mod.Phys. 75, 543 (2003); T. Seideman and E. Hamilton, Nonadiabatic Alignment by Intense pulses. Concepts, Theory, and Directions, Ad.At.Mol.Opt.Phys. 52, 289 (2006).
  3. M. G. Reuter, M. Sukharev, and T. Seideman, Laser Field Alignment of Organic Molecules on Semiconductor Surfaces: Toward Ultrafast Molecular Switches, Phys.Rev.Lett. 101, 208303 (2008).
  4. S. Ramakrishna and T. Seideman, Intense Laser Alignment in Dissipative Media as a Route to Solvent Properties, Phys.Rev.Lett. 95, 113001 (2005).
  5. S. Ramakrishna and T. Seideman, On the Information Content of High Harmonics Generated from Aligned Molecules, Phys.Rev.Lett. 99 113901 (2007); R.M. Lock, S. Ramakrishna, X. Zhou, H.C. Kapteyn, M.M. Murnane, and T. Seideman, Extracting Continuum Electron Dynamics from High Harmonic Emission from Molecules, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 133901 (2012).

Selected Publications

  • S. L. Vulgar, D. V. Zhdanov, R. Cabrera, T. Seideman, C. Jarzynski, D. I. Bondar, Nonconservative Forces via Quantum Reservoir Engineering, Phys. Rev. Lett., 120, 230404 (2018).
  • X. You, S. Ramakrishna and T. Seideman, Origin of Plasmon Lineshape and Enhanced Hot Electron Generation in Metal Nanoparticles, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 9, 141 (2018).
  • T. Grohmann, M. Leibscher, T. Seideman, Laser-Controlled Torsions: Four-Dimensional Theory and the Validity of Reduced Dimensionality Models, Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 203201 (2017).
  • D. V. Zhdanov, D. I. Bondar, T. Seideman, No Thermalization without Correlations, Phys.Rev.Lett. 119, 170402 (2017).
  • N. Chiang, N. Jiang, L. Madison, E. Pozzi, G. Goubert, M. Wasielewski, T. Seideman, M. Ratner, M. Hersam, G. Schatz and R. P. Van Duyne, Probing Intermolecular Vibrational Symmetry Breaking in Self-Assembled Monolayers with Ultrahigh Vacuum Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 139, 18664 (2017) (Issue Cover article, Invited).
  • X. You, S. Ramakrishna, T. Seideman. Plasmon-Meidated Absorption and Photocurrent Spectra in Sensitized Solar Cells, ACS Photonics. 4, 1178 (2017).
  • R. Fung, A.M. Hanna, O. Vendrell, S. Ramakrishna, T. Seideman, R. Santra, A. Ourmazd, Dynamics from Noisy Data with Extreme Timing Uncertaintity, Nature, 532, 471 (2016).
  • E. Pozzi, N. Gruenke, N. Chiang, D. V. Zhdanov, N. Jiang, T. Seideman, G.Schatz, M. Hersam, R. Van Duyne, Operational Regimes in Picosecond and Femtosecond Pulse-Excited Ultrahigh Vacuum SERS, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 7, 2971 (2016).
  • N. Jian, N. Chiang, L. R. Madison, E. A. Pozzi, M. R. Wasielewski, T. Seideman, M. A. Ratner, M. C. Hersam, G. C. Schatz, and R. P. Van Duyne, Nanoscale Chemical Imaging of a Dynamic Molecular Phase Boundary with Ultrahigh Vacuum Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy, NanoLett 16 3898 (2016).
  • Gao, P. P. Pal, T. Seideman, N. P. Guisinger, J. R. Guest Current-Driven Hydrogen Desorption from Graphene: Experiments and Theory, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 7, 486 (2016).
  • N. Chiang, D. Chulhai, E. Pozzi, M. Hersam, L. Jensen, T. Seideman, and R.P. Van Duyne, Molecular-Resolution Interrogation of a Porphyrin Monolayer by Ultrahigh Vacuum Tip-Enhanced Raman and Fluorescence Spectroscopy, NanoLett. 15, 4114 (2015).
  • P. Pal, N. Jiang, M. D. Sonntag, N. Chiang,E. T. Foley, M. C. Hersam, R. P.Van Duyne, and T. Seideman, Plasmon Mediated Transport in Tip Enhanced Raman Spectroscopic Junctions, J.Phys.Chem.Lett. 6, 4210 (2015).
  • M. Artamonov and T. Seideman, Time-Dependent, Optically-Controlled Dielectric Function, J.Phys.Chem. Lett. 6, 320 (2015).
  • S. Ramakrishna and T. Seideman,Rotational Wave Packet Imaging of Molecules,Phys. Rev. A 87, 023411 (2013).
  • M. Kornbluth, T. Seideman, and A. Nitzan, Light-Induced Electronic Non-Equilibrium in Plasmonic Particles, J. Chem. Phys. 138, 174707 (2013).
  • N. Reuter, N. Boffi, M. Ratner, and T. Seideman,The Role of Dimensionality in the Decay of Surface Effects, J. Chem. Phys. 138, 084707 (2013).
  • B. Ashwell, S. Ramakrishna and T. Seideman, Laser-Driven Torsional Coherences, J. Chem. Phys. 138, 044310 (2013).
  • M. Artamonov and T. Seideman,Predicted Ordered Assembly of Ethylene Molecules Induced by Polarized O-Resonance Laser Pulses, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 165408 (2012).
  • R.M. Lock, S. Ramakrishna, X. Zhou, H.C. Kapteyn, M.M. Murnane, and T. Seideman, Extracting Continuum Electron Dynamics from High Harmonic Emission from MoleculesPhys. Rev. Lett. 108, 133901 (2012).
  • A. Salomon, R. J. Gordon, Y. Prior, T. Seideman, and M. Sukharev,Collective Plasmonic-Molecular Modes in the Strong Coupling Regime, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 073002 (2012).
  • M. Reuter, M. Hersam, T. Seideman and M. Ratner, Statistical Signatures of Transport Mechanisms and Cooperative Effects in Conductance Histograms, NanoLett. 12, 2243 (2012).
  • N. Jiang, E. Foley, J. Klingsporn, M. Sonntag, N. Valley, J. Dieringer, T. Seideman, G. Schatz, M. Hersam, and R. Van Duyne, Observation of Multiple vibrational Modes in Ultrahigh Vacuum Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy Combined with Molecular-Resolution Scanning Tunneling Microscopy, Nano Lett. 12, 5061 (2012).
  • S. Q. Li, P. Guo, L. Zhang, W. Zhou, T. W. Odom, T. Seideman, J. B. Ketterson, and R. P. H. Chang, Infrared Plasmonics with Indium Tin Oxide Nano-rod Arrays,ACS Nano, 5, 9161 (2011).
  • M. Reuter, T. Seideman and M. Ratner,Molecular Conduction through Adlayers: Cooperative Effects Can Help or Hamper Electron TransportNano Lett. 11, 4693 (2011).
  • R. Jorn, J. Zhao, H. Petek and T. Seideman, Current-Driven Dynamics in Molecular Junctions. Endohedral Fullerenes,ACS Nano 5, 7858 (2011)
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