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Breakdown of the Born-Oppenheimer Approximation in Diatomic Molecules
Robert Field
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)
Prereq: 5.61 or equivalent and an interest in molecular dynamics

A lecture series on photofragmentation dynamics in diatomic molecules. The first lecture introduces terms in the Hamiltonian, especially troublesome Born-Oppenheimer breakdown terms that "cause" all intramolecular dynamics. Subsequent lectures include topics: perturbations, autoionization, predissociation, semiclassical calculation of vibrational overlap integrals, wavepacket dynamics, and the Landau-Zener picture of electronic transitions induced by crossing potential curves.
Contact: Robert Field, 6-219, 253-1489, rwfield@mit.edu
Cosponsor: Spectroscopy Lab

Introduction to the Spectroscopic Effective Hamiltonian
Robert Field
The Born-Oppenhiemer approximation and matrix elements of terms in the effective molecular Hamiltonian that violate the BO approximation. Vibration, rotation, spin-orbit, interelectronic interaction. Hund's coupling cases.
Mon Jan 3, 09-10:30am, 6-233

Spectroscopic Perturbations, Predissociation, and Autoionization
Robert Field
Introduction to dynamical processes.
Tue Jan 4, 09-10:30am, 6-233

Semiclassical methods for calculating vibrational overlap integrals
Robert Field
All coupling processes are mediated by vibrational overlap integrals, which are computed numerically. Semiclassical calculation of overlaps reveals physical factors controlling computed values: the length of the stationary phase region is controlled by the slopes of the potential curves at the intersection and the velocity in the crossing region.
Wed Jan 5, 09-10:30am, 6-233

Wavepackets and Landau-Zener
Robert Field
What happens in the vicinity of a curve crossing?
Fri Jan 7, 09-10:30am, 6-233

Chemistry Undergraduate Research Forum
Annie Won, Jillian Dempsey, Stavroula Hatzios, Caroline Saouma
Sat Jan 29, 10am-02:00pm, 2-105

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

Ever wonder what a chemistry UROP is like? Come and hear undergraduates describe their UROP research projects. Learn about discoveries that are headed for publication in professional journals, and get a sense of what chemistry laboratory work is really all about. All areas of chemistry will be featured (inorganic, physical, organic, biological) and lunch will be served. No prior chemistry knowledge (beyond the basics) is necessary. If you're a current chemistry UROP interested in presenting your research, feel free to email any of the following individuals.
Contact: Jillian Dempsey, Stavroula Hatzios, Caroline Saouma, Annie W, qjillian@mit.edu, shatzios@mit.edu, csaouma@mit.edu, annie1@

Cleaner Living through Greener Chemistry
Jeffrey Steinfeld, Bill Van Schalkwyk, Kendra Bussey, Jacqueline Tio
Thu Jan 27, 10am-12:00pm, 6-233, Refreshments will be served.

No limit but advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 21-Jan-2005
Single session event
Prereq: none

Green chemistry promotes cleaner, safer, and more efficient process design upstream to prevent billions of pounds of hazardous waste downstream. For years industry contended with managing hazardous waste and through green chemistry, realized environmental and financial benefits. MIT is now exploring green chemistry as a strategic hazardous waste management tool and an opportunity to demonstrate environmental stewardship. Join us for a discussion on green chemistry: what it is, who adopted it, and where MIT has work underway. Hear from Chemistry faculty and students who are analyzing MIT’s chemical purchases; defining common chemical uses; understanding where waste occurs and its cost; and researching alternatives for certain chemicals.
Contact: Susan Leite, x3-5246, smleite@mit.edu
Cosponsor: Environmental Programs Office

Machine Shop Course
Ed Udas
Mon-Fri, Jan 3-7, 10-14, 10-03:00am, 4-065

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 17-Dec-2004
Limited to 10 participants.
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)

Instruction and hands-on use of tools: Blue-print reading; grind tool bits; lathe, miller, band saw, cut off saw; soft solder copper pipe; sheet metal, rolling and bending.
Each Section is limited to 10 participants.
Section A: January 3-7.
Section B: January 10-14.
Schedule could change based on participant interest.
12-1 will be reserved as a lunch hour.
Chemistry students have first priority.
Contact: Ed Udas, 4-063, x3-4505, edudas@mit.edu

Parent Workshop: Helping Our Middle and High School Children Learn
Krzysztof Grabarek
Tue Jan 18, Thu Jan 20, 12-01:00pm, 4-251

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Limited to 20 participants.
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)

Research shows that students do better when their parents are involved academically in the older grades. Yet, many parents find it difficult to remain involved beyond elementary school. This workshop will begin a discussion on how parents can be more involved with their adolescents' academics. Parents and others interested in the education of adolescents are encouraged to attend the two lunchtime sessions. Register early so that the sessions can be tailored to the interests of those attending.
Contact: Krzysztof Grabarek, 2-204, x3-0909, grabarek@mit.edu

To Build a Supercomputer in an Afternoon…
Shin Grace Chou
Wed Jan 26, 01-04:00pm, 5-134

No limit but advance sign up required (see contact below)
Single session event

A traditional supercomputer bears the image of a humongous, self-contained box built by Cray or IBM, usually too expensive for most people to access except for those associate with national labs and big universities. With advances in technology and an increasing demand for high performance computation, it is now possible to build a temporary supercomputer, organized on the fly, to solve a single problem, whether it be a high level quantum chemistry computation or a simulation of local traffic flow. In this workshop, we will demonstrate how the concept of grid computing can be implemented to hook up a collection of computers and to build a temporary supercomputer for fancy computational tasks. (Bring your own computer!!!)
Contact: Shin Grace Chou, 13-3029, x3-6860, shinchou@mit.edu

Want to Be a Chemistry Magician?
Katherine Wu
Wed Jan 26, 02-04:00pm, 8-119

Enrollment limited: first come, first served
Limited to 40 participants.
Single session event
Prereq: None

Think it would be fun to run Chemistry Magic Shows, to show off your magical powers in front of dozens of fascinated elementary school children? Want to teach children about chemistry in a way they will never forget? Take this class, learn the tricks, then join our Magic Show team. The class culminates in several magic shows throughout the spring term.
Contact: Katherine Wu, katawu@mit.edu

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