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James L. Kinsey

D. R. Bullard-Welch Foundation Professor of Science Emeritus

Dr. Kinsey's research has touched upon a variety of areas in chemical physics/physical chemistry, most of them involved with dynamics of simple chemical reactions or molecular collisions. His most recent research deals with the dynamics of decomposition of photoexcited molecules [1-9]. It has often been pointed out that the separation of the fragments produced in a photodissociation is essentially a "half collision" or "half reaction." The Kinsey group's work on photoemission during photodissociation gives a spectroscopic means of following the motion of the transient state leading to photochemical fragmentation. This is accomplished by recording the spectrum of light emitted by the excited molecule. Because typical times for photodissociation (~10 psec) are much shorter than typical radiative life times (~10 nsec), there is only a very tiny (but finite) photon yield. The spectral characteristics of this radiation details of dynamic processes in the excited electronic state and in the ground electronic state as well. In the process of coming apart, the molecule sweeps through infinite displacements in molecular geometry, thereby developing the ability to radiate into extremely high vibrational levels of the electronic ground state. The pattern of intensities in these lines is a "footprint" of the dissociation process. Dr. Kinsey is no longer accepting new research students.


Griffin, C.D., et al. Multiscale quantum propagation using compact-support wavelets in space and time.  Journal of Chemical Physics, 124 2006: 134105

A. Maloney, Kinsey, J. L., Bruce R. Johnson Wavelets in curvilinear coordinat quantum calculations: H2+ electronic states.  Journal of Chemical Physics, 117 2002: 3548-3557

J. L. Mackey, B. R. Johnson, L. D. Le, C. Kittrell and J. L. Kinsey Resonance Raman Spectroscopy in the Dissociative A Band of Nitrosyl Chloride.  J. Chem. Phys., 114 2001: 6631-6640

Johnson, B.R., et al. Resonance Raman spectroscopy of dissociative polyatomic molecules.  Journal of Physical Chemistry, 100(19) 1996: 7743-7764

Johnson, B.R. and J.L. Kinsey Dynamical Interpretation of the Hartley-Absorption Oscillations in O3.  Physical Review Letters, 62(14) 1989: 1607-1610

Johnson, B.R. and J.L. Kinsey Recurrences in the Auto-Correlation Function Governing the Ultraviolet-Absorption Spectra of O3.  Journal of Chemical Physics, 91(12) 1989: 7638-7653

Imre, D., et al. Chemical-Dynamics Studied by Emission-Spectroscopy of Dissociating Molecules.  Journal of Physical Chemistry, 88(18) 1984: 3956-3964

Imre, D.G., et al. Spectroscopic Characterization of Repulsive Potential-Energy Surfaces - Fluorescence-Spectrum of Ozone.  Journal of Physical Chemistry, 86(14) 1982: 2564-2566

  • B.A. (1956) Rice University ()
  • Ph. D. (1959) Rice University ()
  • Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology
  • Smalley-Curl Institute
  • Chemical dynamics, spectroscopy, lasers, theoretical chemistry
Email: jlkinsey@rice.edu
Phone: (713) 348-4937
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