Faculty Profile

Frank M. Zimmermann
Associate Professor
Member of the Graduate Faculty
Group: Condensed matter experiment,Experimental surface science
Phone: 848-445-8269, 848-445-7926 lab
Office: NPL204
Email: fmz@physics.rutgers.edu
Homepage: http://www.physics.rutgers.edu/~fmz/

Research Overview:

Our research in experimental surface physics is directed at obtaining a detailed understanding of the fundamental mechanisms involved in dynamical surface processes, in particular laser-induced thermal and photochemical surface processes. We seek to understand the excitation mechanisms and the dynamics of laser-induced desorption, dissociation, and reaction of adsorbed molecules. A powerful way to gain insight into the dynamics uses quantum state resolved, laser spectroscopic detection of desorbed products to determine their final state distributions in the translational, rotational, vibrational, and electronic degrees of freedom. In addition, we are using ultra-short ("femtosecond") laser pulses to probe surface dynamics in real time.

News Item(s):
  • Prof. Frank Zimmermann awarded the 2001 Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence
  • Michael Gershenson and Frank Zimmermann, promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure, and to Ron Ransome, promoted to Full Professor