Prof. Svetlana Malinovskaya is the leader of Ultrafast Dynamics and Control Theory Group in the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics. Research in her group focuses on theoretical studies of ultrafast laser pulse interaction with atoms and molecules, and designing femtosecond pulses with particular spectral properties to control molecular dynamics. Recent advances in optical imaging technology have made it possible to study the structure and ultrafast processes on the microscopic scale with high molecular specificity and temporal resolution. She investigates ultrafast molecular dynamics and the impact of fast decoherence in SRS and CARS microspectroscopy. She designs sequences of frequency tailored pulses providing an optimal Raman signal in the presence of decoherence using quantum control techniques. Novel control methods will result in major advancements in detection of biomedical and chemical species as well as new developments in imaging and environmental sensing technology.

A broad spectrum of current research projects include:

Optimal control of ultrafast Coherent anti-Stokes Raman Scattering for imaging and monitoring systems;

Ultrafast control of Raman transitions using frequency combs: Prevention of decoherence;

Control of state entanglement using frequency combs;

Dynamics and control of core-excited and core-ionized molecules;

Control of photoinduced reactions in large biomolecules, e.g., the photoisomerization reaction in rhodopsin;

Dr. Malinovskaya is a core member of the Center for Controlled Quantum Systems; a cross-disciplinary research center involving collaborations between multiple research groups. The work in this center will contribute to, and direct the development of new quantum mechanics-based technologies, such as quantum computers, new types of sensors, and light sources with customizable photon statistics and coherence properties. Her research has resulted in contributions to publications in the leading journals including Optics Letters and Physical Review, conference proceedings and patents, and she has been a member of professional societies such as the Optical Society of America, American Physical Society and the Association for Women in Science. She has received awards and honors for her work including NSF Grant in Physics (2009), DARPA Grant (2008), Fellowship in Ultrafast Optical Science at the FOCUS Center, University of Michigan (2001), and the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (1996).