The overall goal of the group research is to model realistically the reactions and interactions of molecules at surfaces with two emphases. First, we want the model to be sufficiently accurate so that direct comparisons to experimental data can be made. Second, the models should yield microscopic pictures not available from experimental data. When both of these conditions are met, then it has been possible to suggest new experiments to perform. Recently, the group has been developing coarse-grained mesoscopic models in order to expand the time and length scale of both the ablation and sputtering simulations

Specific modeling projects include as follows:

  • Sputtering-Energetic cluster bombardment of solids. Development of simple models to describe the mesoscale phenomena. Direct comparisons are made to data from secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) experiments. The current emphasis is on an accumulated simulation protocol for modeling sequential bombardment events.
  • Modeling analyte emission in matrix assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI) mass spectrometry. The goal is to understand how the analyte molecule frees itself from the matrix molecules.

Barbara J. Garrison Festschrift