Dr. Edward Grant is a professor in the Department of Chemistry at UBC. He is interested in the development of new molecular beam techniques to study ultracold plasmas. It is hoped that the plasma physics uncovered studying these systems may provide information about similar plasmas at the core of dense white-dwarf stars or thermonuclear fusion.
His laser spectroscopy group focuses on fundamental questions of chemical physics. High-power tunable laser systems excite and ionize molecules to investigate positions and intensities of individual quantum states. The results provide information on the dynamics of intramolecular energy transfer and relaxation.