The research topics in the AMA group explore the interaction of ions with dilute matter; ranging from isolated molecules to clusters (atomic or molar). The AMA team investigates collision-induced mechanisms of fundamental interest, such as electron interference effects and shakeoff processes.
In addition, one of the major goals of the team is to provide valuable upstream information relevant for societal issues. On the one hand, AMA searches to gain new insights into radiation damage processes. The team aims to describe, at the molecular level, the early stages of ion-induced fragmentation of biomolecules. On the other hand, AMA investigates reactions involving polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, carbon clusters and fullerene precursors which are of prime interest for astrophysics and atmospheric chemistry.
The three main research themes of the AMA team are: