Vectors, kinetics, Newton’s laws, dynamics or particles, work and energy, friction, conserverative forces, linear momentum, center-of-mass and relative motion, collisions, angular momentum, static equilibrium, rigid body rotation, Newton’s law of gravity, simple harmonic motion, wave motion and sound.
Coulomb’s law, concepts of electric field and potential, Gauss’ law, capacitance, current and resistance, DC and R-C transient circuits, magnetic fields, Ampere’s law, Faraday’s law of induction, inductance, A/C circuits, electromagnetic oscillations, Maxwell’s equations and electromagnetic waves.
The general study of field phenomena; scalar and vector fields and waves; dispersion phase and group velocity; interference, diffraction and polarization; coherence and correlation; geometric and physical optics. Typical text: Hecht and Zajac, Optics. Spring semester.
Particle motion in one dimension. Simple harmonic oscillators. Motion in two and three dimensions, kinematics, work and energy, conservative forces, central forces, and scattering. Systems of particles, linear and angular momentum theorems, collisions, linear spring systems, and normal modes. Lagrange’s equations and applications to simple systems. Introduction to moment of inertia tensor and to Hamilton’s equations.
Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of mechanics, rigid body motion, elasticity, mechanics of continuous media, small vibration theory, special relativity, canonical transformations, and perturbation theory. Typical text: Goldstein, Classical Mechanics.
Topics include any one of the following: magnetohydrodynamics, quantum mechanics, general relativity, many-body problem, nuclear physics, quantum field theory, low temperature physics, diffraction theory,and particle physics. Limit of six credits for the master’s degree.
Since its emergence over 75 years ago, quantum mechanics brings each generation new challenging investigations and discoveries of quantum phenomena. In this course we introduce the results of research on quantum properties of light and matter that afford the possibility of unprecedented control over dynamics of atoms and molecules. The course Methods of Quantum Control is developed for students interested in understanding of the light-matter interactions and learning about advanced methods of control of ultrafast dynamics in atomic and molecular systems using femtosecond laser pulses that allow one to achieve a desired quantum yield. Topics include: Photoexcitation of a molecule with a pulse of light. Photodissociation. Energy-resolved quantities. Weak-field coherent control. Photodissociation from a Superposition State. One- vs. Three-Photon Interference. Pump-dump control, Tannor-Rice scheme. Wave packet motion on a potential energy surface. Pump-dump excitation with many levels. Silberberg's model using the phase step. Applications for selective excitation. Strong-field control. Femtosecond pulses. Time-dependent problems. Two-level systems. Rotating-wave approximation. State-interaction representation. Field-interaction representation. Dressed-state analysis. Rabi Oscillations. Strong-field control by pulse area, pi-pulses. Stimulated Raman Spectroscopy. Maxwell-Bloch equations. Control by femtosecond pulse amplitude modulation. Strong-field control using chirped pulses. Characteristics of chirped laser pulses. Adiabatic dressed states. Adiabatic passage. Dark states, Stimulated Raman adiabatic passage. Non-impulsive Raman scattering. Chirped pulse adiabatic passage control. Optimal Control theory. Adaptive learning technique. Applications: selective excitation of vibrational modes in molecular gas CO2 and liquid methanol. Coherent control in equilibrated condensed phases. Density matrix representation. Liouville von Neumann equations with relaxation terms in the field-interaction representation. Dressed states in the density matrix representation in the presence of dephasing.
Schaefer School of Engineering & Science
Physics and Engineering Physics
Physics / Nanotechnology
Research & Education
Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics, Novosibirsk State University and Institute of Chemical Kinetics and Combustion of Russian Academy of Science, Russia
1996-2000 Alexander von Humboldt Fellow and Research Scientist, University of Heidelberg, Germany
2000-2001 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Quantum Theory Project, University of Florida
2001-2006 Postdoctoral Fellow in Ultrafast Optical Science at FOCUS Center and Lecturer in Physics, University of Michigan
AMO theory, stimulated Raman spectroscopy, CARS, x-ray and Auger electron emission spectroscopy
Frequency Comb spectroscopy
Quantum control of molecular dynamics using shaped laser pulses
Dynamical symmetry breaking, core-hole localization in molecules; non-adiabatic effects
Dynamics of atomic and molecular collisions
Experience & Service
Stevens Faculty Committee on Committees(2008-2010; 2010-2012; 2012-2014 Chair)
Committee on Career and Professional Development of the American Physical Society (2011-2014).
Achievements & Professional Societies
Patents & Inventions
S.A. Malinovskaya, V.S. Malinovsky, ``CARS microscopy and spectroscopy using ultrafast chirped pulses'', USP 7847933 (2010)
Description: The invention is a method that uses ultrafast pulse shaping techniques that allow for selective excitation of molecules in a sample in order to generate a signal that can be processed to perform CARS microscopy or CARS spectroscopy of the sample.Two linearly chirped pulses in a Raman scheme provide selective excitation of only one target transition without disturbing any other transitions or molecules. Selectivity is guaranteed by the adiabaticity of the pulse excitation. The large bandwidth of the intense femtosecond pulse provides the flexibility necessary to manipulate by frequency components and to apply a time-dependent phase on the pulse. The importance of the method is in its unique ability to distinguish between molecules or molecular groups having very similar structural properties reflected in close vibrational frequencies, whose difference may be less than 3 cm-1. Our method uniquely allows for discrimination between such species since it imposes no limitation on a possible vibrational frequency difference. It is a label-free technique that provides with a single molecule sensitivity, unique molecular selectivity and low background signal.The novelty of the method is in implementation of two linearly chirped femtosecond pulses, with one of them having the temporal profile of the instantaneous frequency resembling the roof shape. It is in the controlled manner of the implementation of these two pulses that enhances the molecular specific signal and increases the resolution of the imaging in 103 – 105 times in comparison to current state of art techniques.It is developed for noninvasive imaging of bio-molecules, sensing of trace amounts of molecules, molecular identification, and remote detection of chemicals. The developed method has an extremely large range of applications including, but not limited to, in biomedicine for in vivo imaging, diagnostics of cancerous cells, and blood analysis; in homeland security to remotely identify trace amounts of hazardous chemicals and explosives detection; and in environmental science and technology for environmental monitoring and nondestructive analysis.
Member of the American Physical Society (2000 – present)
Member of the Optical Society of America (2002 – present)
Member of the American Chemical Society (2001 – 2007)
Member of the Association for Women in Science (2005 – present)
Associate member of Michigan Center for Theoretical Physics (2002-2006)
Honors & Awards
Teaching Faculty Award presented by Student Government Association at Stevens Institute of Technology, May 2011. Honor Award from Society of Graduate Physics Students of Stevens Institute of Technology, May 2011.
Grants, Contracts & Funds
2009-2010 DARPA Award, Co-PI, Ting Yu, Norman Horing, Joe Eberly (University of Rochester), Bela Hu (University of Maryland); ‘Entanglement dynamics of qubit systems.'
2009-2012 NSF Award, PI, 'Ultrafast control of Raman transitions using frequency combs: Prevention of decoherence.'
2012-2015 NSF Award, PI, 'Control of Ultracold Dynamics and Decoherence Using Optical Frequency Combs.'
S.A. Malinovskaya, S.L. Horton. (2013). "Impact of decoherence on internal state cooling using optical frequency combs", J. Opt. Soc. Am. B, 30 482. Download .
M. Sukharev, S.A. Malinovskaya. (2012). "Stimulated Raman adiabatic passage as a route to achieving optical control in plasmonics", Phys. Rev. A, 86 043406. Download .
T.A. Collins, S.A. Malinovskaya. (2013). "Robust Control in Ultracold Alkali Metals using a Single Linearly Chirped Pulse", J. Mod. Optics, 60 28. Download .
V. Patel, S.A. Malinovskaya. (2012). "Realization of population inverstion under the nonadiabatic conditions induced by the coupling between vibrational modes", Int. J. Quant. Chem., 112 3739. Download .
T. A. Collins, S. A. Malinovskaya. (2012). "Manipulation of ultracold rubidium atoms using a single linearly chirped laser pulse", Optics Lett., 37 2298.
V. Patel, S.A. Malinovskaya. (2012). "Realization of population inversion under the nonadiabatic conditions induced by the coupling between vibrational modes", Int. J. Quant. Chem.
Svetlana A. Malinovskaya, Tom Collins, Vishesha Patel. (2012). "Ultrafast manipulation of Raman transitions and prevention of decoherence using chirped pulses and optical frequency combs", Advanc. Quant. Chem., 64.
P. Kumar, S.A. Malinovskaya, V.S. Malinovsky. (2011). "Optimal control of population and coherence in three-level λ-systems", J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys., 44 154010 .
P.E. Hawkins, S.A. Malinovskaya, V.S. Malinovsky. (2012). "Ultrafast geometric control of a single qubit using chirped pulses", Phys. Scr., 147 014013.
Vishesha Patel and Svetlana Malinovskaya. (2011). "Nonadiabatic effects induced by the coupling between vibrational modes via Raman fields", Phys. Rev. A, 83 013413.
S. Malinovskaya, W. Shi. (2010). "Feshbach-to-ultracold molecular state Raman transitions via a femtosecond optical frequency comb", J. Mod. Opt. , 57 1871.
S. Malinovskaya, V. Patel, T. Collins. (2010). "Internal state cooling with a femtosecond optical frequency comb", Int. J. Quant. Chem. , 110 3080 .
W. Shi, S. Malinovskaya. (2010). "Implementation of a single femtosecond optical frequency comb for molecular cooling", Phys. Rev. A , 82 013407.
Praveen Kumar, Svetlana A. Malinovskaya. (2010). "Quantum dynamics manipulation using optimal control theory in the presence of laser field noise", J. Mod. Opt. , 57 1243.
Vishesha Patel, Vladimir Malinovsky, Svetlana Malinovskaya. (2010). "Effects of phase and coupling between the vibrational modes on selective excitation in CARS microscopy", Phys. Rev. A, 81 063404.
B. Corn, S.A. Malinovskaya. (2009). "An ab initio analysis of charge redistribution upon isomerization of retinal in rhodopsin and bacteriorhodopsin", Int. J. Quant. Chem., 109 3131.
S.A. Malinovskaya. (2009). "Robust control by two chirped pulse trains in the presence of decoherence", J. Mod. Opt., 56 784.
Svetlana A. Malinovskaya. (2008). "Prevention of decoherence by two femtosecond chirped pulse trains", Optics Lett., 33 2245.
S.A. Malinovskaya, V.S. Malinovsky. (2007). "Chirped Pulse Adiabatic Control in CARS for Imaging Biological Structure and Dynamics", Optics Lett. , 32 707.
S.A. Malinovskaya. (2006). "Mode selective excitation using ultrafast chirped laser pulses", Phys. Rev. A. , 73 033416.
S. Malinovskaya, P. Bucksbaum, P. Berman. (2004). "Theory of selective excitation in Stimulated Raman Scattering", Phys. Rev. A , 69 013801.
S. Malinovskaya, P. Bucksbaum, P. Berman. (2004). "On the role of coupling in mode selective excitation using ultrafast pulse shaping in stimulated Raman spectroscopy", J. Chem. Phys. , 121 3434.
S. Malinovskaya, R. Cabrera-Trujillo, J.R. Sabin, E. Deumens and Y. Ohrn. (2002). "Dynamics of proton-acetylene collisions at 30 eV", J. Chem. Phys. , 117 1103.
Malinovskaya S.A., and Cederbaum L.S.. (2000). "Violation of electronic optical selection rules in X-ray emission by nuclear dynamics: time-dependent formulation", Phys. Rev. A , 61 42706.
Svetlana A. Malinovskaya, Tom Collins, Vishesha Patel. (2012). "Ultrafast manipulation of Raman transitions and prevention of decoherence using chirped pulses and optical frequency combs", Advances in Quantum Chemistry, Elsevier. 64 211. Download .
S.A. Malinovskaya. (2005). "Observation and control of molecular motion using ultrafast laser pulses", Trends in Chemical Physics Research, Linke, A.N., Nova Science Publishers, Inc., New York. 257-280.