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Latest news

  • The third SPHERS Network Meeting took place in Sevilla, Spain, January 17-19, 2003. Click here to see some pictures, kindly made available by Agnès Perrin.

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SPHERS Summer School
The SPHERS summer school, "Highly Excited Rovibrational States of Molecules - Theory and Experiment," took place September 16-20, 2002, in Han-sur-Lesse, Belgium. Click here to see the program and material related to the lectures..

A large number of digital pictures from the summer school are available:

The pictures are kindly made available by Titus Gherman, Thérèse R. Huet, Juan Ramon Aviles Moreno, Tina Erica Odaka, Jayesh Ramanlal, and Mizuho Tanaka.

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SPHERS Science Communication Training Workshop
The SPHERS science communication training workshop (organised with the European Network of Science Communication Teachers) took place April 19-21, 2002, in the glorious surroundings of Cumberland Lodge, in the heart of Windsor Great Park, near London, UK. More information at http://www.enscot.eu.com (Click "Communication Training" on top right hand side). A good time was had by all at this event. Click here to see some pictures from the workshop, kindly made available by Titus Gherman.

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SPHERS Mid-Term Review Meeting
The SPHERS mid-term review meeting took place in Orsay, France, March 7-8, 2002, with the participation of the scientific officer in charge of the project, Ms. Maria Getsiou. In an e-mail sent on March 15th, 2002, Ms. Getsiou concludes that
"In my opinion, the network is working in a very good manner and provides a stimulating environment for researchers. I am thus pleased to inform you of a successful conclusion to the network's mid-term review procedure."
Click here to see some pictures from the dinner following the mid-term review meeting. The pictures are kindly made available by Agnes Perrin.

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What is SPHERS?
SPHERS (Spectroscopy of Highly Excited Rovibrational States) is a research training network supported by the European Commission in the framework of the programme "Improving the Human Research Potential and the Socio-Economic Knowledge Base" within the 5th Framework Research Programme of the European Union. It has been established in September 2000 and will run for a total of three years.

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Where is SPHERS?
UNIJF CNRSORSAY CNRSLILLE ULB UCL UNIHEL MPKOHLE BUGHW EPFL

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Click here for the list of SPHERS members.

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SPHERS research summary
The topic of the SPHERS research training network is to investigate, both by experimental spectroscopic methods and theoretically, highly excited rovibrational states of selected, prototypal molecules. These studies will serve to characterize accurately the molecular potential energy functions at energies in, or at least close to, the chemically significant region. Precise knowledge of potential energy surfaces at such high energies is a prerequisite for understanding the mechanisms of chemical reactions. In addition to the general information represented by the potential energy surface, the project will provide specific information on particular dynamical effects such as local mode behaviour, clustering of rotational energy levels, and intramolecular vibrational redistribution of energy. A thorough understanding of such effects is a stepping stone towards the development of techniques for bond-selective photochemistry.

SPHERS covers the following fields of research:

  • The synthesis of reactive molecules.
  • Experimental molecular spectroscopy with complementary techniques such as Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, Intra-Cavity Laser Spectroscopy, Cavity-Ring-Down Spectroscopy, and Infared Laser Assisted Photofragment Spectroscopy.
  • Ab initio calculations of electronic structure.
  • Simulation of rotation-vibration spectra directly from the Born-Oppenheimer potential energy function and other electronic properties.

Scientific highlights 2000-2001

Scientific highlights 2001-2002

Joint publications 2000-2001

Joint publications 2001-2002

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Planned network events

  • The fourth and final SPHERS Network Meeting will take place towards the end of the project in the fall of 2003.

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Vacancies
Under the terms of the IHP ("Improving the Human Research Potential and the Socio-Economic Knowledge Base") programme, the young researchers who are successful applicants for the supported positions must be aged 35 years or less, and must be nationals of a Community Member State or a State associated with the IHP programme (Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, the Republic of Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia). Subject to its final conclusion, an Association Agreement signed with the Swiss Confederation is expected to enter into force on 01.01.2001. The young researchers must not be nationals of the state in which the participant appointing them is established, and must not have carried out their normal activities in that state for more than 12 of the 24 months prior to their appointment.

Click here for the list of SPHERS vacancies.

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