The Dlott Group is an interdisciplinary research group investigating condensed matter dynamics under extreme conditions by combining expertise in the areas of chemical physics, physical chemistry, laser spectroscopy, solid-state chemistry, mechanical engineering and materials science. Solids and liquids are probed using powerful techniques in ultrafast optical and infrared spectroscopy. Most experiments create extreme conditions of high temperature, pressure and strain using laser-launched flyer plates to generate shock waves in the material
Research in the Dlott Group uses a newly-developed "shock compression microscope" that produces controlled shock waves in materials and probes their effects with high time and space resolution optical diagnostics that measure the pressure, temperature, composition and microstructure. More details can be found in the linked research pages.
The shock compression microscope is revolutionizing our ability to probe the dynamics solids and liquids under extreme conditions.
Chemical systems currently being studied with time-resolved vibrational spectroscopy include liquid and solid explosives, nanoparticles, metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), energetic interfaces, especially between fuels and oxidizers, water and aqueous solutions.