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Department of Physics

Edward Ackad, Ph.D

Computational Nanophotonics/Biophysics

Edward Ackad

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Office: AH 3124
Phone: (618) 650-2390


  • Laser-Cluster Interactions at short wavelengths (X-rays) 
    Here is a movie of an Xenon cluster in a 13nm ultra- Intense/Short pulse where the electrons are in white and the ions range from blue for neutral and become increasingly red as they ionize. Compare that with a movie of an ultra- Intense/Short IR pulse which moves the electrons of the cluster to ionize. Other interesting things happen when the cluster is heterogeneous as in this movie
                                               100nm laser pulse interacting with a Xenon cluster
  • High Harmonic generation in clusters
  • Nanomachining with IR beyond the diffraction limit
  • Dynamical basis for drug resistance in Hepatitis C virus (catalytic triad movie) (protease with the drug movie)
                                           HCV NS3 protease

Courses Regularly Taught

  • Intermediate Mechanics: Phys 321
  • University Physics I: Phys 151
  • University Physics I Lab: Phys 151L
  • Conceptual Physics: Phys 111
  • Conceptual Physics Lab: Phys 112
  • Principles of Quantum Mechanics: Phys 416


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Written by:  Edward Ackad (
Based on Roger Hill's page
Revised:  2017 Jun 12
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