Ronnie Kosloff


Born July 27, 1948 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Professor of Theoretical Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry and Fritz Haber Center for Molecular Dynamics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
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Numerous papers in the field.

Important Contributions:

  • Development of time dependent quantum mechanical methods for molecular dynamics. Introduction of wavepacket representation by the Fourier method. Optimization of the representation and convergence analysis using classical phase space pictures. Adopting absorbing boundary conditions. Development of efficient and accurate time dependent global propagation methods based on the Chebychev polynomial expansion of the evolution operator. Development of propagation methods for explicitly time dependent problems. Extending the propagation methods to nonunitary evolution such as in the dissipative Liouville von Neumann equation. Developing polynomial expansions for the Green's function. Study of mean field time dependent methods. Applications to: dynamics at surfaces, ultrafast photochemistry.
  • Development of time dependent methods for coherent control. Pump-dump schemes. Optimal control theory and pulse shaping. Laser cooling and control methods in dissipative environments.
  • Quantum thermodynamics. Quantum heat engines and refrigerators and the approach to the absolute zero temperature.