Eric Wells


Ph.D.  (Physics) - Kansas State University (2000)
B.A. - (Physics & Mathematics) Hastings College (1994)

Professor, Augustana University (2015 - )
Associate Professor, Augustana College (2009 - 2015 )
J.R. Macdonald Visiting Professor, Kansas State University (2010-11, 2017-18)
Assistant Professor, Augustana College (2003 - 2009)
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Virginia (2000-2003)
Research Associate, Kansas State University (2000)

Research Interests
Adaptive femtosecond control of molecules
Using momentum imaging techniques to study few-body quantum dynamics
Ionization and fragmentation of molecules by fast and slow highly charged ions

Professional Organizations and Service
Member, American Physical Society (1996)
Member, Optical Society of America (2002)
Member, DAMOP Education Committee (2006-09), Chair (2007-08).
Referee, Physical Review Letters, Physical Review A, Physical Review X, Journal of Physics B:  Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics, Chemical Physics Letters, Journal of the Optical Society of America (Section B), Journal of Chemical Physics.
Reviewer, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, Research Corporation.

Recent Publications (Augustana Undergraduates *)

  • M. Leonard, A.M. Sayler, K.D. Carnes, Emily M. Kaufman*, E. Wells, R. Cabrera-Trujillo, B.D. Esry and I. Ben-Itzhak, "Bond rearrangement during Coulomb explosion of water molecules", Phys. Rev. A. 99, 012704 (2019).

  • Bethany Jochim, R. Siemering, M. Zohrabi, O. Voznyuk*, J.B. Mahowald*, D.G. Schmitz*, K.J. Betsch, Ben Berry, T. Severt, Nora G. Kling, T.G. Burwitz*, K.D. Carnes, M.F. Kling, I. Ben-Itzhak, E. Wells and R. de Vivie-Riedle, "The importance of Rydberg orbitals in dissociative ionization of small hydrocarbon molecules in intense laser fields".  Sceintific Reports 7, 4441 (2017).

  • B. Langdon, J. Garlick, X. Ren, D.J. Wilson, A.M. Summers, S. Zigo, M.F. Kling, S. Lei, C.C. Elles, E. Wells, E. Poliakoff, V. Kumarappan, I. Ben-Itzhak, and C.A. Trallero-Herrero, “A carrier-envelope-phase stabilized terawatt class laser at 1 kHz with a wavelength tunable option”, Optics Express 23, 4563-4572 (2015).

  • C.E. Rallis*, T.G. Burwitz*, P.R. Andrews*, M. Zohrabi, R. Averin*, S. De, B. Bergues, Bethany  Jochim*, A.V. Voznyuk*, Neal Gregerson*, B. Gaire, I. Znakovskaya, J. McKenna, K.D. Carnes, M.F. Kling, I. Ben-Itzhak and E. Wells, Incorporating real time velocity map image reconstruction into closed-loop coherent control,  Rev. Sci. Instrum. 85, 113105 (2014).

  • E. Wells, C.E. Rallis*, M. Zohrabi, R. Siemering, B. Jochim*, P.R. Andrews*, U. Ablikim, B. Gaire, S. De, K.D. Carnes, B. Bergues, R. de Vivie-Riedle, M.F. Kling, and I. Ben-Itzhak, “Adaptive Strong-field Control of Chemical Dynamics Guided by Three-dimensional Momentum Imaging”, Nature Communications 4:2895 (2013).  

Other Representative Publications (Augustana Undergraduates*)

  • Bethany Jochim*, R. Averin*, Neal Gregerson*, S. De, J. McKenna, D. Ray, M. Zohrabi, B. Bergues, K.D. Carnes, M.F. Kling, I. Ben-Itzhak, and E. Wells, "Velocity map imaging as a tool for gaining mechanistic insight from closed-loop studies of molecular fragmentationPhys. Rev. A 83043417 (2011).

  • E. Wells, J. McKenna, A.M. Sayler, Bethany Jochim*, Neal Gregerson*, R. Averin*, M. Zohrabi, K.D. Carnes, and I. Ben-Itzhak, “Closed-loop control of vibrational population in CO2+”, J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys.  43, 015101 (2010).   

  • Bethany Jochim, Amy Lueking*, Laura Doshier*, Sharayah Carey*, E. Wells, Eli Parke, M. Leonard, K.D. Carnes, and I. Ben-Itzhak, “Rapid formation of H3+ from ammonia and methane following 4 MeV proton impact”, J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys., 42, 091002 (2009).

  • Ali S. Alnaser, Igor Litvinyuk, T. Osipov, B. Ulrich, A. Landers, E. Wells, C.M. Maharjan, P. Ranitivic, I. Bochareva, D. Ray, and C.L. Cocke, "Momentum-imaging investigations of D2+ and the isomerirization of acetylene to vinylidene by intense short laser pulses", J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 39, S485, (2006).

  • Nora G. Johnson*, R.N. Mello*, Mechael E. Lundy*, J. Kapplinger*, Eli Parke, K.D. Carnes, I. Ben-Itzhak, and E. Wells, "Single Ionization of Hydrogen Molecules by Fast Protons as a Function of Molecular Alignment", Phys. Rev. A 72, 052711 (2005).

  • E. Wells, K.J. Betsch*, C.W.S. Conover, D. Pinkham, M.J. DeWitt, and R.R. Jones, "Closed-Loop Control of Intense-Laser Fragmentation of S8", Phys. Rev. A 72, 063406 (2005).

  • A.L. Landers, E. Wells, T. Osipov, K.D. Carnes, A.S. Alnaser, J.A. Tanis, J.H. McGuire, I. Ben-Itzhak, and C.L. Cocke, "Interference Effects in Double Ionization of Spatially Aligned Hydrogen Molecules by Fast Highly Charged Ions", Phys. Rev. A 70, 042702 (2004).

  • E. Wells, I. Ben-Itzhak, and R.R. Jones, "Ionization of Atoms by the Spatial Gradient of the Pondermotive Potential in a Focused Laser Beam", Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 023001 (2004).

  • E. Wells, M.J. DeWitt, and R.R. Jones, "Comparison of Intense Field Ionization of Diatomic Molecules and Rare Gas Atoms", Phys. Rev. A 66, 013409 (2002).

  • M.J. DeWitt, E. Wells, and R.R. Jones, "Ratiometric Comparison of Intense Field Ionization of Atoms and Diatomic Molecules", Phys. Rev. Lett. 87, 153001 (2001).

  • E. Wells, K.D. Carnes, B.D. Esry, and I. Ben-Itzhak, "Charge Transfer and Elastic Scattering in Very Slow H+ + D(1s) Collisions", Phys. Rev. Lett. 86, 4308 (2001).

  • I. Ben-Itzhak, E. Wells, K.D. Carnes, Vidhya Krishnamurthi, O.L. Weaver, and B.D. Esry, "Symmetry Breakdown in Ground State Dissociation of HD+", Phys. Rev. Lett. 85, 58 (2000).