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, Advanced Laboratory Physics Association (2010).
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 *)

  • Naoki Iwamoto*, Charles J. Schwartz*, Bethany Jochim, Kanaka Raju P., Reyman Feizollah, J.L. Napierala*, T. Severt, S.N. Tegegn*, A. Solomon*, S. Zhao*, Huynh Lam, Tomthin Nganba Wangjam, V. Kumarappan, K.D. Carnes, I. Ben-Itzhak, and E. Wells, "Strong-field control of H3+ production from methane dications:  Selecting between local and extended formation mechanisms", J. Chem. Phys. 152, 054302 (2020). 

  • Bethany Jochim, M. Zohrabi, T. Severt, Ben Berry, K.J. Betsch, Peyman Feizollah, J. Rajput, E. Wells, K.D. Carnes, and I. Ben-Itzhak, "Experimental study of laser-induced isomerization dynamics of specific C2H2q ions", Phys. Rev. A 101, 013406 (2020).

  • O. Voznyuk*, Bethany Jochim*, M. Zohrabi, Adam Broin*, R. Averin*, K.D. Carnes, I. Ben-Itzhak and E. Wells, “Adaptive strong-field control of vibrational population in NO2+”, J. Chem. Phys. 151, 124310 (2019).

  • S. Zhao*, Bethany Jochim, Peyman Feizollah, Jyoti Rajput, F. Ziaee, Kanaka Raju P., B. Kaderiya, K. Borne, Y. Malakar, Ben Berry, J. Harrington, D. Rolles, A. Rudenko, K.D. Carnes, E. Wells, I. Ben-Itzhak and T. Severt, “Strong-field induced bond rearrangement in triatomic molecules” Phys. Rev. A 99, 053412 (2019).  

  • Bethany Jochim, Ben Berry, T. Severt, Peyman Feizollah, M. Zohrabi, Kanaka Raju P., E. Wells, K.D. Carnes and I. Ben-Itzhak, “The Dependence on Initial Configuration of Strong Field-Driven Isomerization of C2H2 Cations and Anions”, J. Phys. Chem. Letters 10, 2320 (2019).  

  • 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).

Other Representative Publications (Augustana Undergraduates*)

  • 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).

  • 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. 85113105 (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).  

  • 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).

  • 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).

  • 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).