Dr Samantha Hardman

Senior Experimental Officer

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Samantha is the senior experimental officer in charge of the ultrafast biophysics facility in the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology. Samantha has significant experience of both using and maintaining a number of ultrafast amplifier laser systems, and has designed and built, as well as performed numerous experiments with, ultrafast transient absorption spectrometers for both the visible and infra-red spectral regions. These techniques and instruments were used to investigate the properties of biological, organic, and inorganic samples. She has also studied the time-resolved fluorescence properties of these samples using ultrafast fluorescence up-conversion and TCSPC techniques. Samantha also has some expertise in X-ray photoemission spectroscopy and assisted in the first ever UK synchronisation of laser and synchrotron radiation for pump-probe experiments. Having performed extensive ab initio and molecular dynamics calculations during her PhD she has an excellent understanding of the theory behind excited state processes.

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PhD Student, Birkbeck, University of London

1 Oct 200430 Sep 2007

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