Bernstein Group

Colorado State University


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Research Interests






Heterogeneous Catalysis


Mass spectrometric investigation of catalytic reaction mechanisms for neutral metal and metal oxide clusters


Ionization Sources

Soft X-ray laser (extreme ultraviolet, EUV) laser (46.9 nm, 26.5 eV)

Deep ultraviolet (DUV) laser (193 nm, 6.4 eV)
Vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) laser (118nm, 10.5 eV)






Energetic Materials


Initial excited electronic state decomposition mechanism and dynamics of energetic materials and their model systems


Spectroscopic Techniques

Energy- and mass-resolved spectroscopy using nanosecond (ns) pulsed dye laser
Femtosecond spectroscopy





Biological & Hydrogen-bonded Systems


Investigation of conformations for amino acids, saccharides, alcohols, etc.


Spectroscopic Techniques
IR+VUV photoionization spectroscopy

IR+UV double resonance spectroscopy

VUV/EUV photofragmentation mass spectrometry