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Hugo van der Hart was appointed as a Lecturer at Queen's in 1999. He was promoted to Reader in 2006 and to Professor in 2011. He obtained his Ph.D. in 1994 from the University of Amsterdam. He then took up a Marie Curie Fellowship at Queen's, followed by postdoctoral positions at JILA/University of Colorado and the University of Oxford.

Research Interests

His main research interests concern the response of atoms to intense laser light, and the application of B-spline basis sets in atomic physics. He has extensive experience with the R-matrix-Floquet approach for atoms in long laser pulses, including the study of double ionization following two-photon absorption. Since 2006, he has been working on the development of time-dependent methods within R-matrix theory.

The main aim of the development of time-dependent R-matrix methods is the development of capcbility to describe how the interaction between electrons affects the overall atomic dynamics, including the dynamics in an intense laser field. Examples of processes in which a multi-electron response plays a critical role are
- ultra-fast dynamics within an atomic configuration
- harmonic generation in atomic ions such as Ar+

The accurate determination of atomic properties in intense fields requires large-scale atomic codes. Hence, great emphasis is placed on the efficient exploitation of high-performance computing facilities, using both MPI and OpenMP.

Frequent Journals

  • Journal of Physics B: Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics

    ISSNs: 0953-4075, 0953-4075

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1361-6455

    IOP Publishing Ltd.

    Scopus rating (2015): SJR 0.732 SNIP 0.669


  • Physical Review A (Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics)

    ISSNs: 1050-2947, 1050-2947

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1094-1622

    American Physical Society

    Scopus rating (2015): SJR 1.418 SNIP 0.85


  • Physical Review Letters

    ISSNs: 0031-9007, 0031-9007

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1079-7114

    American Physical Society

    Scopus rating (2015): SJR 3.731 SNIP 1.995


  • Journal of Modern Optics

    ISSNs: 0950-0340, 0950-0340

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1362-3044

    Taylor and Francis Ltd.

    Scopus rating (2015): SJR 0.548 SNIP 0.667


  • Optics Letters

    ISSNs: 0146-9592

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1539-4794

    The Optical Society

    Scopus rating (2015): SJR 2.397 SNIP 1.532


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