Associate Professor, Spectroscopy
Year Started at JMU: 2015
Contact Info
Website: https://rastonlab.org/index.html

Research Description

The Raston Lab uses a variety of spectroscopic techniques in order to satisfy our curiosity of the physical world. These techniques are high in resolution and span the lowish end of the electromagnetic spectrum (microwave to infrared). We use them to investigate small molecules and complexes in an effort to improve our understanding of atmospheric chemistry, astrochemistry, combustion chemistry, and microscopic superfluidity. Please visit our website to learn more!

  • PhD in Chemistry, 2007, University of Wyoming, USA
  • BS in Chemistry, 1999, Griffith University, Australia
Select Publications
  • H. Bunn and P. L. Raston, “Characterization of the Coriolis Coupled Far-Infrared Bands of syn-Vinyl Alcohol”, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 126, 2569–2577 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpca.2c01379
  • P. L. Raston, “Laser spectroscopy of helium solvated molecules: Probing the inertial response”, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 23, 25467-25479 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1039/D1CP04368D
  • B. Collier, K. Krueger, I. Miller, J. Zhao, B. E. Billinghurst, and P. L. Raston, “The Synchrotron-Based Far-Infrared Spectrum of Glycolaldehyde”, Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 253, 40; 1-11 (2021). https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-4365/abde40

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