Beyond Born-Oppenheimer: Electronic Nonadiabatic Coupling Terms and Conical Intersections
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Michael Baer is one of the foremost authorities on molecular scattering theory. He wrote the seminal paper in the field of electronic nonadiabatic molecular collisions in 1975 and has continued to make fundamental contributions to electronic nonadiabatic processes in molecular systems. He also contributed significantly to developing numerical methods to treat, quantum mechanically, reactive-exchange processes and is a co-author of the negative imaginary potential approach to decoupling the dynamics in different arrangement channels, which is now used worldwide. Dr. Baer, who received his M.Sc. and Ph.D from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is currently associated with the Fritz Haber Center for Molecular Dynamics at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Before that he was a theoretical physicist and an applied mathematician for almost 40 years at the Soreq Nuclear Research Center, Israel. The author was a visiting scientist in many foreign universities and scientific institutes, among them Harvard University and the University of Oxford. He has published more than 300 scientific articles and edited several books. In 1993 he was awarded the (Senior) Meitner-Humboldt Prize in Germany for Theoretical Chemistry and in 2003 he was nominated as a Szent-Györgyi professor for physics by the National Academy of Sciences in Hungary.