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Tennyson Group

University College London

Jonathan Tennyson is a theoretical physicist who works on how small molecules behave when collide with electrons and other species, and how they absorb and emit light. He works on both methods for treating these problems and applications to problems of general interest.

He leads the ExoMol project which has created a database of all the molecular transtions of importance for studies of exoplanets, cool stars and other hot objects, both astronomical and terrestrial. His group has used similar methods to compute the intensities of transitions for key atmospheric molecules such as CO2 and water.

Computed absorption spectra of water isotopologues as function of temperature
Computed absorption spectra of water isotopologues as function of temperature; see Tennyson and Yurchenko (2017).

His group studies low energy electron collisions with molecules using the R-matrix method and he is leading the UK AMOR (atomic, molecular, optical R-matrix) high end computing consortium. These studies focus on a variety of problems including studies of technological plasmas, edge effects in fusion plasmas, astrophysics and astrophysics. Much of this data is incorporated in the QDB database created by UCL spin out company Quantemol Ltd. QDB contains the reaction data necessary for constructing detailed plasma chemistries.

He has recently started a new project, RmatReact, which focus on using the R-matrix method to study ultra-low energy collisions, including chemical reactions, between atoms and molecules.

Recommended cross sections for electron collisions with NF3
Recommended cross sections for electron collisions with NF3; see Song et al. (2017).

Professor Jonathan TENNYSON
Department of Physics and Astronomy, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK
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Phone: +44 20 7679 7809

  • [1] J. Tennyson and S. N. Yurchenko, "Laboratory spectra of hot molecules: Data needs for hot super-Earth exoplanets", Molecular Astrophysics 8, 1-18 (2017). [link to article]
  • [2] O. L. Polyansky et al., "High-Accuracy CO2 Line Intensities Determined from Theory and Experiment", Physical Review Letters 114, 243001 (2015). [link to article]
  • [3] J. Tennyson et al., "QDB: a new database of plasma chemistries and reactions", Plasma Sources Science and Technology 26, 055014 (2017). [link to article]
  • [4] J. R Hamilton et al., "Calculated cross sections for electron collisions with NF3, NF2 and NF with applications to remote plasma sources", Plasma Sources Science and Technology 26, 065010 (2017). [link to article]
  • [5] M. Song et al., "Cross Sections for Electron Collisions with NF3", Journal of Physical and Chemical Reference Data 46, 043104 (2017). [link to article]
  • [6] D. Darby-Lewis et al., "Synthetic spectra of BeH, BeD and BeT for emission modeling in JET plasmas", Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics 51, 185701 (2018). [link to article]


Beryllium Electronic Structure Calculations R-Matrix calculations Theory