About The Author

Alec Wodtke obtained his Ph.D. at the Univ. California Berkeley, USA (1985) and has conducted research at the Max Planck Institute for Fluid Dynamics Göttingen, the Univ. Kaiserslautern, the Catholic University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands, and as a professor at the Univ. California, Santa Barbara (1988-2010). He is a  full professor (since 1996), Director and Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry and a professor of Physical Chemistry at the Univ. Göttingen (since 2010). Dr. Wodtke has won numerous prizes and awards, among them the Presidential Young Investigator Award of the National Science Foundation, the Humboldt Research Award, (1998) and an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship (2010).

The Sommerfeld Ground-Wave Limit In An Adsorbed Molecule

CO molecules spontaneously become spatially ordered and oriented at a low-temperature salt crystal surface. Remarkably, they behave like an ensemble of gas-phase molecules; when vibrational energy is deposited into the CO bonds, the salt is nearly a spectator and the energy redistributes between the CO molecules, pooling into a few CO molecules at the expense