Dr. Pengqian Wang


Professor of Physics

Department of Physics

Western Illinois University

Macomb, IL 61455

Phone: (309)298-2541

Fax: (309)298-2850
Email: p-wang@wiu.edu
Website: http://faculty.wiu.edu/p-wang

Research Interests

My research interests are in experimental AMO physics, especially in the following areas:


·       Ray tracing in birefringent crystals

·       Colorimetry of light interference in anisotropic optical materials

·       Computer-generated holography

·       Electronic structure theory of matters

·       Laser spectroscopy of biomolecules and their clusters

·       Dynamics of molecules in ultrafast intense laser fields

·       Electron impact dissociative ionization of molecules



·       Ph.D. – Department of Physics, Peking University, China, 1998.

·       B. S. – Department of Physics, Peking University, China, 1992.

Postdoctoral experiences

·       2003.8- 2006.8  Research Associate

      J. R. Macdonald Laboratory, Department of Physics, Kansas State University

      Molecular dynamics in intense ultrashort laser pulses and in collision processes.

·       2002.8-2003.7 Postdoctoral Researcher

Institute for Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Technical University of Munich, Germany

      High-resolution ultraviolet spectroscopy of biomolecules and their clusters.

·       2001.2-2002.7 Alexander-von-Humboldt Research Fellow

      Laboratory Astrophysics, Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Germany

      Dissociation dynamics of multiply ionized molecules due to electron impact.

·       1998.9-2000.8 Postdoctoral Researcher

Laser Technology Laboratory, RIKEN (Institute of Physical and Chemical Research), Japan

      Generation and characterization of ultrashort femtosecond laser pulses.

Selected Publications (Full LIST)

1.     “Non-refracted extraordinary rays in a uniaxial crystal”.

P. Q. Wang, Applied Optics 58, 883-891(2019).

2.     “Visualizing the conoscopic isochromatic interference fringes in anisotropic crystals by spinning polarizer and analyzer”.

P. Q. Wang, Optics Letters 37, 4392-4394 (2012).

3.     “Dissociation of H2+ in intense femtosecond laser fields studied by coincidence three-dimensional momentum imaging".

P. Q. Wang, A. M. Sayler, K. D. Carnes, J. F. Xia, M. A. Smith, B. D. Esry, and I. Ben-Itzhak, Physical Review A 74, 043411 (2006).

4.     “Disentangling the volume effect through intensity-difference spectra: Application to laser-induced dissociation of H2+”.

P. Q. Wang, A. M. Sayler, K. D. Carnes, B. D. Esry, and I. Ben-Itzhak, Optics Letters 30, 664-666 (2005).

5.     “Dissociation of multiply ionized alkanes from methane to n-butane due to electron impact”.

P. Q. Wang, and C. R. Vidal, Chemical Physics 280, 309-329 (2002).