Associate Professor Cather Simpson
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 83525
Cather Simpson studies fast (femtoseconds to nanoseconds) photochemistry and photophysics of molecules in the condensed phase using the tools of pulsed laser spectroscopy. She is particularly interested in how molecules "decide" what to do with the energy they absorb as light as they convert it to more useful forms of energy, such as mechanical motion or a charge separated state. She also explores the fundamental interaction of light with materials in laser machining and microfabrication applications. She directs the academic collaborative and industry-facing projects for the Photon Factory, working with companies like Intuitive Surgical in the USA, NextWindow, Rakon and Izon.
Cather is the current President of the New Zealand Institute of Physics. In 2012, she won a Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence, followed by a University of Auckland Sustained Teaching Excellence Award and a National Tertiary Teaching Excellence award in 2013.