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Dr Colin Western

Dr Colin Western

Dr Colin Western
M.A., D.Phil.(Oxon.)

Reader in Chemistry

Area of research

High Resolution Spectroscopy

Office S004
School of Chemistry,
Cantock's Close, Bristol BS8 1TS
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+44 (0) 117 928 8653


My interest is in applying molecular spectroscopy to provide detailed information on the structure and properties of molecules, particularly transient ones. My work has included experimental studies, mainly high resolution work using lasers, and theoretical development of methods for interpreting spectra. As part of this research I have released a program, PGOPHER, for simulating molecular spectra. Since the first release in 2005 it has become widely adopted, and is in use by many research groups throughout the world - see for further details. My current work concentrates on maintaining and updating this program to allow it to be applied to as wide a range of systems as possible, particularly to make it easy to use on complex spectra.


  • laser spectroscopy
  • molecules
  • transient molecules
  • lasers
  • hyperfine structure
  • spectroscopy



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