Driving wave packet recurrences with optimally modulated laser pulses

Journal Article (Journal Article)

In the weak-field limit, laser pulses optimized to induce vibrational wave packet recurrences in excited state potentials were calculated for Morse oscillators and for a real system [the X1Σ+ and A 3II(1) states of IBr]. The performance of the optimized pulses was studied via simulated wave packet propagation. Such optimal light fields may be computationally generated given only the form of the electronic potential surfaces, knowledge of the particular ground state supplying population, and simple molecular constants. Thus it should be possible to use the modulation of light fields experimentally optimized to achieve recurrences in order to obtain substantial information regarding previously uncharacterized potential surfaces in both diatomic and polyatomic molecules. Moreover, it should be possible to generalize this approach to the strong-field limit. © 2000 American Institute of Physics.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Goodson, BM; Goswami, D; Rabitz, H; Warren, WS

Published Date

  • March 15, 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 112 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 5081 - 5090

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-9606

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1063/1.481062

Citation Source

  • Scopus