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Optical control of the rotational angular momentum of a molecular Rydberg wave packet

Optical control of the rotational angular momentum of a molecular Rydberg wave packet
Optical control of the rotational angular momentum of a molecular Rydberg wave packet
An intuitive scheme for controlling the rotational quantum state of a Rydberg molecule is demonstrated experimentally. We determine the accumulated phase difference between the various components of a molecular electron wave packet, and then employ a sequence of phase-locked optical pulses to selectively enhance or depopulate specific rotational states. The angular momentum composition of the resulting wave packet, and the efficiency of the control scheme, is determined by calculating the multipulse response of the time-dependent Rydberg populations
243601-[4 pages]
Minns, R.S.
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Patel, R.
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Verlet, J.R.R.
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Fielding, H. H.
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Minns, R.S.
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Patel, R.
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Verlet, J.R.R.
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Fielding, H. H.
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Minns, R.S., Patel, R., Verlet, J.R.R. and Fielding, H. H. (2003) Optical control of the rotational angular momentum of a molecular Rydberg wave packet. Physical Review Letters, 91 (24), 243601-[4 pages]. (doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.91.243601).

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An intuitive scheme for controlling the rotational quantum state of a Rydberg molecule is demonstrated experimentally. We determine the accumulated phase difference between the various components of a molecular electron wave packet, and then employ a sequence of phase-locked optical pulses to selectively enhance or depopulate specific rotational states. The angular momentum composition of the resulting wave packet, and the efficiency of the control scheme, is determined by calculating the multipulse response of the time-dependent Rydberg populations

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Published date: December 2003
Additional Information: Times Cited: 26
Organisations: Chemistry

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Local EPrints ID: 336640
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/336640
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Last modified: 16 Jul 2019 22:08

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