Controlling dissociation processes in the D-2(+) molecular ion using high-intensity, ultrashort laser pulses

D.S. Murphy, J. McKenna, C.R. Calvert, I.D. Williams, J.F. McCann, W.A. Bryan, E.M.L. English, J. Wood, W.R. Newell, I.C.E. Turcu

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Abstract

A novel technique is proposed to control the dissociation mechanism of small diatomic molecules. This technique, relying upon the creation of a coherent nuclear wavepacket, uses intense (> 10(14) W cm(-2)), ultrashort (similar to 10 fs) infrared laser pulses in a pump and probe scheme. In applying this technique to D-2(+) good agreement has been observed between a quantum simulation and experiment. This represents a major step towards quantum state control in molecules, using optical fields.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberS09
Pages (from-to)S359-S372
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Physics B: Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics
Volume40
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jun 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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    Murphy, D. S., McKenna, J., Calvert, C. R., Williams, I. D., McCann, J. F., Bryan, W. A., English, E. M. L., Wood, J., Newell, W. R., & Turcu, I. C. E. (2007). Controlling dissociation processes in the D-2(+) molecular ion using high-intensity, ultrashort laser pulses. Journal of Physics B: Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics, 40(11), S359-S372. [S09]. https://doi.org/10.1088/0953-4075/40/11/S09