Imaging quantum vibrations on an ultrashort timescale: the deuterium molecular ion

Julie McKenna, Chris Calvert, Tomas Bryan, R E English, Elizabeth Wood, Christopher Murphy, I.C.E. Turcu, John Smith, K.G. Ertel, O. Chekhlov, E.J. Divall, Jim McCann, Anna Newell, Ian Williams

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The vibrational wavepacket revival of a basic quantum system is demonstrated experimentally. Using few-cycle laser pulse technology, pump and probe imaging of the vibrational motion of D+2 molecules is conducted, and together with a quantum-mechanical simulation of the excited wavepacket motion, the vibrational revival phenomenon has been characterised. The simulation shows good correlation with the temporal motion and structural features obtained from the data, relaying fundamental information on this diatomic system.
Original languageEnglish
Article number085
Pages (from-to)375-378
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2007
Event13th International Conference on Physics of Highly Charged Ions - QUB, Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 28 Aug 200601 Sep 2006

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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