Photodissociation of H2- upon exposure to an intense pulsed photonic fock state

Amit K. Paul, Satrajit Adhikari, Debasis Mukhopadhyay, Gabor J. Halász, Agnes Vibók, Roi Baer, Michael Baer*

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Producing and controlling nonclassical light states are now the subject of intense experimental efforts. In this paper we consider the interaction of such a light state with a small molecule. Specifically, we develop the theory and apply it numerically to calculate in detail how a short pulse of nonclassical light, such as the high intensity Fock state, induces photodissociation in H2+. We compare the kinetic energy distributions and photodissociation yields with the analogous results of quasi-classical light, namely a coherent state. We find that Fock-state light decreases the overall probability of dissociation for low vibrational states of H2 + as well as the location of peaks and line shapes in the kinetic energy distribution of the nuclei.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)7331-7337
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry A
Issue number26
StatePublished - 2 Jul 2009


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