Quantum control of photodissociation using intense, femtosecond pulses shaped with third order dispersion

U. Lev, L. Graham, C. B. Madsen, I. Ben-Itzhak, B. D. Bruner, B. D. Esry, H. Frostig, O. Heber, A. Natan, V. S. Prabhudesai, D. Schwalm, Y. Silberberg, D. Strasser, I. D. Williams, D. Zajfman

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Abstract

We demonstrate the ability to control the molecular dissociation rate using femtosecond pulses shaped with third-order dispersion (TOD). Explicitly, a significant 50% enhancement in the dissociation yield for the low lying vibrational levels (v ∼ 6) of an ion-beam target was measured as a function of TOD. The underlying mechanism responsible for this enhanced dissociation was theoretically identified as non-adiabatic alignment induced by the pre-pulses situated on the leading edge of pulses shaped with negative TOD. This control scheme is expected to work in other molecules as it does not rely on specific characteristics of our test-case molecule.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number201001
JournalJournal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Volume48
Issue number20
DOIs
StatePublished - 4 Sep 2015

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Keywords

  • intense field
  • photodissociation
  • quantum control

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