Enhanced molecular alignment by short laser pulses

M. Leibscher, I. Sh Averbukh, H. Rabitz

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The process of molecular alignment by using strong, ultrashort laser pulses is investigated. The analysis of the single-pulse alignment is analyzed in both classical and quantum-mechanical regimes. The effect of laser pulses having finite width is considered by assuming that the envelope of the laser pulses has a Gaussian shape. A multipulse excitation scheme leading to enhanced molecular alignment is suggested and conditions for femtosecond experiments of this kind is defined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number013402
Pages (from-to)134021-1340210
Number of pages1206190
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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