Laser-assisted molecular alignment in a strongly dissipative environment

Dmitry Zhdanov, Herschel Rabitz

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This paper shows that transient alignment of linear molecules in a dense collisional environment can result from the formation of trapped aligned "dark" states in a laser field constituting either a comb of resonant short pulses or a sinusoidally frequency-modulated wave with a continuous flux. Simulation of the laser-induced dynamics of CO molecules reveals that the latter approach is effective at room temperature and requires three orders of magnitude less laser intensity compared to known alignment techniques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number061402
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 20 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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