Molecular alignment by trains of short laser pulses

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

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A dramatic field-free molecular alignment which could be achieved after exciting molecules with proper trains of strong ultrashort laser pulses was presented. The limited number of pulses allowed for a complete optimization of the related excitation parameters and provided even better and more robust alignment compared to the accumulative squeezing approach. Analysis showed that a linear molecule without a permanent dipole coupled with the external field via induced polarization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number213001
Pages (from-to)2130011-2130014
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number21
StatePublished - May 30 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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