Teaching lasers to control molecules

Richard S. Judson, Herschel Rabitz

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We simulate a method to teach a laser pulse sequences to excite specified molecular states. We use a learning procedure to direct the production of pulses based on fitness information provided by a laboratory measurement device. Over a series of pulses the algorithm learns an optimal sequence. The experimental apparatus, which consists of a laser, a sample of molecules and a measurement device, acts as an analog computer that solves Schrödingers equation n/Iexactly, in real time. We simulate an apparatus that learns to excite specified rotational states in a diatomic molecule.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1500-1503
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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