Control of rotational wave-packet dynamics in asymmetric top molecules

Lotte Holmegaard*, Simon S. Viftrup, Vinod Kumarappan, Christer Z. Bisgaard, Henrik Stapelfeldt, Edward Hamilton, Tamar Seideman

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We combine newly developed experimental and theoretical methods to explore and control the rotations of asymmetric top molecules. In the low-temperature limit, the revival spectra of laser-driven rotational wave packets exhibit a fascinating quantum-mechanical structure, which is qualitatively different for asymmetric tops compared to symmetric or linear tops. With increasing fluence, the structure gradually simplifies, illustrating a controllable transformation of the rotational dynamics. Our theoretical and experimental predictions are in qualitative agreement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number051403
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 9 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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