In a two-part theoretical study, field-free orientation of OHF- is achieved by means of moderately intense half-cycle, infrared laser pulses. In the first step, a short linearly polarized pulse excites a superposition of rigid rotor rotational eigenstates via interaction with the permanent dipole moment of OHF-. After the field has been switched off, pronounced molecular orientation is observed for several picoseconds. In the second step, femtosecond few-cycle laser pulses are applied to the oriented system to steer vibrational dynamics, modeled by anharmonic vibrational wave functions calculated on a potential energy surface obtained with unrestricted fourth order Møller-Plesset ab initio calculations. The result is selective bond breaking of OHF, followed by the spatial separation of dissociation products in the space-fixed frame. Due to revivals in the rotational wavepacket, product yields can be enhanced over long times.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry