Molecular optics in an intense laser field: A route to nanoscale material design

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Abstract

It is shown that molecules can be focused in the gradient of a moderately intense laser field under standard molecular-beam conditions. Simple relationships are given for the focal length and the minimum molecular beam size. Both can be controlled and varied over a wide range by choice of the molecular beam and field parameters. Molecular focusing is proposed as a route to nanoscale processing (deposition, etching, doping, etc.) of materials. Molecular trapping is obtained as the strong interaction limit of a general “molecular optics” scheme.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)R17-R20
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Volume56
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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