Nonadiabatic Alignment by Intense Pulses. Concepts, Theory, and Directions

Tamar Seideman*, Edward Hamilton

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We review the theory of intense laser alignment of molecules and present a survey of the many recent developments in this rapidly evolving field. Starting with a qualitative discussion that emphasizes the physical mechanism responsible for laser alignment, we proceed with a detailed exposition of the underlying theory, focusing on aspects that have not been presented in the past. Application of the theory in several pedagogical illustrations is then followed by a review of the recent experimental and theoretical advances in the field. We conclude with a discussion of new directions, future opportunities, and areas where we expect intense laser alignment to play a role in the future. Throughout we emphasize the recent evolution of the method of nonadiabatic alignment from isolated diatomic molecules to complex media.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
EditorsP.R. Berman, C.C. Lin
Number of pages41
StatePublished - 2005

Publication series

NameAdvances in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
ISSN (Print)1049-250X

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials


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