Coherent control of indirect photofragmentation in the weak-field limit: Control of transient fragment distributions

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Abstract

We demonstrate theoretically that laser-induced coherent quantum interference control of asymptotic states of dissociating molecules is possible - even in the (one-photon) weak-field limit starting from a single vibrational eigenstate - when resonances are in play. This is illustrated for the NaI molecule, where it is shown that the probability of observing atomic fragments as well as the distribution of their relative momenta can be changed by a phase modulated pulse with a fixed bandwidth. This type of control is restricted to finite times during the indirect fragmentation. (C) 2011 American Institute of Physics. [doi:10.1063/1.3582928]
Original languageEnglish
Article number164308
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Volume134
Issue number16
ISSN0021-9606
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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