Short-pulse chirped adiabatic population transfer in diatomic molecules

S. Kallush, Y. B. Band

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Using the concept of light-induced potentials introduced by Garraway and Suominen [Phys. Rev. Lett. 80, 932 (1998)], we study alternative schemes of adiabatic population transfer in a diatomic molecule from the lowest vibrational level of the ground electronic state to the lowest vibrational level of a third electronic state via allowed optical transitions from the ground and third electronic states to a second electronic state. Our chirped-pulse rapid adiabatic passage scheme is implemented with short-duration optical pulses, and can be understood in terms of "road design engineering" of the light-induced time-dependent adiabatic potential upon which the dynamics occurs. We explicitly show that complete adiabatic vibronic population transfer occurs using chirped picosecond-duration pulses in the sodium dimer example.

Original languageEnglish GB
Pages (from-to)414011-414014
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2000

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  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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