Ultrafast Laser Studies of Molecular Rydberg Wave Packets
COLORADO UNIV AT BOULDER
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Wave packet preparation and probing is investigated in molecules, with particular emphasis on the formation of Rydberg wave packets. A new apparatus has been developed to investigate Rydberg state excitation with ultrafast lasers. It consists of an ultrafast laser system, a cw dye laser for launch state preparation, and an electron time of flight spectrometer. Three photon plus one photon two-color photoionization of Kr has been achieved, with apparent resulting Rydberg wave packet signals. A wave packet has been prepared between the F and G electronic states of lithium dimers, which introduces the electronic degree of freedom into rovibrational wave packets in a simple diatomic molecule. This is directed towards quantum information manipulations.
- Atomic and Molecular Physics and Spectroscopy
- Lasers and Masers