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Phys Rev Lett. 2002 Jan 21;88(3):033001. Epub 2002 Jan 4.

Nonresonant control of multimode molecular wave packets at room temperature.

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JILA, University of Colorado and National Institutes of Technology, Boulder, Colorado 80309, USA.


We demonstrate the creation and measurement of shaped multimode vibrational wave packets with overtone and combination mode excitation in CCl4. Excitation of wave packets through nonresonant impulsive stimulated Raman scattering allows for coherent control of molecular vibrations without passing through an electronic resonance. This technique is therefore very general and can be implemented in a large class of molecular gases and liquids at STP, which were previously inaccessible because their resonances are in the VUV.

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