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Phys Rev Lett. 2004 Mar 19;92(11):113002. Epub 2004 Mar 18.

Coherent control of photofragment separation in the dissociative ionization of IBr.

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Photoreaction Control Research Center, National Institute of Science and Technology (AIST), Higashi 1-1-1, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8565, Japan.


We have investigated coherent control of the dissociative ionization of IBr using phase-controlled two-color omega+2omega laser pulses with an intensity of 1.0 x 10(12) W/cm and a pulse duration of 130 fs. The directional asymmetries of the photofragment angular distributions showed oscillation behavior dependent on the relative phase difference between the omega and 2omega pulses. The phase dependencies of the directional asymmetries observed for iodine ions and bromine ions were out of phase with each other. This result shows that a phase-controlled omega+2omega optical field can produce molecular orientation in which the optical field discriminates between parallel and antiparallel configuration of molecules that have a permanent dipole.

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