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Phys Rev Lett. 2004 Mar 5;92(9):093001. Epub 2004 Mar 3.

Coherent control of rotational wave-packet dynamics via fractional revivals.

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NRC Canada, 100 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Canada.


We show (i) how the evolution of a wave packet created from an initial thermal ensemble can be controlled by manipulating interferences during the wave packet's fractional revivals and (ii) how the wave-packet evolution can be mapped onto the dynamics of a few-state system, where the number of states is determined by the amount of information one wants to track about the wave packet in the phase space. We illustrate our approach by (i) switching off and on field-free molecular axis alignment induced by a strong laser pulse and (ii) converting alignment into field-free orientation, starting with rotationally cold or hot systems.

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