Quantum dynamics of a diatomic molecule under chirped laser pulses

J. T. Lin*, T. L. Lai, D. S. Chuu, Tsin-Fu Jiang

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The photodissociation probability of a diatomic molecule is usually very small even under a strong field due to its anharmonicity. However, the progress in laser technology provides a chirped laser pulse to lower the threshold of the dissociation intensity. We investigate the quantum dynamics of a diatomic molecule under such a kind of pulse. It is found that there is a significant dissociation probability at moderate intensity for a diatomic molecule under a chirped pulse. The quantum dissociation probability is found to be suppressed with respect to the classical one for intensities above the dissociation threshold. Therefore the chirped pulse can efficiently dissociate a diatomic molecule.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 28 Feb 1998

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