New publication on quantum pendulum in the Physical Review A

30 May, 2014

Our work on the pendular wave packet dynamics of state selected OCS, entitled “Strongly driven quantum pendulum of the OCS molecule”, has been published in Physical Review A 89, 051401(R) (2014) and has been selected as Editors' Suggestion. We present a combined experimental and theoretical study of molecular alignment in the intermediate pulse-duration regime including a comparison to experiments in the impulsive and adiabatic limits. A molecular movie illustrates this motion.

⟨cos^2θ2D⟩ as a function of the delay between the alignment and the probe laser pulses and the peak intensity of the alignment laser pulse. The alignment pulse duration is 50 ps. (a) Experimental and (b) theoretical results.