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Optimal coherent control of the molecular FWM response by arbitrarily shaped femtosecond pulses
Author(s): Marcus Motzkus; T. Hornung; R. Meier; Detlev Proch; D. Ziedler
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Paper Abstract

Coherent control of quantum phenomena can be achieved by using phase- and amplitude modulated laser pulses. With a self-learning loop, which combines a femtosecond pulse shaper, an optimization algorithm and an experimental feedback signal, it is possible to automatically steer the interaction between system and electric field. This approach allows control even without any knowledge of the Hamiltonian. We have successfully implement this learning loop for the coherent control of the nonresonant two-photon excitation in sodium. New solutions for 'bright' and 'dark' pulses could be designed for this two-photon resonance without previous knowledge of the resonances. In a further experiment we combined the self-learning loop with degenerate four-wave-mixing spectroscopy in order to study the influence of phase and amplitude modulated pulses on the molecular FWM response of the prototype system K2. The obtained control pulses typically show a complex structure which hides the responsible physical mechanism. In order to extract the applied mechanism the concept of parameterization has been introduced which allows the learning algorithm to optimize already known control processes. Therefore the control of vibrational wavepacket motion in the electronic ground and excited state could be attributed to chirped pulse excitation, impulsive Raman excitation by pulse trains and phase-related double pulses representing the well-known Tannor-Rice-Kosloff control scheme.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 May 2002
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4749, ICONO 2001: Novel Trends in Nonlinear Laser Spectroscopy and Optical Diagnostics and Lasers in Chemistry, Biophysics, and Biomedicine, (30 May 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.468889
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Marcus Motzkus, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Quantenoptik (Germany)
T. Hornung, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Quantenoptik (Germany)
R. Meier, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Quantenoptik (Germany)
Detlev Proch, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Quantenoptik (Germany)
D. Ziedler, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Quantenoptik (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4749:
ICONO 2001: Novel Trends in Nonlinear Laser Spectroscopy and Optical Diagnostics and Lasers in Chemistry, Biophysics, and Biomedicine

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