Selective excitation and structure in the continuum

C. E. Carroll, F. T. Hioe
1996 Physical Review A. Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics  
We show that efficient transfer of molecules or atoms from one bound state to another is possible via the continuum in some cases, using two overlapping laser pulses. The structure of the continuum determines the pulse delay, laser frequencies, and laser intensities that should be used. We present simple formulas that relate the optimum values of pulse intensities, pulse separation, and detuning; these estimates can be used as a guide. More detailed calculations give quantitative results for
more » ... tive results for two specific potentials. Disciplines Physics Comments We show that efficient transfer of molecules or atoms from one bound state to another is possible via the continuum in some cases, using two overlapping laser pulses. The structure of the continuum determines the pulse delay, laser frequencies, and laser intensities that should be used. We present simple formulas that relate the optimum values of pulse intensities, pulse separation, and detuning; these estimates can be used as a guide. More detailed calculations give quantitative results for two specific potentials.
doi:10.1103/physreva.54.5147 pmid:9914084 fatcat:yq4yzwpk6zg77izwf6ci5oqxqq