Wave Packet Isotope Separation

I. Sh. Averbukh, Marc J. J. Vrakking, D. M. Villeneuve, Albert Stolow
1996 Physical Review Letters  
We introduce and demonstrate a general wave packet method for laser isotope separation. In this scheme, laser excited molecular (or atomic) wave packets of differing isotopes become spatially separated in the course of their long-time free evolution. In order to overcome the quantum spreading of wave packets, we make use of the phenomenon of revivals. We demonstrate experimentally, with mixed 79 Br 2 ͞ 81 Br 2 isotopes, that significant control over the isotope ratio can be achieved in a single
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doi:10.1103/physrevlett.77.3518 pmid:10062240 fatcat:h7knyt762rfxbm3ijeyi57s3j4