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  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 1, Iss. 7 — Sep. 29, 1997
  • pp: 176–185

Shaping an atomic electron wave packet

Michael W. Noel and C. R. Stroud, Jr.  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 1, Issue 7, pp. 176-185 (1997)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.1.000176


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Abstract

We consider coherent control of the shape of an atomic electron’s wavefunction using a train of short transform-limited laser pulses. This type of control is experimentally demonstrated by exciting with a train of three pulses and measuring the resulting quantum state distribution. We also present a general theory for control with a train of N pulses in the weak field limit and discuss the extension of this theory to the strong field limit.

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OCIS Codes
(020.0020) Atomic and molecular physics : Atomic and molecular physics
(020.1670) Atomic and molecular physics : Coherent optical effects
(320.7120) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast phenomena

ToC Category:
Focus Issue: Rydberg wave packets

History
Original Manuscript: August 25, 1997
Published: September 29, 1997

Citation
Michael Noel and Carlos Stroud, "Shaping an atomic electron wave packet," Opt. Express 1, 176-185 (1997)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-1-7-176


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