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  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 1, Iss. 7 — Sep. 29, 1997
  • pp: 197–202

Single-shot detection of wavepacket evolution

M.B. Campbell, T.J. Bensky, and R.R. Jones  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 1, Issue 7, pp. 197-202 (1997)

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We have developed a new instrument for monitoring electronic wavepacket dynamics using a single electromagnetic pulse pair. The operation of the device is analogous to that of single-shot cross-correlators commonly used to monitor the temporal evolution of short laser pulses. We have used the instrument to probe wavepacket evolution over time scales ranging from 100 psec to less than 1 fsec. The device reduces the amount of time required to collect pump-probe time delay data by orders of magnitude, greatly reducing the deleterious effects of experimental drifts. In addition, the single-shot feature provides real-time feedback as to the affect of various experimental parameters on the electron dynamics, allowing us to literally tune-up our equipment to enhance desired behavior at specific times.

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OCIS Codes
(020.1670) Atomic and molecular physics : Coherent optical effects
(020.4180) Atomic and molecular physics : Multiphoton processes
(020.5780) Atomic and molecular physics : Rydberg states
(320.5390) Ultrafast optics : Picosecond phenomena
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements

ToC Category:
Focus Issue: Rydberg wave packets

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

M. Campbell, T. Bensky, and Robert Jones, "Single-shot detection of wavepacket evolution," Opt. Express 1, 197-202 (1997)

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