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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 6 — Mar. 20, 2006
  • pp: 2520–2532

Optimal single-pulse excitation of rotational impulsive molecular phase modulation

Omid Masihzadeh, Mark Baertschy, and Randy A. Bartels  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 6, pp. 2520-2532 (2006)

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The full transient macroscopic linear optical susceptibility tensor induced in a transiently aligned molecular gas by a single, linearly polarized intense alignment pulse is studied. We determine the optimal properties of the pulse that forms the rotational wave packet. Significantly, we demonstrate that the optimal pulse for phase modulation differs from the optimal alignment pulse. Finally, we show that the limited information about rotational wave packets obtained by measuring the linear optical susceptibility can be augmented by also measuring the time-varying nonlinear optical susceptibilities.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.2640) Nonlinear optics : Stimulated scattering, modulation, etc.
(190.5650) Nonlinear optics : Raman effect
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: January 31, 2006
Revised Manuscript: March 10, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: March 11, 2006
Published: March 20, 2006

Omid Masihzadeh, Mark Baertschy, and Randy A. Bartels, "Optimal single-pulse excitation of rotational impulsive molecular phase modulation," Opt. Express 14, 2520-2532 (2006)

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