Field-free molecular orientation with chirped laser pulse
School of Physics and Optoelectronic Technology, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024, P.R. China
Received: 30 December 2011
Received in final form: 28 February 2012
Published online: 26 April 2012
We demonstrate theoretically that an efficient field-free molecular orientation driven by the positively chirped laser pulse whose frequency is in the terahertz regime can be achieved, taking the LiH molecule for example. Exact numerical calculations are performed by solving the time-dependent Schrödinger equation including the vibrational and rotational degrees of freedom. The maximal orientation degree of the LiH molecule | ⟨ cosθ ⟩ | max = 0.85 under the action of chirped laser pulse with the peak intensity of 4.78 × 108 W/cm2 at T = 0 K, which is larger than | ⟨ cosθ ⟩ | max=0.75 driven by the half-cycle laser pulse with the same intensity. The molecular orientation degree decreases with the increase of temperature.
Key words: Molecular Physics and Chemical Physics
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