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Wave-packet isotope separation using phase-locked pulses

Verlet, JRR; Stavros, VG; Fielding, HH; (2002) Wave-packet isotope separation using phase-locked pulses. PHYS REV A , 65 (3) , Article 032504. 10.1103/PhysRevA.65.032504.

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We introduce a general wave-packet isotope-separation scheme exploiting the optical Ramsey method. Optically excited molecular wave packets in different isotopes develop a well-defined phase difference after just a few vibrational periods. Phase-locked pairs of optical pulses are able to selectively pump one isotope back down to the ground state and enhance the excited-state population of the other isotope. The method is illustrated by simulating wave-packet isotope separation of a mixture of Br-79(2), Br-81(2), and (BrBr)-Br-79-Br-81. We also exploit phase-locked pairs of optical pulses to reduce the time required for the spatial separation of wave packets.

Type: Article
Title: Wave-packet isotope separation using phase-locked pulses
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.65.032504
UCL classification: UCL > School of BEAMS
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/70115
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