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Formation of coherent rotational wavepackets in small molecule-helium clusters using impulsive alignment

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Abstract

We show that rotational line spectra of molecular clusters with near zero permanent dipole moments can be observed using impulsive alignment. Aligned rotational wavepackets were generated by non-resonant interaction with intense femtosecond laser pump pulses and then probed using Coulomb explosion by a second, time-delayed femtosecond laser pulse. By means of a Fourier transform a rich spectrum of rotational eigenstates was derived. For the smallest cluster, C2H2–He, we were able to establish essentially all rotational eigenstates up to the dissociation threshold on the basis of theoretical level predictions. The C2H2–He complex is found to exhibit distinct features of large amplitude motion and very early onset of free internal rotor energy level structure.

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The article was received on 07 May 2014, accepted on 14 May 2014 and first published on 27 May 2014


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00099D
Faraday Discuss., 2014,171, 195-218

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    Formation of coherent rotational wavepackets in small molecule-helium clusters using impulsive alignment

    G. Galinis, L. G. Mendoza Luna, M. J. Watkins, A. M. Ellis, R. S. Minns, M. Mladenović, M. Lewerenz, R. T. Chapman, I. C. E. Turcu, C. Cacho, E. Springate, L. Kazak, S. Göde, R. Irsig, S. Skruszewicz, J. Tiggesbäumker, K. Meiwes-Broer, A. Rouzée, J. G. Underwood, M. Siano and K. von Haeften, Faraday Discuss., 2014, 171, 195
    DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00099D

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