Using Lasers to Rotate Molecules

Speaker: 
Dr. Ilya Sh. Averbukh, Weizmann Institute of Science
Event Date and Time: 
Fri, 2013-04-05 16:00 - 17:00
Location: 
Chem D-215
Local Contact: 
Valery Milner
Intended Audience: 
Undergraduate

Dr. Averbukh will briefly overview some recent developments in the field of laser control of molecular rotation, including selective spinning of molecular isotopes and nuclear spin isomers, and control of the sense of molecular rotation by short laser pulses. He will also present the recent proposal on observing quantum resonances and quantum chaotic phenomena (including Anderson localization) in the rotation of laser-kicked molecules, and will discuss the results of the first experiments done at UBC. Finally, Dr. Averbukh will consider some macroscopic manifestations of the laser-induced molecular rotation in dense gas samples, including photoacoustic effects, generation of gas vortices, and rotational Doppler shift for a light propagating through such a medium.

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