Controlling vibrational excitation with shaped mid-IR pulses.

  title={Controlling vibrational excitation with shaped mid-IR pulses.},
  author={David B Strasfeld and Sang-Hee Shim and Martin T Zanni},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  volume={99 3},
We report selective population of the excited vibrational levels of the T(1u) CO-stretching mode in W(CO)(6) using phase-tailored, femtosecond mid-IR (5.2 microm, 1923 cm(-1)) pulses. An evolutionary algorithm was used to optimize specific vibrational populations. Stimulated emission peaks, indicative of population inversion, could be induced. Systematic truncation of each optimized pulse allowed for increased understanding of the excitation mechanism. The pulses and techniques developed herein… CONTINUE READING

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