Field-free three-dimensional alignment of polyatomic molecules.

@article{Lee2006FieldfreeTA,
  title={Field-free three-dimensional alignment of polyatomic molecules.},
  author={Kevin F H Lee and David M. Villeneuve and Paul B. Corkum and Albert Stolow and Jonathan Underwood},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  year={2006},
  volume={97 17},
  pages={173001}
}
We experimentally demonstrate field-free, three-dimensional alignment (FF3DA) of polyatomic asymmetric top molecules. We achieve FF3DA in sulfur dioxide gas using two time-delayed, orthogonally polarized, nonresonant, femtosecond laser pulses. Our method avoids the use of rotational revivals and is therefore more robust to temperature. The alignment is probed using time-delayed coincidence Coulomb explosion imaging. FF3DA will be important for all molecular imaging, dynamics, or spectroscopy… CONTINUE READING

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