Molecular spinning by a chiral train of short laser pulses

@article{Flo2012MolecularSB,
  title={Molecular spinning by a chiral train of short laser pulses},
  author={Johannes Flo{\ss} and Ilya Sh. Averbukh},
  journal={Physical Review A},
  year={2012},
  volume={86},
  pages={063414}
}
We provide a detailed theoretical analysis of molecular rotational excitation by a chiral pulse train -- a sequence of linearly polarised pulses with the polarisation direction rotating from pulse to pulse by a controllable angle. Molecular rotation with a preferential rotational sense (clockwise or counter-clockwise) can be excited by this scheme. We show that the directionality of the rotation is caused by quantum interference of different excitation pathways. The chiral pulse train is… 

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