Theory of Laser-Pulse-Induced Molecular Dynamics: Gas-Phase Molecular Collisions and Adbond Dynamics

  • Hai-Woong Lee
  • Sander van Smaalen
  • Thomas F. George


A semiclassical study presented here indicates that a sufficiently short and intense pulse can be much more effective in inducing a collisional radiative transition than cw radiation or a long pulse, although the intensity must not be too high because the Rabi oscillation can bring down the probability. For the situation of a molecule physisorbed on a crystalline surface and irradiated by a laser, a master equation approach, used to describe the time evolution of the population of the vibrational adbond levels, shows that for high intensities laser-induced vibrational excitation is the same for pulsed and cw lasers.


Continuous Wave Laser Rabi Oscillation Electric Field Amplitude Master Equation Approach Optical Bloch Equation 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hai-Woong Lee
    • 1
  • Sander van Smaalen
    • 2
  • Thomas F. George
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsOakland UniversityRochesterUSA
  2. 2.Laboratory of Inorganic Chemisty, Materials Science CenterState University of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Departments of Chemistry and Physics & AstronomyState University of New York at BuffaloBuffaloUSA

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