Mixed-field orientation of molecules without rotational symmetry

  • The mixed-field orientation of an asymmetric-rotor molecule with its permanent dipole moment nonparallel to the principal axes of polarizability is investigated experimentally and theoretically. We find that for the typical case of a strong, nonresonant laser field and a weak static electric field complete 3D orientation is induced if the laser field is elliptically polarized and if its major and minor polarization axes are not parallel to the static field. For a linearly polarized laser field solely the dipole moment component along the most polarizable axis of the molecule is relevant resulting in 1D orientation even when the laser polarization and the static field are nonparallel. Simulations show that the dipole moment component perpendicular to the most-polarizable axis becomes relevant in a strong dc electric field combined with the laser field. This offers an alternative approach to 3D orientation by combining a linearly polarized laser field and a strong dc electric field arranged at an angle equal to the angle between the most polarizable axis of the molecule and its permanent dipole moment.

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Author:Jonas Hansen, Juan J. Omiste, Jens H. Nielsen, Dominik Pentlehner, Jochen Küpper, Rosario González-Férez, Henrik Stapelfeldt
Parent Title (English):The Journal of Chemical Physics
Document Type:Contribution to a Periodical
Publication Year:2013
Tag:Asymmetric-rotor molecule; Mixed-field orientation
faculties / departments:Fakultät für Chemische Technologie und Wirtschaft
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 54 Chemie
6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 62 Ingenieurwissenschaften / 620 Ingenieurwissenschaften und zugeordnete Tätigkeiten