Laser Induced Adiabatic Alignment of Molecules Dissolved in Helium Nanodroplets

  • A moderately intense, nonresonant, linearly polarized nanosecond laser pulse is used to induce one-dimensional (1D) adiabatic alignment of 1,4 diiodobenzene (C6H4I2), iodobenzene (C6H5I), and methyliodide (CH3I) molecules dissolved in helium nanodroplets. The alignment sharpens as the laser intensity is increased, similar to the behavior in gas phase. For diiodobenzene the highest degree of alignment, ⟨cos2θ2D⟩=0.90, is essentially identical to the value obtained for isolated molecules in a supersonic beam, whereas the highest degrees of alignment for iodobenzene and for methyliodide in helium droplets fall below the values obtained for isolated molecules. We believe this is due to the deviation from axial recoil in the Coulomb explosion process that probes the alignment of the molecules in the He droplets.

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Author:Dominik Pentlehner, Jens H. Nielsen, Lars Christiansen, Alkwin Slenczka, Henrik Stapelfeldt
Parent Title (English):Physical Review A
Document Type:Contribution to a Periodical
Publication Year:2013
Tag:Helium nanodroplets; Linearly polarized nanosecond laser pulse
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