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Ultrafast physics

Quantum control with a twist

Laser pulses can be generated such that their shape and state of polarization change on the scale of a few femtoseconds, adding a new twist to the control and manipulation of molecules.

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Figure 1: Polarization-shaped pulse, optimized for the ionization of potassium molecules2.


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Silberberg, Y. Quantum control with a twist. Nature 430, 624–625 (2004).

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