Selective excitation of LI2 by chirped laser pulses with all possible interstate radiative couplings

TitleSelective excitation of LI2 by chirped laser pulses with all possible interstate radiative couplings
Publication TypeJournal Articles
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsChatterjee S, Bhattacharyya SS
JournalThe Journal of Chemical Physics
Pagination164313 - 164313-9
Date Published2010
ISBN Number00219606

We have numerically explored the feasibility and the mechanism of population transfer to the excited E 1Σg electronic state of Li2 from the v = 0 level of the ground electronic state X 1Σg using the A 1Σu state as an intermediate. In this system, the use of transform limited pulses with a frequency difference greater than the maximum Rabi frequency does not produce population transfer when all possible radiative couplings are taken into account. We have employed two synchronous pulses far detuned from the allowed transition frequencies, mainly with the lower frequency pulse positively chirped, and both pulses coupling the successive pair of states, X-A and A-E. The adiabaticity of the process has been investigated by a generalized Floquet calculation in the basis of 12 field dressed molecular states, and the results have been compared with those obtained from the full solution of time dependent Schrödinger equation. The conventional representation of the process in terms of three (or four) adiabatic potentials is not valid. It has been found that for cases of almost complete population transfer in full calculations with the conservation of the vibrational quantum number, adiabatic passage is attained with the 12 state Floquet model but not with the six state model. The agreement between the full calculations and the 12 state Floquet calculations is generally good when the transfer is adiabatic. Another characteristic feature of this work is the gaining of control over the vibrational state preparation in the final electronic state by careful tuning of the laser parameters as well as the chirp rate sign. This causes time dependent changes in the adiabatic potentials and nonadiabatic transfers can be made to occur between them.