Optical Review

, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 153–156 | Cite as

Quantum control of isotope-selective rovibrational excitation of diatomic molecules in the thermal distribution

  • Akira Ichihara
  • Leo Matsuoka
  • Yuzuru Kurosaki
  • Keiichi Yokoyama
Special Section: Short Note 1st Optical Manipulation Conference (OMC’14), Yokohama, Japan
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  1. 1st Optical Manipulation Conference (OMC’14), Yokohama, Japan


We propose a new method to excite the rovibrational states of diatomic molecules in the gas-phase isotope-selectively by optical pulses. The proposed method uses an optical frequency comb to excite the rotational states of the selected isotope molecules, and the second pulse to excite the vibrational states via the fundamental transitions in the P-branch. We demonstrate its applicability by computer simulations for lithium chloride (LiCl) molecules in the thermal distribution at 70 K.


Quantum control Isotope separation Optical frequency comb LiCl Rotational excitation Vibrational excitation Close-coupling 



This work was supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant No. 26420875.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Akira Ichihara
    • 1
  • Leo Matsuoka
    • 2
  • Yuzuru Kurosaki
    • 3
  • Keiichi Yokoyama
    • 1
  1. 1.Quantum Beam Science CenterJapan Atomic Energy AgencyKizugawaJapan
  2. 2.Graduate School of EngineeringHiroshima UniversityHigashi HiroshimaJapan
  3. 3.Quantum Beam Science CenterJapan Atomic Energy AgencyTokaiJapan

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