Holon Institute of Technology, Faculty of Sciences
Using Lasers to Rotate Molecules
Dr. Yuri Khodorkovsky, Weizmann Institute of Science
March 27, 2014 | 13:00 | Room 424/8
Since the appearance of the strong femtosecond laser pulses, it became possible to excite molecules to high rotational states and to align them in space under field-free conditions. In this talk, I will start from presenting a simple scheme for exciting unidirectional rotation of molecules in a gas.
I will continue by discussing the prospects of using this (and other related laser techniques) for modifying and controlling molecular scattering from solid surfaces. Finally, I will present recent experimental and theoretical developments in the collisional kinetics of molecular super-rotors, including effects of anomalous diffusion, sound wave generation and optical waveguides generation in the atmosphere.