Title

Creating and detecting shaped rydberg wave packets

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-1997

Abstract

Inherently quantum mechanical, transient nanostructures with dynamics on a picosecond time scale can be produced by controlling the quantum dynamics of Rydberg electrons. Ultrashort, tailored light pulses are used to build structures in position and/or momentum space from the wave function of an electron. The optimal laser pulses required to make these structures can be computed and synthesized in the laboratory. As an example, we present a structure consisting of five peaks which acts as a time-dependent grating and can be detected via ultrafast extreme ultraviolet diffraction. © 1997 The American Physical Society.

Publication Source (Journal or Book title)

Physical Review Letters

First Page

4978

Last Page

4981

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