Laser Control of Atoms and Molecules

Paperback | November 15, 2011

byVladilen Letokhov

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Rather different problems can be lumped together under the general term 'laser control of atoms and molecules'. They include the laser selection of atomic and molecular velocities for the purpose of Doppler-free spectroscopy, laser control of the position and velocity of atoms (i.e. lasertrapping and cooling of atoms), and laser control of atomic and molecular processes (ionization, dissociation) with a view of detecting single atoms and molecules and particularly separating isotopes and nuclear isomers. Over the last decades the principal problems posed have been successfully solved, and many of them have evolved remarkably in the subsequent investigations of the international research community. For example, the solution of the problem of laser cooling and trapping of atoms has given birth to thenew field of the physics of ultracold matter, i.e. quantum atomic and molecular gases. The laser non-coherent control of uni-molecular processes has found an interesting extension in the field of laser coherent control of molecules. The concept of laser control of position has been successfullydemonstrated with microparticles (optical tweezers), concurrently with investigations into atomic control. The laser photo-ionization of molecules on surfaces has led to the development of novel techniques of laser-assisted mass spectrometry of macromolecules, and so on. The aim of this book is to review these topics from a unified or 'coherent' point of view. It will be useful for many readers in various fields of laser science and its applications.

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Rather different problems can be lumped together under the general term 'laser control of atoms and molecules'. They include the laser selection of atomic and molecular velocities for the purpose of Doppler-free spectroscopy, laser control of the position and velocity of atoms (i.e. lasertrapping and cooling of atoms), and laser contro...

Vladilen Letokhov was the Head of Laser Spectroscopy Laboratory and associate director for research (1971-1989) of the Institute of Spectroscopy, Russian Academy of Sciences. Was most recently Professor at the Moscow Physical-Technical Institute.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.68 inPublished:November 15, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199697132

ISBN - 13:9780199697137

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Elementary radiative processes3. Laser velocity-selective excitation4. Optical orientation of atoms and nuclei5. Laser cooling of atoms6. Laser trapping of atoms7. Atom optics8. From laser-cooled and trapped atoms to atomic and molecular quantum gases9. Laser photoselective ionization of atoms10. Multiphoton ionization of molecules11. Photoselective laser control of molecules via molecular vibrations12. Coherent laser control of molecules13. Related topics: laser control of microparticles and force electronsConclusion

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`Letokhov has managed the difficult feat of both describing the physics of a wide range of topics while also looking to the future. Anyone with an interest in atomic physics will enjoy this book.' Dr B.E. Sauer Contemporary Physics