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Shaping an atomic electron wave packet

Michael W. Noel and C. R. Stroud, Jr.

Optics Express 1, 176 (1997)


We consider coherent control of the shape of an atomic electron's wavefunction using a train of short transform-limited laser pulses. This type of control is experimentally demonstrated by exciting with a train of three pulses and measuring the resulting quantum state distribution. We also present a general theory for control with a train of N pulses in the weak field limit and discuss the extension of this theory to the strong field limit.


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