Real-time observation of phase-controlled molecular wave-packet interference

Kenji Ohmori, Hiroyuki Katsuki, Hisashi Chiba, Masahiro Honda, Yusuke Hagihara, Katsutoshi Fujiwara, Yukinori Sato, Kiyoshi Ueda

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The quantum interference of two molecular wave packets has been precisely controlled in the B electronic state of the I2 molecule by using a pair of fs laser pulses whose relative phase is locked within the attosecond time scale and its real-time evolution has been observed by another fs laser pulse. It is clearly observed that the temporal evolution changes drastically as a function of the relative phase between the locked pulses, allowing us to read both amplitude and phase information stored in the wave functions of the molecular ensemble.

Original languageEnglish
Article number093002
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Mar 13

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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