Selective optimization of the K239,39 and K239,41 isotopomers in a three-photon ionization process is presented by applying evolution strategies on shaped fs pulses in a feedback loop. The optimizations at different center wavelengths show considerably large enhancements of one isotope compared to the other and reversed. We compare the acquired optimized pulse shapes for combined phase and amplitude with pure amplitude modulation. Particularly from their spectra we are able to extract information about the optimally chosen differing ionization paths via the involved vibrational states. Furthermore, a comparison of the temporal shape of the optimized pulse forms for combined phase and amplitude with pure phase optimization is given. The presented pulse form analysis demonstrates the potential of restricted optimization to gain insight into the underlying dynamical processes. Our approach reveals how the optimization algorithm precisely addresses the vibrational wave functions both spectrally and temporally.

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