We propose a coherent, strong-field approach to control the torsional modes of biphenyl derivatives, and develop a numerical scheme to simulate the torsional dynamics. By choice of the field parameters, the method can be applied either to drive the torsion angle to an arbitrary configuration or to induce free internal rotation. Transient absorption spectroscopy is suggested as a probe of torsional control and the usefulness of this approach is numerically explored. Several consequences of our ability to manipulate molecular torsional motions are considered. These include a method for the inversion of molecular chirality and an ultrafast chiral switch.
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Research Article| December 08 2011
Coherent control of molecular torsion
Shane M. Parker;
Mark A. Ratner;
Shane M. Parker, Mark A. Ratner, Tamar Seideman; Coherent control of molecular torsion. J. Chem. Phys. 14 December 2011; 135 (22): 224301. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3663710
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