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Selective vibronic excitation and bond breaking by picosecond UV and IR laser pulses: application to a two-dimensional model of HONO2

Authors
Journal
Chemical Physics Letters
0009-2614
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
313
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0009-2614(99)01095-7
Disciplines
  • Physics

Abstract

Abstract A new method to control a bond-selective dissociation is presented: first, an optimal UV laser pulse accomplishes vibrationally state-selective complete population transfer from the ground to the excited electronic state and, second, an optimal IR laser pulse induces an efficient bond-selective multiphoton dissociation. The method is demonstrated by means of computer simulation within the Schrödinger wavefunction formalism for a two-dimensional model of HONO 2 wherein the OH and ON single-bond stretches are treated explicitly. Selective breaking of the ON single bond is achieved on a picosecond timescale, with the dissociation probability being almost 100%. The proposed control scheme is much less demanding of the field strength of the dissociating IR laser as compared to that required for breaking the ON single bond solely in the ground electronic state.

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