Robust field-dressed spectra of diatomics in an optical lattice

Mariusz Pawlak, Tamás Szidarovszky, Gábor J. Halász, Ágnes Vibók

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The absorption spectra of the cold Na2 molecule dressed by a linearly polarized standing laser wave is investigated with a theoretical model incorporating translational, electronic, vibrational as well as rotational degrees of freedom. In such a situation a light-induced conical intersection (LICI) can be formed (J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys., 2008, 41, 221001). To measure the spectra a weak field is used whose propagation direction is perpendicular to the direction of the dressing field but has identical polarization direction. Although LICIs are present in our model, the simulations demonstrate a very robust absorption spectrum, which is insensitive to the intensity and the wavelength of the dressing field and which does not reflect clear signatures of light-induced nonadiabatic phenomena related to the strong mixing between the electronic, vibrational, rotational and translational motions. However, by widening artificially the very narrow translational energy level gaps, the fingerprint of the LICI appears to some extent in the spectrum.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3715-3723
Number of pages9
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Feb 14 2020


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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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