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Laser Control and Manipulation of Molecules by A.D. Bandrauk
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While Rice’s Optical Control Of Molecular Dynamics was stronger in the theoretical roots of the light/matter interaction, this text provides a wider array of options, all exercised in the lab or simulation with results provided. Each chapter is a different method and set of authors. The first chapter by Herschel Rabitz sets the priority for a hardware approach vs. analytic solutions that can bedevil investigators. So much remains unknown about the microworld that accurate models of their behavior is hard to build. So why not use the empirical approach? asks Rabitz. That is, do something and measure what happens. After all, the molecule knows its own Hamiltonian, why pull your hair out trying to characterize it mathematically? Exposed to your laser, Schrödinger’s frequently testy equation will solve itself in molecular time. Laser pulse shapers allow you try one shape, phase, amplitude after another by computer control, so have a sandwich, take a nap, tickle your brain with mindless television while that electronics does all the work. At least such as it was in 2002 when this book was written. But the ideas and procedures remain in use though advanced, such as the April 2018 DARPA announcement that a laser synthesizer has finally been reduced from the size a room to the space of four sugar-cubes. Per usual, these guys are singing to the choir, so basics and fundamentals are lacking. You jump in the thick of things here, but with some basic physics it beats anything you can watch on that TV.
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