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Title: Navigating Localized Wave Packets in Phase Space

Abstract

The ability to localize and to steer Rydberg wave packets in phase space using tailored sequences of half-cycle pulses is demonstrated. Classical phase-space portraits are used to explain the method and to illustrate the level of control that can be achieved. This is confirmed experimentally by positioning a phase-space-localized wave packet at the center of a stable island or navigating it around its periphery. This work provides a valuable starting point for further engineering of electronic wave functions.

Authors:
; ; ;  [1];  [2];  [3];  [4];  [4];  [3]
  1. Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Rice Quantum Institute, Rice University, Houston, Texas 77005-1892 (United States)
  2. Physics Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-6372 (United States)
  3. (United States)
  4. Institute for Theoretical Physics, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna (Austria)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
20861520
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physical Review Letters; Journal Volume: 97; Journal Issue: 25; Other Information: DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.97.253003; (c) 2006 The American Physical Society; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; CONTROL THEORY; PHASE SPACE; PULSES; WAVE FUNCTIONS; WAVE PACKETS

Citation Formats

Zhao, W., Mestayer, J. J., Lancaster, J. C., Dunning, F. B., Reinhold, C. O., Department of Physics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-1200, Yoshida, S., Burgdoerfer, J., and Department of Physics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-1200. Navigating Localized Wave Packets in Phase Space. United States: N. p., 2006. Web. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVLETT.97.253003.
Zhao, W., Mestayer, J. J., Lancaster, J. C., Dunning, F. B., Reinhold, C. O., Department of Physics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-1200, Yoshida, S., Burgdoerfer, J., & Department of Physics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-1200. Navigating Localized Wave Packets in Phase Space. United States. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVLETT.97.253003.
Zhao, W., Mestayer, J. J., Lancaster, J. C., Dunning, F. B., Reinhold, C. O., Department of Physics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-1200, Yoshida, S., Burgdoerfer, J., and Department of Physics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-1200. Fri . "Navigating Localized Wave Packets in Phase Space". United States. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVLETT.97.253003.
@article{osti_20861520,
title = {Navigating Localized Wave Packets in Phase Space},
author = {Zhao, W. and Mestayer, J. J. and Lancaster, J. C. and Dunning, F. B. and Reinhold, C. O. and Department of Physics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-1200 and Yoshida, S. and Burgdoerfer, J. and Department of Physics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-1200},
abstractNote = {The ability to localize and to steer Rydberg wave packets in phase space using tailored sequences of half-cycle pulses is demonstrated. Classical phase-space portraits are used to explain the method and to illustrate the level of control that can be achieved. This is confirmed experimentally by positioning a phase-space-localized wave packet at the center of a stable island or navigating it around its periphery. This work provides a valuable starting point for further engineering of electronic wave functions.},
doi = {10.1103/PHYSREVLETT.97.253003},
journal = {Physical Review Letters},
number = 25,
volume = 97,
place = {United States},
year = {Fri Dec 22 00:00:00 EST 2006},
month = {Fri Dec 22 00:00:00 EST 2006}
}