Thursday, June 20, 2013

1306.4364 (Arnaud Leclerc et al.)

Discussion of the adiabatic hypothesis in control schemes using
exceptional points

Arnaud Leclerc, Georges Jolicard, John P. Killingbeck
We present calculations for the action of laser pulses on vibrational transfer within the H2+ and Na2 molecules in the presence of dissipation due to photodissociation of the molecule. The laser fields perform closed loops surrounding exceptional points in the laser parameter plane of intensity and wavelength. In principle the process should produce controlled vibrational transfers due to an adiabatic flip of the dressed eigenstates. We directly solve the Schr\"odinger equation with the complete time-dependent field instead of using the adiabatic Floquet formalism which initially suggested the design of the laser pulses. Results given by wavepacket propagations disagree with predictions obtained using the adiabatic hypothesis. Thus we show that there are large non-adiabatic exchanges and that the dissipative character of the dynamics renders the adiabatic flip very difficult to obtain. Using much longer durations than expected from previous studies, the adiabatic flip is only obtained for the Na2 molecule and with strong dissociation.
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