I plan to develop methods for aligning and orienting molecules using intense laser pulses. This is an increasing important component of ultrafast AMO physics. By using shaped laser pulses and a cold (~ 1 K) gas target, we will explore alignment dynamics of asymmetric top molecules, especially with the goal of producing field-free 3D alignment and orientation. Once we have learned to align the molecules well enough, we will extend our experiments to measuring angle resolved molecular dynamics in intense ultrashort laser fields.
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