Rotational hybridization, and control of alignment and orientation in triatomic ultralong-range Rydberg molecules
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Rydberg moleculesElectric fieldControl of alignment and orientationUltralong-range
González-Férez, R.; Sadeghpour, H.R.; Schmelcher, P. Rotational hybridization, and control of alignment and orientation in triatomic ultralong-range Rydberg molecules. New Journal of Physics, 17: 013021 (2015). [http://hdl.handle.net/10481/34874]
SponsorshipRGF gratefully acknowledges a Mildred Dresselhaus award from the excellence cluster 'The Hamburg Center for Ultrafast Imaging Structure, Dynamics and Control of Matter at the Atomic Scale' of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and financial support by the Spanish Ministry of Science FIS2011-24540 (MICINN), grants P11-FQM-7276 and FQM-4643 (Junta de Andalucía), and by the Andalusian research group FQM-207. We also acknowledge financial support by the Initial Training Network COHERENCE of the European Union FP7 framework. HRS and PS acknowledge ITAMP at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics for support.
We explore the electronic structure and rovibrational properties of an ultralong-range triatomic Rydberg molecule formed by a Rydberg atom and a ground state heteronuclear diatomic molecule. We focus here on the interaction of a Rb($n,l\geqslant 3$) Rydberg atom with a KRb(N = 0) diatomic polar molecule. There is significant electronic hybridization with the Rb(n = 24, $l\geqslant 3$) degenerate manifold. The polar diatomic molecule is allowed to rotate in the electric fields generated by the Rydberg electron and core as well as an external field. We investigate the metamorphosis of the Born–Oppenheimer potential curves, essential for the binding of the molecule, with varying electric field and analyze the resulting properties such as the vibrational structure and the alignment and orientation of the polar diatomic molecule.