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Rotational echoes as a tool for investigating ultrafast collisional dynamics of molecules

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We show that recently discovered rotational echoes of molecules provide an efficient tool for studying collisional molecular dynamics in high-pressure gases. Our study demonstrates that rotational echoes enable the observation of extremely fast collisional dissipation, at time scales of the order of few picoseconds, and possibly shorter. The decay of the rotational alignment echoes in CO2 gas and CO2-He mixture up to 50 bar was studied experimentally, delivering collision rates that are in good agreement with the theoretical expectations. The suggested measurement protocol may be used in other high-density media, and potentially in liquids.
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hal-02398543 , version 1 (07-12-2019)

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H. Zhang, B. Lavorel, F. Billard, J.-M. Hartmann, E. Hertz, et al.. Rotational echoes as a tool for investigating ultrafast collisional dynamics of molecules. Physical Review Letters, 2019, 122 (19), ⟨10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.193401⟩. ⟨hal-02398543⟩
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