MOLECULES ROTATING IN ELECTRIC FIELDS BY QUANTUM AND SEMI-QUANTUM MECHANICS
Kennerly, William W.
The quantum and semi-quantum mechanics of rigid molecules rotating in static electric and intense nonresonant laser fields have been studied. Basic quantum features including energy level correlation diagrams, eigenfunctions, alignment, orientation, and time-dependent wave functions propagated under pulsed fields are calculated. Energy level nearest neighbor spacing disributions are the primary semi-quantum approach, but Husimi distributions, periodic orbits, and monodromy diagrams are also investigated. We have elucidated these facets of the quantum-classical correspondence in this important rotational model, which is classically nonscaling with mixed phase space.
My academic committee consisted of Greg Ezra (advisor), Ben Widom, and Paul Houston, all in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology.
quantum mechanics; rotation; rotors; laser; electric field; semiclassical; semiquantum; monodromy; nearest neighbor; NNS; NNSD; Husimi; periodic orbit; symplectic; orientation; alignment; pulsed laser
dissertation or thesis