Laser manipulation of localised π-electron rotations in a molecule with two aromatic rings

Masahiro Yamaki, Teranishi Yoshiaki*, Sheng Hsien Lin, Yuichi Fujimura

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Coherent dynamics of localised π-electron rotations in an aromatic ring molecule may play an important role in designing next generation photo-induced organic molecular devices. In this paper, we present a theoretical study of laser control of localised π-electron rotations in a low symmetry aromatic ring molecule, which are created by the coherence of two or more electronic excited states. The control scenario is to manipulate energy spacings between two electronic states by utilising AC Stark shift induced by strong non-resonant ultraviolet (UV) laser. We set three targets for laser manipulation of localised electron rotational dynamics for (P)-2,2′-biphenol with two aromatic rings. The first target is flipping of the direction of the localised π-electron rotation on the same ring, the second one is the transfer of the π-electron rotation localisation from one aromatic ring to the other, and the third one is freezing the unidirectional π-electron rotation localised on one aromatic ring. We propose the fundamental principle of laser manipulation of localised π-electron rotation utilising AC Stark shift. Expectation values of the localised electron angular momentum are calculated numerically to demonstrate our idea of laser manipulation. Effects of laser-field intensity on localised electron rotation dynamics are briefly discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1880-1888
Number of pages9
JournalMolecular Physics
Issue number15-16
StatePublished - 18 Aug 2017


  • AC Stark shift
  • laser control
  • π-electron rotation


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