Laser Sculpting of Atomic sp, sp², and sp³ Hybrid Orbitals
Liu, ChunMei and Manz, Jörn and Yang, Yonggang – 2015
Atomic sp, sp2, and sp3 hybrid orbitals were introduced by Linus Pauling to explain the nature of the chemical bond. Quantum dynamics simulations show that they can be sculpted by means of a selective series of coherent laser pulses, starting from the 1s orbital of the hydrogen atom. Laser hybridization generates atoms with state‐selective electric dipoles, opening up new possibilities for the study of chemical reaction dynamics and heterogeneous catalysis.