Hoff, Philipp von den; Kowalewski, Markus; Vivie-Riedle, Regina de
Searching for pathways involving dressed states in optimal control theory.
In: Faraday Discussions, Vol. 153: pp. 159-171
Selective population of dressed states has been proposed as an alternative control
pathway in molecular reaction dynamics [Wollenhaupt et al., J. Photochem.
Photobiol. A: Chem., 2006, 180, 248]. In this article we investigate if, and under
which conditions, this strong field pathway is included in the search space of
optimal control theory. For our calculations we used the proposed example of the
potassium dimer, in which the different target states can be reached via dressed
states by resonant transition. Especially, we investigate whether the optimization
algorithm is able to find the route involving the dressed states although the target
state lies out of resonance in the bare state picture.