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CRASY: Mass- or Electron-Correlated Rotational Alignment Spectroscopy

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Science  07 Jul 2011:
1204352
DOI: 10.1126/science.1204352

Abstract

Rotational spectra have traditionally been measured without a concurrent means of differentiating the molecular constituents of the sample. Here, we present an all-optical multipulse experiment which allows the correlated measurement of rotational and mass or photoelectron spectra by combining Fourier transform rotational coherence spectroscopy with resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization. We demonstrate the power of this method with the determination of ground-state rotational constants and fragmentation channels for 10 different isotopes in a natural carbon disulfide sample. Three of the reported rotational constants were previously inaccessible by conventional spectroscopic techniques.