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Paper   IPM / P / 15292
School of Physics
  Title:   Rotational Alignment Decay and Decoherence of Molecular Superrotors
  Author(s): 
1.  B. A. Stickler
2.  F. Taher Ghahramani
3.  K. Hornberger
  Status:   Published
  Journal: Phys. Rev. Lett.
  Vol.:  121
  Year:  2018
  Pages:   243402-243405
  Supported by:  IPM
  Abstract:
We present the quantum master equation describing the coherent and incoherent dynamics of a rapidly rotating molecule in presence of a thermal background gas. The master equation relates the rate of rotational alignment decay and decoherence to the microscopic scattering amplitudes, which we calculate for anisotropic van der Waals scattering. For large rotational energies, we find excellent agreement of the resulting alignment decay rate with recent superrotor experiments.

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