Chirped excitation of an electronic ladder system has shown complete transfer of the population to the top-level of the ladder system. Similar excitation of vibrational ladders in molecules may provide a tool for state-selective chemistry. Experimental results on the climbing of the anharmonic vibrational ladder of nitric oxide (NO), by irradiating the molecule with femtosecond infrared (IR) pulses, are presented. The free-electron laser FELIX is tuned to l = 5.3

P. Lambropoulos , H. Walther

Maas, D. J., Duncan, D. I., van der Meer, A. F. G., van der Zande, W. J., & Noordam, L. D. (1997). Vibrational Ladder Climbing in NO Using Ultrashort IR Laser Pulses. In P. Lambropoulos & H. Walther (Eds.), Multiphoton Processes 1996 : Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Multiphoton Processes held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, September 30 - October 4, 1996 (pp. 308–317).