Tunable lasers, sources of intense narrow-band coherent radiation, enabled the parity violation experiments in atoms in the 1970’s. Ultrafast lasers are source of broadband coherent radiation. This paper reviews recent progress in experiments to control quantum dynamics in condensed phase and gas phase systems, using shaped ultrafast radiation. Many of the same techniques that have led to laser pulses in the 10-100 fsec range can also be applied to the control of quantum systems with similar dynamical time scales. © 2001 American Institute of Physics
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