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  1. Mechanisms of Strong-Field Double Ionization of Xe

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    Sun, Xufei; Li, Min; Ye, Difa; Xin, Guoguo; Fu, Libin; Xie, Xiguo; Deng, Yongkai; Wu, Chengyin; Liu, Jie; Gong, Qihuang; Liu, Yunquan

    2014-09-01

    We perform a fully differential measurement on strong-field double ionization of Xe by 25 fs, 790 nm laser pulses in intensity region (0.4-3)×1014 W/cm2. We observe that the two-dimensional correlation momentum spectra along the laser polarization direction show a nonstructured distribution for double ionization of Xe when decreasing the laser intensity from 3×1014 to 4×1013 W /cm2. The electron correlation behavior is remarkably different with the low-Z rare gases, i.e., He, Ne, and Ar. We find that the electron energy cutoffs increase from 2.9Up to 7.8Up when decreasing the laser intensities from the sequential double ionization to the nonsequential double ionization regime. The experimental observation indicates that multiple rescatterings play an important role for the generation of high energy photoelectrons. We have further studied the shielding effect on the strong-field double ionization of high-Z atoms.

  2. Time-Resolved Quantum Dynamics of Double Ionization in Strong Laser Fields

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    Prauzner-Bechcicki, Jakub S.; Sacha, Krzysztof; Eckhardt, Bruno; Zakrzewski, Jakub

    2007-05-01

    Quantum calculations of a (1+1)-dimensional model for double ionization in strong laser fields are used to trace the time evolution from the ground state through ionization and rescattering to the two-electron escape. The subspace of symmetric escape, a prime characteristic of nonsequential double ionization, remains accessible by a judicious choice of 1D coordinates for the electrons. The time-resolved ionization fluxes show the onset of single and double ionization, the sequence of events during the pulse, and the influences of pulse duration and reveal the relative importance of sequential and nonsequential double ionization, even when ionization takes place during the same field cycle.

  3. Time-Resolved Quantum Dynamics of Double Ionization in Strong Laser Fields

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    Prauzner-Bechcicki, Jakub S.; Sacha, Krzysztof; Zakrzewski, Jakub; Eckhardt, Bruno

    2007-05-18

    Quantum calculations of a (1+1)-dimensional model for double ionization in strong laser fields are used to trace the time evolution from the ground state through ionization and rescattering to the two-electron escape. The subspace of symmetric escape, a prime characteristic of nonsequential double ionization, remains accessible by a judicious choice of 1D coordinates for the electrons. The time-resolved ionization fluxes show the onset of single and double ionization, the sequence of events during the pulse, and the influences of pulse duration and reveal the relative importance of sequential and nonsequential double ionization, even when ionization takes place during the same field cycle.

  4. Dynamics of Strong-Field Double Ionization in Two-Color Counterrotating Fields

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    Chaloupka, Jan L.; Hickstein, Daniel D.

    2016-04-01

    The double ionization of helium in bichromatic, circularly polarized intense laser fields is analyzed with a classical ensemble approach. It is found that counterrotating fields produce significant nonsequential double-ion yield and drive novel ionization dynamics. It is shown that distinct pathways to ionization can be modified by altering the relative intensities of the two colors, allowing for unique control of strong-field processes. Electrons are observed to return to the ion at different angles from the angle of ionization, opening new possibilities for probing electronic and molecular structure on the ultrafast time scale.

  5. Dynamics of Strong-Field Double Ionization in Two-Color Counterrotating Fields.

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    Chaloupka, Jan L; Hickstein, Daniel D

    2016-04-01

    The double ionization of helium in bichromatic, circularly polarized intense laser fields is analyzed with a classical ensemble approach. It is found that counterrotating fields produce significant nonsequential double-ion yield and drive novel ionization dynamics. It is shown that distinct pathways to ionization can be modified by altering the relative intensities of the two colors, allowing for unique control of strong-field processes. Electrons are observed to return to the ion at different angles from the angle of ionization, opening new possibilities for probing electronic and molecular structure on the ultrafast time scale. PMID:27104705

  6. Molecular Double Ionization Using Strong Field Few-Cycle Laser Pulses.

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    Zhao, Arthur; Sándor, Péter; Tagliamonti, Vincent; Matsika, Spiridoula; Weinacht, Thomas

    2016-05-19

    We study strong field double ionization of a series of organic molecules by making use of coincidence detection of fragment ions. We measure the double ionization yield as a function of pulse duration, intensity, polarization, and molecular conjugation. For conjugated molecules we find strong enhancement in the double ionization rate over what one would expect on the basis of tunneling or multiphoton ionization rates. Calculations reveal a correlation between the electronic structure of the different molecules and the observed double ionization yields, highlighting the removal of electrons from inner orbitals. PMID:26927812

  7. Strong Field Double Ionization: The Phase Space Perspective

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    Mauger, F.; Chandre, C.; Uzer, T.

    2009-05-01

    We identify the phase-space structures that regulate atomic double ionization in strong ultrashort laser pulses. The emerging dynamical picture complements the recollision scenario by clarifying the distinct roles played by the recolliding and core electrons, and leads to verifiable predictions on the characteristic features of the 'knee', a hallmark of the nonsequential process.

  8. Quantum model for double ionization of atoms in strong laser fields

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    Prauzner-Bechcicki, Jakub S.; Sacha, Krzysztof; Eckhardt, Bruno; Zakrzewski, Jakub

    2008-07-01

    We discuss double ionization of atoms in strong laser pulses using a reduced dimensionality model. Following the insight obtained from an analysis of the classical mechanics of the process, we confine each electron to move along the lines that point towards the two-particle Stark saddle in the presence of a field. The resulting effective two-dimensional model is similar to the aligned electron model, but it enables correlated escape of electrons with equal momenta, as observed experimentally. The time-dependent solution of the Schrödinger equation allows us to discuss in detail the time dynamics of the ionization process, the formation of electronic wave packets, and the development of the momentum distribution of the outgoing electrons. In particular, we are able to identify the rescattering process, simultaneous direct double ionization during the same field cycle, as well as other double ionization processes. We also use the model to study the phase dependence of the ionization process.

  9. Inner-shell electron effects in strong-field double ionization of Xe

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    Yuan, Zongqiang; Ye, Difa; Liu, Jie; Fu, Libin

    2016-06-01

    We investigate theoretically the inner-shell electron effects in strong-field double ionization of Xe by a comparative study with two different three-dimensional semiclassical models, i.e., the widely used helium-like model and an improved Green-Sellin-Zachor (GSZ) model. The enhanced double-ionization signals through sequential ionization and recollision-induced excitation with subsequent field ionization are identified as two origins of the nonstructured pattern in the correlated electron momentum spectrum observed in a recent experiment [Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 103001 (2014), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.103001]. The relationship between these enhancements and the inner-shell electrons is revealed by back analysis of the classical trajectories.

  10. From Recollisions to the Knee: A Road Map for Double Ionization in Intense Laser Fields

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    Mauger, F.; Chandre, C.; Uzer, T.

    2010-01-29

    We examine the nature and statistical properties of electron-electron collisions in the recollision process in a strong laser field. The separation of the double ionization yield into sequential and nonsequential components leads to a bell-shaped curve for the nonsequential probability and a monotonically rising one for the sequential process. We identify key features of the nonsequential process and connect our findings in a simplified model which reproduces the knee shape for the probability of double ionization with laser intensity and associated trends.

  11. Spin dynamics in nonsequential two-photon double ionization of helium in an intense laser field

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    Bhattacharyya, S.; Mazumder, Mina; Chakrabarti, J.; Faisal, F. H. M.

    2011-04-15

    Nonsequential two-photon double ionization of a two-electron system (He and He-like ions) in a circularly polarized intense laser field is developed in a relativistic field theoretic way. Antisymmetry is maintained in the correlated wave functions of He in the initial state after modification to include Dirac spinor, and in the Volkov wave functions of the two electrons in the final free state. The present theory endeavors to provide an estimate of the helicity-dependent angular asymmetry in spin-current generation in nonsequential two-photon double ionization. Angular dependence of circular dichroism obtained in this paper, in coplanar and orthogonal geometries, is compared with the only existing nonrelativistic result obtained using lowest-order perturbation theory. Present result for dichroism underestimates the nonrelativistic result. Entanglement in the spins of the ejected electrons is concluded.

  12. Binary and Recoil Collisions in Strong Field Double Ionization of Helium

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    Staudte, A.; Villeneuve, D. M.; Corkum, P. B.; Ruiz, C.; Becker, A.; Schoeffler, M.; Schoessler, S.; Meckel, M.; Doerner, R.; Zeidler, D.; Weber, Th.

    2007-12-31

    We have investigated the correlated momentum distribution of both electrons from nonsequential double ionization of helium in a 800 nm, 4.5x10{sup 14} W/cm{sup 2} laser field. Using very high resolution coincidence techniques, we find a so-far unobserved fingerlike structure in the correlated electron momentum distribution. The structure can be interpreted as a signature of the microscopic dynamics in the recollision process. We identify features corresponding to the binary and recoil lobe in field-free (e,2e) collisions. This interpretation is supported by analyzing ab initio solutions of a fully correlated three-dimensional helium model.

  13. Five-photon double ionization of helium

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    Li, Y.; Pindzola, M. S.; Colgan, J.

    2016-03-01

    A time-dependent close-coupling method is used to calculate the five-photon double ionization of He. It is found that the generalized cross section used in the past for two-photon double ionization of He cannot be extended to five-photon double ionization of He. Therefore only five-photon double ionization probabilities that depend on specific radiation field pulses can be calculated.

  14. Nonsequential double ionization of helium in IR+XUV two-color laser fields: Collision-ionization process

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    Jin, Facheng; Tian, Yuanye; Chen, Jing; Yang, Yujun; Liu, Xiaojun; Yan, Zong-Chao; Wang, Bingbing

    2016-04-01

    We investigate the nonsequential double ionization (NSDI) process of an atom in IR+XUV two-color intense laser fields, where the photon energy of the XUV laser is higher than the atomic ionization threshold. By using the frequency-domain theory, we consider the NSDI as a process caused by the collision-ionization mechanism and obtain the NSDI spectrum that presents a multiplateau structure. With the help of channel analysis, we find that the height of a plateau in the NSDI spectrum is determined by the number of XUV photons absorbed by the electrons. Furthermore, to explain the interference structure in the NSDI spectrum, we also compare the contributions of forward and backward collisions to the NSDI probability. We find that the forward collision dominates the contributions to the NSDI when two electrons are ejected along the same direction and both forward and backward collisions make a comparable contribution to NSDI when the two electrons are ejected along opposite directions. By applying the saddle-point approximation, we obtain an energy-circle formula, which may illustrate the formation of the NSDI spectrum structure.

  15. Suppression of correlated electron escape in double ionization in strong laser fields

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    Eckhardt, Bruno; Prauzner-Bechcicki, Jakub S.; Sacha, Krzysztof; Zakrzewski, Jakub

    2008-01-01

    The effect of the Pauli exclusion principle on double ionization of He atoms by strong, linearly polarized laser pulses is analyzed. We show that correlated electron escape, with electron momenta symmetric with respect to the field polarization axis, is suppressed if atoms are initially prepared in the metastable state S3 . The effect is a consequence of selection rules for the transition to the appropriate outgoing two-electron states. We illustrate the suppression in numerical calculations of electron and ion momentum distributions within a reduced dimensionality model.

  16. Experimental and theoretical study on nonsequential double ionization of carbon disulfide in strong near-IR laser fields

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    Zuo, Wanlong; Ben, Shuai; Lv, Hang; Zhao, Lei; Guo, Jing; Liu, Xue-Shen; Xu, Haifeng; Jin, Mingxing; Ding, Dajun

    2016-05-01

    Nonsequential double ionization (NSDI) of carbon disulfide CS2 in strong 800-nm laser fields is studied experimentally and theoretically. A knee structure is observed in the intensity-dependent double ionization (DI) yield in linearly polarized laser fields, which exhibits a strong dependence on the laser ellipticity. The electron momentum distributions and energy trajectories after DI in both linearly and circularly polarized laser fields are investigated by employing the two-dimensional classical ensemble method. The results clearly show the evidence of NSDI in the strong-field DI of CS2 molecules. It is demonstrated that, similar to that of atoms, NSDI of CS2 molecules is produced via laser-driven electron recollision with the ion core and presents electron-electron correlations in the process. Analysis indicates that both mechanisms in atomic strong-field NSDI, i.e., recollision impact ionization and recollision excitation with subsequent ionization, may also be contributed to NSDI of CS2 in strong laser fields. Further studies are no doubt necessary for a full understanding of the underlying physical mechanism of molecular strong-field NSDI, due to the multicenter character of the molecular structure and the complex molecular excited states that could be involved in the ionization.

  17. Double-ionization mechanisms of the argon dimer in intense laser fields

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    Ulrich, B.; Vredenborg, A.; Malakzadeh, A.; Meckel, M.; Cole, K.; Jahnke, T.; Doerner, R.; Smolarski, M.; Chang, Z.

    2010-07-15

    We have measured the two-site double ionization of argon dimers by ultrashort laser pulses leading to fragmentation into two singly charged argon ions. Contrary to the expectations from a pure Coulomb explosion following rapid removal of one electron from each of the atoms, we find three distinct peaks in the kinetic energy release (KER) distribution. By measuring the angular distribution of the fragment ions and the vector momentum of one of the emitted electrons for circular and linear laser polarization, we are able to unravel the ionization mechanisms leading to the three features in the KER. The most abundant one results from tunnel ionization at one site followed by charge-enhanced tunnel ionization of the second atom. The second mechanism, which leads to a higher KER we identify as sequential tunnel ionization of both atoms accompanied by excitation. The third mechanism is present with linearly polarized light only. It is most likely a frustrated triple ionization, where the third electron does not escape but is trapped in a Rydberg state.

  18. Influence of magnetic field strength on potential well in the ionization stage of a double stage Hall thruster

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    Yu Daren; Song Maojiang; Liu Hui; Zhang Xu; Li Hong

    2012-07-15

    Similar to a single stage Hall thruster, the magnetic field, which controls electron trajectory and electric field distribution, is the most important factor determining the performance of a double stage Hall thruster. Especially, a potential well, which is helpful to reduce the ion loss on the thruster walls, is shaped in the ionization stage due to the existence of an annular magnetic field topology there. In this paper, the influence of magnetic field strength in the ionization stage on the potential well is researched with both experiments and particle-in-cell simulations. It is found that the depth of potential well increases with the magnetic field strength as a result of enhanced magnetic confinement and lowered electron conductivity. Consequently, the plasma density as well as the ion current entering the acceleration stage increases. However, an excessive magnetic field strength leads to an excess of ion loss on the walls of the acceleration stage. Therefore, there is an appropriate magnetic field strength in the ionization stage that results in a proper potential well and consequently an optimal performance of a double stage Hall thruster.

  19. Numerical simulation of the double-to-single ionization ratio for the helium atom in strong laser fields

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    Chen, Zhangjin; Zheng, Yanyan; Yang, Weifeng; Song, Xiaohong; Xu, Junliang; DiMauro, L. F.; Zatsarinny, Oleg; Bartschat, Klaus; Morishita, Toru; Zhao, Song-Feng; Lin, C. D.

    2015-12-01

    We present calculations on the ratio between double and single ionization of helium by a strong laser pulse at a wavelength of 780 nm using the quantitative rescattering (QRS) model. According to this model, the yield for the doubly charged ion He+2 can be obtained by multiplying the returning electron wave packet (RWP) with the total cross sections (TCSs) for electron impact ionization and electron impact excitation of +He in the singlet spin channel. The singlet constraint was imposed since the interaction of the helium atom with the laser and the recollision processes both preserve the total spin of the system. An R -matrix (close-coupling) code is used to obtain accurate TCSs, while the RWPs, according to the QRS, are calculated by the strong-field approximation for high-energy photoelectrons. The laser field, which lowers the required energy for the electron to escape from the nucleus at the time of recollision, is also taken into account. The simulated results are in good agreement with the measured He+2/+He ratio over a broad range of laser intensities. The result demonstrates that the QRS approach based on the rescattering model is fully capable of quantitatively interpreting nonsequential double ionization processes.

  20. Double ionization of atomic cadmium

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    Linusson, P.; Fritzsche, S.; Eland, J. H. D.; Hedin, L.; Karlsson, L.; Feifel, R.

    2011-02-15

    We have recorded the double photoionization spectrum of atomic Cd at four different photon energies in the range 40-200 eV. The main channel is single ionization and subsequent decay of excited Cd{sup +} states, some involving Coster-Kronig processes, whereas direct double ionization is found to be weak. The decay of the excited Cd{sup +} states shows a strong selectivity, related to the configuration of the final state. Double ionization leading to the Cd{sup 2+} ground state is investigated in some detail and is found to proceed mainly through ionization and decay of 4d correlation satellites. The most prominent autoionization peaks have been identified with the aid of quantum-mechanical calculations.

  1. Nonsequential double ionization of molecules

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    Prauzner-Bechcicki, Jakub S.; Sacha, Krzysztof; Zakrzewski, Jakub; Eckhardt, Bruno

    2005-03-01

    Double ionization of diatomic molecules by short linearly polarized laser pulses is analyzed. We consider the final stage of the ionization process, that is the decay of a highly excited two electron molecule, which is formed after rescattering. The saddles of the effective adiabatic potential energy close to which simultaneous escape of electrons takes place are identified. Numerical simulations of the ionization of molecules show that the process can be dominated by either sequential or nonsequential events. In order to increase the ratio of nonsequential to sequential ionizations very short laser pulses should be applied.

  2. Separation of Recollision Mechanisms in Nonsequential Strong Field Double Ionization of Ar: The Role of Excitation Tunneling

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    Feuerstein, B.; Moshammer, R.; Fischer, D.; Dorn, A.; Schroeter, C. D.; Deipenwisch, J.; Crespo Lopez-Urrutia, J. R.; Hoehr, C.; Neumayer, P.; Ullrich, J.

    2001-07-23

    Vector momentum distributions of two electrons created in double ionization of Ar by 25fs, 0.25 PW/cm{sup 2} laser pulses at 795nm have been measured using a ''reaction microscope.'' At this intensity, where nonsequential ionization dominates, distinct correlation patterns are observed in the two-electron momentum distributions. A kinematical analysis of these spectra within the classical ''recollision model'' revealed an (e,2e) -like process and excitation with subsequent tunneling of the second electron as two different ionization mechanisms. This allows a qualitative separation of the two mechanisms demonstrating that excitation-tunneling is the dominant contribution to the total double ionization yield.

  3. Nonsequential Double Ionization of Atoms in Strong Laser Field: Identifying the Mechanisms behind the Correlated-Electron Momentum Spectra

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    Ye, Difa; Fu, Libin; Liu, Jie

    Within the strong-field physics community, there has been increasing interest on nonsequential double ionization (NSDI) induced by electron-electron (e-e) correlation. A large variety of novel phenomena has been revealed in experiments during the past decades. However, the theoretical understanding and interpretation of this process is still far from being complete. The most accurate simulation, i.e. the exact solution of the time-dependent Schrödinger equation (TDSE) for two electrons in a laser field is computationally expensive. In order to overcome the difficulty, we proposed a feasible semiclassical model, in which we treat the tunneling ionization of the outmost electron quantum mechanically according to the ADK theory, sample the inner electron from microcanonical distribution and then evolve the two electrons with Newton's equations. With this model, we have successfully explained various NSDI phenomena, including the excessive DI yield, the energy spectra and angular distribution of photoelectrons. Very recently, it is adopted to reveal the physical mechanisms behind the fingerlike structure in the correlated electron momentum spectra, the unexpected correlation-anticorrelation transition close to the recollision threshold, and the anomalous NSDI of alkaline-earth-metal atoms in circularly polarized field. The obvious advantage of our model is that it gives time-resolved insights into the complex dynamics of NSDI, from the turn-on of the laser field to the final escape of the electrons, thus allowing us to disentangle and thoroughly analyze the underlying physical mechanisms.

  4. Scaling Laws of the Two-Electron Sum-Energy Spectrum in Strong-Field Double Ionization.

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    Ye, Difa; Li, Min; Fu, Libin; Liu, Jie; Gong, Qihuang; Liu, Yunquan; Ullrich, J

    2015-09-18

    The sum-energy spectrum of two correlated electrons emitted in nonsequential strong-field double ionization (SFDI) of Ar was studied for intensities of 0.3 to 2×10^{14} W/cm^{2}. We find the mean sum energy, the maximum of the distributions as well as the high-energy tail of the scaled (to the ponderomotive energy) spectra increase with decreasing intensity below the recollision threshold (BRT). At higher intensities the spectra collapse into a single distribution. This behavior can be well explained within a semiclassical model providing clear evidence of the importance of multiple recollisions in the BRT regime. Here, ultrafast thermalization between both electrons is found occurring within three optical cycles only and leaving its clear footprint in the sum-energy spectra. PMID:26430991

  5. The influence of magnetic field strength in ionization stage on ion transport between two stages of a double stage Hall thruster

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    Yu Daren; Song Maojiang; Li Hong; Liu Hui; Han Ke

    2012-11-15

    It is futile for a double stage Hall thruster to design a special ionization stage if the ionized ions cannot enter the acceleration stage. Based on this viewpoint, the ion transport under different magnetic field strengths in the ionization stage is investigated, and the physical mechanisms affecting the ion transport are analyzed in this paper. With a combined experimental and particle-in-cell simulation study, it is found that the ion transport between two stages is chiefly affected by the potential well, the potential barrier, and the potential drop at the bottom of potential well. With the increase of magnetic field strength in the ionization stage, there is larger plasma density caused by larger potential well. Furthermore, the potential barrier near the intermediate electrode declines first and then rises up while the potential drop at the bottom of potential well rises up first and then declines as the magnetic field strength increases in the ionization stage. Consequently, both the ion current entering the acceleration stage and the total ion current ejected from the thruster rise up first and then decline as the magnetic field strength increases in the ionization stage. Therefore, there is an optimal magnetic field strength in the ionization stage to guide the ion transport between two stages.

  6. Correlated Two-Electron Momentum Spectra for Strong-Field Nonsequential Double Ionization of He at 800 nm

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    Rudenko, A.; Ergler, Th.; Zrost, K.; Feuerstein, B.; Schroeter, C. D.; Moshammer, R.; Ullrich, J.; Jesus, V. L. B. de

    2007-12-31

    We report on a kinematically complete experiment on nonsequential double ionization of He by 25 fs 800 nm laser pulses at 1.5 PW/cm{sup 2}. The suppression of the recollision-induced excitation at this high intensity allows us to address in a clean way direct (e,2e) ionization by the recolliding electron. In contrast with earlier experimental results, but in agreement with various theoretical predictions, the two-electron momentum distributions along the laser polarization axis exhibit a pronounced V-shaped structure, which can be explained by the role of Coulomb repulsion and typical (e,2e) kinematics.

  7. Recollisions and Correlated Double Ionization with Circularly Polarized Light

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    Mauger, F.; Chandre, C.; Uzer, T.

    2010-08-20

    It is generally believed that the recollision mechanism of atomic nonsequential double ionization is suppressed in circularly polarized laser fields because the returning electron is unlikely to encounter the core. On the contrary, we find that recollision can and does significantly enhance double ionization, even to the extent of forming a ''knee,'' the signature of the nonsequential process. Using a classical model, we explain two apparently contradictory experiments, the absence of a knee for helium and its presence for magnesium.

  8. Probing Angular Correlations in Sequential Double Ionization

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    Fleischer, A.; Woerner, H. J.; Arissian, L.; Liu, L. R.; Meckel, M.; Rippert, A.; Doerner, R.; Villeneuve, D. M.; Corkum, P. B.; Staudte, A.

    2011-09-09

    We study electron correlation in sequential double ionization of noble gas atoms and HCl in intense, femtosecond laser pulses. We measure the photoelectron angular distributions of Ne{sup +} relative to the first electron in a pump-probe experiment with 8 fs, 800 nm, circularly polarized laser pulses at a peak intensity of a few 10{sup 15} W/cm{sup 2}. Using a linear-linear pump-probe setup, we further study He, Ar, and HCl. We find a clear angular correlation between the two ionization steps in the sequential double ionization intensity regime.

  9. Single-shot carrier-envelope-phase-tagged ion-momentum imaging of nonsequential double ionization of argon in intense 4-fs laser fields

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    Johnson, Nora G.; Herrwerth, O.; Wirth, A.; De, S.; Ben-Itzhak, I.; Lezius, M.; Bergues, B.; Kling, M. F.; Senftleben, A.; Schroeter, C. D.; Moshammer, R.; Ullrich, J.; Betsch, K. J.; Jones, R. R.; Sayler, A. M.; Rathje, T.; Ruehle, K.; Mueller, W.; Paulus, G. G.

    2011-01-15

    Single-shot carrier-envelope-phase (CEP) tagging is combined with a reaction mircoscope (REMI) to investigate CEP-dependent processes in atoms. Excellent experimental stability and data acquisition longevity are achieved. Using this approach, we study the CEP effects for nonsequential double ionization of argon in 4-fs laser fields at 750 nm and an intensity of 1.6x10{sup 14} W/cm{sup 2}. The Ar{sup 2+} ionization yield shows a pronounced CEP dependence which compares well with recent theoretical predictions employing quantitative rescattering theory [S. Micheau et al., Phys. Rev. A 79, 013417 (2009)]. Furthermore, we find strong CEP influences on the Ar{sup 2+} momentum spectra along the laser polarization axis.

  10. Two-photon double ionization of helium

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    van der Hart, Hugo W.; Feng, Liang; McKenna, Claire

    2003-12-01

    The combination of B-spline basis sets with R-matrix theory has provided a powerful tool for the description of double ionization processes. We demonstrate this first by investigating electron-impact ionization of Li2+. By applying the Floquet Ansatz, the same techniques can be employed to describe multiphoton double ionization processes through the R-matrix Floquet approach. Results for two-photon double ionization of He confirm the lower values of time-dependent close-coupling calculations compared to perturbation theory. The approach can be extended to quasi-two-electron systems through the use of model potentials. This is demonstrated by calculating photoionization cross sections near threshold for the m = 0 level of the 4s4p 1Po state of calcium.

  11. Plasma Production via Field Ionization

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    O'Connell, C.L.; Barnes, C.D.; Decker, F.; Hogan, M.J.; Iverson, R.; Krejcik, P.; Siemann, R.; Walz, D.R.; Clayton, C.E.; Huang, C.; Johnson, D.K.; Joshi, C.; Lu, W.; Marsh, K.A.; Mori, W.; Zhou, M.; Deng, S.; Katsouleas, T.; Muggli, P.; Oz, E.; /Southern California U.

    2007-01-02

    Plasma production via field ionization occurs when an incoming particle beam is sufficiently dense that the electric field associated with the beam ionizes a neutral vapor or gas. Experiments conducted at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center explore the threshold conditions necessary to induce field ionization by an electron beam in a neutral lithium vapor. By independently varying the transverse beam size, number of electrons per bunch or bunch length, the radial component of the electric field is controlled to be above or below the threshold for field ionization. Additional experiments ionized neutral xenon and neutral nitric oxide by varying the incoming beam's bunch length. A self-ionized plasma is an essential step for the viability of plasma-based accelerators for future high-energy experiments.

  12. Electron-impact double ionization of magnesium

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    Ford, M.J.; El-Marji, B.; Doering, J.P.; Moore, J.H.; Coplan, M.A.; Cooper, J.W.

    1998-01-01

    Electron-impact double-ionization cross sections differential in the angles of the two ejected electrons have been measured at impact energies of 422 and 1052 eV. The energies of the ejected electrons were fixed at 100 eV each. The cross sections are very different at the two incident energies. At 1052 eV the ejected electrons are preferentially found in the forward direction with respect to the incident beam. At 422 eV they are found in the forward and backward directions with approximately equal probability. The 422-eV cross sections are largest when the incident-electron and ejected-electron momentum vectors lie in a common plane. The observations are discussed in the context of several models for double ionization. {copyright} {ital 1998} {ital The American Physical Society}

  13. Single and Double Ionization in F9+ + He Collisions

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    Pindzola, M. S.; Lee, T. G.; Colgan, J.

    2015-05-01

    Time-dependent close-coupling methods are used to calculate differential cross sections for the single and double ionization in F9+ + He collisions. Single ionization energy differential cross sections are compared with recent experimental results. Double ionization energy differential cross sections are presented to guide future experiments. Work supported in part by grants from NSF and DOE.

  14. Classical cutoffs for laser-induced nonsequential double ionization

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    Milosevic, D.B.; Becker, W.

    2003-12-01

    Classical cutoffs for the momenta of electrons ejected in laser-induced nonsequential double ionization are derived for the recollision-impact-ionization scenario. Such simple cutoff laws can aid in the interpretation of the observed electron spectra.

  15. Multiphoton double ionization of the He atom

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    Li, Y.; Pindzola, M. S.

    2016-05-01

    Time-dependent close-coupling (TDCC) calculations are made for the multiphoton double ionization of the He atom under the influence of a fast pulse XUV laser. One set of TDCC calculations employs l1m1l2m2 coupling on a 2D (r1 ,r2) numerical lattice, a second set of TDCC calculations employs m1m2 coupling on a 4D (r1 ,θ1 ,r2 ,θ2) numerical lattice, and a third set of TDCC calculations employs m1m2 coupling on a 4D (ρ1 ,z1 ,ρ2 ,z2) numerical lattice. Studies are made to see which TDCC method is the most efficient at explaining measurements as the number of photons absorbed is increased. Work supported in part by Grants from NASA, NSF, and DOE.

  16. Dual double field theory

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    Bergshoeff, Eric A.; Hohm, Olaf; Penas, Victor A.; Riccioni, Fabio

    2016-06-01

    We present the dual formulation of double field theory at the linearized level. This is a classically equivalent theory describing the duals of the dilaton, the Kalb-Ramond field and the graviton in a T-duality or O( D, D) covariant way. In agreement with previous proposals, the resulting theory encodes fields in mixed Young-tableau representations, combining them into an antisymmetric 4-tensor under O( D, D). In contrast to previous proposals, the theory also requires an antisymmetric 2-tensor and a singlet, which are not all pure gauge. The need for these additional fields is analogous to a similar phenomenon for "exotic" dualizations, and we clarify this by comparing with the dualizations of the component fields. We close with some speculative remarks on the significance of these observations for the full non-linear theory yet to be constructed.

  17. Double ionization of H2 by intense attosecond laser pulses

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    Lee, Teck-Ghee; Pindzola, M. S.; Robicheaux, F.

    2010-08-01

    We present calculations of the double ionization of H2 induced by an intense attosecond laser pulse at a photon energy of 40 eV using the time-dependent close-coupling method within the fixed nuclei approximation. We focus on two-photon absorption processes and examine how the response of the ejected electrons, in particular the single- and the double-energy differential probabilities, is affected by linear and circular polarizations at laser-field intensities ranging from 10^{15}\\; \\rm W\\,cm^{-2} to 10^{16}\\; \\rm W\\,cm^{-2} . In general, we find that for both linearly and circularly polarized pulses, sequential peaks and non-sequential wells that appear in both the single- and double-energy differential probabilities are akin to the analogous two-electron photoemission processes in the helium atom driven by intense attosecond pulses. In addition, for the case of a linearly polarized pulse, a clear signature of the sequential double-electron above the threshold ionization process can be seen in these spectra.

  18. Extracting amplitudes for single and double ionization from a time-dependent wave packet

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    Palacios, A.; Rescigno, T. N.; McCurdy, C. W.

    2007-10-15

    A method is described for extracting double ionization amplitudes from a quantum wave packet for an atom after a short radiation pulse, but while the electrons are still interacting. The procedure involves the use of exterior complex scaling to effectively propagate the field-free solution to infinite times, and allows the use of existing integral formulas for double ionization amplitudes for two electron atoms and molecules.

  19. Distinction between sequential and direct ionization in two-photon double ionization of helium

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    Selstø, Sølve; Raynaud, Xavier; Simonsen, Aleksander Skjerlie; Førre, Morten

    2014-11-01

    This paper aims to shed some light on the role of the direct, or nonsequential, ionization channel in the regime in which the sequential channel is open in two-photon double ionization (TPDI) of helium. In this regime the sequential channel dominates any direct contribution unless the laser pulse is of very short duration, in which case their distinction is hard to draw. Based on both a simple model and full solutions of the time-dependent Schrödinger equation, we aim to provide evidence of direct double ionization by identifying a term proportional to the pulse duration in the double ionization yield. Indeed, such a term is identified in the energy-differential yield. When it comes to the total double ionization probability, however, it turns out that the net first-order contribution is negative. The nature of the negative first-order contribution is discussed, and we argue that it is of correlated origin.

  20. Cross sections for short pulse single and double ionization ofhelium

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    Palacios, Alicia; Rescigno, Thomas N.; McCurdy, C. William

    2007-11-27

    In a previous publication, procedures were proposed for unambiguously extracting amplitudes for single and double ionization from a time-dependent wavepacket by effectively propagating for an infinite time following a radiation pulse. Here we demonstrate the accuracy and utility of those methods for describing two-photon single and one-photon double ionization of helium. In particular it is shown how narrow features corresponding to autoionizing states are easily resolved with these methods.

  1. Phase effects in double ionization by strong short pulses

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    Eckhardt, Bruno; Prauzner-Bechcicki, Jakub S.; Sacha, Krzysztof; Zakrzewski, Jakub

    2010-05-01

    We consider double ionization induced by strong single cycle pulses within quantum calculations of a reduced dimensionality model. Changes in the phase relation between the wave and the envelope affect the total ionization yield as well as the characteristics in the distribution of the outgoing momenta.

  2. Correlation in double ionization of He by ultrashort pulses

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    Feist, Johannes

    2008-05-01

    Double ionization of helium has long been of considerable interest in atomic physics since it provides insight into the role of electronic correlation in the full three-body Coulomb break-up process, which is of fundamental importance for the understanding of the dynamics in more complex atoms. The recent availability of attosecond XUV pulses allows to directly probe and possibly control the temporal structure of the ionization process. We have implemented an ab initio simulation of the interaction of ultrashort laser pulses with a helium atom. The wave function is represented in a time-dependent close- coupling (TDCC) scheme and time integration is performed utilizing the Arnoldi-Lanczos method. The spatial discretization employs an FEDVR basis, which lends itself to effective parallelization. We will present results on two-photon double ionization of He by ultrashort pulses over a wide range of photon energies. At low energies only non-sequential double ionization is possible (where both electrons share the energy of the photons, and consequently have to be ionized within a short period). For photon energies above 54.4,V (the ionization potential of the He^+ ground state), sequential double ionization is allowed. This process proceeds in two steps -- single ionization of He followed by ionization of the remaining He^+ ion. By using attosecond XUV pulses, these two separated stages of the sequential process are confined to within a short time interval of each other. We show that the angular distributions of the emitted electrons reveal the signature of a non-sequential process under the condition that sufficiently short pulses are used, while for longer pulses the sequential process completely dominates. The correlation time for double ionization can thus be directly observed using attosecond XUV pulses. This work was performed in collaboration with S. Nagele, R. Pazourek, E. Persson, B. I. Schneider, L. A. Collins, and J. Burgd"orfer.

  3. Signatures of bound-state-assisted nonsequential double ionization

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    Sukiasyan, Suren; McDonald, Chris; Van Vlack, Cole; Destefani, Carlos; Fennel, Thomas; Brabec, Thomas; Ivanov, Misha

    2009-07-15

    The time-dependent multiconfiguration Hartree method is optimized for intense laser dynamics and applied to nonsequential double ionization in a two-electron diatomic model molecule with two dimensions per electron. The efficiency of our method brings these calculations from the realm of large scale computation facilities to single processor machines. The resulting two-electron spectrum exhibits pronounced signatures from which the ionic bound states involved in nonsequential double ionization are retrieved with the help of a semiclassical model. A mechanism for the ionization dynamics is suggested.

  4. Inner-shell and double ionization potentials of aminophenol isomers.

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    Kryzhevoi, N. V.; Santra, R.; Cederbaum, L. S.

    2011-01-01

    A comprehensive study of single and double core ionization potentials of the aminophenol molecule is reported. The role of relaxation, correlation, relativistic, and basis set effects in these potentials is clarified. Special attention is paid to the isomer dependence of the single and double core ionization potentials. Some of them are also compared with the respective values of the phenol and aniline molecules. It is shown that the core level single ionization potentials of the para-, meta-, and ortho-aminophenol molecules differ only slightly from each other, rendering these structural isomers challenging to distinguish for conventional x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. In contrast, the energy needed to remove two core electrons from different atoms depends noticeably on the mutual arrangement and even on the relative orientations of the hydroxyl and amine groups. Together with the electrostatic repulsion between the two core holes, relaxation effects accompanying double core ionization play a crucial role here. The pronounced sensitivity of the double ionization potentials, therefore, enables a spectroscopic characterization of the electronic structure of aminophenol isomers by means of x-ray two-photon photoelectron spectroscopy.

  5. Origin of double-line structure in nonsequential double ionization by few-cycle laser pulses

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    Huang, Cheng; Zhong, Mingmin; Wu, Zhengmao

    2016-07-01

    We investigate nonsequential double ionization (NSDI) of molecules by few-cycle laser pulses at the laser intensity of 1.2-1.5 × 1014 W/cm2 using the classical ensemble model. The same double-line structure as the lower intensity (1.0 × 1014 W/cm2) is also observed in the correlated electron momentum spectra for 1.2-1.4 × 1014 W/cm2. However, in contrast to the lower intensity where NSDI proceeds only through the recollision-induced double excitation with subsequent ionization (RDESI) mechanism, here, the recollision-induced excitation with subsequent ionization (RESI) mechanism has a more significant contribution to NSDI. This indicates that RDESI is not necessary for the formation of the double-line structure and RESI can give rise to the same type of structure independently. Furthermore, we explore the ultrafast dynamics underlying the formation of the double-line structure in RESI.

  6. Strong-field ionization of a heteronuclear diatomic molecule

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    Ren, Xianghe; Nakajima, Takashi

    2010-12-15

    We theoretically study strong-field ionization of a heteronuclear diatomic molecule, CO, by calculating the photoelectron angular distributions (PADs) and the total ionization rates using linearly and circularly polarized laser fields. We find that, although the PADs of CO generally do not have inversion symmetry, they become more inversion symmetric as the photoelectron energy increases. Heteronuclear features of CO upon ionization are better understood by comparing the results with those of a representative of homonuclear molecules, N{sub 2}, in that, although there are some similarities between CO and N{sub 2} due to the same orbital symmetry, {sigma}{sub g}, there are some differences between them in terms of the ionization suppression and orientation dependence of the total ionization yield. Namely, CO behaves more like an atom in the low-intensity range in a sense that ionization takes place mainly from the neighborhood of the C core, while it behaves more like a double-core molecule in the high-intensity range since ionization takes place from the neighborhood of both C and O cores. This explains why ionization suppression of CO is not seen at the low intensity but it becomes more visible at the high intensity range.

  7. Elucidating the mechanisms of double ionization using intense half-cycle, single-cycle, and double half-cycle pulses

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    Kamta, G. Lagmago; Starace, Anthony F.

    2003-10-01

    We investigate the interaction of a two-active electron system (Li{sup -}) with intense single-cycle and double half-cycle pulses. The 'intensity' and 'frequency' considered correspond to the 'multiphoton above-barrier regime'. For the single-cycle pulse (SCP), the electric field changes sign once, allowing electron wave packets created during the first half cycle to recollide with the parent ion when driven back by the field. For the double half-cycle pulse (DHP), however, the electric field does not change sign, and electron wave packets created during the first half cycle are not driven back to the parent ion. We find that both single and double ionization are significantly larger for the SCP than for the DHP, thereby elucidating the role of the rescattering mechanism. On the other hand, doubly ionized electrons produced by a half-cycle pulse and a DHP are found to have angular distributions in which one electron is ejected in the direction of the pulse field, and the other in the opposite direction. This clear signature of electron correlations suggests that 'shake-off', 'knockout', and, possibly, 'multiphoton-sharing' processes are alternative contributing mechanisms for double ionization in this regime.

  8. Ionization and dissociation dynamics of molecules in strong laser fields

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    Lai, Wei

    The fast advancement of ultrashort-pulsed high-intensity laser technology allows for generating an electric field equivalent to the Coulomb field inside an atom or a molecule (e.g., EC=5.14x109 V/cm at the 1s orbit radius a0=0.0529 nm of the hydrogen atom, which corresponds to an intensity of 3.54x1016 W/cm2). Atoms and molecules exposed in such a field will easily be ionized, as the external field is strong enough to remove the electrons from the core. This is usually referred to "strong field". Strong fields provide a new tool for studying the interaction of atoms and molecules with light in the nonlinear nonperturbative regime. During the past three decades, significant progress has been made in the strong field science. Today, most phenomena involving atoms in strong fields have been relatively well understood by the single-active-electron (SAE) approximation. However, the interpretation of these responses in molecules has encountered great difficulties. Not like atoms that only undergo excitation and ionization, various dissociation channels accompanying excitation and ionization can occur in molecules during the laser pulse interaction, which imparts further complexity to the study of molecules in strong fields. Previous studies have shown that molecules can behave significantly different from rare gas atoms in phenomena as simple as single and double ionization. Molecular dissociation following ionization also presents challenges in strong fields compared to what we have learned in the weak-field regime. This dissertation focuses on experimental studies on ionization and dissociation of some commonly-seen small molecules in strong laser fields. Previous work of molecules in strong fields will be briefly reviewed, particularly on some open questions about multiple dissociation channels, nonsequential double ionization, enhanced ionization and molecular alignment. The identification of various molecular dissociation channels by recent experimental technical

  9. Double field theory inspired cosmology

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    Wu, Houwen; Yang, Haitang E-mail: hyanga@scu.edu.cn

    2014-07-01

    Double field theory proposes a generalized spacetime action possessing manifest T-duality on the level of component fields. We calculate the cosmological solutions of double field theory with vanishing Kalb-Ramond field. It turns out that double field theory provides a more consistent way to construct cosmological solutions than the standard string cosmology. We construct solutions for vanishing and non-vanishing symmetry preserving dilaton potentials. The solutions assemble the pre- and post-big bang evolutions in one single line element. Our results show a smooth evolution from an anisotropic early stage to an isotropic phase without any special initial conditions in contrast to previous models. In addition, we demonstrate that the contraction of the dual space automatically leads to both an inflation phase and a decelerated expansion of the ordinary space during different evolution stages.

  10. Ionization of xenon by electrons: Partial cross sections for single, double, and triple ionization

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    Mathur, D.; Badrinathan, C.

    1987-02-01

    High-sensitivity measurements of relative partial cross sections for single, double, and triple ionization of Xe by electron impact have been carried out in the energy region from threshold to 100 eV using a crossed-beam apparatus incorporating a quadrupole mass spectrometer. The weighted sum of the relative partial cross sections at 50 eV are normalized to the total ionization cross section of Rapp and Englander-Golden to yield absolute cross-section functions. Shapes of the partial cross sections for single and double ionization are difficult to account for within a single-particle picture. Comparison of the Xe/sup +/ data with 4d partial photoionization cross-section measurements indicates the important role played by many-body effects in describing electron-impact ionization of high-Z atoms.

  11. Fundamental studies and applications of strong field ionization

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    Yan, Lu

    In an intense laser field, atoms and molecules experience tunneling ionization directly to the continuum. We used this method to study several aspects and applications of strong field ionization (SFI) in atoms and molecules. One study used SFI to probe the photofragments produced by photodissociation using DC sliced imaging. The photodissociation mechanism of two polyatomic molecules (sulfur dioxide and nitromethane) were investigated. In a second study, we show the strong field ionization rate depends on the sign of the magnetic number distribution. We detect the signal of sequential double ionization of argon dications by a pump-probe method to investigate the ionization rate sensitivity to circularly polarized light. In a third study, we also found that the modest fragmentation that accompanies strong field ionization may be used to identify isomers and molecules in a complex mixture based on their mass spectral "finger print". The experiments were carried out in a DC sliced imaging apparatus. For the isomer selective detection experiment, the machine was used simply as a time-of-flight mass spectrometer. The mass spectrum of each isomer was used as "basis function" to characterize the complex mixtures quantitatively.

  12. Ultrastrong Field Ionization of Ne{sup n+} (n{<=}8): Rescattering and the Role of the Magnetic Field

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    Palaniyappan, S.; Di Chiara, A.; Chowdhury, E.; Falkowski, A.; Ongadi, G.; Huskins, E.L.; Walker, B.C.

    2005-06-24

    Ne{sup +} to Ne{sup 8+} ionization yields in 10{sup 14} W/cm{sup 2} to 10{sup 18} W/cm{sup 2} laser fields are reported over a 10{sup 9} dynamic range. A 3D relativistic rescattering model incorporating (e,2e) and (e,3e) electron impact ionization, single- and double-excitation is compared to the data. For double ionization the agreement is excellent; however, for higher charge states the model accounts for only 15% of multielectron nonsequential ionization. Rescattering is not affected by the laser magnetic field until 10{sup 17} W/cm{sup 2}.

  13. Fragmentation of long-lived hydrocarbons after strong field ionization

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    Larimian, Seyedreza; Erattupuzha, Sonia; Lötstedt, Erik; Szidarovszky, Tamás; Maurer, Raffael; Roither, Stefan; Schöffler, Markus; Kartashov, Daniil; Baltuška, Andrius; Yamanouchi, Kaoru; Kitzler, Markus; Xie, Xinhua

    2016-05-01

    We experimentally and theoretically investigated the deprotonation process on nanosecond to microsecond timescales in ethylene and acetylene molecules following their double ionization by a strong femtosecond laser field. In our experiments we utilized coincidence detection with the reaction microscope technique. We found that both the lifetime of the long-lived ethylene dication leading to the delayed deprotonation and the relative channel strength of the delayed deprotonation compared to the prompt one have no evident dependence on the laser pulse duration and the laser peak intensity. Quantum chemical simulations suggest that the observed delayed fragmentation process originates from the tunneling from near-dissociation-threshold C-H stretch vibrational states on a dicationic electronic state. These vibrational states can be populated through strong field double-ionization-induced vibrational excitation on an electronically excited state in the case of ethylene, and through a spin-flip transition from electronically excited singlet states to the triplet ground state in the case of acetylene.

  14. Double Ionization of Hydrogen Molecule by Intense Attosecond Laser Pulses

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    Lee, Teck-Ghee; Pindzola, M. S.; Robicheaux, F.

    2010-03-01

    Time-dependent close-coupling calculations within the fixed nuclei approximation are carried out for the double ionization of H2 induced by an intense attosecond laser pulse at a photon energy of 40 eV. We consider here the two-photon absorption processes and examine the response of the ejected electrons, particularly the single- and the double-electron energy distributions, to linearly and circularly polarized pulse at laser intensities between 10^15 W/cm^2 and 10^16 W/cm^2. We find that, for both the linearly and circularly polarized pulses, sequential peaks and non-sequential wells appear in both the single- and double-electron energy distributions that are generally akin to the analogous two electrons photoemission processes in He atom driven by a linearly polarized intense attosecond pulse [1,2]. Furthermore, a clear signature of the sequential double-electron above threshold ionization process can be seen in the single- and double-electron energy distributions when a linearly polarized pulse is being used.[4pt] [1] I. F. Barna, J. Wang, and J. Burgdorfer, Phys. Rev. A. 73, 023402 (2006) [0pt] [2] T-G Lee, M. S. Pindzola and F. Robicheaux, Phys. Rev. A. 79, 053420 (2009)

  15. Few-Photon Double Ionization of He and H2

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    Jiang, Wei-Chao; Xiong, Wei-Hao; Geng, Ji-Wei; Gong, Qihuang; Peng, Liang-You

    Studies on the few-photon double ionization of helium atom and hydrogen molecule have fundamental significances on the electronic correlation. In recent years, many theoretical efforts have been put on the numerical solution to the corresponding time-dependent Schrödinger equation (TDSE) in the real space. These ab initio calculations promise to produce accurate numerical results that can be directly compared with the experimental observations. With further developments of free electron lasers (FEL) and high harmonic generation (HHG) sources and relevant coincidence measurement techniques, these theoretical predictions have a greater chance to be experimentally checked. In this chapter, we will first introduce our numerical methodologies to solve the TDSE and then provide some numerical results for the few-photon double ionization of helium atom and hydrogen molecule. At the same time, existing experimental results will be reviewed briefly.

  16. Fully differential single-photon double ionization of magnesium

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    Yip, Frank L.; Rescigno, Thomas N.; McCurdy, C. William

    2016-05-01

    The valence-shell double ionization of atomic magnesium is calculated using a grid-based representation of the 3s2 electron configuration in the presence of a fully-occupied frozen-core configuration. Atomic orbitals are constructed from an underlying finite element discrete variable representation (FEM-DVR) that facilitate accurate representation of the interaction between the inner shell electrons with those entering the continuum. Comparison between the similar processes of double ionization of the ns2 atoms helium, beryllium and magnesium are presented to further illuminate the role of valence-shell electron correlation in atomic targets with analogous configurations and symmetries. Both a time-independent and time-dependent formalism for evaluating double ionization amplitudes is applied to these many-electron targets. Results are compared with recent theoretical calculations and experimental measurements. Work supported by the US Dept. of Energy, Division of Chemical Sciences Contract DE-AC02-05CH11231 and the National Science Foundation, No. PHY-1509971.

  17. Nonsequential double ionization with time-dependent renormalized-natural-orbital theory

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    Brics, M.; Rapp, J.; Bauer, D.

    2014-11-01

    Recently introduced time-dependent renormalized-natural-orbital theory (TDRNOT) is tested on nonsequential double ionization (NSDI) of a numerically exactly solvable one-dimensional model He atom subject to few-cycle, 800-nm laser pulses. NSDI of atoms in strong laser fields is a prime example of nonperturbative, highly correlated electron dynamics. As such, NSDI is an important "worst-case" benchmark for any time-dependent few and many-body technique beyond linear response. It is found that TDRNOT reproduces the celebrated NSDI "knee," i.e., a many-order-of-magnitude enhancement of the double-ionization yield (as compared to purely sequential ionization) with only the ten most significant natural orbitals (NOs) per spin. Correlated photoelectron spectra—as "more differential" observables—require more NOs.

  18. Field ionizing elements and applications thereof

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    Hartley, Frank T. (Inventor)

    2003-01-01

    A field ionizing element formed of a membrane that houses electrodes therein that are located closer to one another than the mean free path of the gas being ionized. The membrane includes a supporting portion, and a non supporting portion where the ions are formed. The membrane may be used as the front end for a number of different applications including a mass spectrometer, a thruster, an ion mobility element, or an electrochemical device such as a fuel cell.

  19. Origin of double-line structure in nonsequential double ionization by few-cycle laser pulses.

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    Huang, Cheng; Zhong, Mingmin; Wu, Zhengmao

    2016-07-28

    We investigate nonsequential double ionization (NSDI) of molecules by few-cycle laser pulses at the laser intensity of 1.2-1.5 × 10(14) W/cm(2) using the classical ensemble model. The same double-line structure as the lower intensity (1.0 × 10(14) W/cm(2)) is also observed in the correlated electron momentum spectra for 1.2-1.4 × 10(14) W/cm(2). However, in contrast to the lower intensity where NSDI proceeds only through the recollision-induced double excitation with subsequent ionization (RDESI) mechanism, here, the recollision-induced excitation with subsequent ionization (RESI) mechanism has a more significant contribution to NSDI. This indicates that RDESI is not necessary for the formation of the double-line structure and RESI can give rise to the same type of structure independently. Furthermore, we explore the ultrafast dynamics underlying the formation of the double-line structure in RESI. PMID:27475356

  20. Nonsequential two-photon double ionization of helium

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    Feist, J.; Nagele, S.; Pazourek, R.; Persson, E.; Schneider, B. I.; Collins, L. A.; Burgdörfer, J.

    2008-04-01

    We present accurate time-dependent ab initio calculations on fully differential and total integrated (generalized) cross sections for the nonsequential two-photon double ionization of helium at photon energies from 40 to 54 eV. Our computational method is based on the solution of the time-dependent Schrödinger equation and subsequent projection of the wave function onto Coulomb waves. We compare our results with other recent calculations and discuss the emerging similarities and differences. We investigate the role of electronic correlation in the representation of the two-electron continuum states, which are used to extract the ionization yields from the fully correlated final wave function. In addition, we study the influence of the pulse length and shape on the cross sections in time-dependent calculations and address convergence issues.

  1. Direct two-photon double ionization of H2

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    Simonsen, A. S.; Sørngård, S. A.; Nepstad, R.; Førre, M.

    2012-06-01

    We have studied the process of direct (nonsequential) two-photon double ionization of molecular hydrogen (H2). Solving the time-dependent Schrödinger equation by an ab initio method, total (generalized) and single-differential cross sections are obtained at photon energies from 26 to 33 eV. Both parallel and perpendicular orientation of the molecule with respect to the laser polarization direction are considered, and the results are compared with previously calculated cross sections at 30 eV, as well as the predictions of a simple model.

  2. Channel-resolved above-threshold double ionization of acetylene.

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    Gong, Xiaochun; Song, Qiying; Ji, Qinying; Lin, Kang; Pan, Haifeng; Ding, Jingxin; Zeng, Heping; Wu, Jian

    2015-04-24

    We experimentally investigate the channel-resolved above-threshold double ionization (ATDI) of acetylene in the multiphoton regime using an ultraviolet femtosecond laser pulse centered at 395 nm by measuring all the ejected electrons and ions in coincidence. As compared to the sequential process, diagonal lines in the electron-electron joint energy spectrum are observed for the nonsequential ATDI owing to the correlative sharing of the absorbed multiphoton energies. We demonstrate that the distinct channel-resolved sequential and nonsequential ATDI spectra can clearly reveal the photon-induced acetylene-vinylidene isomerization via proton migration on the cation or dication states. PMID:25955049

  3. The ionization rate inversion of H? induced by the single and double UV photon(s)

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    He, Pei-Lun; He, Feng

    2013-11-01

    The ionization of H? in the strong UV laser pulse is studied by numerically solving the time-dependent Schrödinger equation. In analogy to Young's double-slit interference, the ionized electron originating from two nuclei will constructively, or destructively interfere, depending on the UV frequencies. The fluctuation of the ionization rate as a function of the laser frequency is observed. The destructive interference suppresses the single-photon ionization rate, so that the double-photon ionization rate can be larger than the single-photon ionization rate. When such an ionization-rate inversion happens, the electron momentum spectra splits into several peaks.

  4. Dynamics of two-photon double ionization of helium in short intense xuv laser pulses

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    Guan, Xiaoxu; Bartschat, K.; Schneider, B. I.

    2008-04-01

    We present an ab initio nonperturbative time-dependent approach to the problem of a helium atom driven by an intense xuv laser pulse. Based on the finite-element discrete-variable-representation, a space discretization is proposed for the radial grid in spherical coordinates. Absolute angle-integrated and triple-differential cross sections for double ionization by absorption of two photons are obtained over a range of photon energies between 39.5 eV (31.4 nm) and 54 eV (23 nm), where the process is dominated by nonsequential ionization mechanisms. We show that the agreement with several other sets of previous predictions is good, as long as the effective interaction time is defined properly. Two-photon double ionization at the photon energy of 57 eV (22 nm), for which both sequential and nonsequential channels are open, is also discussed. For double photoionization in the near-threshold regime, our results do not indicate a preferential mode of energy sharing between the two escaping electrons, while asymmetric energy sharing becomes the dominant mode with increasing excess energy. Overall, the two ionized electrons strongly prefer to escape along the polarization axis of linearly polarized laser fields.

  5. Ionization of cluster atoms in a strong laser field

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    Smirnov, M.B.; Krainov, V.P.

    2004-04-01

    Inner and outer multiple ionization of clusters by a superintense ultrashort laser pulse is studied. The barrier-suppression mechanism governs inner field ionization in this case, while impact ionization can be neglected. Outer ionization produces a static Coulomb field inside the ionized cluster. This field increases the charge multiplicity of the atomic ions produced inside the cluster approximately by a factor of 1.5. Various models are suggested for the charge distribution inside the cluster.

  6. Relativistic effects on giant resonances in electron-impact double ionization

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    Pindzola, M.S.

    1987-06-01

    The electron-impact double-ionization cross section for Fr/sup +/ is calculated in the distorted-wave Born approximation. A giant resonance in the 5d subshell ionization-autoionization contribution to the cross section is found to be quite sensitive to changes in the double-well potential caused by relativistic effects on bound-state wave functions.

  7. One-photon double ionization of helium: A heuristic formula for the cross section

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    Førre, Morten

    2012-01-01

    Without a formal derivation, we propose a formula for the total and single-differential cross sections in the problem of one-photon double ionization of an atom. The formula is benchmarked against accurate experimental data for the total cross section of helium. Furthermore, a direct comparison with ab initio calculations for the double ionization of Li+ suggests that the framework is valid for the entire helium isoelectronic sequence. To this end, we introduce a formula for the double ionization of lithium as well as for the triple ionization of lithium and beryllium.

  8. Energy differential cross sections for F9+-impact single and double ionization of He

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    Pindzola, M. S.; Lee, T. G.; Colgan, J.

    2015-07-01

    Time-dependent close-coupling methods are used to calculate energy differential cross sections for the single and double ionization of He by impact with F9+ ions at 4.0 MeV amu-1. Single ionization energy differential cross sections using both a one active electron method and a two active electron method are compared with recent experimental results. Double ionization energy differential cross sections using a two active electron method are presented to guide future experiments.

  9. Double metric, generalized metric, and α' -deformed double field theory

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    Hohm, Olaf; Zwiebach, Barton

    2016-03-01

    We relate the unconstrained "double metric" of the "α' -geometry" formulation of double field theory to the constrained generalized metric encoding the spacetime metric and b -field. This is achieved by integrating out auxiliary field components of the double metric in an iterative procedure that induces an infinite number of higher-derivative corrections. As an application, we prove that, to first order in α' and to all orders in fields, the deformed gauge transformations are Green-Schwarz-deformed diffeomorphisms. We also prove that to first order in α' the spacetime action encodes precisely the Green-Schwarz deformation with Chern-Simons forms based on the torsionless gravitational connection. This seems to be in tension with suggestions in the literature that T-duality requires a torsionful connection, but we explain that these assertions are ambiguous since actions that use different connections are related by field redefinitions.

  10. State-resolved three-dimensional electron-momentum correlation in nonsequential double ionization of benzene

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    Winney, Alexander H.; Lin, Yun Fei; Lee, Suk Kyoung; Adhikari, Pradip; Li, Wen

    2016-03-01

    We report state-resolved electron-momentum correlation measurement of strong-field nonsequential double ionization in benzene. With a novel coincidence detection apparatus, highly efficient triple coincidence (electron-electron dication) and quadruple coincidence (electron-electron-cation-cation) are used to resolve the final ionic states and to characterize three-dimensional (3D) electron-momentum correlation. The primary states associated with dissociative and nondissociative dications are assigned. A 3D momentum anticorrelation is observed for the electrons in coincidence with dissociative benzene dication states whereas such a correlation is absent for nondissociative dication states.

  11. Electron dynamics of molecular double ionization by elliptically polarized few-cycle laser pulses

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    Ai-Hong, Tong; Guo-Qiang, Feng; Dan, Liu

    2015-03-01

    Using the classical ensemble method, we have investigated double ionization (DI) of diatomic molecules driven by elliptically polarized few-cycle laser pulses. The results show that DI channel depends strongly on internuclear distances (R), which is dominated by nonsequential double ionization (NSDI) for small and large R, while sequential double ionization (SDI) for mediate R. By tracing NSDI trajectories, we find that NSDI mainly originates from recollision process for small R and collision process for large R. Moreover, the correlated momentum distributions along the long axis strongly depend on the carrier-envelope-phase (CEP), and this phase dependence is affected by R.

  12. Electric fields and double layers in plasmas

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    Singh, Nagendra; Thiemann, H.; Schunk, R. W.

    1987-01-01

    Various mechanisms for driving double layers in plasmas are briefly described, including applied potential drops, currents, contact potentials, and plasma expansions. Some dynamical features of the double layers are discussed. These features, as seen in simulations, laboratory experiments, and theory, indicate that double layers and the currents through them undergo slow oscillations which are determined by the ion transit time across an effective length of the system in which double layers form. It is shown that a localized potential dip forms at the low potential end of a double layer, which interrupts the electron current through it according to the Langmuir criterion, whenever the ion flux into the double is disrupted. The generation of electric fields perpendicular to the ambient magnetic field by contact potentials is also discussed. Two different situations were considered; in one, a low-density hot plasma is sandwiched between high-density cold plasmas, while in the other a high-density current sheet permeates a low-density background plasma. Perpendicular electric fields develop near the contact surfaces. In the case of the current sheet, the creation of parallel electric fields and the formation of double layers are also discussed when the current sheet thickness is varied. Finally, the generation of electric fields and double layers in an expanding plasma is discussed.

  13. Ratio of double to single ionization of helium: The relationship between ionization by photons and by bare charged particles

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    Manson, S.T. ); McGuire, J.H. )

    1995-01-01

    It is well known that cross sections for ionization of atoms by fast charged particles and by photons are related by the Bethe-Born theory. We employ this relationship to derive a corresponding relation for the ratio [ital R] of double to single ionization including the first two terms of the Bethe expansion. For sufficiently fast charged particles, where the second term can be ignored, the ratios as a function of [Delta][ital E]---the energies transferred to the atom by the projectile---for ionization by charged particles [ital R][sub [ital z

  14. Laser-subcycle control of sequential double-ionization dynamics of helium

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    Schöffler, Markus S.; Xie, Xinhua; Wustelt, Philipp; Möller, Max; Roither, Stefan; Kartashov, Daniil; Sayler, A. Max; Baltuska, Andrius; Paulus, Gerhard G.; Kitzler, Markus

    2016-06-01

    We present measured momentum distributions on the double ionization of helium with intense, near-circularly-polarized few-cycle laser pulses with a known carrier-envelope offset phase (CEP). The capability of obtaining CEP-resolved momentum distributions enables us to observe signatures of the various combinations of laser-half-cycle two-electron emissions. By comparison to semiclassical trajectory simulations, we succeed in assigning the corresponding structures in the measured distributions to certain two-electron emission dynamics. Based on this possibility, we demonstrate that the sequential double-ionization dynamics can be sensitively controlled with the pulse duration and the laser peak intensity. For the shortest pulse durations and not too high intensities we find that the two electrons are dominantly emitted with a delay of roughly a laser half cycle. For a just slightly increased intensity we find evidence that at least one of the two electrons is surprisingly likely emitted in between the peaks of the laser field oscillations rather than at the field maxima. The simulations reproduce the signatures of these kinds of two-electron emissions overall relatively well.

  15. Triple Differential Cross sections and Nuclear Recoil in Two-Photon Double Ionization of Helium

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    Horner, Daniel A.; McCurdy, C. William; Rescigno, Thomas N

    2008-04-29

    Triple differential cross sections (TDCS) for two-photon double ionization of helium are calculated using the method of exterior complex scaling both above and below the threshold for sequential ionization (54.4 eV). It is found that sequential ionization produces characteristic behavior in the TDCS that identifies that process when it is in competition with nonsequential ionization. Moreover we see the signature in the TDCS and nuclear recoil cross sections of"virtual sequential ionization" below the threshold for the sequential process.

  16. Electron dynamics of molecular double ionization by circularly polarized laser pulses

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    Tong, Aihong; Zhou, Yueming; Huang, Cheng; Lu, Peixiang

    2013-08-21

    Using the classical ensemble method, we have investigated double ionization (DI) of diatomic molecules driven by circularly polarized laser pulses with different internuclear distances (R). The results show that the DI mechanism changes from sequential double ionization (SDI) to nonsequential double ionization (NSDI) as the internuclear distance increases. In SDI range, the structure of the electron momentum distribution changes seriously as R increases, which indicates the sensitive dependence of the release times of the two electrons on R. For NSDI, because of the circular polarization, the ionization of the second electron is not through the well-known recollision process but through a process where the first electron ionizes over the inner potential barrier of the molecule, moves directly towards the other nucleus, and kicks out the second electron.

  17. Conserved currents of double field theory

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    Blair, Chris D. A.

    2016-04-01

    We find the conserved current associated to invariance under generalised diffeomorphisms in double field theory. This can be used to define a generalised Komar integral. We comment on its applications to solutions, in particular to the fundamental string/pp-wave. We also discuss the current in the context of Scherk-Schwarz compactifications. We calculate the current for both the original double field theory action, corresponding to the NSNS sector alone, and for the RR sector.

  18. Perturbative double field theory on general backgrounds

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    Hohm, Olaf; Marques, Diego

    2016-01-01

    We develop the perturbation theory of double field theory around arbitrary solutions of its field equations. The exact gauge transformations are written in a manifestly background covariant way and contain at most quadratic terms in the field fluctuations. We expand the generalized curvature scalar to cubic order in fluctuations and thereby determine the cubic action in a manifestly background covariant form. As a first application we specialize this theory to group manifold backgrounds, such as S U (2 )≃S3 with H -flux. In the full string theory this corresponds to a Wess-Zumino-Witten background CFT. Starting from closed string field theory, the cubic action around such backgrounds has been computed before by Blumenhagen, Hassler, and Lüst. We establish precise agreement with the cubic action derived from double field theory. This result confirms that double field theory is applicable to arbitrary curved background solutions, disproving assertions in the literature to the contrary.

  19. Ionization Time and Exit Momentum in Strong-Field Tunnel Ionization.

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    Teeny, Nicolas; Yakaboylu, Enderalp; Bauke, Heiko; Keitel, Christoph H

    2016-02-12

    Tunnel ionization belongs to the fundamental processes of atomic physics. The so-called two-step model, which describes the ionization as instantaneous tunneling at the electric field maximum and classical motion afterwards with zero exit momentum, is commonly employed to describe tunnel ionization in adiabatic regimes. In this contribution, we show by solving numerically the time-dependent Schrödinger equation in one dimension and employing a virtual detector at the tunnel exit that there is a nonvanishing positive time delay between the electric field maximum and the instant of ionization. Moreover, we find a nonzero exit momentum in the direction of the electric field. To extract proper tunneling times from asymptotic momentum distributions of ionized electrons, it is essential to incorporate the electron's initial momentum in the direction of the external electric field. PMID:26918986

  20. Ionization Time and Exit Momentum in Strong-Field Tunnel Ionization

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    Teeny, Nicolas; Yakaboylu, Enderalp; Bauke, Heiko; Keitel, Christoph H.

    2016-02-01

    Tunnel ionization belongs to the fundamental processes of atomic physics. The so-called two-step model, which describes the ionization as instantaneous tunneling at the electric field maximum and classical motion afterwards with zero exit momentum, is commonly employed to describe tunnel ionization in adiabatic regimes. In this contribution, we show by solving numerically the time-dependent Schrödinger equation in one dimension and employing a virtual detector at the tunnel exit that there is a nonvanishing positive time delay between the electric field maximum and the instant of ionization. Moreover, we find a nonzero exit momentum in the direction of the electric field. To extract proper tunneling times from asymptotic momentum distributions of ionized electrons, it is essential to incorporate the electron's initial momentum in the direction of the external electric field.

  1. Nonsequential Two-Photon Double Ionization of Atoms: Identifying the Mechanism

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    Førre, Morten; Selstø, Sølve; Nepstad, Raymond

    2010-10-01

    We develop an approximate model for the process of direct (nonsequential) two-photon double ionization of atoms. Employing the model, we calculate (generalized) total cross sections as well as energy-resolved differential cross sections of helium for photon energies ranging from 39 to 54 eV. A comparison with results of ab initio calculations reveals that the agreement is at a quantitative level. We thus demonstrate that this complex ionization process can be described by the simple model, providing insight into the underlying physical mechanism. Finally, we use the model to calculate generalized cross sections for the two-photon double ionization of neon in the nonsequential regime.

  2. Double electron ionization in Compton scattering of high energy photons by helium atoms

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    Amusia, M.Y.; Mikhailov, A.I.

    1995-08-01

    The cross section for double-electron ionization of two-electron atoms and ions in Compton scattering of high energy photons is calculated. It is demonstrated that its dependence on the incoming photon frequency is the same as that for single-electron ionization. The ratio of {open_quotes}double-to-single{close_quotes} ionization in Compton scattering was found to be energy independent and almost identical with the corresponding value for photoionization. For the He atom it is 1.68%. This surprising result deserves experimental verification.

  3. Control of two-photon double ionization of helium with intense chirped attosecond laser pulses

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    Barmaki, S.; Lanteigne, P.; Laulan, S.

    2014-06-01

    We study the two-photon double-ionization process of the helium atom by solving numerically the nonrelativistic, time-dependent Schrödinger equation in its full dimensionality. We investigate with intense chirped attosecond laser pulses of 23.5-nm wavelength the two-photon absorption near and above the sequential threshold. We show how it is possible by adjusting the chirp parameter to control the electronic transitions inside the atom, thereby reinforcing or weakening the ionization process. Attosecond chirped laser pulses offer a promising way to probe and control the two-photon double ionization of helium when compared with attosecond transform-limited pulses.

  4. The Role of Nuclear Motion in the Photo-Double Ionization of Molecular Hydrogen

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    Rescigno, Thomas; Horner, Daniel; Vanroose, Wim; Martin, Fernando; McCurdy, C. William

    2007-06-01

    We explain the origin of recently observed variations with internuclear distance (R) of the fully differential cross sections for double ionization of aligned H2 by a single photon. Using the results of converged numerical solutions of the Schr"odinger equation, we show that these variations arise primarily from pronounced differences in the R-dependence of the parallel and perpendicular components of the ionization amplitude. We also predict that R-dependences should be readily observable in the asymmetry parameter for photo-double ionization, even in experimental measurements that are not differential in the energy sharings between ejected photo-electrons.

  5. Single-photon multiple ionization forming double vacancies in the 2p subshell of argon

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    Linusson, P.; Fritzsche, S.; Eland, J. H. D.; Mucke, M.; Feifel, R.

    2013-04-01

    Single-photon ionization leading to two vacancies in the 2p subshell of argon is investigated experimentally using the photoelectron time-of-flight magnetic bottle coincidence technique. Three peaks corresponding to the 3P, 1D, and 1S states of the dication are found in the ionization energy range 535 to 562 eV. Multiconfigurational Dirac-Fock calculations were performed to estimate the single-photon double-ionization cross sections. Reasonable agreement between the measured and simulated spectra is found if single and double excitations are taken into account in the wave-function expansion.

  6. Towards weakly constrained double field theory

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    Lee, Kanghoon

    2016-08-01

    We show that it is possible to construct a well-defined effective field theory incorporating string winding modes without using strong constraint in double field theory. We show that X-ray (Radon) transform on a torus is well-suited for describing weakly constrained double fields, and any weakly constrained fields are represented as a sum of strongly constrained fields. Using inverse X-ray transform we define a novel binary operation which is compatible with the level matching constraint. Based on this formalism, we construct a consistent gauge transform and gauge invariant action without using strong constraint. We then discuss the relation of our result to the closed string field theory. Our construction suggests that there exists an effective field theory description for massless sector of closed string field theory on a torus in an associative truncation.

  7. Relativistic contributions to single and double core electron ionization energies of noble gases

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    Niskanen, J.; Norman, P.; Aksela, H.; Aagren, H.

    2011-08-07

    We have performed relativistic calculations of single and double core 1s hole states of the noble gas atoms in order to explore the relativistic corrections and their additivity to the ionization potentials. Our study unravels the interplay of progression of relaxation, dominating in the single and double ionization potentials of the light elements, versus relativistic one-electron effects and quantum electrodynamic effects, which dominate toward the heavy end. The degree of direct relative additivity of the relativistic corrections for the single electron ionization potentials to the double electron ionization potentials is found to gradually improve toward the heavy elements. The Dirac-Coulomb Hamiltonian is found to predict a scaling ratio of {approx}4 for the relaxation induced relativistic energies between double and single ionization. Z-scaling of the computed quantities were obtained by fitting to power law. The effects of nuclear size and form were also investigated and found to be small. The results indicate that accurate predictions of double core hole ionization potentials can now be made for elements across the full periodic table.

  8. Double field theory: a pedagogical review

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    Aldazabal, Gerardo; Marqués, Diego; Núñez, Carmen

    2013-08-01

    Double field theory (DFT) is a proposal to incorporate T-duality, a distinctive symmetry of string theory, as a symmetry of a field theory defined on a double configuration space. The aim of this review is to provide a pedagogical presentation of DFT and its applications. We first introduce some basic ideas on T-duality and supergravity in order to proceed to the construction of generalized diffeomorphisms and an invariant action on the double space. Steps towards the construction of a geometry on the double space are discussed. We then address generalized Scherk-Schwarz compactifications of DFT and their connection to gauged supergravity and flux compactifications. We also discuss U-duality extensions and present a brief parcours on worldsheet approaches to DFT. Finally, we provide a summary of other developments and applications that are not discussed in detail in the review.

  9. Integrated atom detector based on field ionization near carbon nanotubes

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    Gruener, B.; Jag, M.; Stibor, A.; Visanescu, G.; Haeffner, M.; Kern, D.; Guenther, A.; Fortagh, J.

    2009-12-15

    We demonstrate an atom detector based on field ionization and subsequent ion counting. We make use of field enhancement near tips of carbon nanotubes to reach extreme electrostatic field values of up to 9x10{sup 9} V/m, which ionize ground-state rubidium atoms. The detector is based on a carpet of multiwall carbon nanotubes grown on a substrate and used for field ionization, and a channel electron multiplier used for ion counting. We measure the field enhancement at the tips of carbon nanotubes by field emission of electrons. We demonstrate the operation of the field ionization detector by counting atoms from a thermal beam of a rubidium dispenser source. By measuring the ionization rate of rubidium as a function of the applied detector voltage we identify the field ionization distance, which is below a few tens of nanometers in front of nanotube tips. We deduce from the experimental data that field ionization of rubidium near nanotube tips takes place on a time scale faster than 10{sup -10} s. This property is particularly interesting for the development of fast atom detectors suitable for measuring correlations in ultracold quantum gases. We also describe an application of the detector as partial pressure gauge.

  10. Complete characterization of single-cycle double ionization of argon from the nonsequential to the sequential ionization regime

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    Kübel, M.; Burger, C.; Kling, Nora G.; Pischke, T.; Beaufore, L.; Ben-Itzhak, I.; Paulus, G. G.; Ullrich, J.; Pfeifer, T.; Moshammer, R.; Kling, M. F.; Bergues, B.

    2016-05-01

    Selected features of nonsequential double ionization have been qualitatively reproduced by a multitude of different (quantum and classical) approaches. In general, however, the typical uncertainty of laser pulse parameters and the restricted number of observables measured in individual experiments leave room for adjusting theoretical results to match the experimental data. While this has been hampering the assessment of different theoretical approaches leading to conflicting interpretations, comprehensive experimental data that would allow such an ultimate and quantitative assessment have been missing so far. To remedy this situation we have performed a kinematically complete measurement of single-cycle multiple ionization of argon over a one order of magnitude range of intensity. The momenta of electrons and ions resulting from the ionization of the target gas are measured in coincidence, while each ionization event is tagged with the carrier-envelope phase and intensity of the 4-fs laser pulse driving the process. The acquired highly differential experimental data provide a benchmark for a rigorous test of the many competing theoretical models used to describe nonsequential double ionization.

  11. Observation of self-sustaining relativistic ionization wave launched by a sheath field.

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    McCormick, M; Arefiev, A V; Quevedo, H J; Bengtson, R D; Ditmire, T

    2014-01-31

    We present experimental evidence supported by simulations of a relativistic ionization wave launched into a surrounding gas by the sheath field of a plasma filament with high energy electrons. Such a filament is created by irradiating a clustering gas jet with a short pulse laser (115  fs) at a peak intensity of 5×10(17)  W/cm2. We observe an ionization wave propagating radially through the gas for about 2 ps at 0.2-0.5 c after the laser has passed, doubling the initial radius of the filament. The gas is ionized by the sheath field, while the longevity of the wave is explained by a moving field structure that traps the high energy electrons near the boundary, maintaining a strong sheath field despite the significant expansion of the plasma. PMID:24580461

  12. Higher spin double field theory: a proposal

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    Bekaert, Xavier; Park, Jeong-Hyuck

    2016-07-01

    We construct a double field theory coupled to the fields present in Vasiliev's equations. Employing the "semi-covariant" differential geometry, we spell a functional in which each term is completely covariant with respect to O(4, 4) T-duality, doubled diffeomorphisms, Spin(1, 3) local Lorentz symmetry and, separately, HS(4) higher spin gauge symmetry. We identify a minimal set of BPS-like conditions whose solutions automatically satisfy the full Euler-Lagrange equations. As such a solution, we derive a linear dilaton vacuum. With extra algebraic constraints further supplemented, the BPS-like conditions reduce to the bosonic Vasiliev equations.

  13. Extreme ionization of Xe clusters driven by ultraintense laser fields

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    Heidenreich, Andreas; Last, Isidore; Jortner, Joshua

    2007-08-21

    We applied theoretical models and molecular dynamics simulations to explore extreme multielectron ionization in Xe{sub n} clusters (n=2-2171, initial cluster radius R{sub 0}=2.16-31.0 A ring ) driven by ultraintense infrared Gaussian laser fields (peak intensity I{sub M}=10{sup 15}-10{sup 20} W cm{sup -2}, temporal pulse length {tau}=10-100 fs, and frequency {nu}=0.35 fs{sup -1}). Cluster compound ionization was described by three processes of inner ionization, nanoplasma formation, and outer ionization. Inner ionization gives rise to high ionization levels (with the formation of (Xe{sup q+}){sub n} with q=2-36), which are amenable to experimental observation. The cluster size and laser intensity dependence of the inner ionization levels are induced by a superposition of barrier suppression ionization (BSI) and electron impact ionization (EII). The BSI was induced by a composite field involving the laser field and an inner field of the ions and electrons, which manifests ignition enhancement and screening retardation effects. EII was treated using experimental cross sections, with a proper account of sequential impact ionization. At the highest intensities (I{sub M}=10{sup 18}-10{sup 20} W cm{sup -2}) inner ionization is dominated by BSI. At lower intensities (I{sub M}=10{sup 15}-10{sup 16} W cm{sup -2}), where the nanoplasma is persistent, the EII contribution to the inner ionization yield is substantial. It increases with increasing the cluster size, exerts a marked effect on the increase of the (Xe{sup q+}){sub n} ionization level, is most pronounced in the cluster center, and manifests a marked increase with increasing the pulse length (i.e., becoming the dominant ionization channel (56%) for Xe{sub 2171} at {tau}=100 fs). The EII yield and the ionization level enhancement decrease with increasing the laser intensity. The pulse length dependence of the EII yield at I{sub M}=10{sup 15}-10{sup 16} W cm{sup -2} establishes an ultraintense laser pulse length

  14. Doubly resonant three-photon double ionization of Ar atoms induced by an EUV free-electron laser

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    Gryzlova, E. V.; Ma, Ri; Fukuzawa, H.; Motomura, K.; Yamada, A.; Ueda, K.; Grum-Grzhimailo, A. N.; Strakhova, S. I.; Kabachnik, N. M.; Rouzee, A.; Hundermark, A.; Vrakking, M. J. J.; Johnsson, P.; Nagaya, K.; Yase, S.; Mizoguchi, Y.; Yao, M.; Nagasono, M.; Tono, K.; Yabashi, M.; and others

    2011-12-15

    A mechanism for three-photon double ionization of atoms by extreme-ultraviolet free-electron laser pulses is revealed, where in a sequential process the second ionization step, proceeding via resonant two-photon ionization of ions, is strongly enhanced by the excitation of ionic autoionizing states. In contrast to the conventional model, the mechanism explains the observed relative intensities of photoelectron peaks and their angular dependence in three-photon double ionization of argon.

  15. Probe of the electron correlation in sequential double ionization of helium by two-color attosecond pulses

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    Peng, Liang-You; Zhang, Zheng; Jiang, Wei-Chao; Zhang, Gong-Qiu; Gong, Qihuang

    2012-12-01

    We theoretically study the sequential double ionization of He by two-color attosecond pulses. We show that, for short time delays between the two pulses, the ionization spectra cannot be explained by an independent model based on the time-dependent perturbation theory. By varying the time delay, one can probe the role of the electron correlation played in the double ionization, which is mostly obvious by examining the differential double-ionization yield. In the present scheme, we also identify a kind of “catch-up” interaction between the two ionized electrons.

  16. Pulse-duration effect in nonsequential double ionization of Ar atoms

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    Dong, Shansi; Chen, Xiang; Zhang, Jingtao; Ren, Xianghe

    2016-05-01

    Nonsequential double ionization of Ar atoms in intense few-cycle laser pulses is studied by a classical ensemble method. The laser pulses are of trapezoidal shape with one cycle in both ramp on and ramp off. We obtain the cycle-resolved electron dynamics by increasing the optical cycles in the laser pulse one by one. We find that, at the higher laser intensity, the correlated-electron momentum distribution (CMD) in the three-cycle laser pulse exhibits two predominate structures in the first and third quadrants. They are formed by the electron pairs in which the second electron is knocked out by the returning electron in the second cycle. As the pulse duration increases, more electron pairs accumulate in the second and fourth quadrants of the CMDs. In these electron pairs, the second electron is first excited owing to collision with the returning electron and then is ionized by the laser field. By varying the peak intensity, we show the transition of the CMDs from anticorrelation to correlation in three-cycle laser pulses, which disproves that multiple collisions cause the transition.

  17. Auger spectrum of a water molecule after single and double core ionization

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    Inhester, L.; Burmeister, C. F.; Groenhof, G.; Grubmueller, H.

    2012-04-14

    The high intensity of free electron lasers opens up the possibility to perform single-shot molecule scattering experiments. However, even for small molecules, radiation damage induced by absorption of high intense x-ray radiation is not yet fully understood. One of the striking effects which occurs under intense x-ray illumination is the creation of double core ionized molecules in considerable quantity. To provide insight into this process, we have studied the dynamics of water molecules in single and double core ionized states by means of electronic transition rate calculations and ab initio molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. From the MD trajectories, photoionization and Auger transition rates were computed based on electronic continuum wavefunctions obtained by explicit integration of the coupled radial Schroedinger equations. These rates served to solve the master equations for the populations of the relevant electronic states. To account for the nuclear dynamics during the core hole lifetime, the calculated electron emission spectra for different molecular geometries were incoherently accumulated according to the obtained time-dependent populations, thus neglecting possible interference effects between different decay pathways. We find that, in contrast to the single core ionized water molecule, the nuclear dynamics for the double core ionized water molecule during the core hole lifetime leaves a clear fingerprint in the resulting electron emission spectra. The lifetime of the double core ionized water was found to be significantly shorter than half of the single core hole lifetime.

  18. Fully differential single-photon double ionization of neon and argon.

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    Yip, F L; Rescigno, T N; McCurdy, C W; Martín, F

    2013-04-26

    Triply differential cross sections are calculated for one-photon double ionization of neon and argon at various photon energies and electron energy sharings by using a frozen-core treatment to represent the remaining electrons of the residual ion. Angular distributions agree well with all existing experimental data, showing that in spite of its simplicity the method can treat the double ionization of complex targets reliably. A comparison of the cross sections for helium, neon, and argon into the same final state symmetry at the same relative excess energies reveals a distinctive signature of the role of electron correlation in each target. PMID:23679717

  19. Calculation of fully differential cross sections for the near threshold double ionization of helium atoms

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    Singh, Prithvi; Purohit, Ghanshyam; Dorn, Alexander; Ren, Xueguang; Patidar, Vinod

    2016-01-01

    Fully differential cross sectional (FDCS) results are reported for the electron-impact double ionization of helium atoms at 5 and 27 eV excess energy. The present attempt to calculate the FDCS in the second Born approximation and treating the postcollision interaction is helpful to analyze the measurements of Ren et al (2008 Phys. Rev. Lett. 101 093201) and Durr et al (2007 Phys. Rev. Lett. 98 193201). The second-order processes and postcollision interaction have been found to be significant in describing the trends of the FDCS. More theoretical effort is required to describe the collision dynamics of electron-impact double ionization of helium atoms at near threshold.

  20. A compact neutron generator using a field ionization source

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    Persaud, Arun; Waldmann, Ole; Schenkel, Thomas; Kapadia, Rehan; Takei, Kuniharu; Javey, Ali

    2012-02-15

    Field ionization as a means to create ions for compact and rugged neutron sources is pursued. Arrays of carbon nano-fibers promise the high field-enhancement factors required for efficient field ionization. We report on the fabrication of arrays of field emitters with a density up to 10{sup 6} tips/cm{sup 2} and measure their performance characteristics using electron field emission. The critical issue of uniformity is discussed, as are efforts towards coating the nano-fibers to enhance their lifetime and surface properties.

  1. A compact neutron generator using a field ionization source

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    Persaud, Arun; Waldmann, Ole; Kapadia, Rehan; Takei, Kuniharu; Javey, Ali; Schenkel, Thomas

    2012-02-15

    We study field ionization as a means to create ions for compact and rugged neutron source. Arrays of carbon nano-fibers promise the high field-enhancement factors required for efficient field ionization. We report on the fabrication of arrays of field emitters with a density up to 106 tips/cm2 and measure their performance characteristics using electron field emission. Lastly, the critical issue of uniformity is discussed, as are efforts towards coating the nano-fibers to enhance their lifetime and surface properties.

  2. Optical Field Ionization of Atoms and Ions Using Ultrashort Laser Pulses

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    Fittinghoff, David Neal

    This dissertation research is an investigation of the strong optical field ionization of atoms and ions by 120-fs, 614-nm laser pulses and 130-fs, 800-nm laser pulses. The experiments have shown ionization that is enhanced above the predictions of sequential tunneling models for He^{+2}, Ne ^{+2} and Ar^ {+2}. The ion yields for He^ {+1}, Ne^{+1} and Ar^{+1} agree well with the theoretical predictions of optical tunneling models. Investigation of the polarization dependence of the ionization indicates that the enhancements are consistent with a nonsequential ionization mechanism in which the linearly polarized field drives the electron wavefunction back toward the ion core and causes double ionization through inelastic e-2e scattering. These investigations have initiated a number of other studies by other groups and are of current scientific interest in the fields of high-irradiance laser -matter interactions and production of high-density plasmas. This work involved: (1) Understanding the characteristic nature of the ion yields produced by tunneling ionization through investigation of analytic solutions for tunneling at optical frequencies. (2) Extensive characterization of the pulses produced by 614-nm and 800-nm ultrashort pulse lasers. Absolute calibration of the irradiance scale produced shows the practicality of the inverse problem--measuring peak laser irradiance using ion yields. (3) Measuring the ion yields (number of ions produced versus irradiance) for three noble gases using linear, circular and elliptical polarizations of laser pulses.

  3. Electron diffraction self-imaging of molecular fragmentation in two-step double ionization of water.

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    Sann, H; Jahnke, T; Havermeier, T; Kreidi, K; Stuck, C; Meckel, M; Schöffler, M S; Neumann, N; Wallauer, R; Voss, S; Czasch, A; Jagutzki, O; Weber, Th; Schmidt-Böcking, H; Miyabe, S; Haxton, D J; Orel, A E; Rescigno, T N; Dörner, R

    2011-04-01

    We doubly ionize H(2)O by single photon absorption at 43 eV leading to H(+) + OH(+). A direct double ionization and a sequential process in which single ionization is followed by rapid dissociation into a proton and an autoionizing OH(*) are identified. The angular distribution of this delayed autoionization electron shows a preferred emission in the direction of the emitted proton. From this diffraction feature we obtain internuclear distances of 700 to 1100 a.u. at which the autoionization of the OH(*) occurs. The experimental findings are in line with calculations of the excited potential energy surfaces and their lifetimes. PMID:21517378

  4. Ratio of double to single ionization of He by photon and charged particle impact

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    Manson, S.T.

    1994-12-31

    The well-known relationship between ionization of atoms by fast charged particles and by photons, the Bethe-Born theory, is applied to the ratio of double ionization to single ionization of He, a process that has been under intense recent scrutiny. It is found that for sufficiently fast charged particles, this ratio for the single differential cross sections, differential in the energy transferred to the atom, {Delta}E, is equal to the photoionization ratio at a photon energy hv = {Delta}E, and this result is unmodified even for ionization by relativistic charged particles. In addition, a relation for the ratio of total charged particle impact ionization cross sections to the photoionization ratio is derived. The results are compared with recent experimental data and various discrepancies are uncovered. Possible sources of these discrepancies are discussed.

  5. Nonsequential Double Ionization of Atoms in Strong Laser Pulses

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    Prauzner-Bechcicki, J. S.; Sacha, K.; Eckhardt, B.; Zakrzewski, J.

    2007-10-01

    It is now possible to produce laser pulses with reproducible pulse shape and controlled carrier envelope phase. It is discussed how that can be explored in double ionisation studies. To this end we solve numerically the Schrödinger equation for a limited dimensionality model which nevertheless treats electron repulsion qualitatively correctly and allows to study correlation effects due to the Coulomb repulsion.

  6. Self-sustaining relativistic ionization wave launched by a sheath field

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    Arefiev, Alexey; McCormick, Matt; Quevedo, Hernan; Bengtson, Roger; Ditmire, Todd

    2013-10-01

    We present experimental evidence supported by particle-in-cell (PIC) simulations of a self-sustaining relativistic ionization wave launched into a surrounding gas by the sheath field of a high energy density plasma. We create a plasma filament with hot electrons by irradiating a supersonic clustering gas jet with a short pulse laser (115 fs) at an intensity of 5 ×1017 W/cm2. In contrast with a single atom, a cluster of atoms produces super-ponderomotive electrons in the field of the laser. These electrons generate a sheath field at the edge of the plasma filament strong enough to ionize the gas atoms in the sheath. We observe that a collisionless ionization wave is launched in this regime, propagating radially through the gas at up to 0.5 c after the laser has passed. The expansion of the resulting plasma filament due to the ionization wave occurs in about 2 ps, more than doubling the initial radius of the filament. The remarkable longevity of the wave without continuous energy deposition into the electron population is explained by a moving field structure that traps the hot electrons near the boundary. 2D PIC simulations confirm that the trapped hot electrons maintain a sheath field required for the ionization despite the significant expansion of the filament.

  7. Properties of hollow molecules probed by single-photon double ionization.

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    Lablanquie, P; Penent, F; Palaudoux, J; Andric, L; Selles, P; Carniato, S; Bučar, K; Zitnik, M; Huttula, M; Eland, J H D; Shigemasa, E; Soejima, K; Hikosaka, Y; Suzuki, I H; Nakano, M; Ito, K

    2011-02-11

    The formation of hollow molecules (with a completely empty K shell in one constituent atom) through single-photon core double ionization has been demonstrated using a sensitive magnetic bottle experimental technique combined with synchrotron radiation. Detailed properties are presented such as the spectroscopy, formation, and decay dynamics of the N(2)(2+) K(-2) main and satellite states and the strong chemical shifts of double K holes on an oxygen atom in CO, CO2, and O2 molecules. PMID:21405466

  8. Properties of Hollow Molecules Probed by Single-Photon Double Ionization

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    Lablanquie, P.; Penent, F.; Palaudoux, J.; Andric, L.; Selles, P.; Carniato, S.; Bučar, K.; Žitnik, M.; Huttula, M.; Eland, J. H. D.; Shigemasa, E.; Soejima, K.; Hikosaka, Y.; Suzuki, I. H.; Nakano, M.; Ito, K.

    2011-02-01

    The formation of hollow molecules (with a completely empty K shell in one constituent atom) through single-photon core double ionization has been demonstrated using a sensitive magnetic bottle experimental technique combined with synchrotron radiation. Detailed properties are presented such as the spectroscopy, formation, and decay dynamics of the N22+ K-2 main and satellite states and the strong chemical shifts of double K holes on an oxygen atom in CO, CO2, and O2 molecules.

  9. Model analysis of a double-stage Hall effect thruster with double-peaked magnetic field and intermediate electrode

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    Perez-Luna, J.; Hagelaar, G. J. M.; Garrigues, L.; Boeuf, J. P.

    2007-11-15

    A hybrid fluid-particle model has been used to study the properties of a double-stage Hall effect thruster where the channel is divided into two regions of large magnetic field separated by a low-field region containing an intermediate, electron-emitting electrode. These two features are aimed at effectively separating the ionization region from the acceleration region in order to extend the thruster operating range. Simulation results are compared with experimental results obtained elsewhere. The simulations reproduce some of the measurements when the anomalous transport coefficients are adequately chosen. However, they raise the question of a complete separation of the ionization and acceleration regions and the necessity of an electron-emissive intermediate electrode. The calculation method for the electric potential in the hybrid model has been improved with respect to our previous work and is capable of a complete two-dimensional description of the magnetic configurations of double-stage Hall effect thrusters.

  10. Perturbative quantum gravity in double field theory

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    Boels, Rutger H.; Horst, Christoph

    2016-04-01

    We study perturbative general relativity with a two-form and a dilaton using the double field theory formulation which features explicit index factorisation at the Lagrangian level. Explicit checks to known tree level results are performed. In a natural covariant gauge a ghost-like scalar which contributes even at tree level is shown to decouple consistently as required by perturbative unitarity. In addition, a lightcone gauge is explored which bypasses the problem altogether. Using this gauge to study BCFW on-shell recursion, we can show that most of the D-dimensional tree level S-matrix of the theory, including all pure graviton scattering amplitudes, is reproduced by the double field theory. More generally, we argue that the integrand may be reconstructed from its single cuts and provide limited evidence for off-shell cancellations in the Feynman graphs. As a straightforward application of the developed technology double field theory-like expressions for four field string corrections are derived.

  11. Two-photon double ionization of H2 using exterior complex scaling

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    Horner, Daniel A; Morales, F; Martin, F; Rescigno, T N; Mccurdy, C W

    2009-03-09

    We report converged calculations of fully, singly differential and total cross sections for two-photon double ionization of the hydrogen molecule in the range of 26-30 eV. These results have been obtained by using the method of exterior complex scaling combined with the use of DVR basis set.

  12. Two-photon double ionization of neon using an intense attosecond pulse train

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    Manschwetus, B.; Rading, L.; Campi, F.; Maclot, S.; Coudert-Alteirac, H.; Lahl, J.; Wikmark, H.; Rudawski, P.; Heyl, C. M.; Farkas, B.; Mohamed, T.; L'Huillier, A.; Johnsson, P.

    2016-06-01

    We present a demonstration of two-photon double ionization of neon using an intense extreme ultraviolet (XUV) attosecond pulse train (APT) in a photon energy regime where both direct and sequential mechanisms are allowed. For an APT generated through high-order harmonic generation (HHG) in argon we achieve a total pulse energy close to 1 μ J , a central energy of 35 eV, and a total bandwidth of ˜30 eV. The APT is focused by broadband optics in a neon gas target to an intensity of 3 ×1012W cm-2 . By tuning the photon energy across the threshold for the sequential process the double ionization signal can be turned on and off, indicating that the two-photon double ionization predominantly occurs through a sequential process. The demonstrated performance opens up possibilities for future XUV-XUV pump-probe experiments with attosecond temporal resolution in a photon energy range where it is possible to unravel the dynamics behind direct versus sequential double ionization and the associated electron correlation effects.

  13. Two-photon double ionization of the helium atom by ultrashort pulses

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    Palacios, Alicia; Horner, Daniel A; Rescigno, Thomas N; McCurdy, C William

    2010-05-14

    Two-photon double ionization of the helium atom was the subject of early experiments at FLASH and will be the subject of future benchmark measurements of the associated electron angular and energy distributions. As the photon energy of a single femtosecond pulse is raised from the threshold for two-photon double ionization at 39.5 eV to beyond the sequential ionization threshold at 54.4 eV, the electron ejection dynamics change from the highly correlated motion associated with nonsequential absorption to the much less correlated sequential ionization process. The signatures of both processes have been predicted in accurate \\textit{ab initio} calculations of the joint angular and energy distributions of the electrons, and those predictions contain some surprises. The dominant terms that contribute to sequential ionization make their presence apparent several eV below that threshold. In two-color pump probe experiments with short pulses whose central frequencies require that the sequential ionization process necessarily dominates, a two-electron interference pattern emerges that depends on the pulse delay and the spin state of the atom.

  14. Direct Photo Double Ionization of Water and Subsequent Fragmentation

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    Reedy, D.; Gaire, B.; Gatton, A.; Sartor, J.; Berry, B.; Weller, M.; Bauer, T.; Burzynski, P.; Henrichs, K.; Dorner, R.; Williams, J. B.; Weber, Th.; Landers, A. L.

    2016-05-01

    We have measured and imaged the dissociation of water in the gas phase following direct double photoionization by a 57 eV photon. The dissociation left the dication in a range of several energetically available excited states. The momenta of the resulting dication fragments and photoelectrons were measured in coincidence with Cold Target Recoil Ion Momentum Spectroscopy (COLTRIMS). The different states of the dication result in marked differences in photoelectron energies, kinetic energy release, and bond angle at the time of the fragmentation, as well as leaving the neutral oxygen fragment in one of several indirectly observed excited states.

  15. Orbital-resolved strong-field single ionization of acetylene

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    Ji, Qinying; Cui, Sen; You, Xinyuan; Gong, Xiaochun; Song, Qiying; Lin, Kang; Pan, Haifeng; Ding, Jingxin; Zeng, Heping; He, Feng; Wu, Jian

    2015-10-01

    We resolve the strong-field single ionization of acetylene into different channels by differentially normalizing the lateral momenta of the directly escaped electrons from the aligned and antialigned molecules. Distinct electron momentum distributions for different channels are observed using both near-infrared and ultraviolet femtosecond laser pulses with Keldysh parameters close to 1. The results are interpreted as a signature of multiple ionization orbitals.

  16. Ab initio calculation of double ionization of atoms

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    Serov, V. V.

    2013-02-15

    The Solov'ev-Vinitsky method was used to perform an ab initio calculation of the triple-differential cross section for the double single-photon photoionization of helium for the case of equal emitted-electron energies. A Gaussian width {gamma} describing angular electron-electron correlations at the total electron energy E taking values in range between 0.1 and 100 eV was obtained for this cross section. The results agree with available experimental data, but they raise a doubt as to whether the well-known Wannier law {gamma} {proportional_to} E{sup 1/4} is applicable at experimentally accessible energies. The Gaussian width {gamma} was investigated as a function of the total emitted-electron energy for targets that have a strongly asymmetric configuration of the initial state-specifically, a negative atomic-hydrogen ion H{sup -} and heliumin the 1s2s{sup 1}S and 1s3s{sup 1}S excited states. It was found that this function, {gamma}(E), had a maximum at low energies. It was also shown that, at low energies, the dependence of the double-differential cross section on the angle between the emitted-electron momenta for the targets indicated above differed substantially from the Gaussian dependence, featuring maxima whose number was equal to the number of radial nodes in the initial state. This opens new possibilities for a qualitative analysis of the electron structure of targets.

  17. Low pressure microplasmas enabled by field ionization: Kinetic modeling

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    Macheret, Sergey O.; Tholeti, Siva Sashank; Alexeenko, Alina A.

    2016-05-01

    A principle of microplasma generation that utilizes field emission of electrons at the cathode and field ionization producing ions at the anode, both processes relying on nanorods or nanotubes, is explored theoretically. In this plasma generation concept, collisional ionization of atoms and molecules by electron impact would play a negligible role. Analytical estimates as well as plasma kinetic modeling by particle-in-cell method with Monte Carlo collisions in argon confirm that this principle can enable substantial plasma densities at near-collisionless microgaps, while requiring relatively low voltages, less than 100 V. An order of magnitude increase in electron number density can be achieved due to enhancement of field emission at the cathode by positive space charge at high field ionization ion current densities.

  18. Virtual Sequential Picture for Nonsequential Two-Photon Double Ionization of Helium

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    Jiang, Wei-Chao; Shan, Jun-Yi; Gong, Qihuang; Peng, Liang-You

    2015-10-01

    By using a model based on the second-order time-dependent perturbation theory, we show that the nonsequential two-photon double ionization of He can be understood in a virtual sequential picture: to excite the final double continuum state |k1,k2 ⟩ by absorbing two photons from the ground state |1 s2,1S0 ⟩ , the single continuum states |1 s ,k1 ⟩ and |1 s ,k2 ⟩ serve as the dominant intermediate states. This virtual sequential picture is verified by the perfect agreement of the total ionization cross section, respectively, calculated by this model and by the sophisticated numerical solution to the full-dimensional time-dependent Schrödinger equation. This model, without the consideration of the electron correlation in the final double continuum state, works well for a wide range of laser parameters extending from the nonsequential to the sequential regime. The present Letter demonstrates that the electron correlation in the final double continuum state is not important in evaluating the total cross section, while it is indispensable for an accurate computation of a triply differential cross section. In addition, the virtual sequential picture bridges the sequential and nonsequential two-photon double ionization and reveals connections and distinctions between them.

  19. Virtual Sequential Picture for Nonsequential Two-Photon Double Ionization of Helium.

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    Jiang, Wei-Chao; Shan, Jun-Yi; Gong, Qihuang; Peng, Liang-You

    2015-10-01

    By using a model based on the second-order time-dependent perturbation theory, we show that the nonsequential two-photon double ionization of He can be understood in a virtual sequential picture: to excite the final double continuum state |k_{1},k_{2}⟩ by absorbing two photons from the ground state |1s^{2},^{1}S_{0}⟩, the single continuum states |1s,k_{1}⟩ and |1s,k_{2}⟩ serve as the dominant intermediate states. This virtual sequential picture is verified by the perfect agreement of the total ionization cross section, respectively, calculated by this model and by the sophisticated numerical solution to the full-dimensional time-dependent Schrödinger equation. This model, without the consideration of the electron correlation in the final double continuum state, works well for a wide range of laser parameters extending from the nonsequential to the sequential regime. The present Letter demonstrates that the electron correlation in the final double continuum state is not important in evaluating the total cross section, while it is indispensable for an accurate computation of a triply differential cross section. In addition, the virtual sequential picture bridges the sequential and nonsequential two-photon double ionization and reveals connections and distinctions between them. PMID:26550720

  20. Ionization of highly excited helium atoms in an electric field

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    van de Water, W.; Mariani, D.R.; Koch, P.M.

    1984-11-01

    We present detailed measurements of ionization of highly excited triplet helium atoms in a static electric field. The atoms were prepared in states with energy E close to the saddle-point threshold E = -2(F(a.u.))/sup 1/2/. The electric field F was sufficiently strong for the states to be characterized by total spin S and absolute value of the magnetic quantum number M/sub L/. For M/sub L/ = 0 states the experiments measured ionization properties of adiabatic states. In another case, Vertical BarM/sub L/Vertical Bar = 2, they predominantly measured those of diabatic states. In both cases the ionization rate was found to be a highly nonmonotonic function of the field strength. The observations are analyzed in terms of a theory of the helium density of states in an electric field. A companion paper (D. A. Harmin, Phys. Rev. A 30, 2413 (1984)) develops in detail the general theory, which uses quantum defects to parametrize the effect of the core interaction. The agreement between measured and calculated ionization curves is good, indicating that the field ionization of a nonhydrogenic atom can now be understood in a detailed, quantitative, and predictive sense.

  1. Ionization with diclofenac sodium in rheumatic disorders: a double-blind placebo-controlled trial.

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    Vecchini, L; Grossi, E

    1984-01-01

    A double-blind randomized study was performed to compare ionization with diclofenac sodium (150 mg) and ionization with saline solution in two groups of patients with scapulo-humeral periarthritis or elbow epicondylitis. The subjects of both groups were treated with 20 ionization sessions each lasting 30 minutes during a 1-month period. There was a significantly greater improvement in pain at rest, pain on pressure, pain on movement and joint swelling in the eleven patients treated with diclofenac compared with the thirteen placebo-treated patients, but no significant differences between the two treatments as regards functional impairment. However, placebo treatment produced a slight but significant improvement in pain on pressure, pain on movement and functional impairment. Further studies are needed to assess the relative role of the current and of autosuggestion in saline ionization response since both have well-known therapeutic effects on chronic rheumatic pain. PMID:6394405

  2. Charmonium disintegration by field-ionization

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    Adami, Chris; Prakash, Madappa; Zahed, Ismail

    1989-07-01

    Charmonium bound states immersed in a coherent chromo-electric field are easily ripped apart for field strengths comparable to the QCD string tension. Estimates based on flux tube models suggest that field strengths of such magnitude may be achieved in heavy-ion collisions at ultrarelativistic energies. Our results suggest, that charmonium suppression would not discriminate between a coherent and a thermalized post collision state in rela.tivistic heavy-ion collisions.

  3. Nuclear-Electronic Coherence in Strong-Field Dissociative Ionization

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    Yu, Youliang; Wang, Yujun; Zeng, Shuo; Esry, B. D.

    2015-05-01

    In strong-field dissociative ionization of molecules, the ionization step is usually modeled since direct calculation is very challenging. In most of the models used to date, ionization is assumed to occur at several well-defined times accompanied by promotion of a nuclear wave packet to the ionic Born-Oppenheimer potential. Whether these nuclear wave packets should add coherently or incoherently in general is an open question. To answer it, we solve the time-dependent Schrödinger equation for one-dimensional H2+,where ionization is included naturally, and compare the observables, such as the kinetic energy release spectrum, with those from an ionization model. We then examine the validity of such models in strong-field dissociative ionization of H2+with reduced dimensionality. We do not, however, expect this physics to depend sensitively on the dimensionality. Supported by the Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences Division, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy.

  4. Collision-induced dissociation reactions and pulsed field ionization photoelectron

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    Stimson, S.

    1999-02-12

    This report summarized the four parts of the research study and describes the general conclusions. Individual chapters have been removed for separate processing. The chapter titles are: A study of the dissociation of CH{sub 3}SH{sup +} by collisional activation: Observation of non-statistical behavior; High resolution vacuum ultraviolet pulsed field ionization photoelectron band for OCS{sup +}(X{sup 2}{Pi}): An experimental and theoretical study; Rotationally resolved pulsed field ionization photoelectron bands of H{sub 2}{sup +} ({Chi}{sup 2}{Sigma}{sup +}{sub g}, v{sup +} = 0--18); and Rotationally resolved pulsed field ionization photoelectron bands of HD{sup +} ({Chi}{sup 2}{Sigma}{sup +}, v{sup +} = 0--21).

  5. Direct three-photon triple ionization of Li and double ionization of Li+

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    Emmanouilidou, A.; Hakobyan, V.; Lambropoulos, P.

    2013-06-01

    We explore the three-photon triple ionization from the ground state of Li with short wavelength free electron lasers. We calculate and discuss the cross sections used in the relevant rate equations and the dependence of the ion yields on laser intensity and pulse duration. In addition to the three-photon 3e ejection we also discuss two- and three-photon 2e ejection in Li+, which occurs as a by-product in the sequence of the channels active in the overall interaction. We conclude by assessing the requirements for the observability of the above-mentioned direct three-photon multielectron processes.

  6. Low-Pressure, Field-Ionizing Mass Spectrometer

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    Hartley, Frank; Smith, Steven

    2009-01-01

    A small mass spectrometer utilizing a miniature field ionization source is now undergoing development. It is designed for use in a variety of applications in which there are requirements for a lightweight, low-power-consumption instrument that can analyze the masses of a wide variety of molecules and ions. The device can operate without need for a high-vacuum, carrier-gas feed radioactive ionizing source, or thermal ionizer. This mass spectrometer can operate either in the natural vacuum of outer space or on Earth at any ambient pressure below 50 torr (below about 6.7 kPa) - a partial vacuum that can easily be reached by use of a small sampling pump. This mass spectrometer also has a large dynamic range - from singly charged small gas ions to deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) fragments larger than 104 atomic mass units - with sensitivity adequate for detecting some molecules and ions at relative abundances of less than one part per billion. This instrument (see figure) includes a field ionizer integrated with a rotating-field mass spectrometer (RFMS). The field ionizer effects ionization of a type characterized as "soft" in the art because it does not fragment molecules or initiate avalanche arcing. What makes the "soft" ionization mode possible is that the distance between the ionizing electrodes is less than mean free path for ions at the maximum anticipated operating pressure, so that the ionizer always operates on the non-breakdown side of the applicable Paschen curve (a standard plot of breakdown potential on the ordinate and pressure electrode separation on the abscissa). The field ionizer in this instrument is fabricated by micromachining a submicron-thick membrane out of an electrically nonconductive substrate, coating the membrane on both sides to form electrodes, then micromachining small holes through the electrodes and membrane. Because of the submicron electrode separation, even a potential of only 1 V applied between the electrodes gives rise to an electric

  7. Two-photon double ionization of atomic beryllium with ultrashort laser pulses

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    Yip, F. L.; Palacios, A.; Martín, F.; Rescigno, T. N.; McCurdy, C. W.

    2015-11-01

    We investigate the two-photon double ionization of beryllium atom induced by ultrashort pulses. We use a time-dependent formalism to evaluate the ionization amplitudes and generalized cross sections for the ejection of the 2 s2 valence shell electrons in the presence of a fully occupied 1 s2 frozen core shell. The relative contributions of the two-photon direct and sequential process are systematically explored by varying both pulse duration and central frequency. The energy and angular differential ionization yields reveal the signatures of both mechanisms, as well as the role of electron correlation in both the single and double ionization continua. In contrast with previous results on the helium atom, the presence of an electronic core strongly affects the final state leading to back-to-back electron emission even in the a priori less correlated two-photon sequential mechanism. In particular, a dominant pathway via excitation ionization through the Be+(2 p ) determines the profiles and pulse-duration dependencies of the energy and angle differential yields.

  8. Enhancement of strong-field multiple ionization in the vicinity of the conical intersection in 1,3-cyclohexadiene ring opening

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    Petrovic, Vladimir S. Kim, Jaehee; Schorb, Sebastian; White, James; Cryan, James P.; Zipp, Lucas; Glownia, J. Michael; Broege, Douglas; Miyabe, Shungo; Tao, Hongli; Martinez, Todd; Bucksbaum, Philip H.

    2013-11-14

    Nonradiative energy dissipation in electronically excited polyatomic molecules proceeds through conical intersections, loci of degeneracy between electronic states. We observe a marked enhancement of laser-induced double ionization in the vicinity of a conical intersection during a non-radiative transition. We measured double ionization by detecting the kinetic energy of ions released by laser-induced strong-field fragmentation during the ring-opening transition between 1,3-cyclohexadiene and 1,3,5-hexatriene. The enhancement of the double ionization correlates with the conical intersection between the HOMO and LUMO orbitals.

  9. ENERGY DISTRIBUTION OF TWO-ELECTRON IONIZATION OF HELIUM IN AN INTENSE LASER FIELD.

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    LAFON,R.; CHALOUPKA,J.L.; SHEEHY,B.; DIMAURO,L.F.; PAUL,P.M.; AGOSTINI,P.; KULANDER,K.C.

    2000-09-24

    It is well known that a neutral atom interacting with a strong laser field will ionize at sufficiently high intensity even for photon energies well below the ionization threshold. When the required number of photons becomes very large, this process is best described by the suppression of the Coulomb barrier by the laser's oscillating electric field, allowing the electron to tunnel into the continuum. As the laser intensity is increased, more tightly bound electrons may be successively liberated by this mechanism. Such a sequential multiple ionization, long accepted as a reasonable approach to the formidable problem of a multielectron atom interacting nonperturbatively with an intense electromagnetic field, provides fair estimates of the various charge state appearance intensities while the tunneling rates are in excellent agreement with single ionization yields. However, more accurate measurements revealed systematic and very large deviations from the tunneling rates: near appearance intensity under standard experimental conditions, the observed double ion yield is several orders of magnitude larger than predicted by the sequential rate. It soon became clear that electrons could not be considered as independent and that electron-electron correlation had to be taken into account. Dynamic correlations have been considered in several theories. First qualitatively in the shakeoff model; then empirically through the e-2e cross-section in the quantum/classical three-step model (tunnel ionization, acceleration by the oscillating electric field and e-2e recollision with the ion); recently through the so-called intense field many-body-S-matrix theory and a purely empirical model of collective tunnel ionization. The validity of these ideas has been examined using numerical models. The measurement of total ion yields over a dynamic range exceeding ten orders of magnitude, a major breakthrough made possible by the availability of high-repetition rate lasers at the beginning of

  10. Saturation of ionization signals in TMP and TMS at different angles and electric fields

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    Aubert, B.; Colas, J.; Dobrzynski, L.; Ghez, Ph.; Kryn, D.; Lacotte, J. C.; Mansoulie, B.; Mendiburu, J. P.; Pripstein, M.; Salin, P.; Teiger, J.

    1990-01-01

    The saturation of ionization signals is measured for various electric fields and incidence angles in a double gap TMP chamber and a single gap TMS chamber with ionizing particles in the range of 1.5-12 MeV/cm. Birks' constant Kb in TMP is found to be high (greater than 0.1 cm/MeV) for normal incidence for electric fields in the range of 4.8-12 kV/cm but decreases by almost a factor of 3 at 50°. The same behaviour (large Kb and variation with incidence angle) is observed in TMS which exhibits also a Kb decrease of about a factor of 2 when the electric field is increased from 10 to 40 kV/cm. A simple analysis is performed on the collected charge in the TMP.

  11. The effect of a magnetic field gradient on anode double layers

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    Song, B.; Merlino, R. L.; D'Angelo, N.

    1992-01-01

    In experiments on anode (ionization) double layers in nonuniform magnetic fields it has been noted that the magnetic field gradient seems to stabilize the double layer position. This effect is further investigated in a Q machine in which the magnetic field geometry could be varied. It is found that the position of the double layers, along the axis of the device, could be controlled by changing the magnetic geometry. This effect is accounted for in a physical model which takes into account the effect of ion reflection by the magnetic mirror force in the region of magnetic field nonuniformity. This model is also able to account for variation of the double layer position when the neutral gas pressure is varied.

  12. Two-photon double ionization of the H2 molecule: Cross sections and amplitude analysis

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    Ivanov, I. A.; Kheifets, A. S.

    2013-02-01

    We perform time-dependent calculations of triply differential cross sections (TDCS) of two-photon double-electron ionization of the aligned H2 molecule. Our TDCS results for equal energy sharing between photoelectrons agree quite well with a recent time-dependent calculation by Guan [X. Guan, K. Bartschat, and B. I. Schneider, Phys. Rev. APLRAAN1050-294710.1103/PhysRevA.77.043421 77, 043421 (2008)] who employed a slightly different numerical technique. We supplement these studies by calculating TDCS at an unequal energy sharing and by generating symmetrized ionization amplitudes.

  13. The second Born approximation for the double ionization of N2 by electron impact

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    Lamy, P.; Dal Cappello, C.; Charpentier, I.; Ruiz-Lopez, M. F.; Hervieux, P. A.

    2016-07-01

    In their (e,3e) and (e,3-1e) experiments of the double ionization (DI) of the outermost orbital of N2, Li et al (2012 J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 45 135201) recently showed that the process is largely dominated by a two-step-2 mechanism, which is a double interaction of the incident electron with the target. From a theoretical point of view, this should entail the use of the second Born approximation. In the past, very few theoretical calculations had been carried out this way because it requires a difficult numerical triple integration. We propose here to take into account the second Born approximation for the DI of N2 by using the closure approximation. The initial state is described by a single-center wave function derived from the usual multi-center wave function obtained in the self-consistent-field Hartree–Fock method using the linear combination of atomic orbitals-molecular orbital (LCAO-MO) approximation. The final state describes the interaction between each of the ejected electrons and the target by a Coulomb wave and the interaction between the two ejected electrons with the use of the Gamow factor. We calculate differential cross sections using the same kinematic conditions as Li et al (intermediate incident energy about 600 eV) for (e,3e) and (e,3-1e) DI of N2. The results show that the model does not allow a shift of the variation of the four-fold differential cross section near the momentum transfer to be obtained nor its opposite when we include the contribution given by the second Born approximation, as in (e,3-1e) experiments.

  14. Coherent Dynamics Following Strong Field Ionization of Polyatomic Molecules

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    Konar, Arkaprabha; Shu, Yinan; Lozovoy, Vadim; Jackson, James; Levine, Benjamin; Dantus, Marcos

    2015-03-01

    Molecules, as opposed to atoms, present confounding possibilities of nuclear and electronic motion upon strong field ionization. The dynamics and fragmentation patterns in response to the laser field are structure sensitive; therefore, a molecule cannot simply be treated as a ``bag of atoms'' during field induced ionization. We consider here to what extent molecules retain their molecular identity and properties under strong laser fields. Using time-of-flight mass spectrometry in conjunction with pump-probe techniques we study the dynamical behavior of these molecules, monitoring ion yield modulation caused by intramolecular motions post ionization. The delay scans show that among positional isomers the variations in relative energies, amounting to only a few hundred meVs, influence the dynamical behavior of the molecules despite their having experienced such high fields (V/Å). Ab initio calculations were performed to predict dynamics along with single and multiphoton resonances in the neutral and ionic states. We propose that single electron ionization occurs within an optical cycle with the electron carrying away essentially all of the energy, leaving behind little internal energy in the cation. Evidence for this observation comes from coherent vibrational motion governed by the potential energy surface of the ground state of the cation. Subsequent fragmentation of the cation takes place as a result of further photon absorption modulated by one- and two-photon resonances, which provide sufficient energy to overcome the dissociation energy.

  15. DNA Damage by Ionizing Radiation: Tandem Double Lesions by Charged Particles

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    Huo, Winifred M.; Chaban, Galina M.; Wang, Dunyou; Dateo, Christopher E.

    2005-01-01

    Oxidative damages by ionizing radiation are the source of radiation-induced carcinogenesis, damage to the central nervous system, lowering of the immune response, as well as other radiation-induced damages to human health. Monte Carlo track simulations and kinetic modeling of radiation damages to the DNA employ available molecular and cellular data to simulate the biological effect of high and low LET radiation io the DNA. While the simulations predict single and double strand breaks and base damages, so far all complex lesions are the result of stochastic coincidence from independent processes. Tandem double lesions have not yet been taken into account. Unlike the standard double lesions that are produced by two separate attacks by charged particles or radicals, tandem double lesions are produced by one single attack. The standard double lesions dominate at the high dosage regime. On the other hand, tandem double lesions do not depend on stochastic coincidences and become important at the low dosage regime of particular interest to NASA. Tandem double lesions by hydroxyl radical attack of guanine in isolated DNA have been reported at a dosage of radiation as low as 10 Gy. The formation of two tandem base lesions was found to be linear with the applied doses, a characteristic of tandem lesions. However, tandem double lesions from attack by a charged particle have not been reported.

  16. Strong-field atomic ionization in an elliptically polarized laser field and a constant magnetic field

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    Rylyuk, V. M.

    2016-05-01

    Within the framework of the quasistationary quasienergy state (QQES) formalism, the tunneling and multiphoton ionization of atoms and ions subjected to a perturbation by a high intense laser radiation field of an arbitrary polarization and a constant magnetic field are considered. On the basis of the exact solution of the Schrödinger equation and the Green's function for the electron moving in an arbitrary laser field and crossed constant electric and magnetic fields, the integral equation for the complex quasienergy and the energy spectrum of the ejected electron are derived. Using the "imaginary-time" method, the extremal subbarrier trajectory of the photoelectron moving in a nonstationary laser field and a constant magnetic field are considered. Within the framework of the QQES formalism and the quasiclassical perturbation theory, ionization rates when the Coulomb interaction of the photoelectron with the parent ion is taken into account at arbitrary values of the Keldysh parameter are derived. The high accuracy of rates is confirmed by comparison with the results of numerical calculations. Simple analytical expressions for the ionization rate with the Coulomb correction in the tunneling and multiphoton regimes in the case of an elliptically polarized laser beam propagating at an arbitrary angle to the constant magnetic field are derived and discussed. The limits of small and large magnetic fields and low and high frequency of a laser field are considered in details. It is shown that in the presence of a nonstationary laser field perturbation, the constant magnetic field may either decrease or increase the ionization rate. The analytical consideration and numerical calculations also showed that the difference between the ionization rates for an s electron in the case of right- and left-elliptically polarized laser fields is especially significant in the multiphoton regime for not-too-high magnetic fields and decreases as the magnetic field increases. The paper

  17. Electric fields and double layers in plasmas

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    Singh, Nagendra; Thiemann, H.; Schunk, R. W.

    1987-01-01

    Various mechanisms for driving double layers (DLs) in plasmas are described, including applied potential drops, currents, contact potentials, and plasma expansions. Somne dynamic features of the DLs are discussed; and it is demonstrated that DLs and the currents through them undergo slow oscillations, determined by the ion transit time across an effective length of the system in which the DLs form. It is shown that a localized potential dip forms at the low potential end of a DL, which interrupts the electron current through it according to the Langmuir criterion whenever the ion flux into the DL is disrupted. Also considered is the generation of electric fields perpendicular to the ambient magnetic field by contact potentials.

  18. Properties of Hollow Molecules Probed by Single-Photon Double Ionization

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    Lablanquie, P.; Penent, F.; Palaudoux, J.; Selles, P.; Carniato, S.; Andric, L.; Bucar, K.; Zitnik, M.; Huttula, M.; Eland, J. H. D.; Shigemasa, E.; Soejima, K.; Hikosaka, Y.; Suzuki, I. H.; Nakano, M.; Ito, K.

    2011-02-11

    The formation of hollow molecules (with a completely empty K shell in one constituent atom) through single-photon core double ionization has been demonstrated using a sensitive magnetic bottle experimental technique combined with synchrotron radiation. Detailed properties are presented such as the spectroscopy, formation, and decay dynamics of the N{sub 2}{sup 2+} K{sup -2} main and satellite states and the strong chemical shifts of double K holes on an oxygen atom in CO, CO{sub 2}, and O{sub 2} molecules.

  19. Energy and angle differential cross sections for the electron-impact double ionization of helium

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    Colgan, James P; Pindzola, M S; Robicheaux, F

    2008-01-01

    Energy and angle differential cross sections for the electron-impact double ionization of helium are calculated using a non-perturbative time-dependent close-coupling method. Collision probabilities are found by projection of a time evolved nine dimensional coordinate space wave function onto fully antisymmetric products of spatial and spin functions representing three outgoing Coulomb waves. At an incident energy of 106 eV, we present double energy differential cross sections and pentuple energy and angle differential cross sections. The pentuple energy and angle differential cross sections are found to be in relative agreement with the shapes observed in recent (e,3e) reaction microscope experiments. Integration of the differential cross sections over all energies and angles yields a total ionization cross section that is also in reasonable agreement with absolute crossed-beams experiments.

  20. Control of the two-Photon Double Ionization of Helium with Intense Chirped Attosecond Laser Pulses

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    Barmaki, Samira; Laulan, Stephane

    2014-05-01

    We study the two-photon double ionization process of the helium atom by solving numerically the nonrelativistic time-dependent Schrödinger equation in its full dimensionality. We investigate with an intense chirped attosecond laser pulse of central carrier frequency that corresponds to the 29th harmonic of a Ti-sapphire laser the direct and sequential processes in helium. We show how it is possible by adjusting the chirp parameter to control the dominance of one process over the other within the atom. Attosecond chirped laser pulses offer a promising way to probe and control the two-photon double ionization of helium when compared with attosecond transform-limited pulses.

  1. Determination of double bond position in conjugated dienes by chemical ionization mass spectrometry with isobutane

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    Doolittle, R.E.; Tumlinson, J.H.; Proveaux, A.

    1985-07-01

    The chemical ionization (CI) mass spectra of a series of functionalized conjugated dienes, including aldehydes, alcohols, formates, acetates, and hydrocarbons were investigated to determine whether fragmentations occur that are characteristic of the position of the conjugated system within the hydrocarbon chain. CI with isobutane as ionizing gas produces structure-specific fragment ions with m/z ratios that can be used to locate the positions of the double bonds in most of the cases studied. When the conjugated system is proximal to the functional group or conjugated with the functional group, other fragmentation processes take precedence. These patterns of fragmentations constitute a very useful analytical tool for the location of conjugated double bonds in a variety of natural products. 34 references, 3 tables, 3 figures.

  2. Two-electron time-delay interference in atomic double ionization by attosecond pulses

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    Rescigno, Thomas N

    2009-10-04

    A two-color two-photon atomic double ionization experiment using subfemtosecond UV pulses can be designed such that the sequential two-color process dominates and one electron is ejected by each pulse. Nonetheless, ab initio calculations show that, for sufficiently short pulses, a prominent interference pattern in the joint energy distribution of the sequentially ejected electrons can be observed that is due to their indistinguishability and the exchange symmetry of the wave function.

  3. Two-Electron Time-Delay Interference in Atomic Double Ionization by Attosecond Pulses

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    Palacios, A.; Rescigno, T. N.; McCurdy, C. W.

    2009-12-18

    A two-color two-photon atomic double ionization experiment using subfemtosecond uv pulses can be designed such that the sequential two-color process dominates and one electron is ejected by each pulse. Nonetheless, ab initio calculations show that, for sufficiently short pulses, a prominent interference pattern in the joint energy distribution of the sequentially ejected electrons can be observed that is due to their indistinguishability and the exchange symmetry of the wave function.

  4. Perturbative calculation of two-photon double electron ionization of helium

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    Ivanov, I. A.; Kheifets, A. S.

    2008-05-01

    We report the total integrated cross-section (TICS) of two-photon double ionization of helium in the photon energy range from 40 to 54 eV. We compute the TICS in the lowest order perturbation theory (LOPT) using the length and Kramers-Henneberger gauges of the electromagnetic interaction. Our findings indicate that the LOPT gives results for the TICS in agreement with our earlier non-perturbative calculations.

  5. Double ionization of single oriented water molecules by electron impact: Second-order Born description

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    Dal Cappello, C.; Champion, C.; Kada, I.; Mansouri, A.

    2011-06-15

    The double ionization of isolated water molecules fixed in space is investigated within a theoretical approach based on the second-order Born approximation. Electron angular distributions have been studied for specific kinematical conditions. The three usual mechanisms, the shake-off and the two two-step mechanisms, have been identified. A significant contribution of the two-step mechanism is clearly visible for some particular kinematics.

  6. Helicity sensitive enhancement of strong-field ionization in circularly polarized laser fields.

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    Zhu, Xiaosong; Lan, Pengfei; Liu, Kunlong; Li, Yang; Liu, Xi; Zhang, Qingbin; Barth, Ingo; Lu, Peixiang

    2016-02-22

    We investigate the strong-field ionization from p± orbitals driven by circularly polarized laser fields by solving the two-dimensional time-dependent Schrödinger equation in polar coordinates with the Lagrange mesh technique. Enhancement of ionization is found in the deep multiphoton ionization regime when the helicity of the laser field is opposite to that of the p electron, while this enhancement is suppressed when the helicities are the same. It is found that the enhancement of ionization is attributed to the multiphoton resonant excitation. The helicity sensitivity of the resonant enhancement is related to the different excitation-ionization channels in left and right circularly polarized laser fields. PMID:26907068

  7. Empirical formulas for direct double ionization by bare ions: Z = - 1 to 92

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    DuBois, R. D.; Santos, A. C. F.; Manson, S. T.

    2014-11-25

    Experimental cross sections and cross-section ratios reported in the literature for direct double ionization of the outer shells of helium, neon, and argon atoms resulting from bare ions ranging from protons to uranium and for antiprotons are analyzed in terms of a first- and second-order interference model originally proposed by McGuire [J. H. McGuire, Phys. Rev. Lett. 49, 1153 (1982)]. Empirical formulas for the various contributions to double ionization plus information about the phase difference between the first- and second-order mechanisms are extracted from the data. Projectile and target scalings are also extracted. Total cross sections and their ratios determinedmore » using these formulas and scalings are shown to be in very good agreement with experimental data for lower-Z projectiles and impact velocities larger than 1 a.u. For very-high-Z projectiles, the amount of double ionization is overestimated, probably due to saturation of probabilities that is not accounted for in scaling formulas.« less

  8. Low-energy structures in strong-field ionization

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    Ivanov, I. A.; Nam, Chang Hee; Kim, Kyung Taec

    2016-04-01

    We show that the Gabor transform provides a convenient tool allowing one to study the origin of the low-energy structures (LES) in the process of the strong-field ionization. The classical trajectories associated with the stationary points of the Gabor transform enable us to explicate the role of the forward scattering process in forming LES. Our approach offers a fully quantum mechanical description of LES, which can also be applied for other strong-field processes.

  9. Ionizing gas breakdown waves in strong electric fields.

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    Klingbeil, R.; Tidman, D. A.; Fernsler, R. F.

    1972-01-01

    A previous analysis by Albright and Tidman (1972) of the structure of an ionizing potential wave driven through a dense gas by a strong electric field is extended to include atomic structure details of the background atoms and radiative effects, especially, photoionization. It is found that photoionization plays an important role in avalanche propagation. Velocities, electron densities, and temperatures are presented as a function of electric field for both negative and positive breakdown waves in nitrogen.

  10. Optical field ionization of atoms and ions using ultrashort laser pulses

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    Fittinghoff, D.N.

    1993-12-01

    This dissertation research is an investigation of the strong optical field ionization of atoms and ions by 120-fs, 614-run laser pulses and 130-fs, 800-nm laser pulses. The experiments have shown ionization that is enhanced above the predictions of sequential tunneling models for He{sup +2}, Ne{sup +2} and Ar{sup +2}. The ion yields for He{sup +l}, Ne{sup +l} and Ar{sup +l} agree well with the theoretical predictions of optical tunneling models. Investigation of the polarization dependence of the ionization indicates that the enhancements are consistent with a nonsequential ionization mechanism in which the linearly polarized field drives the electron wavefunction back toward the ion core and causes double ionization through inelastic e-2e scattering. These investigations have initiated a number of other studies by other groups and are of current scientific interest in the fields of high-irradiance laser-matter interactions and production of high-density plasmas. This work involved: (1) Understanding the characteristic nature of the ion yields produced by tunneling ionization through investigation of analytic solutions for tunneling at optical frequencies. (2) Extensive characterization of the pulses produced by 614-nm and 800-ran ultrashort pulse lasers. Absolute calibration of the irradiance scale produced shows the practicality of the inverse problem--measuring peak laser irradiance using ion yields. (3) Measuring the ion yields for three noble gases using linear, circular and elliptical polarizations of laser pulses at 614-nm and 800-nm. The measurements are some of the first measurements for pulse widths as low as 120-fs.

  11. N1s and O1s double ionization of the NO and N2O molecules

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    Hedin, L.; Tashiro, M.; Linusson, P.; Eland, J. H. D.; Ehara, M.; Ueda, K.; Zhaunerchyk, V.; Karlsson, L.; Pernestâl, K.; Feifel, R.

    2014-01-01

    Single-site N1s and O1s double core ionisation of the NO and N2O molecules has been studied using a magnetic bottle many-electron coincidence time-of-flight spectrometer at photon energies of 1100 eV and 1300 eV. The double core hole energies obtained for NO are 904.8 eV (N1s-2) and 1179.4 eV (O1s-2). The corresponding energies obtained for N2O are 896.9 eV (terminal N1s-2), 906.5 eV (central N1s-2), and 1174.1 eV (O1s-2). The ratio between the double and single ionisation energies are in all cases close or equal to 2.20. Large chemical shifts are observed in some cases which suggest that reorganisation of the electrons upon the double ionization is significant. Δ-self-consistent field and complete active space self-consistent field (CASSCF) calculations were performed for both molecules and they are in good agreement with these results. Auger spectra of N2O, associated with the decay of the terminal and central N1s-2 as well as with the O1s-2 dicationic states, were extracted showing the two electrons emitted as a result of filling the double core holes. The spectra, which are interpreted using CASSCF and complete active space configuration interaction calculations, show atomic-like character. The cross section ratio between double and single core hole creation was estimated as 1.6 × 10-3 for nitrogen at 1100 eV and as 1.3 × 10-3 for oxygen at 1300 eV.

  12. N1s and O1s double ionization of the NO and N{sub 2}O molecules

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    Hedin, L.; Zhaunerchyk, V.; Karlsson, L.; Pernestål, K.; Feifel, R.; Tashiro, M.; Ehara, M.; Linusson, P.; Eland, J. H. D.; Ueda, K.

    2014-01-28

    Single-site N1s and O1s double core ionisation of the NO and N{sub 2}O molecules has been studied using a magnetic bottle many-electron coincidence time-of-flight spectrometer at photon energies of 1100 eV and 1300 eV. The double core hole energies obtained for NO are 904.8 eV (N1s{sup −2}) and 1179.4 eV (O1s{sup −2}). The corresponding energies obtained for N{sub 2}O are 896.9 eV (terminal N1s{sup −2}), 906.5 eV (central N1s{sup −2}), and 1174.1 eV (O1s{sup −2}). The ratio between the double and single ionisation energies are in all cases close or equal to 2.20. Large chemical shifts are observed in some cases which suggest that reorganisation of the electrons upon the double ionization is significant. Δ-self-consistent field and complete active space self-consistent field (CASSCF) calculations were performed for both molecules and they are in good agreement with these results. Auger spectra of N{sub 2}O, associated with the decay of the terminal and central N1s{sup −2} as well as with the O1s{sup −2} dicationic states, were extracted showing the two electrons emitted as a result of filling the double core holes. The spectra, which are interpreted using CASSCF and complete active space configuration interaction calculations, show atomic-like character. The cross section ratio between double and single core hole creation was estimated as 1.6 × 10{sup −3} for nitrogen at 1100 eV and as 1.3 × 10{sup −3} for oxygen at 1300 eV.

  13. N1s and O1s double ionization of the NO and N2O molecules.

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    Hedin, L; Tashiro, M; Linusson, P; Eland, J H D; Ehara, M; Ueda, K; Zhaunerchyk, V; Karlsson, L; Pernestål, K; Feifel, R

    2014-01-28

    Single-site N1s and O1s double core ionisation of the NO and N2O molecules has been studied using a magnetic bottle many-electron coincidence time-of-flight spectrometer at photon energies of 1100 eV and 1300 eV. The double core hole energies obtained for NO are 904.8 eV (N1s(-2)) and 1179.4 eV (O1s(-2)). The corresponding energies obtained for N2O are 896.9 eV (terminal N1s(-2)), 906.5 eV (central N1s(-2)), and 1174.1 eV (O1s(-2)). The ratio between the double and single ionisation energies are in all cases close or equal to 2.20. Large chemical shifts are observed in some cases which suggest that reorganisation of the electrons upon the double ionization is significant. Δ-self-consistent field and complete active space self-consistent field (CASSCF) calculations were performed for both molecules and they are in good agreement with these results. Auger spectra of N2O, associated with the decay of the terminal and central N1s(-2) as well as with the O1s(-2) dicationic states, were extracted showing the two electrons emitted as a result of filling the double core holes. The spectra, which are interpreted using CASSCF and complete active space configuration interaction calculations, show atomic-like character. The cross section ratio between double and single core hole creation was estimated as 1.6 × 10(-3) for nitrogen at 1100 eV and as 1.3 × 10(-3) for oxygen at 1300 eV. PMID:25669525

  14. Standard Model as a Double Field Theory.

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    Choi, Kang-Sin; Park, Jeong-Hyuck

    2015-10-23

    We show that, without any extra physical degree introduced, the standard model can be readily reformulated as a double field theory. Consequently, the standard model can couple to an arbitrary stringy gravitational background in an O(4,4) T-duality covariant manner and manifest two independent local Lorentz symmetries, Spin(1,3)×Spin(3,1). While the diagonal gauge fixing of the twofold spin groups leads to the conventional formulation on the flat Minkowskian background, the enhanced symmetry makes the standard model more rigid, and also stringy, than it appeared. The CP violating θ term may no longer be allowed by the symmetry, and hence the strong CP problem can be solved. There are now stronger constraints imposed on the possible higher order corrections. We speculate that the quarks and the leptons may belong to the two different spin classes. PMID:26551099

  15. Standard Model as a Double Field Theory

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    Choi, Kang-Sin; Park, Jeong-Hyuck

    2015-10-01

    We show that, without any extra physical degree introduced, the standard model can be readily reformulated as a double field theory. Consequently, the standard model can couple to an arbitrary stringy gravitational background in an O (4 ,4 ) T -duality covariant manner and manifest two independent local Lorentz symmetries, Spin(1 ,3 )×Spin(3 ,1 ) . While the diagonal gauge fixing of the twofold spin groups leads to the conventional formulation on the flat Minkowskian background, the enhanced symmetry makes the standard model more rigid, and also stringy, than it appeared. The C P violating θ term may no longer be allowed by the symmetry, and hence the strong C P problem can be solved. There are now stronger constraints imposed on the possible higher order corrections. We speculate that the quarks and the leptons may belong to the two different spin classes.

  16. Generalized eikonal approximation for strong-field ionization

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    Cajiao Vélez, F.; Krajewska, K.; Kamiński, J. Z.

    2015-05-01

    We develop the eikonal perturbation theory to describe the strong-field ionization by finite laser pulses. This approach in the first order with respect to the binding potential (the so-called generalized eikonal approximation) avoids a singularity at the potential center. Thus, in contrast to the ordinary eikonal approximation, it allows one to treat rescattering phenomena in terms of quantum trajectories. We demonstrate how the first Born approximation and its domain of validity follow from eikonal perturbation theory. Using this approach, we study the coherent interference patterns in photoelectron energy spectra and their modifications induced by the interaction of photoelectrons with the atomic potential. Along with these first results, we discuss the prospects of using the generalized eikonal approximation to study strong-field ionization from multicentered atomic systems and to study other strong-field phenomena.

  17. Electric field vector measurements in a surface ionization wave discharge

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    Goldberg, Benjamin M.; Böhm, Patrick S.; Czarnetzki, Uwe; Adamovich, Igor V.; Lempert, Walter R.

    2015-10-01

    This work presents the results of time-resolved electric field vector measurements in a short pulse duration (60 ns full width at half maximum), surface ionization wave discharge in hydrogen using a picosecond four-wave mixing technique. Electric field vector components are measured separately, using pump and Stokes beams linearly polarized in the horizontal and vertical planes, and a polarizer placed in front of the infrared detector. The time-resolved electric field vector is measured at three different locations across the discharge gap, and for three different heights above the alumina ceramic dielectric surface, ~100, 600, and 1100 μm (total of nine different locations). The results show that after breakdown, the discharge develops as an ionization wave propagating along the dielectric surface at an average speed of 1 mm ns-1. The surface ionization wave forms near the high voltage electrode, close to the dielectric surface (~100 μm). The wave front is characterized by significant overshoot of both vertical and horizontal electric field vector components. Behind the wave front, the vertical field component is rapidly reduced. As the wave propagates along the dielectric surface, it also extends further away from the dielectric surface, up to ~1 mm near the grounded electrode. The horizontal field component behind the wave front remains quite significant, to sustain the electron current toward the high voltage electrode. After the wave reaches the grounded electrode, the horizontal field component experiences a secondary rise in the quasi-dc discharge, where it sustains the current along the near-surface plasma sheet. The measurement results indicate presence of a cathode layer formed near the grounded electrode with significant cathode voltage fall, ≈3 kV, due to high current density in the discharge. The peak reduced electric field in the surface ionization wave is 85-95 Td, consistent with dc breakdown field estimated from the Paschen curve for

  18. Nuclear Recoil Cross Sections from Time-dependent Studies of Two-Photon Double Ionization of Helium

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    Horner, Daniel A.; Rescigno, Thomas N.; McCurdy, C. William

    2009-12-21

    We examine the sensitivity of nuclear recoil cross sections produced by two-photon double ionization of helium to the underlying triple differential cross sections (TDCS) used in their computation. We show that this sensitivity is greatest in the energy region just below the threshold for sequential double ionization. Accurate TDCS, extracted from non-perturbative solutions of the time-dependent Schroedinger equation, are used here in new computations of the nuclear recoil cross section.

  19. New interpretations of measured antihydrogen velocities and field ionization spectra.

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    Pohl, T; Sadeghpour, H R; Gabrielse, G

    2006-10-01

    We present extensive Monte Carlo simulations, showing that cold antihydrogen (H) atoms are produced when antiprotons (p) are gently heated in the side wells of a nested Penning trap. The observed H with high energies, that had seemed to indicate otherwise, are instead explained by a surprisingly effective charge-exchange mechanism. We shed light on the previously measured field-ionization spectrum, and reproduce both the characteristic low-field power law as well as the enhanced H production at higher fields. The latter feature is shown to arise from H toms too deeply bound to be described as guiding center atoms, atoms with internally chaotic motion. PMID:17155247

  20. Integrated reservoir management doubles Nigerian field reserves

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    Akinlawon, Y.; Nwosu, T.; Satter, A.; Jespersen, R.

    1996-10-01

    An integrated alliance across disciplines, companies and countries enabled Texaco to conduct a comprehensive reservoir analysis of the North Apoi/Funiwa field in Nigeria. Recommendations implemented in 3 months doubled the book reserves of this mature field. The paper discusses the objectives, the integration of organizations, reservoir analysis, and conclusions. The conclusions made from the integrated study are: (1) 3-D seismic data dramatically improved reservoir description. (2) OOIP is considerably more than the booked values and reserves additions are substantial. (3) Significant value has been added to TOPCON`s assets as a result of teamwork and a multidisciplinary approach to evaluating the reservoirs and optimizing the scenarios for reservoir management. (4) Teamwork and integration of professionals, data, technology and tools was critical to the projects success. (5) The study set an example for effective and expeditious technology transfer and applications. (6) Partnering of TOPCON, DPR, NAPIMS, EPTD and SSI resulted in a quick cycle time and set an excellent example of integration and alliance.

  1. Multielectron coincidence study of the double Auger decay of 3d-ionized krypton

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    Andersson, E.; Hedin, L.; Rubensson, J.-E.; Karlsson, L.; Feifel, R.; Fritzsche, S.; Linusson, P.; Eland, J. H. D.

    2010-10-15

    Multielectron coincidence data for triple ionization of krypton have been recorded above the 3d ionization threshold at two photon energies (140 and 150 eV). Three principal transition pathways have been observed, two involving double Auger transitions from Kr{sup +}, and one involving single Auger transitions from Kr{sup 2+} created by direct single-photon double ionization. The decay of the 3d{sup 9} {sup 2}D{sub 5/2,3/2} states in Kr{sup +} has been analyzed in some detail and is found to be strongly dominated by cascade processes where two electrons with well-defined energies are emitted. The decay paths leading to the 4s{sup 2}4p{sup 3} {sup 4}S, {sup 2}D, and {sup 2}P states of Kr{sup 3+} are analyzed and energies of seven intermediate states in Kr{sup 2+} are given. A preliminary investigation of the decay paths from Kr{sup +} 3d{sup 9}4p{sup 5}nl shake-up states has also been carried out.

  2. Double Ionization of He by an Intense Elliptically-Polarized, Few-Cycle Attosecond Pulse

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    Ngoko Djiokap, Jean Marcel; Manakov, Nikolai M.; Meremianin, Alexei V.; Hu, Suxing; Madsen, Lars B.; Starace, Anthony F.

    2015-05-01

    By solving the six-dimensional two-electron, time-dependent Schrödinger equation for He interacting with an arbitrarily-polarized intense attosecond XUV pulse, we demonstrate numerically the control of He double ionization by means of the pulse polarization and its carrier-envelope phase (CEP). Using perturbation theory (PT), we predict a new type of CEP-sensitive polarization asymmetry that is normally absent in single photon double ionization of He, but does occur for an elliptically-polarized, few-cycle attosecond XUV pulse. We call this new effect nonlinear dichroism, which is sensitive not only to the ellipticity, peak intensity I, and temporal duration of the pulse, but also to the energy-sharing. This dichroic effect (i.e., the difference of the two-electron angular distributions for opposite helicities of the ionizing XUV pulse) originates from interference of first- and second-order PT amplitudes, allowing one to investigate and control S- and D-wave channels of the two-electron continuum. Nonlinear dichroism probes electron correlation on its natural timescale since it vanishes for long pulses. Research supported in part by DOE, BES, Chem. Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences Div., Grant No. DEFG03-96ER14646.

  3. Two-photon double ionization of atomic beryllium by ultrashort laser pulses

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    Yip, Frank L.; Palacios, Alicia; Martin, Fernando; Rescigno, Thomas N.; McCurdy, C. William

    2014-05-01

    A time-dependent formalism for evaluating ionization amplitudes and generalized cross sections for two-electron atoms previously used to study the correlated electron dynamics of helium under ultrashort laser pulses is adapted to study similar processes involving the 2s2 valence shell of atomic beryllium in the presence of a fully-occupied 1s2 core shell. The similar symmetry of the overall process in two-photon double ionization permits a direct comparison between Be and He atoms, revealing details about the nature of electron correlation within these two atoms whose impact is manifest in the continuum electron dynamics. In particular, consequences of the different shell structures of the initial states for He and Be are prominent when considering sequential double ionization processes. Work supported by the US Dept. of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Chemical Sciences Contract DE-AC02-05CH11231, by the MICINN Projects No. FIS2010-15127 and ERC Advanced Grant 290853.

  4. Geometry- and diffraction-independent ionization probabilities in intense laser fields: Probing atomic ionization mechanisms with effective intensity matching

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    Bryan, W. A.; Stebbings, S. L.; English, E. M. L.; Goodworth, T. R. J.; Newell, W. R.; McKenna, J.; Suresh, M.; Srigengan, B.; Williams, I. D.; Turcu, I. C. E.; Smith, J. M.; Divall, E. J.; Hooker, C. J.; Langley, A. J.

    2006-01-15

    We report an experimental technique for the comparison of ionization processes in ultrafast laser pulses irrespective of pulse ellipticity. Multiple ionization of xenon by 50 fs 790 nm, linearly and circularly polarized laser pulses is observed over the intensity range 10 TW/cm{sup 2} to 10 PW/cm{sup 2} using effective intensity matching (EIM), which is coupled with intensity selective scanning (ISS) to recover the geometry-independent probability of ionization. Such measurements, made possible by quantifying diffraction effects in the laser focus, are compared directly to theoretical predictions of multiphoton, tunnel and field ionization, and a remarkable agreement demonstrated. EIM-ISS allows the straightforward quantification of the probability of recollision ionization in a linearly polarized laser pulse. Furthermore, the probability of ionization is discussed in terms of the Keldysh adiabaticity parameter {gamma}, and the influence of the precursor ionic states present in recollision ionization is observed.

  5. Electron correlation in two-photon double ionization of helium from attosecond to FEL pulses

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    Collins, Lee

    2009-01-01

    We investigate the role of electron correlation in the two-photon double ionization of helium for ultrashort pulses in the extreme ultraviolet (XUV) regime with durations ranging from a hundred attoseconds to a few femtoseconds. We perform time-dependent ab initio calculations for pulses with mean frequencies in the so-called 'sequential' regime ({Dirac_h}{omega} > 54.4 eV). Electron correlation induced by the time correlation between emission events manifests itself in the angular distribution of the ejected electrons, which strongly depends on the energy sharing between them. We show that for ultrashort pulses two-photon double ionization probabilities scale non-uniformly with pulse duration depending on the energy sharing between the electrons. Most interestingly we find evidence for an interference between direct ('nonsequential') and indirect ('sequential') double photoionization with intermediate shake-up states, the strength of which is controlled by the pulse duration. This observation may provide a route towards measuring the pulse duration of x-ray free-electron laser (XFEL) pulses.

  6. INSTRUMENTS AND METHODS OF INVESTIGATION: Surface-ionization field mass-spectrometry studies of nonequilibrium surface ionization

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    Blashenkov, Nikolai M.; Lavrent'ev, Gennadii Ya

    2007-01-01

    The ionization of polyatomic molecules on tungsten and tungsten oxide surfaces is considered for quasiequilibrium or essentially nonequilibrium conditions (in the latter case, the term nonequilibrium surface ionization is used for adsorbate ionization). Heterogeneous reactions are supposed to proceed through monomolecular decay of polyatomic molecules or fragments of multimolecular complexes. The nonequilibrium nature of these reactions is established. The dependences of the current density of disordered ions on the surface temperature, electric field strength, and ionized particle energy distribution are obtained in analytical form. Heterogeneous dissociation energies, the ionization potentials of radicals, and the magnitude of reaction departure from equilibrium are determined from experimental data, as are energy exchange times between reaction products and surfaces, the number of molecules in molecular complexes, and the number of effective degrees of freedom in molecules and complexes. In collecting the data a new technique relying on surface-ionization field mass-spectrometry was applied.

  7. Quantum beats in the field ionization of Rydberg atoms in the presence of magnetic fields

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    Gregoric, Vincent C.; Hastings, Hannah; Carroll, Thomas J.; Noel, Michael W.

    2016-05-01

    By exciting a coherent superposition and varying its phase evolution, quantum beats in the selective field ionization of Rydberg atoms have been observed. Here, we present a study exploring the effect of electric and magnetic fields on quantum beats. Beginning with a single excited state, a coherent superposition is created by a short electric field pulse in the presence of a static magnetic field. The resulting quantum beats are then observed in the field ionization spectrum. Additionally, millimeter-wave spectroscopy is used to probe the state populations in this superposition. This work is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grants No. 1205895 and No. 1205897.

  8. Measurements of the electron-impact double-to-single ionization ratio using trapped lithium

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    Huang, M.-T.; Zhang, L.; Hasegawa, S.; Southworth, S. H.; Young, L.

    2002-07-01

    The Li2+ to Li+ production cross-section ratio of ground-state atomic Li by electron-impact ionization has been measured for electron energies ranging from 200 eV to 1500 eV. The measurements were done using a pulsed, ion imaging time-of-flight spectrometer with Li atoms confined in a magneto-optical trap. The ratios are more accurate than the single earlier result for the Li2+ to Li+ ratios, a composite of two absolute measurements, and are systematically lower. Both experiments show similar energy dependences that disagree with the trend predicted by a semiempirical formulation. These measurements provide a benchmark for theoretical studies of electron-impact double ionization.

  9. Wavelength and Intensity Dependence of Short Pulse Laser Xenon Double Ionization between 500 and 2300 nm

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    Gingras, G.; Tripathi, A.; Witzel, B.

    2009-10-23

    The wavelength and intensity dependence of xenon ionization with 50 fs laser pulses has been studied using time-of-flight mass spectrometry. We compare the ion yield distribution of singly and doubly charged xenon with the Perelomov-Popov-Terent'ev (PPT) theory, Perelomov, Popov, and Terent'ev, Zh. Eksp. Teor. Fiz. 50, 1393 (1966) [Sov. Phys. JETP 23, 924 (1966)], in the regime between 500 and 2300 nm. The intensity dependence for each wavelength is measured in a range between 1x10{sup 13} and 1x10{sup 15} W/cm{sup 2}. The Xe{sup +}-ion signal is in good agreement with the PPT theory at all used wavelengths. In addition we demonstrate that ionic 5s5p{sup 6} {sup 2}S state is excited by an electron impact excitation process and contributes to the nonsequential double ionization process.

  10. Double-resonant photoionization efficiency spectroscopy: A precise determination of the adiabatic ionization potential of DCO

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    Foltynowicz, Robert J.; Robinson, Jason D.; Grant, Edward R.

    2001-03-01

    We report the first high-resolution measurement of the adiabatic ionization potential of DCO and the fundamental bending frequency of DCO+. Fixing a first-laser frequency on selected ultraviolet transitions to individual rotational levels in the (000) band of the 3pπ 2Π intermediate Rydberg state of DCO, we scan a second visible laser over the range from 20 000 to 20 300 cm-1 to record double resonance photoionization efficiency (DR/PIE) spectra. Intermediate resonance with this Rydberg state facilitates transitions to the threshold for producing ground-state cations by bridging the Franck-Condon gap between the bent neutral radical and linear cation. By selecting a single rotational state for ionization, double-resonant excitation eliminates thermal congestion. Spectroscopic features for first-photon resonance are identified by reference to a complete assignment of the 3pπ 2Π(000)-X 2A'(000) band system of DCO. Calibration with HCO, for which the adiabatic ionization threshold is accurately known, establishes an experimental instrument function that accounts for collisional effects on the shape of the photoionization efficiency spectrum near threshold. Analysis of the DR/PIE threshold for DCO yields an adiabatic ionization threshold of 65 616±3 cm-1. By extrapolation of vibrationally autoionizing Rydberg series accessed from the Σ+ component of the 3pπ 2Π(010) intermediate state, we determine an accurate rotationally state-resolved threshold for producing DCO+(010). This energy, together with the threshold determined for the vibrational ground state of the cation provides a first estimate of the bending frequency for DCO+ as 666±3 cm-1. Assignment of the (010) autoionization spectrum further yields a measurement of an energy of 4.83±0.01 cm-1 for the (2-1) rotational transition in the 1Σ+(0110) state of DCO+.

  11. Breakdown of the dipole approximation in strong-field ionization.

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    Ludwig, A; Maurer, J; Mayer, B W; Phillips, C R; Gallmann, L; Keller, U

    2014-12-12

    We report the breakdown of the electric dipole approximation in the long-wavelength limit in strong-field ionization with linearly polarized few-cycle mid-infrared laser pulses at intensities on the order of 10¹³ W/cm². Photoelectron momentum distributions were recorded by velocity map imaging and projected onto the beam propagation axis. We observe an increasing shift of the peak of this projection opposite to the beam propagation direction with increasing laser intensities. From a comparison with semiclassical simulations, we identify the combined action of the magnetic field of the laser pulse and the Coulomb potential as the origin of our observations. PMID:25541770

  12. Strong-Field Ionization of Laser Cooled Li Atoms

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    Sharma, Sachin; Romans, Kevin; Fischer, Daniel

    2016-05-01

    Recently, our understanding of few-body effects has been substantially boosted by the development of intense femto- and attosecond laser sources. Observing the momenta of the fragments of atoms and molecules ionized in these strong fields provided new and before inconceivable insights in molecular and electronic dynamics. Here, we report on a new experiment, where the target atoms (6 Li) are laser cooled and trapped using a magneto optical trap (MOT). Momentum vectors of the target fragments will be measured using a reaction microscope (ReMi). The exclusivity of this setup is a combination of MOT and ReMi, thus dubbed as MOTReMi. Here, the advantages over standard COLTRIMS systems are multifold: Firstly, an unprecedented recoil ion momentum resolution can be achieved, as the target can be prepared at significantly lower temperatures. Second, the atoms can be optically prepared in the ground or in polarized excited states. In a first experimental campaign, studies on single ionization of laser excited and polarized Lithium atoms will be performed with circularly polarized light. This experiment can provide insight into the helicity-dependence of the ionization dynamics as the differences among co- and counter rotating electron and laser field, if any, can be investigated.

  13. Semiclassical two-step model for strong-field ionization

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    Shvetsov-Shilovski, N. I.; Lein, M.; Madsen, L. B.; Räsänen, E.; Lemell, C.; Burgdörfer, J.; Arbó, D. G.; Tőkési, K.

    2016-07-01

    We present a semiclassical two-step model for strong-field ionization that accounts for path interferences of tunnel-ionized electrons in the ionic potential beyond perturbation theory. Within the framework of a classical trajectory Monte Carlo representation of the phase-space dynamics, the model employs the semiclassical approximation to the phase of the full quantum propagator in the exit channel. By comparison with the exact numerical solution of the time-dependent Schrödinger equation for strong-field ionization of hydrogen, we show that for suitable choices of the momentum distribution after the first tunneling step, the model yields good quantitative agreement with the full quantum simulation. The two-dimensional photoelectron momentum distributions, the energy spectra, and the angular distributions are found to be in good agreement with the corresponding quantum results. Specifically, the model quantitatively reproduces the fanlike interference patterns in the low-energy part of the two-dimensional momentum distributions, as well as the modulations in the photoelectron angular distributions.

  14. Different escape modes in two-photon double ionization of helium

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    Kheifets, A. S.; Ivanov, A. I.; Bray, I.

    2007-02-15

    The quadrupole channel of two-photon double ionization of He exhibits two distinctly different modes of correlated motion of the photoelectron pair. The kinematics of the mode associated with the center-of-mass motion favors large total momenta maximized at parallel emission where the interelectron repulsion is strong. In contrast, the mode associated with the relative motion favors large relative momenta maximized at antiparallel emission where the interelectron repulsion is relatively weak. This difference in the interelectron repulsion allows for much wider angular correlation width in the relative motion mode as compared to the center-of-mass mode.

  15. Probing Electron Correlation via Attosecond xuv Pulses in the Two-Photon Double Ionization of Helium

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    Feist, J.; Nagele, S.; Pazourek, R.; Persson, E.; Burgdoerfer, J.; Schneider, B. I.; Collins, L. A.

    2009-08-07

    Recent experimental developments of high-intensity, short-pulse extreme ultraviolet light sources are enhancing our ability to study electron-electron correlations. We perform time-dependent calculations to investigate the so-called 'sequential' regime ((Planck constant/2pi)omega>54.4 eV) in the two-photon double ionization of helium. We show that attosecond pulses allow us not only to probe but also to induce angular and energy correlations of the emitted electrons. The final momentum distribution reveals regions dominated by the Wannier ridge breakup scenario and by postcollision interaction.

  16. Attosecond timescale analysis of the dynamics of two-photon double ionization of helium

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    Foumouo, Emmanuel; Antoine, Philippe; Bachau, Henri; Piraux, Bernard

    2008-02-01

    We consider the two-photon double ionization (DI) of helium and analyze electron dynamics on the attosecond timescale. We first re-examine the interaction of helium with an ultrashort XUV pulse and study how the electronic correlations affect the electron angular and energy distributions in the direct, sequential and transient regimes of frequency and time duration. We then consider pump probe processes with the aim of extracting indirect information on the pump pulse. In addition, our calculations show clear evidence for the existence under certain conditions of direct two-color DI processes.

  17. Role of elastic projectile-electron scattering in double ionization of helium by fast proton impact

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    Schulz, M.; Ciappina, M. F.; Kirchner, T.; Fischer, D.; Moshammer, R.; Ullrich, J.

    2009-04-01

    We present a systematic study of atomic four-body fragmentation dynamics. To this end we have measured a variety of multiple differential double ionization cross sections for 6 MeV p+He collisions. The data are compared to a first-order calculation with correlated electrons and to a simulation representing a second-order process, with some experimental results seemingly in favor of the first, others in agreement with the second approach. This apparent conflict can be resolved by accounting for elastic scattering between the projectile and one electron already promoted to the continuum through electron-electron correlation in the first-order process.

  18. Plasma Bragg density gratings produced by optical-field ionization

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    Yu Lule; Sheng Zhengming; Zhang Jie

    2009-11-15

    Plasma Bragg density gratings produced by optical-field ionization in underdense gas under the irradiation of two counterpropagating laser pulses at laser intensities around 10{sup 13} W/cm{sup 2} are investigated by particle-in-cell simulation. The grating is composed of interlacing layers of neutral gas and plasma (or partially ionized gas) with its density and period controlled by the initial gas density, laser wavelengths, and intersecting angles of the two laser pulses. The study shows that such gratings have a longer lifetime, about nanoseconds, as compared with those driven by the laser ponderomotive force at higher laser intensities around 10{sup 15} W/cm{sup 2}. They may be used for phase-matched high-harmonic generation, laser self-guiding, laser pulse compression and stretching, etc.

  19. Preparing attosecond coherences by strong-field ionization

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    Pabst, Stefan; Lein, Manfred; Wörner, Hans Jakob

    2016-02-01

    Strong-field ionization (SFI) has been shown to prepare wave packets with few-femtosecond periods. Here, we explore whether this technique can be extended to the attosecond time scale. We introduce an intuitive model, which is based on the Fourier transform of the subcycle SFI rate, for predicting the bandwidth of ionic states that can be coherently prepared by SFI. The coherent bandwidth decreases considerably with increasing central wavelength of the ionizing pulse but it is much less sensitive to its intensity. Many-body calculations based on time-dependent configuration-interaction singles support these results. The influence of channel interactions and laser-induced dynamics within the ion is discussed. Our results further predict that multicycle femtosecond pulses can coherently prepare subfemtosecond wave packets with higher selectivity and versatility compared to single-cycle pulses with an additional sensitivity to the mutual parity of the prepared states.

  20. Gas ionization sensors with carbon nanotube/nickel field emitters.

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    Huang, Bohr-Ran; Lin, Tzu-Ching; Yang, Ying-Kan; Tzeng, Shien-Der

    2011-12-01

    Gas ionization sensors based on the field emission properties of the carbon nanotube/nickel (CNT/Ni) field emitters were first developed in this work. It is found that the breakdown electric field (E(b)) slightly decreases from 2.2 V/microm to 1.9 V/microm as the pressure of H2 gas increases from 0.5 Torr to 100 Torr. On the contrary, E(b) obviously increases from 2.9 V/microm to 6.5 V/microm as O2 gas pressure increases from 0.5 Torr to 100 Torr. This may be explained by the depression of the electron emission that caused by the adsorption of the O2 gas on the CNT emitters. The Raman spectra of the CNT/Ni emitters also show that more defects were generated on the CNTs after O2 gas sensing. The Joule heating effect under high current density as performing H2 sensing was also observed. These effects may contribute the pressure dependence on the breakdown electric field of the CNT/Ni gas ionization sensors. PMID:22409010

  1. STORAGE RING CROSS-SECTION MEASUREMENTS FOR ELECTRON IMPACT SINGLE AND DOUBLE IONIZATION OF Fe{sup 9+} AND SINGLE IONIZATION OF Fe{sup 10+}

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    Hahn, M.; Novotny, O.; Savin, D. W.; Becker, A.; Grieser, M.; Krantz, C.; Wolf, A.; Lestinsky, M.; Repnow, R.; Mueller, A.; Schippers, S.; Spruck, K.

    2012-11-20

    We have measured electron impact ionization from the ground state of Fe{sup 9+} and Fe{sup 10+} over the relative electron-ion collision energy ranges 200-1900 eV and 250-1800 eV, respectively. The ions were confined in an ion storage ring long enough for essentially all metastable levels to radiatively relax to the ground state. For single ionization, we find a number of discrepancies between the existing theoretical cross sections and our results. The calculations appear to neglect some excitation-autoionization (EA) channels, particularly from n = 3 to n' excitations, which are important near threshold, and those from n = 2 {yields} 3 excitations, which contribute at about 650 eV. Conversely, at higher energies the calculations appear to overestimate the importance of EA channels due to excitation into levels where n {>=} 4. The resulting experimental rate coefficients agree with the most recent theory for Fe{sup 9+} to within 16% and for Fe{sup 10+} to within 19% at temperatures where these ions are predicted to form in collisional ionization equilibrium. We have also measured double ionization of Fe{sup 9+} forming Fe{sup 11+} in the energy range 450-3000 eV and found that although there is an appreciable cross section for direct double ionization, the dominant mechanism appears to be through direct ionization of an inner shell electron producing an excited state that subsequently stabilizes through autoionization.

  2. Two-photon double ionization of helium in the region of photon energies 42-50 eV

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    Ivanov, I. A.; Kheifets, A. S.

    2007-03-15

    We report the total integrated cross section (TICS) of two-photon double ionization of helium in the photon energy range from 42 to 50 eV. Our computational procedure relies on a numerical solution of the time-dependent Schroedinger equation on a square-integrable basis and subsequent projection of this solution on a set of final field-free states describing correlation in the two-electron continuum. Our results suggest that the TICS grows monotonically as a function of photon energy in the region of 42-50 eV, possibly reaching a maximum in the vicinity of 50 eV. We also present fully resolved triple-differential cross sections for selected photon energies.

  3. Two-photon double ionization of helium in the region of photon energies 42-50eV

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    Ivanov, I. A.; Kheifets, A. S.

    2007-03-01

    We report the total integrated cross section (TICS) of two-photon double ionization of helium in the photon energy range from 42to50eV . Our computational procedure relies on a numerical solution of the time-dependent Schrödinger equation on a square-integrable basis and subsequent projection of this solution on a set of final field-free states describing correlation in the two-electron continuum. Our results suggest that the TICS grows monotonically as a function of photon energy in the region of 42-50eV , possibly reaching a maximum in the vicinity of 50eV . We also present fully resolved triple-differential cross sections for selected photon energies.

  4. Optimal control of the strong-field ionization of silver clusters in helium droplets

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    Truong, N. X.; Goede, S.; Przystawik, A.; Fennel, Th.; Bornath, Th.; Tiggesbaeumker, J.; Meiwes-Broer, K. H.; Hilse, P.; Schlanges, M.; Doeppner, T.; Gerber, G.

    2010-01-15

    Optimal control techniques combined with femtosecond laser pulse shaping are applied to steer and enhance the strong-field induced emission of highly charged atomic ions from silver clusters embedded in helium nanodroplets. With light fields shaped in amplitude and phase we observe a substantial increase of the Ag{sup q+} yield for q>10 when compared to bandwidth-limited and optimally stretched pulses. A remarkably simple double-pulse structure, containing a low-intensity prepulse and a stronger main pulse, turns out to produce the highest atomic charge states up to Ag{sup 20+}. A negative chirp during the main pulse hints at dynamic frequency locking to the cluster plasmon. A numerical optimal control study on pure silver clusters with a nanoplasma model converges to a similar pulse structure and corroborates that the optimal light field adapts to the resonant excitation of cluster surface plasmons for efficient ionization.

  5. Recoil-ion-momentum spectrum for few-photon double ionization of helium

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    Jiang, Wei-Chao; Tong, Yao; Gong, Qihuang; Peng, Liang-You

    2014-04-01

    We provide an efficient and accurate numerical method to deduce the recoil-ion-momentum spectrum of He from the two-electron momentum distribution, which is obtained by solving the full-dimensional time-dependent Schrödinger equation. We apply this method to study the ion spectra of one-photon double ionization and two-photon sequential and nonsequential double ionization of He. The present calculations agree rather well with the absolute magnitude of the recoil-ion triply differential cross sections published recently [S. A. Abdel-Naby, M. S. Pindzola, and J. Colgan, Phys. Rev. A 86, 013424 (2012), 10.1103/PhysRevA.86.013424; S. A. Abdel-Naby et al., Phys. Rev. A 87, 063425 (2013), 10.1103/PhysRevA.87.063425]. Nevertheless, significant differences are also found in several detailed features of the spectra and straightforward physical analysis indicates that the present results appear more reasonable, which should be confirmed by future experiments or additional independent calculations.

  6. Angular Correlation of Electrons Emitted by Double Auger Decay of K-Shell Ionized Neon

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    Jones, Matthew Philip

    2011-12-01

    We have investigated in detail the 4-body continuum state produced when core-ionized neon undergoes Double-Auger (DA) decay, using COLd Target Recoil Ion Momentum Spectroscopy (COLTRIMS ). We conducted the experiment at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Advanced Light Source (LBNL-ALS) beamline 11.0.2. The synchrotron operated in 2-bunch mode and outputted an elliptically polarized, pulsed photon beam (hn=872.9eV), sufficient to K-shell ionize neon just above threshold. Our analysis supports research showing that Auger electrons tend to share energy asymmetrically. We qualitatively compared this result to Photo-Double Ionization (PDI) of helium. Further, we confirm research that shows how Auger electrons that share energy symmetrically can be modeled by the elastic-like knock-out process plus Post-Collision Interaction ( PCI) effects. New observations include the angular correlation between the photo-electron and each respective Auger electron, for specific ranges of energy sharing. We identify a broad feature in the asymmetric case that shows a level of interaction between electrons that until recently, has disagreed with theory. Additionally, we consider the angular correlation between the photo-electron and the momentum sum of the Auger electrons. We observe that the angular correlation between this sum and the photo-electron in the highly asymmetric case is nearly identical to the correlation between just the fast-Auger and the photo-electron - as expected. In the case of symmetric energy sharing, the sum momentum vector appears to be isotropic, particularly for small angles of interaction. Finally, we acknowledge two novel methods of calibration. The first, uses well known line-energies to calibrate the spectrometer. These lines correspond to the decay channels of core-excited neon, Ne(1 s-13p). The second, describes a method to statistically weight list-mode data in order to calibrate it to well known physical features (e.g., isotropic distributions).

  7. Transport equations for partially ionized reactive plasma in magnetic field

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    Zhdanov, V. M.; Stepanenko, A. A.

    2016-06-01

    Transport equations for partially ionized reactive plasma in magnetic field taking into account the internal degrees of freedom and electronic excitation of plasma particles are derived. As a starting point of analysis the kinetic equation with a binary collision operator written in the Wang-Chang and Uhlenbeck form and with a reactive collision integral allowing for arbitrary chemical reactions is used. The linearized variant of Grad's moment method is applied to deduce the systems of moment equations for plasma and also full and reduced transport equations for plasma species nonequilibrium parameters.

  8. Kinetic simulation of rarefied and weakly ionized hypersonic flow fields

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    Farbar, Erin D.

    When a vehicle enters the Earth's atmosphere at the very large velocities associated with Lunar and Mars return, a strong bow shock is formed in front of the vehicle. The shock heats the air to very high temperatures, causing collisions that are sufficiently energetic to produce ionized particles. As a result, a weakly ionized plasma is formed in the region between the bow shock and the vehicle surface. The presence of this plasma impedes the transport of radio frequency waves to the vehicle, causing the phenomenon known as "communications black out". The plasma also interacts with the neutral particles in the flow field, and contributes to the heat flux at the vehicle surface. Since it is difficult to characterize these flow fields using flight or ground based experiments, computational tools play an important role in the design of reentry vehicles. It is important to include the physical phenomena associated with the presence of the plasma in the computational analysis of the flow fields about these vehicles. Physical models for the plasma phenomena are investigated using a state of the art, Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) code. Models for collisions between charged particles, plasma chemistry, and the self-induced electric field that currently exist in the literature are implemented. Using these baseline models, steady state flow field solutions are computed for the FIRE II reentry vehicle at two different trajectory points. The accuracy of each baseline plasma model is assessed in a systematic fashion, using one flight condition of the FIRE II vehicle as the test case. Experimental collision cross section data is implemented to model collisions of electrons with neutral particles. Theoretical and experimental reaction cross section data are implemented to model chemical reactions that involve electron impact, and an associative ionization reaction. One-dimensional Particle-In-Cell (PIC) routines are developed and coupled to the DSMC code, to assess the

  9. Tunneling Time and Weak Measurement in Strong Field Ionization

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    Zimmermann, Tomáš; Mishra, Siddhartha; Doran, Brent R.; Gordon, Daniel F.; Landsman, Alexandra S.

    2016-06-01

    Tunneling delays represent a hotly debated topic, with many conflicting definitions and little consensus on when and if such definitions accurately describe the physical observables. Here, we relate these different definitions to distinct experimental observables in strong field ionization, finding that two definitions, Larmor time and Bohmian time, are compatible with the attoclock observable and the resonance lifetime of a bound state, respectively. Both of these definitions are closely connected to the theory of weak measurement, with Larmor time being the weak measurement value of tunneling time and Bohmian trajectory corresponding to the average particle trajectory, which has been recently reconstructed using weak measurement in a two-slit experiment [S. Kocsis, B. Braverman, S. Ravets, M. J. Stevens, R. P. Mirin, L. K. Shalm, and A. M. Steinberg, Science 332, 1170 (2011)]. We demonstrate a big discrepancy in strong field ionization between the Bohmian and weak measurement values of tunneling time, and we suggest this arises because the tunneling time is calculated for a small probability postselected ensemble of electrons. Our results have important implications for the interpretation of experiments in attosecond science, suggesting that tunneling is unlikely to be an instantaneous process.

  10. Tunneling Time and Weak Measurement in Strong Field Ionization.

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    Zimmermann, Tomáš; Mishra, Siddhartha; Doran, Brent R; Gordon, Daniel F; Landsman, Alexandra S

    2016-06-10

    Tunneling delays represent a hotly debated topic, with many conflicting definitions and little consensus on when and if such definitions accurately describe the physical observables. Here, we relate these different definitions to distinct experimental observables in strong field ionization, finding that two definitions, Larmor time and Bohmian time, are compatible with the attoclock observable and the resonance lifetime of a bound state, respectively. Both of these definitions are closely connected to the theory of weak measurement, with Larmor time being the weak measurement value of tunneling time and Bohmian trajectory corresponding to the average particle trajectory, which has been recently reconstructed using weak measurement in a two-slit experiment [S. Kocsis, B. Braverman, S. Ravets, M. J. Stevens, R. P. Mirin, L. K. Shalm, and A. M. Steinberg, Science 332, 1170 (2011)]. We demonstrate a big discrepancy in strong field ionization between the Bohmian and weak measurement values of tunneling time, and we suggest this arises because the tunneling time is calculated for a small probability postselected ensemble of electrons. Our results have important implications for the interpretation of experiments in attosecond science, suggesting that tunneling is unlikely to be an instantaneous process. PMID:27341232

  11. Effect of primordial magnetic fields on the ionization history

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    Chluba, Jens; Paoletti, D.; Finelli, F.; Rubiño-Martín, J. A.

    2015-08-01

    Primordial magnetic fields (PMF) damp at scales smaller than the photon diffusion and free-streaming scale. This leads to heating of ordinary matter (electrons and baryons), which affects both the thermal and ionization history of our Universe. Here, we study the effect of heating due to ambipolar diffusion and decaying magnetic turbulence. We find that changes to the ionization history computed with recfast are significantly overestimated when compared with CosmoRec. The main physical reason for the difference is that the photoionization coefficient has to be evaluated using the radiation temperature rather than the matter temperature. A good agreement with CosmoRec is found after changing this aspect. Using Planck 2013 data and considering only the effect of PMF-induced heating, we find an upper limit on the rms magnetic field amplitude of B0 ≲ 1.1 nG (95 per cent c.l.) for a stochastic background of PMF with a nearly scale-invariant power spectrum. We also discuss uncertainties related to the approximations for the heating rates and differences with respect to previous studies. Our results are important for the derivation of constraints on the PMF power spectrum obtained from measurements of the cosmic microwave background anisotropies with full-mission Planck data. They may also change some of the calculations of PMF-induced effects on the primordial chemistry and 21cm signals.

  12. Excitation two-center interference and the orbital geometry in laser-induced nonsequential double ionization of diatomic molecules

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    Shaaran, T.; Augstein, B. B.; Figueira de Morisson Faria, C.

    2011-07-15

    We address the influence of the molecular orbital geometry and of the molecular alignment with respect to the laser-field polarization on laser-induced nonsequential double ionization of diatomic molecules for different molecular species, namely N{sub 2} and Li{sub 2}. We focus on the recollision excitation with subsequent tunneling ionization (RESI) mechanism, in which the first electron, upon return, promotes the second electron to an excited state, from where it subsequently tunnels. We assume that both electrons are initially in the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) and that the second electron is excited to the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO). We show that the electron-momentum distributions exhibit interference maxima and minima due to the electron emission at spatially separated centers. We provide generalized analytical expressions for such maxima or minima, which take into account s-p mixing and the orbital geometry. The patterns caused by the two-center interference are sharpest for vanishing alignment angle and get washed out as this parameter increases. Apart from that, there exist features due to the geometry of the LUMO, which may be observed for a wide range of alignment angles. Such features manifest themselves as the suppression of probability density in specific momentum regions due to the shape of the LUMO wave function, or as an overall decrease in the RESI yield due to the presence of nodal planes.

  13. Fully differential single-photon double ionization of neon and argon

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    Yip, Frank; Martin, Fernando; Rescigno, Thomas; McCurdy, C.

    2013-05-01

    Double photoionization of neon and argon differ significantly from helium in that three different final state couplings of the residual double ion (1 S , 1 D , and 3 P) are possible and greatly impact the observed angular distributions, but the multi-electron nature of such targets makes ab initio theoretical treatments of this correlated process a challenge. Triply differential cross sections (TDCS) have been calculated for single photon double ionization of these heavier rare gases at various photon energies by utilizing an expanded frozen-core treatment to represent the remaining N - 2 target electrons of the residual ion. The resulting angular distributions are compared with and show significant agreement with existing experimental data. Work supported by U. S. Dept. of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Chemical Sciences Contract DE-AC02-05CH11231, by the MICINN Projects No. FIS2010-15127, No. ACI2008-0777,No. CSD 2007-00010, and ERC Advanced Grant 290853.

  14. Connecting field ionization to photoionization via 17- and 36-GHz microwave fields

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    Gurian, J. H.; Overstreet, K. R.; Gallagher, T. F.; Maeda, H.

    2010-10-15

    Here we present experimental results connecting field ionization to photoionization in Li Rydberg atoms obtained with 17- and 36-GHz microwave fields. At a low principal quantum number n, where the microwave frequency {omega} is much lower than the classical, or Kepler frequency, {omega}{sub K}=1/n{sup 3}, microwave ionization occurs by field ionization, at E=1/9n{sup 4}. When the microwave frequency exceeds the Kepler frequency, {omega}>1/n{sup 3}, the field required for ionization is independent of n and given by E=2.4{omega}{sup 5/3}, in agreement with dynamic localization models, which cross over to a Fermi's Golden Rule approach at the photoionization limit. A surprising aspect of our results is that when {omega}{approx_equal}1/2n{sup 2}, the one- and multiphoton ionization rates are similar, and even at the lowest microwave powers, all are 10 times lower than the perturbation theory rate calculated for single-photon ionization. Further, we show that when the Rydberg atoms are excited in the presence of the microwave field, the probability of an atom's being bound at the end of the microwave pulse passes smoothly across the limit. This microwave stimulated recombination to bound Rydberg states can be well described by a simple classical model. More generally, these results suggest that the problem of a Rydberg atom coupled to a high-frequency microwave field is similar to the problem of interchannel internal coupling in multilimit atoms, a problem well described by quantum defect theory.

  15. Theory of multiphoton and tunnel ionization in a bichromatic field

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    Bagulov, D. S.; Kotelnikov, I. A.

    2013-01-15

    The imaginary-time method [6, 7] is used to calculate the multiphoton and tunnel ionization probabilities for atoms in a laser radiation field part of which is converted into the second harmonic. We assume that the first harmonic has a linear or elliptical polarization and the second harmonic is polarized linearly, with its polarization vector making an arbitrary angle with that of the first harmonic. The mean momentum of the photoelectrons knocked out from atoms is shown to depend on the phase shift between the first and second harmonics and their mutual polarization and to be identically equal to zero for a monochromatic field. An important difference between the case of elliptical polarization and the case of linear polarization of both harmonics is the absence of conditions under which the conditions for dominance of one of the two generation mechanisms considered here can be identified during the generation of terahertz radiation from the region of optical breakdown in a gas.

  16. Ionization of Rydberg atoms by standing-wave light fields.

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    Anderson, Sarah E; Raithel, Georg

    2013-01-01

    When electromagnetic radiation induces atomic transitions, the size of the atom is usually much smaller than the wavelength of the radiation, allowing the spatial variation of the radiation field's phase to be neglected in the description of transition rates. Somewhat unexpectedly, this approximation, known as the electric dipole approximation, is still valid for the ionization of micrometre-sized atoms in highly excited Rydberg states by laser light with a wavelength of about the same size. Here we employ a standing-wave laser field as a spatially resolving probe within the volume of a Rydberg atom to show that the photoionization process only occurs near the nucleus, within a volume that is small with respect to both the atom and the laser wavelength. This evidence resolves the apparent inconsistency of the electric dipole approximation's validity for photoionization of Rydberg atoms, and it verifies the theory of light-matter interaction in a limiting case. PMID:24336092

  17. Wigner representation of ionization and scattering in strong laser fields

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    Baumann, C.; Kull, H.-J.; Fraiman, G. M.

    2015-12-01

    The interaction of single-electron atoms with a strong laser field is studied in the Wigner representation. The Wigner function is a quasiprobability function in phase space that allows one to study position-momentum correlations. These correlations give a physical interpretation of the emergence of the above-threshold-ionization (ATI) energy spectrum. Conversely, the quantum-mechanical interference between electrons from neighboring photon orders can explain the spatial bunching of the electron density by the laser field. Furthermore, the Wigner function offers one a rather accurate and relatively efficient quasiclassical estimate of the bound-state population. This method is applied to laser-induced electron-ion scattering and the stationary regime of the bound-state population can be determined. The present calculations are performed for a one-dimensional Rosen-Morse potential. Extensions to general spherically symmetric atomic potentials are indicated.

  18. Angular anisotropy parameters and recoil-ion momentum distribution in two-photon double ionization of helium

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    Kheifets, A. S.; Ivanov, I. A.; Bray, Igor

    2007-08-15

    We present convergent-close-coupling (CCC) calculations of the angular anisotropy parameters {beta}{sub 2},{beta}{sub 4} and the recoil ion momentum distribution d{sigma}/dp in two-photon double ionization (TPDI) of helium. In a stark contrast to single-photon double ionization (SPDI), where the {beta}{sub 2} parameter varies widely changing the angular distribution from isotropic to nearly dipole for slow and fast photoelectrons, respectively, the {beta} parameters for TPDI show very little change. The angular distribution of the recoil ion is fairly isotropic in TPDI as opposed to a strong alignment with the polarization of light in SPDI.

  19. Double ionization of the water molecule: Influence of the target orientation on the secondary-electron angular distributions

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    Oubaziz, D.; Aouchiche, H.; Champion, C.

    2011-01-15

    Fivefold differential cross sections for electron-induced double ionization of isolated oriented water molecules are reported. The theoretical investigation is performed within the first Born approximation by describing the initial molecular state by means of single-center wave functions. The contributions of each final state to the double-ionization process, i.e., with target electrons ejected from similar and/or different molecular subshells, are studied and compared in terms of shape and magnitude. Furthermore, for the particular target orientations investigated, we identify clearly the signature of the main scenarios involved in (e,3e) reactions, namely, the shake-off and the two-step 1 mechanisms.

  20. Nonsequential double ionization of the hydride ion by two-photon absorption

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    Nepstad, Raymond; Førre, Morten

    2011-08-01

    We apply a recently developed ab initio numerical framework to calculate (generalized) total cross sections for the process of nonsequential (direct) two-photon double ionization of the hydride ion (H-), at photon energies ranging from 7.75 to 10.5 eV. The total cross section is about an order of magnitude larger than the corresponding one obtained for helium, the reason being that the electronic correlation is relatively more important in H-. Furthermore, we examine single- and triple-differential cross sections at the photon energies 7.75 and 9 eV and find that for the lower photon energy the electron energy distribution attains a maximum when both electrons are emitted with equal energies.

  1. One-photon double ionization of H2 with arbitrary orientation

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    Jiang, Wei-Chao; Peng, Liang-You; Geng, Ji-Wei; Gong, Qihuang

    2013-12-01

    We investigate the one-photon double ionization of H2 by numerically solving the time-dependent Schrödinger equation (TDSE) in the prolate spheroidal coordinates. The triple differential cross sections (TDCS) are extracted from the differential probability by three different methods. The dependence of the TDCS on the orientation of H2 is analyzed by a configuration interference model. The model perfectly reproduces the TDSE results. The obvious interference patterns are observed when the angle between the laser polarization and the molecular axis is properly small. In addition, we revisit the heliumlike model by including the phase difference, which gives a much better fitting of the TDSE results than the previous model without the phase difference taken into account.

  2. S-model calculations for high-energy-electron-impact double ionization of helium

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    Gasaneo, G.; Mitnik, D. M.; Randazzo, J. M.; Ancarani, L. U.; Colavecchia, F. D.

    2013-04-01

    In this paper the double ionization of helium by high-energy electron impact is studied. The corresponding four-body Schrödinger equation is transformed into a set of driven equations containing successive orders in the projectile-target interaction. The transition amplitude obtained from the asymptotic limit of the first-order solution is shown to be equivalent to the familiar first Born approximation. The first-order driven equation is solved within a generalized Sturmian approach for an S-wave (e,3e) model process with high incident energy and small momentum transfer corresponding to published measurements. Two independent numerical implementations, one using spherical and the other hyperspherical coordinates, yield mutual agreement. From our ab initio solution, the transition amplitude is extracted, and single differential cross sections are calculated and could be taken as benchmark values to test other numerical methods in a previously unexplored energy domain.

  3. Importance of non-first-order effects in the (e,3e) double ionization of helium

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    Lahmam-Bennani, A.; Duguet, A.; Dal Cappello, C.; Nebdi, H.; Piraux, B.

    2003-01-01

    Angular distributions of the two ejected electrons resulting from the double ionization of helium by electron impact have been measured by means of a multicoincidence multiangle (e,3e) spectrometer at an incident energy of about 0.6 keV and equal outgoing energies E{sub b}=E{sub c}=11 eV. We identify various regimes of kinematical parameters where substantial differences are found with respect to the first-Born convergent close-coupling calculations: an angular shift of the position of the main lobe and the presence of additional lobes. These differences are attributed to high-order contributions in the projectile-target interaction. This conclusion is supported by recent (e,3e) calculations performed within the second-Born approximation.

  4. Two-photon double ionization of H{sub 2} in intense femtosecond laser pulses

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    Guan Xiaoxu; Bartschat, Klaus; Schneider, Barry I.

    2010-10-15

    Triple-differential cross sections for two-photon double ionization of molecular hydrogen are presented for a central photon energy of 30 eV. The calculations are based on a fully ab initio, nonperturbative approach to the time-dependent Schroedinger equation in prolate spheroidal coordinates, discretized by a finite-element discrete-variable representation. The wave function is propagated in time for a few femtoseconds using the short, iterative Lanczos method to study the correlated response of the two photoelectrons to short, intense laser radiation. The current results often lie in between those of Colgan et al. [J. Phys. B 41, 121002 (2008)] and Morales et al. [J. Phys. B 42, 134013 (2009)]. However, we argue that these individual predictions should not be compared directly with each other, but preferably with experimental data generated under well-defined conditions.

  5. Experimental and theoretical double differential cross sections for electron impact ionization of methane.

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    Yavuz, Murat; Ozer, Zehra Nur; Ulu, Melike; Champion, Christophe; Dogan, Mevlut

    2016-04-28

    Experimental and theoretical double differential cross sections (DDCSs) for electron-induced ionization of methane (CH4) are here reported for primary energies ranging from 50 eV to 350 eV and ejection angles between 25° and 130°. Experimental DDCSs are compared with theoretical predictions performed within the first Born approximation Coulomb wave. In this model, the initial molecular state is described by using single center wave functions, the incident (scattered) electron being described by a plane wave, while a Coulomb wave function is used for modeling the secondary ejected electron. A fairly good agreement may be observed between theory and experiment with nevertheless an expected systematic overestimation of the theory at low-ejection energies (<50 eV). PMID:27131548

  6. High-order-harmonic generation in molecular sequential double ionization by intense circularly polarized laser pulses

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    Yuan, Kai-Jun; Lu, Huizhong; Bandrauk, André D.

    2015-08-01

    We present effects of electron energy transfer by electron collisions on high-order-harmonic generation (HHG) in molecular sequential double ionization by intense circularly polarized laser pulses. Results from numerical solutions of time-dependent Schrödinger equations for extended (large internuclear distance) H2 where electrons are entangled and hence delocalized by exchange show that HHG with cutoff energy up to Ip+24 Up can be obtained, where Ip is the molecule ionization potential and Up=I0/4 ω02 (in atomic units) is the ponderomotive energy for pulse intensity I0 and frequency ω0. A time-frequency analysis is employed to identify electron collisions for the generation of harmonics. Extended HHG arises from electron energy exchange, which agrees well with the prediction of a classical two electron collision model. Results for nonsymmetric HHe+ where initially electrons are localized on He are also compared and confirm the role of initial electron delocalization via entanglement for obtaining extended HHG plateaus.

  7. Discerning the direct and indirect ionization processes in the photo-double-ionization of 1, 1-C2H2F2 near and above threshold

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    Gaire, B.; Bocharova, I.; Sturm, F. P.; Gehrken, N.; Rist, J.; Belkacem, A.; Weber, Th.; Berry, B.; Zohrabi, M.; Ben-Itzhak, I.; Keiling, M.; Moradmand, A.; Landers, A.; Jahnke, T.; Schoeffler, M.; Sann, H.; Kunitski, M.; Doerner, R.

    2014-05-01

    We have studied the photo-double-ionization of 1, 1-C2H2F2 near and above threshold using linearly polarized single photons (40 to 70eV). Kinematically complete experiments were achieved for the nondissociative ionization (NDI) and all ionic two body break up channels by measuring the electrons and recoil ions in coincidence with the COLd Target Recoil Ion Momentum Spectroscopy (COLTRIMS) method. Using electron-ion and electron-electron energy correlation maps as well as asymmetry parameters and relative angles between the emitted electrons, we were able to trace the electronic states involved and distinguish between the direct and indirect ionization mechanisms of the NDI and the fragmentation processes. Supported by the Director, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, and by the Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences of the U.S. Department of Energy at LBNL under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231.

  8. Pulse-shape-dependent strong-field ionization viewed with velocity-map imaging

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    Geissler, Dominik; Weinacht, Thomas C.; Rozgonyi, Tamas; Gonzalez-Vazquez, Jesus

    2011-11-15

    We explore strong field molecular ionization with velocity map imaging of fragment ions produced by dissociation following ionization. Our measurements and ab initio electronic structure calculations allow us to identify various electronic states of the molecular cation populated during ionization, with multiple pathways to individual states highlighted by the pulse shape dependence. In addition, we show that relative populations can be reconstructed from our measurements. The results illustrate how strong field molecular ionization can be complicated by the presence and interaction of multiple cationic states during ionization.

  9. Double ionization of helium by highly-charged-ion impact analyzed within the frozen-correlation approximation

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    Ciappina, M. F.; Kirchner, T.; Schulz, M.

    2011-09-15

    We apply the frozen-correlation approximation (FCA) to analyze double ionization of helium by energetic highly charged ions. In this model the double ionization amplitude is represented in terms of single ionization amplitudes, which we evaluate within the continuum distorted wave-eikonal initial state (CDW-EIS) approach. Correlation effects are incorporated in the initial and final states, but are neglected during the time the collision process takes place. We implement the FCA using the Monte Carlo event generator technique, which allows us to generate theoretical event files and to compare theory and experiment using the same analysis tools. The comparison with previous theoretical results and with experimental data demonstrates, on the one hand, the validity of our earlier simple models to account for higher-order mechanisms, and, on the other hand, the robustness of the FCA.

  10. The ionization rate under a general magnetic field for microwave breakdown

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    Wang, Huihui Meng, Lin; Liu, Dagang; Liu, Laqun

    2014-07-15

    The ionization rate under an extra magnetic field is studied by theory and particle-in-cell/Monte Carlo Collision simulations. The result shows that a magnetic field always decreases the ionization rate if √(3)ω < υ{sub m}, while it may increase the ionization rate if √(3)ω > υ{sub m}. The effect of the magnetic field on the ionization rate fades away when the angle between the magnetic field and the electric filed approaches to zero. Furthermore, the peak ionization rate among different magnetic fields is almost independent of ω. This peak ionization rate is in direct proportion to the gas pressure in the low pressure region, while it is about in inverse proportion to the gas pressure in the high pressure region.

  11. Enhanced nonlinear double excitation of He in intense extreme ultraviolet laser fields.

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    Hishikawa, A; Fushitani, M; Hikosaka, Y; Matsuda, A; Liu, C-N; Morishita, T; Shigemasa, E; Nagasono, M; Tono, K; Togashi, T; Ohashi, H; Kimura, H; Senba, Y; Yabashi, M; Ishikawa, T

    2011-12-01

    Nonlinear, three-photon double excitation of He in intense extreme ultraviolet free-electron laser fields (∼24.1  eV, ∼5  TW/cm2) is presented. Resonances to the doubly excited states converging to the He+ N=3 level are revealed by the shot-by-shot photoelectron spectroscopy and identified by theoretical calculations based on the time-dependent Schrödinger equation for the two-electron atom under a laser field. It is shown that the three-photon double excitation is enhanced by intermediate Rydberg states below the first ionization threshold, giving a greater contribution to the photoionization yields than the two-photon process by more than 1 order of magnitude. PMID:22242995

  12. Role of Coulomb repulsion in correlated-electron emission from a doubly excited state in nonsequential double ionization of molecules

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    Huang, Cheng; Guo, Wenliang; Zhou, Yueming; Wu, Zhengmao

    2016-01-01

    With the classical ensemble model, we investigate nonsequential double ionization of aligned molecules by few-cycle laser pulses at low intensity, where the two electrons finally are ionized through a transition doubly excited state induced by recollision. The correlated electron momentum distribution of parallel molecules exhibits the line-shaped structure parallel to the diagonal. Our analysis indicates that besides the ionization time difference of two electrons from the doubly excited state, the final-state e-e Coulomb repulsion plays a vital role in the formation of the line-shaped structural momentum distribution. For perpendicular molecules, due to the prominent near half-cycle ionization time difference between the two electrons from the doubly excited state, the momentum distribution shows clear anticorrelation behavior.

  13. Competition of single and double rescattering in the strong-field photoemission from dielectric nanospheres

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    Seiffert, L.; Süßmann, F.; Zherebtsov, S.; Rupp, P.; Peltz, C.; Rühl, E.; Kling, M. F.; Fennel, T.

    2016-04-01

    Nanostructures exposed to ultrashort waveform-controlled laser pulses enable the generation of enhanced and highly localized near fields with adjustable local electric field evolution. Here, we study dielectric SiO2 nanospheres ( d = 100-700 nm) under strong carrier-envelope phase-controlled few-cycle laser pulses and perform a systematic theoretical analysis of the resulting near-field driven photoemission. In particular, we analyze the impacts of charge interaction and local field ellipticity on the near-field driven electron acceleration. Our semiclassical transport simulations predict strong quenching of the electron emission and enhanced electron energies due to the ionization induced space charge. Though single surface backscattering remains the main emission process for the considered parameter range, we find a substantial contribution of double rescattering that increases with sphere size and becomes dominant near the cutoff energy for the largest investigated spheres. The growing importance of the double recollision process is traced back to the increasing local field ellipticity via trajectory analysis and the corresponding initial to final state correlation. Finally, we compare the carrier-envelope phase-dependent emission of single and double recollision electrons and find that both exhibit a characteristic directional switching behavior.

  14. Experiments and theory of an upstream ionization instability excited by an accelerated electron beam through a current-free double layer

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    Aanesland, A.; Lieberman, M. A.; Charles, C.; Boswell, R. W.

    2006-12-15

    A low-frequency instability varying from 10 to 20 kHz has been discovered in the presence of a current-free double layer (DL) in a low-pressure expanding helicon plasma. The instability is observed using various electrostatic probes, such as Langmuir probes floating or biased to ion saturation and emissive probes measuring the plasma potential. A retarding field energy analyzer measuring the ion energy distribution function downstream of the double layer is used together with the LP to simultaneously observe the DL and the instability, confirming their coexistence. The frequency of the instability decreases with increasing neutral pressure, increases with increasing magnetic field in the source and increases with increasing rf power. A theory for an upstream ionization instability has been developed, in which electrons accelerated through the DL increase the ionization upstream and are responsible for the observed instability. The theory is in good agreement with the experimental results and shows that the frequency increases with the potential drop of the double layer and with decreasing chamber radius.

  15. Intense field ionization of diatomic molecules: Two-center interference and tunneling

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    Chen, Y. J.; Hu Bambi

    2010-01-15

    We investigate the ionization of model diatomic molecules exposed in intense laser fields both numerically and analytically. Our simulations show that, in the tunneling region, the interplay of the tunneling effect and molecular two-center structure has an important role in ionization. It can lead to the enhancement of ionization in molecules as compared to their reference atoms with similar ionization potential. Furthermore, it also plays a dominating role in the angle dependence of molecular ionization. This effect is different from that of two-center interference in ionization. The latter manifests itself remarkably in the multiphoton region and can cause the ionization suppression of molecules in this region. Our further comparisons suggest the significant influence of the orbital symmetry of the reference atom on molecular ionization comparison experiments.

  16. Electric double layer of anisotropic dielectric colloids under electric fields

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    Han, M.; Wu, H.; Luijten, E.

    2016-07-01

    Anisotropic colloidal particles constitute an important class of building blocks for self-assembly directed by electrical fields. The aggregation of these building blocks is driven by induced dipole moments, which arise from an interplay between dielectric effects and the electric double layer. For particles that are anisotropic in shape, charge distribution, and dielectric properties, calculation of the electric double layer requires coupling of the ionic dynamics to a Poisson solver. We apply recently proposed methods to solve this problem for experimentally employed colloids in static and time-dependent electric fields. This allows us to predict the effects of field strength and frequency on the colloidal properties.

  17. A field-ionization neutral detector - FIND. [neutral particle mass spectrometer

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    Curtis, C. C.; Hsieh, K. C.; Fan, C. Y.; Swanson, L. W.

    1975-01-01

    The field ionization neutral detector FIND operates according to the following principle: Neutral atoms are attracted toward the field ionization tips since they are polarized by the electric field of the tips. The atoms are singly ionized and repelled by the positive potential of the tips toward the detector situated behind a grid at ground potential. The ions deposit in the detector their kinetic energies, typically 26 keV, corresponding to the potential difference between the ionization region and the detector. Laboratory results show that FIND can have the resolution, sensitivities and durability required to perform in situ measurements of neutral H and He fluxes in interplanetary space, cometary halos and exospheres.

  18. High Harmonic Spectroscopy of Multichannel Dynamics in Strong-Field Ionization

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    Mairesse, Y.; Higuet, J.; Fabre, B.; Mevel, E.; Constant, E.; Dudovich, N.; Shafir, D.; Patchkovskii, S.; Walters, Z.; Smirnova, O.; Ivanov, M. Yu.

    2010-05-28

    We perform high harmonic generation spectroscopy of aligned nitrogen molecules to characterize the attosecond dynamics of multielectron rearrangement during strong-field ionization. We use the spectrum and ellipticity of the harmonic light to reconstruct the relative phase between different ionization continua participating in the ionization, and thus determine the shape and location of the hole left in the molecule by strong-field ionization. Our interferometric technique uses transitions between the ionic states, induced by the laser field on the subcycle time scale.

  19. Investigation of electric field distribution on FAC-IR-300 ionization chamber

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    Mohammadi, S. M.; Tavakoli-Anbaran, H.; Zeinali, H. Z.

    2016-07-01

    One of the important parameters for establishing charge particle equilibrium (CPE) conditions of free-air ionization chamber is an electric field distribution. In this paper, electric field distribution inside the ionization chamber was investigated by finite element method. For this purpose, the effects of adding guard plate and guard strips on the electric field distribution in the ionization chamber were studied. it is necessary to apply a lead box around the ionization chamber body to avoid of scattered radiation effects on the ionization chamber operation, but the lead box changes the electric field distribution. In the following, the effect of lead box on the electric field distribution was studied. Finally, electric field distribution factor (kfield) was calculated by the simulation. The results of the simulation showed that presence of the guard plate and guard strips, and applying a suitable potential to lead box, a convergence of kfield to 1 was achieved.

  20. Strong-field approximation for ionization of a diatomic molecule by a strong laser field

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    Milosevic, D. B.

    2006-12-15

    We present a theory of ionization of diatomic molecules by a strong laser field. A diatomic molecule is considered as a three-particle system, which consists of two heavy atomic (ionic) centers and an electron. After the separation of the center-of-mass coordinate, the dynamics of this system is reduced to the relative electronic and nuclear coordinates. The exact S-matrix element for ionization is presented in a form in which the laser-molecule interaction is emphasized. This form is useful for application of the molecular strong-field approximation (SFA). We introduced two forms of the molecular SFA, one with the field-free and the other with the field-dressed initial molecular bound state. We relate these two forms of our modified molecular SFA to the standard molecular SFAs, introduced previously using the length gauge and the velocity gauge. Numerical examples of the ionization rates of N{sub 2} and O{sub 2} molecules are shown and compared for all four versions of the molecular SFA and we suggest that our modified molecular SFA should be used instead of the standard molecular SFA.

  1. Strong field ionization rates simulated with time-dependent configuration interaction and an absorbing potential

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    Krause, Pascal; Sonk, Jason A.; Schlegel, H. Bernhard

    2014-05-07

    Ionization rates of molecules have been modeled with time-dependent configuration interaction simulations using atom centered basis sets and a complex absorbing potential. The simulations agree with accurate grid-based calculations for the ionization of hydrogen atom as a function of field strength and for charge resonance enhanced ionization of H{sub 2}{sup +} as the bond is elongated. Unlike grid-based methods, the present approach can be applied to simulate electron dynamics and ionization in multi-electron polyatomic molecules. Calculations on HCl{sup +} and HCO{sup +} demonstrate that these systems also show charge resonance enhanced ionization as the bonds are stretched.

  2. Field-free molecular alignment for measuring ionization probability

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    Loriot, V.; Hertz, E.; Lavorel, B.; Faucher, O.

    2008-01-01

    We have shown in a recent letter (Loriot et al 2006 Opt. Lett. 31 2897) the possibility of determining the ionization probability of linear molecules by using an all-optical technique that takes advantage of post-pulse molecular alignment. To that end, we have implemented a 'cross-defocusing' technique producing a signal sensitive to both alignment and ionization. The analysis of the signal provides a quantitative measurement of the ionization probability calibrated with molecular alignment. In the present work, the method is discussed in more detail and applied to the measurement of the ionization probability of N2 as well as to the determination of the ionization ratio between (i) N2 and Ar and (ii) O2 and Xe. We demonstrate in addition a progress in the scheme in order to improve the accuracy at low intensity.

  3. Importance of the recoil contribution in Two Step 2 mechanism for the electron impact double ionization process

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    Li, C.; Staicu Casagrande, E. M.; Lahmam-Bennani, A.

    2014-04-01

    The second order, Two-Step-2 (TS2) mechanism for electron impact double ionization (DI) of various targets at intermediate incident energy is investigated based on a kinematical analysis which assumes the DI to result from two successive (e,2e) single ionization (SI) events. The results show that under the present kinematics, the inclusion of the recoil scattering in each of these (e,2e)-SI steps (in previous studies only the binary scattering was considered) allows a more detailed understanding of the various peaks observed in the experimental angular distributions of the ejected electrons in both (e,3-1e) and (e,3e) experiments.

  4. Investigating two-photon double ionization of D{sub 2} by XUV-pump-XUV-probe experiments

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    Jiang, Y. H.; Kurka, M.; Kuehnel, K. U.; Toppin, M.; Schroeter, C. D.; Moshammer, R.; Rudenko, A.; Foucar, L.; Perez-Torres, J. F.; Plesiat, E.; Morales, F.; Martin, F.; Herrwerth, O.; Lezius, M.; Kling, M. F.; Jahnke, T.; Doerner, R.; Sanz-Vicario, J. L.; Tilborg, J. van; Belkacem, A.

    2010-05-15

    We used a split-mirror setup attached to a reaction microscope at the free-electron laser in Hamburg (FLASH) to perform an XUV-pump-XUV-probe experiment by tracing the ultrafast nuclear wave-packet motion in the D{sub 2}{sup +}(1s{sigma}{sub g}) with <10 fs time resolution. Comparison with time-dependent calculations shows excellent agreement with the measured vibrational period of 22{+-}4 fs in D{sub 2}{sup +}, points to the importance of accurately knowing the internuclear distance-dependent ionization probability, and paves the way to control sequential and nonsequential two-photon double-ionization contributions.

  5. Double ionization of helium by fast electrons with the Generalized Sturmian Functions method

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    Ambrosio, M. J.; Colavecchia, F. D.; Gasaneo, G.; Mitnik, D. M.; Ancarani, L. U.

    2015-03-01

    The double ionization of helium by high energy electron impact is studied. The corresponding four-body Schrödinger equation is transformed into a set of driven equations containing successive orders in the projectile-target interaction. The first order driven equation is solved with a generalized Sturmian functions approach. The transition amplitude, extracted from the asymptotic limit of the first order solution, is equivalent to the familiar first Born approximation. Fivefold differential cross sections are calculated for (e, 3e) processes within the high incident energy and small momentum transfer regimes. The results are compared with other numerical methods, and with the only absolute experimental data available. Our cross sections agree in shape and magnitude with those of the convergent close coupling method for the (10+10) eV and (4+4) eV emission energies. To date this had not been achieved by any two different numerical schemes when solving the three-body continuum problem for the fast projectile (e, 3e) process. Though agreement with the experimental data, in particular with respect to the magnitude, is not achieved, our findings partly clarify a long standing puzzle.

  6. Strong-field approximation for ionization of a diatomic molecule by a strong laser field. III. High-order above-threshold ionization by an elliptically polarized field

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    Busuladžić, M.; Gazibegović-Busuladžić, A.; Milošević, D. B.

    2009-07-01

    We investigate high-order above-threshold ionization (HATI) of diatomic molecules having different symmetries by an elliptically polarized laser field using the modified molecular strong-field approximation. The yields of high-energy electrons contributing to the plateau region of the photoelectron spectra strongly depend on the employed ellipticity. This is more pronounced if the major axis of the polarization ellipse is parallel or perpendicular to the molecular axis and at the end of the high-energy plateau. For the O2 molecule (characterized by πg symmetry) the maximum yield is observed for some value of the ellipticity ɛ different from zero. On the other hand, in the same circumstances, the N2 molecule (σg) behaves as an atom, i.e., the yield is maximum for ɛ=0 . These characteristics of the photoelectron spectra remain valid in a wide region of the molecular orientations and laser peak intensities. The symmetry properties of the molecular HATI spectra are considered in detail: by changing the molecular orientation one or other type of the symmetry emerges or disappears. Presenting differential ionization spectra in the ionized electron energy-emission angle plane we have observed similar interference effects as in the HATI spectra governed by a linearly polarized field.

  7. Strong-field approximation for ionization of a diatomic molecule by a strong laser field. III. High-order above-threshold ionization by an elliptically polarized field

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    Busuladzic, M.; Gazibegovic-Busuladzic, A.; Milosevic, D. B.

    2009-07-15

    We investigate high-order above-threshold ionization (HATI) of diatomic molecules having different symmetries by an elliptically polarized laser field using the modified molecular strong-field approximation. The yields of high-energy electrons contributing to the plateau region of the photoelectron spectra strongly depend on the employed ellipticity. This is more pronounced if the major axis of the polarization ellipse is parallel or perpendicular to the molecular axis and at the end of the high-energy plateau. For the O{sub 2} molecule (characterized by {pi}{sub g} symmetry) the maximum yield is observed for some value of the ellipticity {epsilon} different from zero. On the other hand, in the same circumstances, the N{sub 2} molecule ({sigma}{sub g}) behaves as an atom, i.e., the yield is maximum for {epsilon}=0. These characteristics of the photoelectron spectra remain valid in a wide region of the molecular orientations and laser peak intensities. The symmetry properties of the molecular HATI spectra are considered in detail: by changing the molecular orientation one or other type of the symmetry emerges or disappears. Presenting differential ionization spectra in the ionized electron energy-emission angle plane we have observed similar interference effects as in the HATI spectra governed by a linearly polarized field.

  8. Evaluation of volcano-style field ionization source and field emitting cathodes for mass spectrometry and applications

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    Buttrill, S. E., Jr.; Spindt, C. A.

    1978-01-01

    A volcano-style field ionization source was tested with eight different gases: hydrogen, helium, ammonia, methane, argon, neon, water vapor, and hydrogen sulfide. For ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, and water, the ionization efficiency of the field ionization source was determined as a function of the electrical potential difference between the ionizer and its counterelectrode. The ionization efficiencies for the other gases were too low to be measured in the present apparatus. The operating characteristics of a field emission cathode, were studied, in the presence of the same eight gases at pressures up to 0.00001 torr. The presence of the gases caused little or no significant change in the electron emission from the cathodes. Results indicate that the field emission cathode has advantages over electrically heated cathodes as a source of an electron beam in spacecraft mass spectrometers.

  9. Two-photon double ionization of H2 at 30 eV using exterior complex scaling

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    Horner, Daniel A; Morales, F; Martin, F; Rescigno, T N; Mccurdy, C W

    2009-01-01

    Calculations of fully differential cross sections for two-photon double ionization of the hydrogen molecule with photons of 30 eV are reported. The results have been obtained by using the method of exterior complex scaling, which allows one to construct essentially exact wave functions that describe the double continuum on a large, but finite, volume. The calculated cross sections are compared with those previously obtained by Colgan et al [1], and discrepancies are found for specific molecular orientations and electron ejection directions.

  10. Ionization suppression of Cl{sub 2} molecules in intense laser fields

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    Benis, E.P.; Xia, J.F.; Tong, X.M.; Faheem, M.; Zamkov, M.; Shan, B.; Richard, P.; Chang, Z.

    2004-08-01

    The strong field ionization of Cl{sub 2} molecules is investigated by using an ultrashort pulse Ti:sapphire laser. A spatial imaging technique is used in such measurements to reduce the effect of spatial integration. Cl{sub 2} shows strong ionization suppression as do other diatomic molecules having valence orbitals with antibonding symmetry (O{sub 2},S{sub 2}) when compared with the field ionization of atoms with nearly identical ionization potential. A more general molecular tunneling ionization model is proposed, and the calculations are in reasonable agreement with the measurements. Our results support that antibonding leads to ionization suppression, a trend that only F{sub 2} goes against and that needs to be further investigated.

  11. Two-photon double ionization of helium by chirped few-cycle attosecond pulses: From nonsequential to sequential regime

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    Yao, Tong; Wei-Chao, Jiang; Pan, Wu; Liang-You, Peng

    2016-07-01

    The two-photon double ionization (TPDI) dynamics of helium by chirped attosecond pulses are theoretically studied by solving the two-electron time-dependent Schrödinger equation in its full dimensions. We show that both the differential and the total double ionization probability can be significantly controlled by adjusting the chirp. The dependence of the TPDI on the chirp can be quite different for different photon energies, relying on the central photon energy being in the sequential region, nonsequential region, or translation region. The physics which lead to the chirp dependence for different photon energies are addressed. Present findings are well reproduced by a model based on the second-order time-dependent perturbation theory. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11322437 and 11574010) and the National Basic Research Project of China (Grant No. 2013CB922402).

  12. Molecular orientation effect on the differential cross sections for the electron-impact double ionization of oriented water molecules

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    Champion, C.; Dal Cappello, C.; Oubaziz, D.; Aouchiche, H.; Popov, Yu. V.

    2010-03-15

    Double ionization of isolated water molecules fixed in space is here investigated in a theoretical approach based on the first Born approximation. Secondary electron angular distributions are reported for particular (e,3e) kinematical conditions and compared in terms of shape and magnitude. Strong dependence of the fivefold differential cross sections on the molecular target orientation is clearly observed in (e,3-1e) as well as (e,3e) channels. Furthermore, for the major part of the kinematics considered, we identified the different mechanisms involved in the double ionization of water molecule, namely, the direct shake-off process as well as the two-step1 process. They are both discussed and analyzed with respect to the molecular target orientation.

  13. Alignment- and orientation-dependent strong-field ionization of molecules: Field-induced orbital distortion effects

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    Spiewanowski, Maciej Dominik; Madsen, Lars Bojer

    2015-05-01

    Strong-field ionization (SFI) is a starting point for many strong-field phenomena, e.g., high-order harmonic generation, as well as a source of fundamental information about the ionized target. Therefore, investigation of SFI of atoms and molecules has been the aim for research since the first strong laser pulses became available. We present a recently developed method, adiabatic strong-field approximation, to study ionization yields as a function of alignment angle for CO2, CO, and OCS molecules. We show that orbital distortion plays an important role in explaining the position and relative strength of maxima in the yields for both polar and nonpolar molecules, even for targets with low polarizabilities at low laser intensities. In particular, we report that for ionization of CO2 the maximum in ionization yield shifts towards the experimentally-measured maximum with respect to the strong-field approximation. For ionization of the CO molecule, not only does the theory predict the preferred direction of ionization correctly, but also the ratio between yields for the two molecular orientations where the electric field points either towards the C or towards the O end. Finally, we find that ionization of OCS is more probable for the laser pointing from the O end towards the S end. Work supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the ERC-StG (Project No. 277767-TDMET), and the VKR center of excellence, QUS- COPE.

  14. Two-photon double ionization of H2 at 30 eV using Exterior Complex Scaling

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    Morales, Felipe; Martin, Fernando; Horner, Daniel; Rescigno, Thomas N.; McCurdy, C. William

    2009-01-20

    Calculations of fully differential cross sections for two-photon double ionization of the hydrogen molecule with photons of 30 eV are reported. The results have been obtained by using the method of exterior complex scaling, which allows one to construct essentially exact wave functions that describe thedouble continuum on a large, but finite, volume. The calculated cross sections are compared with those previously obtained by Colgan et al., and discrepancies are found for specific molecular orientations and electron ejection directions.

  15. Perpendicular currents and electric fields in fully and partially ionized magnetized plasma

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    Rozhansky, V.

    2013-10-15

    Perpendicular currents and self-consistent electric fields in fully and partially ionized plasma in strong magnetic field are analyzed. In fully ionized plasma, the analyses are concentrated on closing of viscosity driven currents. For partially ionized plasma, it is demonstrated that the perpendicular currents could be expressed through the total pressure gradient (including the pressure gradient of neutral particles) and viscosity of neutrals. The self-consistent electric fields and corresponding E(vector sign)×B(vector sign) could be quite large, which is important for various applications, in particular, for the divertor plasma of a tokamak in the detached regime.

  16. Reduction of the Background Magnetic Field Inhibits Ability of Drosophila melanogaster to Survive Ionizing Radiation

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    Portelli, Lucas; Madapatha, Dinu; Martino, Carlos; Hernandez, Mark; Barnes, Frank

    2012-01-01

    The effects of exposure to an environment where the background magnetic field has been reduced were studied on wild-type Drosophila melanogaster by measuring its ability to survive a single exposure to ionizing radiation during its larval stage. The experimental design presented shows a timeframe, ionizing radiation dose and background magnetic field parameters that will cause a significant and reproducible reduction of survival on this insect model. These results suggest that background magnetic fields may play a fundamental role in the recovery or harm of a biological system that is exposed to single doses of ionizing radiation. PMID:22532126

  17. Resonance overlap criterion for H atom ionization by circularly polarized microwave fields

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    Sacha, K.; Zakrzewski, J.

    1997-01-01

    The threshold for H atom ionization by circularly polarized microwave fields is discussed within the classical mechanics framework for high microwave frequencies. The Chirikov resonance overlap criterion predictions are compared with estimates obtained adopting the renormalization method. It is shown that the ionization threshold is highly sensitive to the helicity of microwaves. Among all possible initial electronic orbits, those of medium eccentricity are the first to ionize. The results obtained indicate that collisions with the nucleus play a negligible role for the onset of ionization. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  18. Double field flip cooling channel for the neutrino factory

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    Valeri Balbekov et al.

    2001-07-03

    A 220 m long ionization cooling system consisting of three solenoids with two field-flip sections, is proposed as a cooling channel for the neutrino factory. The reduction of transverse emittance is achieved using 87 liquid hydrogen absorbers (30-40 cm long), and 87 (2 m long) 200 MHz linacs. The first flip is performed at relatively small magnetic field, B = 3 T, to keep the longitudinal motion under control. The field is then increased adiabatically up to 7 T and a second field flip performed. The cooler was studied and simulated in detail. Preceded by a 16 GeV proton driver, a carbon target, a mini-cooler and a buncher, the system provides about 0.082 muons per incident proton.

  19. Sandwich double gate vertical tunneling field-effect transistor

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    Wang, Ying; Zhang, Wen-hao; Yu, Cheng-hao; Cao, Fei

    2016-05-01

    In this work, a sandwich vertical tunnel field effect transistor (SDG-VTFET) is presented and studied. Since the dominant carrier tunneling of SDG-VFET occurs in a direction that is in line with the gate field, high ON-state current and steep subthreshold slope are observed. Comparisons between SDG-VFET and double gate tunnel field effect transistor are made to clarify advantages of SDG-VTFET. The simulation results of our work show that SDG-VTFET has stronger gate control, steeper subthreshold slope and higher ON-state current. The device plays a promising candidate for future low power circuit applications.

  20. Field-ionization threshold and its induced ionization-window phenomenon for Rydberg atoms in a short single-cycle pulse

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    Yang, B. C.; Robicheaux, F.

    2014-12-01

    We study the field-ionization threshold behavior when a Rydberg atom is ionized by a short single-cycle pulse field. Both hydrogen and sodium atoms are considered. The required threshold field amplitude is found to scale inversely with the binding energy when the pulse duration becomes shorter than the classical Rydberg period, and, thus, more weakly bound electrons require larger fields for ionization. This threshold scaling behavior is confirmed by both three-dimensional classical trajectory Monte Carlo simulations and numerically solving the time-dependent Schrödinger equation. More surprisingly, the same scaling behavior in the short pulse limit is also followed by the ionization thresholds for much lower bound states, including the hydrogen ground state. An empirical formula is obtained from a simple model, and the dominant ionization mechanism is identified as a nonzero spatial displacement of the electron. This displacement ionization should be another important mechanism beyond the tunneling ionization and the multiphoton ionization. In addition, an "ionization window" is shown to exist for the ionization of Rydberg states, which may have potential applications to selectively modify and control the Rydberg-state population of atoms and molecules.

  1. Low Field Laser Ionization of Argon Clusters: The Remarkable Fragmentation Dynamics of Doubly Ionized Clusters

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    Poisson, Lionel; Raffael, Kevin D.; Gaveau, Marc-Andre; Soep, Benoit; Mestdagh, Jean-Michel; Caillat, Jeremie; Taieeb, Richard; Maquet, Alfred

    2007-09-07

    We have investigated the fission following a Coulomb explosion in argon clusters (up to Ar{sub 800}) irradiated by a femtosecond infrared laser with moderate intensity I{sub L}{approx_equal}10{sup 13} W cm{sup -2}. We report the a priori surprising observation of well-defined velocity distributions of the ionized fragments Ar{sub n<50}{sup +}. This is interpreted by the formation of a valence shell excited charged ion, followed by relaxation, charge transfer by autoionizing collision at very short distance, and asymmetric fission.

  2. Carrier-envelope-phase effects and V-like structure in nonsequential double ionization by elliptical polarization

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    Li, Yingbin; Yu, Benhai; Tang, Qingbin; Hua, Duanyang; Tong, Aihong; Jiang, Chenghuan; Shen, Naifeng; Li, Yongchao; Ge, Guixian; Wan, Jianguo

    2016-07-01

    The nonsequential double ionization (NSDI) of atom is revisited by elliptically polarized few-cycle laser pulse with the classical ensemble method. We focus on the events that both electrons emit into the same direction along the long and short axis of the laser polarization plane, and how do the correlated electron momentum spectra of these two events depends on the carrier-envelope-phase (CEP). We first exhibit that the double-ionization probability has a negligible dependence on CEP. Back analysis shows that the ionization dynamics of the second electron are strongly depend on the CEP, which is significantly responsible for the CEP-dependent correlated electron momentum spectra. Besides, the correlated electron momentum spectrum along the long axis of the laser polarization plane reproduces the so-called V-like structure (also called the figurelike structure) observed in experiments [A. Staudte, et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 263002 (2007); A. Rudenko, et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 263003 (2007)]. We sort the V-like shape into two regions and find that the different regions exhibit significantly different dynamics behaviors. Simultaneously, we demonstrate that the electron pairs emitted into the same direction along the short axis of the laser polarization plane is a result of the nuclear-electron attraction, and both the nuclear-electron attraction and e-e repulsion significantly contribute to the V-like structure.

  3. Field Ionization using a 28.5 GeV Electron Beam

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    O'Connell, C.; Barnes, C.D.; Decker, F.-J.; Hogan, M.J.; Iverson, R.; Krejcik, P.; Siemann, R.; Walz, D.R.; Keng, S.; Katsouleas, T.; Muggli, P.; Oz, E.; Clayton, C.E.; Huang, C.; Johnson, D.K.; Joshi, C.; Lu, W.; Marsh, K.A.; Mori, W.; Zhou, M.; /UCLA

    2005-06-07

    The E164/E164X plasma wakefield experiment studies beam-plasma interactions at the Stanford Linear Acceleration Center (SLAC). Due to SLAC's recent ability to variably compress bunches longitudinally from 650 {micro}m down to 20 {micro}m, the incoming beam is sufficiently dense to field ionize the neutral lithium (Li) vapor. The field ionization effects are characterized by the beams energy loss through the Li vapor column. Experiment results are presented.

  4. Field Ionization of Neutral Litium Vapor Using a 28.5 GeV Electron Beam

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    O'Connell, C.L.; Barnes, c.D.; Decker, F.-J.; Hogan, M.J.; Iverson, R.; Krejcik, P.; Siemann, R.; Walz, D.R.; Deng, S.; Katsouleas, T.; Muggli, P.; Oz, E.; Clayton, C.E.; Huang, C.; Johnson, D.K.; Joshi, C.; Lu, W.; Marsh, K.A.; Mori, W.; Zhou, M.; /UCLA

    2006-01-30

    The E164/E164X plasma wakefield experiment studies beam-plasma interactions at the Stanford Linear Acceleration Center (SLAC). Due to SLAC's recent ability to variably compress bunches longitudinally from 650 {micro}m down to 20 {micro}m, the incoming beam is sufficiently dense to field ionize the neutral lithium (Li) vapor. The field ionization effects are characterized by the beams energy loss through the Li vapor column. Experiment results are presented.

  5. Selective strong-field enhancement and suppression of ionization with short laser pulses

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    Hart, N. A.; Strohaber, J.; Kolomenskii, A. A.; Paulus, G. G.; Bauer, D.; Schuessler, H. A.

    2016-06-01

    We experimentally demonstrate robust selective excitation and attenuation of atomic Rydberg level populations in sodium vapor (Na i) using intense laser pulses in the strong-field limit (>1012W /c m2 ). Coherent control of the atomic population and related ionization channels is realized for intensities above the over-the-barrier ionization intensity. Moreover, atomic excitation selectivity and high ionization yield are simultaneously achieved without the need to tailor the spectral phase of the laser. A qualitative model confirms that this strong-field coherent control arises through the manifestation of a Freeman resonance.

  6. Investigating two-photon double ionization of D2 by XUV-Pump -- XUV-Probe experiments at FLASH

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    FLASH Collaboration; Jiang, Y.; Rudenko, A.; Perez-Torres, J.; Foucar, L.; Kurka, M.; Kuhnel, K.; Toppin, M.; Plesiat, E.; Morales, F.; Martin, F.; Herrwerth, O.; Lezius, M.; Kling, M.; Jahnke, T.; Dorner, R.; Sanz-Vicario, J.; van Tilborg, J.; Belkacem, A.; Schulz, M.; Ueda, K.; Zouros, T.; Dusterer, S.; Treusch, R.; Schroter, C.; Moshammer, R.; Ullrich, J.

    2010-08-02

    Using a novel split-mirror set-up attached to a Reaction Microscope at the Free electron LASer in Hamburg (FLASH) we demonstrate an XUV-pump -- XUV-probe ((hbar omega = 38 eV) experiment by tracing the ultra-fast nuclear wave-packet motion in the D2+ (1s sigma g-state) with<10 fs time resolution. Comparison with time-dependent calculations yields excellent agreement with the measured vibrational period of 22+-4 fs in D2+, points to the importance of the inter-nuclear distance dependent ionization probability and paves the way to control sequential and non-sequential two-photon double ionization contributions.

  7. Interpretation of the electric fields measured in an ionospheric critical ionization velocity experiment

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    Brenning, N.; Faelthammar, C.-G.; Marklund, G.; Haerendel, G.; Kelley, M. C.; Pfaff, R.

    1991-01-01

    The quasi-dc electric fields measured in the CRIT I ionospheric release experiment are studied. In the experiment, two identical barium shaped charges were fired toward a main payload, and three-dimensional measurements of the electric field inside the streams were made. The relevance of proposed mechanisms for electron heating in the critical ionization velocity (CIV) mechanism is addressed. It is concluded that both the 'homogeneous' and the 'ionizing front' models probably are valid, but in different parts of the streams. It is also possible that electrons are directly accelerated by a magnetic field-aligned component of the electric field. The coupling between the ambient ionosphere and the ionized barium stream is more complicated that is usually assumed in CIV theories, with strong magnetic-field-aligned electric fields and probably current limitation as important processes.

  8. Multiphoton and tunneling ionization probability of atoms and molecules in an intense laser field

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    Zhao, Song-Feng; Liu, Lu; Zhou, Xiao-Xin

    2014-02-01

    We theoretically studied ionization of atoms exposed to an intense laser field by using three different methods, i.e., the numerical solution of the single-active-electron approximation based time-dependent Schrödinger equation (SAE-TDSE), the Perelomov-Popov-Terent'ev (PPT) model, and the Ammosov-Delone-Krainov (ADK) model. The ionization of several linear molecules in a strong laser field is also investigated with the molecular ADK (MO-ADK) and the molecular PPT (MO-PPT) model. We show that the ionization probability from the PPT and the MO-PPT model agrees well with the corresponding SAE-TDSE result in both the multiphoton and tunneling ionization regimes. By considering the volume effect of the laser field, the ionization signal obtained from the PPT and the MO-PPT model fits well the experimental data in the whole range of the multiphoton and tunneling ionization regimes. However, both the ADK and MO-ADK models seriously underestimate the ionization probabilities (or signals) in the multiphoton regime.

  9. Detection and Repair of Ionizing Radiation-Induced DNA Double Strand Breaks: New Developments in Nonhomologous End Joining

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    Wang, Chen; Lees-Miller, Susan P.

    2013-07-01

    DNA damage can occur as a result of endogenous metabolic reactions and replication stress or from exogenous sources such as radiation therapy and chemotherapy. DNA double strand breaks are the most cytotoxic form of DNA damage, and defects in their repair can result in genome instability, a hallmark of cancer. The major pathway for the repair of ionizing radiation-induced DSBs in human cells is nonhomologous end joining. Here we review recent advances on the mechanism of nonhomologous end joining, as well as new findings on its component proteins and regulation.

  10. Carrier-envelope-phase-induced asymmetries in double ionization of helium by an intense few-cycle XUV pulse

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    Ngoko Djiokap, J. M.; Manakov, N. L.; Meremianin, A. V.; Starace, Anthony F.

    2013-11-01

    The carrier-envelope-phase (CEP) dependence of electron angular distributions in double ionization of He by an arbitrarily polarized, few-cycle, intense XUV pulse is formulated using perturbation theory (PT) in the pulse amplitude. Owing to the broad pulse bandwidth, interference of first- and second-order PT amplitudes produces asymmetric angular distributions sensitive to the CEP. The PT parametrization is shown to be valid by comparing with results of solutions of the full-dimensional, two-electron time-dependent Schrödinger equation for the case of linear polarization.