Based on realistic numerical simulations of atomic hydrogen interacting with high-frequency ultraintense laser pulses, we show an optimized laser scheme for an experiment on atomic stabilization. A single traveling wave does not constitute an appropriate experimental arrangement, provided that the magnetic drift (the radiation pressure) plays a fundamental role in governing the dynamics of the wave packet in this range of laser parameters. There is, however, a possible experiment where this undesired effect of the magnetic field can be eliminated: our proposal is that the incoming field has to be split into two counterpropagating fields with certain polarization conditions.
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Javier R. Vázquez de Aldana and Luis Roso, "Atomic-stabilization experiment involving two laser pulses: numerical simulation," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 19, 1467-1470 (2002)