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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 4 — Feb. 25, 2013
  • pp: 4896–4907

Quantum-orbit analysis for yield and ellipticity of high order harmonic generation with elliptically polarized laser field

Yang Li, Xiaosong Zhu, Qingbin Zhang, Meiyan Qin, and Peixiang Lu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 4, pp. 4896-4907 (2013)

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We perform a quantum-orbit analysis for the dependence of high-order-harmonic yield on the driving field ellipticity and the polarization properties of the generated high harmonics. The electron trajectories responsible for the emission of particular harmonics are identified. It is found that, in elliptically polarized driving field, the electrons have ellipticity-dependent initial velocities, which lead to the decrease of the ionization rate. Thus the harmonic yield steeply decreases with laser ellipticity. Besides, we show that the polarization properties of the harmonics are related to the complex momenta of the electron. The physical origin of the harmonic ellipticity is interpreted as the consequence of quantum-mechanical uncertainty of the electron momentum. Our results are verified with the experimental results as well as the numerical solutions of the time dependent Schrödinger equation from the literature.

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OCIS Codes
(020.4180) Atomic and molecular physics : Multiphoton processes
(260.3230) Physical optics : Ionization
(270.6620) Quantum optics : Strong-field processes

ToC Category:
Atomic and Molecular Physics

Original Manuscript: January 4, 2013
Revised Manuscript: February 11, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: February 13, 2013
Published: February 20, 2013

Yang Li, Xiaosong Zhu, Qingbin Zhang, Meiyan Qin, and Peixiang Lu, "Quantum-orbit analysis for yield and ellipticity of high order harmonic generation with elliptically polarized laser field," Opt. Express 21, 4896-4907 (2013)

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