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  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 6, Iss. 5 — Feb. 28, 2000
  • pp: 111–116

Double ionization in a one-cycle laser pulse

Martin Dörr  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 6, Issue 5, pp. 111-116 (2000)

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The time-dependent Schrodinger equation is solved for a 1D×1D two-electron model helium atom subject to a low-frequency short, intense laser pulse. A half-cycle pulse leads to strong single but no double ionization. A full-cycle pulse leads to double ionization which begins precisely at the classical return time for the first ejected electron. When the excursion range for the first electron is truncated, the double ionization at later times, corresponding to longer excursions, disappears. When the field near the nucleus is turned off during the return of the first electron, double ionization persists.

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OCIS Codes
(020.4180) Atomic and molecular physics : Multiphoton processes
(260.2160) Physical optics : Energy transfer
(260.3230) Physical optics : Ionization
(270.6620) Quantum optics : Strong-field processes
(320.5550) Ultrafast optics : Pulses

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Original Manuscript: January 19, 2000
Published: February 28, 2000

Martin Doerr, "Double ionization in a one-cycle laser pulse," Opt. Express 6, 111-116 (2000)

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