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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 18 — Aug. 31, 2009
  • pp: 15550–15557

Manipulating nonsequential double ionization via alignment of asymmetric molecules

Qing Liao and Peixiang Lu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 18, pp. 15550-15557 (2009)

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Using classical three-dimensional ensembles, we demonstrate that nonsequential double ionization of HeH+ molecules in an intense laser field can be manipulated by controlling the alignment of the molecular axis relative to the laser field. Both the symmetry of the correlated electron momentum spectrum in the direction parallel to the laser field and the total double ionization yield strongly depend on the angle between the molecular axis and the laser field. When the molecular axis is aligned parallel to the laser field, double ionization is most probable and the correlated electron momentum spectrum parallel to the laser field from nonsequential double ionization exhibits the most asymmetry with respect to the minor diagonal.

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OCIS Codes
(020.4180) Atomic and molecular physics : Multiphoton processes
(190.4180) Nonlinear optics : Multiphoton processes
(260.3230) Physical optics : Ionization
(270.6620) Quantum optics : Strong-field processes

ToC Category:
Atomic and Molecular Physics

Original Manuscript: July 14, 2009
Revised Manuscript: August 8, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: August 17, 2009
Published: August 18, 2009

Qing Liao and Peixiang Lu, "Manipulating nonsequential double ionization via alignment of asymmetric molecules," Opt. Express 17, 15550-15557 (2009)

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