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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 24 — Nov. 21, 2011
  • pp: 24198–24209

Laser-polarization-dependent photoelectron angular distributions from polar molecules

Xiaosong Zhu, Qingbin Zhang, Weiyi Hong, Peixiang Lu, and Zhizhan Xu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 24, pp. 24198-24209 (2011)

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Photoelectron angular distributions (PADs) of oriented polar molecules in response to different polarized lasers are systematically investigated. It is found that the PADs of polar CO molecules show three distinct styles excited by linearly, elliptically and circularly polarized lasers respectively. In the case of elliptical polarization, a deep suppression is observed along the major axis and the distribution concentrates approximately along the minor axis. Additionally, it is also found that the concentrated distributions rotate clockwise as the ellipticity increases. Our investigation presents a method to manipulate the motion and angular distribution of photoelectrons by varying the polarization of the exciting pulses, and also implies the possibility to control the processes in laser-molecule interactions in future work.

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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: September 2, 2011
Revised Manuscript: September 28, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: October 23, 2011
Published: November 11, 2011

Xiaosong Zhu, Qingbin Zhang, Weiyi Hong, Peixiang Lu, and Zhizhan Xu, "Laser-polarization-dependent photoelectron angular distributions from polar molecules," Opt. Express 19, 24198-24209 (2011)

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