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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 18 — Aug. 27, 2012
  • pp: 20181–20190

Imprints of the molecular-orbital geometry on the high-harmonic ellipticity

Meiyan Qin, Xiaosong Zhu, Kunlong Liu, Qingbin Zhang, and Peixiang Lu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 18, pp. 20181-20190 (2012)

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The influence of the orbital symmetry on the ellipticity of the high-order harmonics is investigated. It is found that the ellipticity maps have distinct shapes for the molecular orbitals with different symmetry. Our analysis shows that the feature of the harmonic ellipticity map is essentially determined by the nodal structure of the nonsymmetric orbital. The results indicate that the molecular-orbital geometry is imprinted on the ellipticity of the high-order harmonics, which invites the use of ellipticity measurements as a probe of the orbital structure for polar molecules.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4160) Nonlinear optics : Multiharmonic generation
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: June 28, 2012
Revised Manuscript: August 4, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: August 13, 2012
Published: August 20, 2012

Meiyan Qin, Xiaosong Zhu, Kunlong Liu, Qingbin Zhang, and Peixiang Lu, "Imprints of the molecular-orbital geometry on the high-harmonic ellipticity," Opt. Express 20, 20181-20190 (2012)

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