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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 6 — Mar. 24, 2014
  • pp: 6362–6371

Probing rotational wave-packet dynamics with the structural minimum in high-order harmonic spectra

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

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 6, pp. 6362-6371 (2014)

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We investigate the alignment-dependent high-order harmonic spectrum generated from nonadiabatically aligned molecules around the first half rotational revival. It is found that the evolution of the molecular alignment is encoded in the structural minima. To reveal the relation between the molecular alignment and the structural minimum in the high-order harmonic spectrum, we perform an analysis based on the two-center interference model. Our analysis shows that the structural minimum position depends linearly on the inverse of the alignment parameter <cos2θ>. This linear relation indicates the possibility of probing the rotational wave-packet dynamics by measuring the spectral minima.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4160) Nonlinear optics : Multiharmonic generation
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(300.6560) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, x-ray

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Original Manuscript: December 30, 2013
Revised Manuscript: February 27, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: February 28, 2014
Published: March 11, 2014

Meiyan Qin, Xiaosong Zhu, Yang Li, Qingbin Zhang, Pengfei Lan, and Peixiang Lu, "Probing rotational wave-packet dynamics with the structural minimum in high-order harmonic spectra," Opt. Express 22, 6362-6371 (2014)

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