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  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 6, Iss. 5 — Feb. 28, 2000
  • pp: 117–123

Coherent control of strong-field two-pulse ionization of Rydberg atoms

M.V. Fedorov and N.P. Poluektov  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 6, Issue 5, pp. 117-123 (2000)

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Strong-field ionization of Rydberg atoms is investigated in its dependence on phase features of the initial coherent population of Rydberg levels. In the case of a resonance between Rydberg levels and some lower-energy atomic level (V-type transitions), this dependence is shown to be very strong: by a proper choice of the initial population an atom can be made either completely or very little ionized by a strong laser pulse. It is shown that phase features of the initial coherent population of Rydberg levels and the ionization yield can be efficiently controlled in a scheme of ionization by two strong laser pulses with a varying delay time between them.

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OCIS Codes
(000.6800) General : Theoretical physics
(020.5780) Atomic and molecular physics : Rydberg states
(140.3550) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Raman

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Original Manuscript: January 11, 2000
Published: February 28, 2000

Mikhail Fedorov and Nikolay Poluektov, "Coherent control of strong-field two-pulse ionization of Rydberg atoms," Opt. Express 6, 117-123 (2000)

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