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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 2011
  • pp: 2758–2760

Control the revisit time of the electron wave packet

Yueming Zhou, Cheng Huang, Qing Liao, Weiyi Hong, and Peixiang Lu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 15, pp. 2758-2760 (2011)

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Ionization of molecules by strong laser fields launches an electron wave packet. This electron wave packet, which can be driven back by the field to recollide with the parent ion, has been widely explored to probe the ultrafast nuclear dynamics. We numerically demonstrate the precise control of the temporal characteristic of the recolliding electron wave packet (REWP) by orthogonally polarized two-color fields. Through changing the relative phase of the two fields, the revisit time of REWP can be manipulated with a resolution of less than 200 attos , thus significantly improving the resolution of the well known molecular clock. This provides an efficient method for real-time observation of the ultrafast molecular dynamics with attosecond resolution.

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OCIS Codes
(020.4180) Atomic and molecular physics : Multiphoton processes
(270.6620) Quantum optics : Strong-field processes
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena

ToC Category:
Atomic and Molecular Physics

Original Manuscript: April 12, 2011
Revised Manuscript: June 14, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: June 18, 2011
Published: July 19, 2011

Yueming Zhou, Cheng Huang, Qing Liao, Weiyi Hong, and Peixiang Lu, "Control the revisit time of the electron wave packet," Opt. Lett. 36, 2758-2760 (2011)

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