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Distinction between sequential and direct ionization in two-photon double ionization of helium

Abstract

This paper aims to shed some light on the role of the direct, or nonsequential, ionization channel in the regime in which the sequential channel is open in two-photon double ionization (TPDI) of helium. In this regime the sequential channel dominates any direct contribution unless the laser pulse is of very short duration, in which case their distinction is hard to draw. Based on both a simple model and full solutions of the time-dependent Schrödinger equation, we aim to provide evidence of direct double ionization by identifying a term proportional to the pulse duration in the double ionization yield. Indeed, such a term is identified in the energy-differential yield. When it comes to the total double ionization probability, however, it turns out that the net first-order contribution is negative. The nature of the negative first-order contribution is discussed, and we argue that it is of correlated origin.

Category

Academic article

Client

  • Notur/NorStore / NN2700K

Language

English

Author(s)

  • Sølve Selstø
  • Xavier Raynaud
  • Aleksander Simonsen
  • Morten Førre

Affiliation

  • OsloMet - Oslo Metropolitan University
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • SINTEF Digital / Mathematics and Cybernetics
  • University of Bergen

Year

2014

Published in

Physical Review A. Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics (PRA)

ISSN

1050-2947

Volume

90

Issue

5

Page(s)

053412-1 - 053412-7

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