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Anne L'Huillier

Anne l'Huillier

Professor

Anne L'Huillier

Trains of attosecond electron wave packets

Author

  • Per Johnsson
  • Katalin Varju
  • Thomas Remetter
  • Erik Mansten
  • J Mauritsson
  • R Lopez-Martens
  • S Kazamias
  • C Valentin
  • P Balcou
  • MB Gaarde
  • KJ Schafer
  • Anne L'Huillier

Summary, in English

We study temporally localized electron wave packets, generated using a train of extreme ultraviolet (XUV) attosecond pulses to ionize the target atoms. Both the electron wave packets and the attosecond pulse train ( APT) are characterized using the same technique, based on interference of two-photon transitions in the continuum. We study, in particular, the energy transfer from a moderately strong infrared (IR) field to the electron wave packets as a function of time delay between the XUV and the IR fields. The use of an APT to generate the electron wave packets enables the generation at times not accessible through tunneling ionization. We find that a significant amount of energy is transferred from the IR field to the electron wave packets, when they are generated at a zero-crossing of the IR laser field. This energy transfer results in a dramatically enhanced above-threshold ionization even at IR intensities that alone are not strong enough to induce any significant ionization.

Department/s

  • Atomic Physics

Publishing year

2006

Language

English

Pages

233-245

Publication/Series

Journal of Modern Optics

Volume

53

Issue

1-2

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Topic

  • Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0950-0340