Recollisions and Correlated Double Ionization with Circularly Polarized Light

posted May 14, 2016, 11:48 AM by François Mauger   [ updated May 14, 2016, 11:56 AM ]

Abstract

It is generally believed that the recollision mechanism of atomic nonsequential double ionization is suppressed in circularly polarized laser fields because the returning electron is unlikely to encounter the core. On the contrary, we find that recollision can and does significantly enhance double ionization, even to the extent of forming a ‘‘knee,’’ the signature of the nonsequential process. Using a classical model, we explain two apparently contradictory experiments, the absence of a knee for helium and its presence for magnesium.

Reference

F. Mauger, C. Chandre, and T. Uzer - Recollisions and Correlated Double Ionization with Circularly Polarized Light - Physical Review Letters 105, 083002 (2010)

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