Direct and indirect pathways in strong field atomic ionization dynamics
|Title||Direct and indirect pathways in strong field atomic ionization dynamics|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2002|
|de Bohan, A, Piraux, B, Ponce, L, Taieb, R, Veniard, V, Maquet, A|
|Journal||PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS|
|Date Published||SEP 9|
With the help of a suitably chosen momentum-space analysis, we study some of the basic mechanisms governing the physics of the processes occurring when atoms are submitted to intense infrared laser pulses, with peak intensities 10(14) W cm(-2)less than or equal toI(max)less than or equal to10(15) W cm(-2). This intensity range is especially interesting because two highly nonlinear atomic processes, namely, above threshold ionization and high-order harmonic generation, take place with significant probabilities. Several issues regarding the dynamics of these processes are resolved, with special attention devoted to the mechanism leading to the ejection of the photoelectrons in this intensity range.