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Type: Artigo
Title: Photoionization of helium atoms irradiated with intense vacuum ultraviolet free-electron laser light. Part I. Experimental study of multiphoton and single-photon processes
Author: Laarmann, T.
Castro, A. R. B.
Gurtler, P.
Laasch, W.
Schulz, J.
Wabnitz, H.
Moller, T.
Abstract: The interaction of He atoms with intense vacuum-ultraviolet light of a free-electron laser is investigated using time-of-flight mass spectroscopy and photoelectron spectroscopy. The atoms were irradiated with 100 fs pulses at 95 nm wavelength, which corresponds to similar to 13 eV photon energy. The ionization of He atoms is observed at a peak intensity of 10(10)-10(13) W/cm(2), which is due both to nonlinear multiphoton ionization with the fundamental wavelength and single-photon ionization with third harmonic radiation of the free-electron laser. The observation of two sharp photoelectron peaks in the kinetic energy spectra, that are separated by the photon energy, is in agreement with the numerical solution of the time-dependent Schrodinger equation. The calculation was done using the fully quantized field and a limited but representative set of basis states. The ionization rate dependence on the laser peak intensity indicates that: (a) The low-energy peak in the photoelectron spectra is mainly due to two-photon absorption of the fundamental, but (b) the high-energy peak at 15.4 eV is probably due to third harmonic FEL radiation. The theoretically predicted contribution from three-photon absorption of the fundamental is of about the same order of magnitude and could not be separated from the third harmonic background signal. Particularly, the photoelectron spectra and He+ time-of-flight data give evidence that the intensity of third harmonic light is high enough to perform single-shot spectroscopy on gas phase samples.
Subject: Ionização
Espectrometria de massas
Laser de eletron livre
Country: Estados Unidos
Editor: American Physical Society
Citation: Physical Review A. American Physical Soc, v. 72, n. 2, 2005.
Rights: aberto
Identifier DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.72.023409
Date Issue: 2005
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