Mapping attosecond electron wave packet motion

Hiromichi Niikura*, D. M. Villeneuve, P. B. Corkum

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Attosecond pulses are produced when an intense infrared laser pulse induces a dipole interaction between a sublaser cycle recollision electron wave packet and the remaining coherently related bound-state population. By solving the time-dependent Schrödinger equation we show that, if the recollision electron is extracted from one or more electronic states that contribute to the bound-state wave packet, then the spectrum of the attosecond pulse is modulated depending on the relative motion of the continuum and bound wave packets. When the internal electron and recollision electron wave packet counter-propagate, the radiation intensity is lower. We show that we can fully characterize the attosecond boundstate wave packet dynamics. We demonstrate that electron motion from a two-level molecule with an energy difference of 14 eV, corresponding to a period of 290 asec, can be resolved.

Original languageEnglish
Article number083003
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Mar 4
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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