Figueira de Morisson Faria, C. and Schomerus, Henning and Liu, X. and Becker, W. (2004) Electron-electron dynamics in laser-induced nonsequential double ionization. Physical Review A, 69 (4). 043405. ISSN 1050-2947Full text not available from this repository.
For the description of nonsequential double ionization (NSDI) of rare-gas atoms by a strong linearly polarized laser field, the quantum-mechanical S-matrix diagram that incorporates rescattering impact ionization is evaluated in the strong-field approximation. We employ a uniform approximation, which is a generalization of the standard saddle-point approximation. We systematically analyze the manifestations of the electron-electron interaction in the momentum distributions of the ejected electrons: for the interaction, by which the returning electron frees the bound electron, we adopt either a (three-body) contact interaction or a Coulomb interaction, and we do or do not incorporate the mutual Coulomb repulsion of the two electrons in their final state. In particular, we investigate the correlation of the momentum components parallel to the laser-field polarization, with the transverse momentum components either restricted to certain finite ranges or entirely summed over. In the latter case, agreement with experimental data is best for the contact interaction and without final-state repulsion. In the former, if the transverse momenta are restricted to small values, comparison of theory with the data shows evidence of Coulomb effects. We propose that experimental data selecting events with small transverse momenta of both electrons are particularly promising in the elucidation of the dynamics of NSDI. Also, a classical approximation of the quantum-mechanical S matrix is formulated and shown to work very well inside the classically allowed region.
|Journal or Publication Title:||Physical Review A|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QC Physics|
|Departments:||Faculty of Science and Technology > Physics|
Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
|Deposited By:||Dr Henning Schomerus|
|Deposited On:||31 Oct 2007|
|Last Modified:||26 Jul 2012 18:17|
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