EUV-Driven Attosecond Processes

Predrag Ranitovic, B. Gramkow, D. Ray, M. Magrakvelidze, I. Bocharova, S. De, H. Mashiko, I. Litvinyuk, C.L. Cocke
James R. Macdonald Laboratory, Department of Physics, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA

H. Kapteyn, M. Murnane, A. Lytle, E. Gagnon, A. Paul
Colorado Univ.

A. Sandhu
Univ. of Arizona

G.G. Paulus
Friedrich-Schiller-University, Jena

X.M. Tong
The Electrocommunication Univ., Japan

A. Alnaser
American Univ., UAE

We have investigated the single ionization of He and double ionization of Ar on an attosecond time scale in a pump/probe geometry using an EUV attosecond pump (17-43 eV) and a femtosecond IR (800 nm) probe. The EUV photons are in the form of an attosecond pulse train (APT) generated by high-harmonic generation in Xe or Ar. We detect both ions and electrons in a COLTRIMS geometry. For both targets we found three pump-probe-delay regions of interest. When the IR precedes the APT, it has no effect on the ionization. When the IR pulse overlaps the APT, a large enhancemet of the ionization is observed, which, for the He case, oscillates with the relative phase of the IR and APT. When the IR comes after the APT but does not overlap it, a strong enhancement is observed but without oscillation. Possible explanations for this behavior will be discussed.

This work was supported by the Chemical Sciences, Geosciences and Biosciences Division, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy, and by the National Science Foundation.

Presented at DAMOP, May 2008, in State College, PA.


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