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Phys Rev Lett. 2009 Sep 4;103(10):103007. Epub 2009 Sep 4.

Effects of elliptical polarization on strong-field short-pulse double ionization.

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  • 1Rochester Theory Center and the Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York 14627, USA.


We predict new end-of-pulse behavior in high-field atomic double ionization. Calculations of atomic electron trajectories in short intense laser pulses confirm our analysis of elliptical polarization. We exhibit a four-band structure in ion momentum distributions under various ellipticities, and predict that sequential and nonsequential double ionization can be cleanly distinguished under elliptical polarization.

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