Quantum control of double ionization of calcium

Maxim Sukharev, Eric Charron, Annick Suzor-Weiner

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We have performed nonperturbative time-dependent calculations of single and double ionization of atomic calcium by short and intense laser pulses using a two-active-electron model. It is shown that the significant enhancement of the [Formula Presented] yield observed in a recent experiment [E. Papastathopulous, M. Strehle, and G. Gerber (unpublished)] using feedback control techniques originates from the time asymmetry of the pulse shape. Numerical simulations have been performed for various asymmetrical pulses. The initial part of the pulse prepares a coherent superposition of excited states which is transferred into the double-electron continuum at later times. An asymmetric shape, with a slowly decreasing tail, therefore favors the production of [Formula Presented] Single-active-electron calculations have also been performed to demonstrate the significant role played by electron correlations and by doubly excited states.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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