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Observation of a nearly isotropic, high-energy Coulomb explosion group in the fragmentation of D2 by short laser pulses

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Saalmann,  U.
Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Max Planck Society;

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Staudte, A., Cocke, C. L., Prior, A. H., Belkacem, A., Ray, C., Chong, H. W., et al. (2002). Observation of a nearly isotropic, high-energy Coulomb explosion group in the fragmentation of D2 by short laser pulses. Physical Review A, 65(2): 020703. Retrieved from http://ojps.aip.org/getabs/servlet/GetabsServlet?prog=normal&id=PLRAAN000065000002020703000001&idtype=cvips&gifs=yes&jsessionid=2832251055844080266.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002B-3832-6
Abstract
We have used momentum spectroscopy to examine the production of deuteron pairs in the double ionization of D-2 molecules by a fast (<200 fs), moderately intense [(0.65-8.0) x 10(14) W/cm(2)] laser pulse. By measuring in coincidence the momentum vectors of both deuterons, we have isolated, at the lowest laser power density, a weak ionization channel characterized by Coulomb-explosion deuterons with a sum energy near 10 eV. This is much higher than has been seen in previous studies. The angular distribution of these deuterons is nearly isotropic, in contrast to previous observations that the deuterons are strongly peaked along the laser polarization. These new observations suggest a previously unobserved ionization mechanism.