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Mechanisms of ultrahigh-order harmonic generation


Lein,  Manfred
Division Prof. Dr. Christoph H. Keitel, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Lein, M. (2005). Mechanisms of ultrahigh-order harmonic generation. Physical Review A, 72(5): 053816. doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.72.053816.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0011-87E6-4
We analyze mechanisms of high-order harmonic generation from two-center molecules at large internuclear separations in linearly polarized laser fields. Since laser-driven electrons acquire instantaneous kinetic energies of up to 8 times the ponderomotive potential Up, recombination at an appropriately placed nucleus leads to ultrahigh-order harmonic emission [P. Moreno, L. Plaja, and L. Roso, Phys. Rev. A 55, R1593 (1997)]. By solving the time-dependent Schrödinger equation for model systems, we show that this mechanism is only efficient if the single-particle orbital of the electron is coherently delocalized over the two potential wells. This is realized in the ground state of a one-electron molecular ion. In a neutral molecule or in a molecular ion created by ionization of a neutral molecule at large internuclear distance, the coherence is destroyed by electron-electron correlation.