Atomic wavefunctions probed through strong-field light–matter interaction

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1038/nphys1251
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TypeArticle
Journal titleNature Physics
Volume5
Issue6
Pages412416; # of pages: 5
Subjectoptical physics; atomic and molecular physics
AbstractStrong-field light–matter interactions can encode the spatial properties of the electronic wavefunctions that contribute to the process. In particular, the broadband harmonic spectra, measured for a series of molecular alignments, can be used to create a tomographic reconstruction of molecular orbitals. Here, we present an extension of the tomography approach to systems that cannot be naturally aligned.We demonstrate this ability by probing the two-dimensional properties of atomic wavefunctions. By manipulating an electron–ion recollision process, we are able to resolve the symmetry of the atomic wavefunction with high contrast.
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AffiliationNRC Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences; National Research Council Canada
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