Probing the symmetry of atomic wavefunctions from the point of view of strong field-driven electrons

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1088/1367-2630/12/7/073032
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TypeArticle
Journal titleNew Journal of Physics
Volume12
Issue7
Pages073032–; # of pages: 16
AbstractIn this paper, we analyze a new approach that was first presented by Shafir et al (2009 Nat. Phys. 5 412–6) to probe the symmetry of atomic wavefunctions via the high harmonic generation process. In this scheme, we control the two-dimensional (2D) motion of a free electron using a two-color field to probe the atoms from different angles. We present a new theoretical analysis that focuses on the spherical symmetry of atomic potentials. We analyze previously presented experimental results (Shafir et al 2009 Nat. Phys. 5 412–6) and demonstrate the ability to distinguish between spherically symmetric (s state) and non-spherically symmetric (p state) orbitals. Finally, we discuss the limitations of our approach and compare it with alternative methods.
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AffiliationNRC Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences; National Research Council Canada
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