Dissociation of H2+ from a short, intense, infrared laser pulse: proton emission spectra and pulse calibration

Iting Peng, Ian Williams, Jim McCann

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The proton energy spectrum from photodissociation of the hydrogen molecular ion by short intense pulses of infrared light is calculated. The time-dependent Schrödinger equation is discretized and integrated. For few-cycle pulses one can resolve vibrational structure, arising from the experimental preparation of the molecular ion. We calculate the corresponding energy spectrum and analyse the dependence on the pulse time delay, pulse length and intensity of the laser for ? ~ 790 nm. We conclude that the proton spectrum is a sensitive probe of both the vibrational populations and phases, and allows us to distinguish between adiabatic and nonadiabatic dissociation. Furthermore, the sensitivity of the proton spectrum from H2+ is a practical means of calibrating the pulse. Our results are compared with recent measurements of the proton spectrum for 65 fs pulses using a Ti:Sapphire laser (? ~ 790 nm) including molecular orientation and focal-volume averaging. Integrating over the laser focal volume, for the intensity I ~ 3 × 1015 W cm-2, we find our results are in excellent agreement with these experiments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1727-1743
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Physics B: Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jun 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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