The dynamics of dissociation of pre-ionized D2+ molecules using intense (10^12–10^15 W cm-2), ultrashort (50 fs), infrared (? = 790 nm) laser pulses are examined. Use of an intensity selective scan technique has allowed the deuterium energy spectrum to be measured over a broad range of intensity. It is found that the dominant emission shifts to lower energies as intensity is increased, in good agreement with corresponding wavepacket simulations. The results are consistent with an interpretation in terms of bond softening, which at high intensity (approximately >3 × 10^14 W cm-2) becomes dominated by dissociative ionization. Angular distribution measurements reveal the presence of slow molecular dissociation, an indication that vibrational trapping mechanisms occur in this molecule.
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||Journal of Physics B: Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 14 Jul 2007|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Physics and Astronomy(all)