Ionization dynamics of laser-driven H-2(+)

Daniel Dundas, James McCann, Jonathan Parker, Kenneth Taylor

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We set out aspects of a numerical algorithm used in solving the full-dimensionality time-dependent Schrodinger equation describing the electronic motion of the hydrogen molecular ion driven by an intense, linearly polarized laser pulse aligned along the molecular axis. This algorithm has been implemented within the fixed inter-nuclear separation approximation in a parallel computer code, a brief summary of which is given. Ionization rates are calculated and compared with results from other methods, notably the time-independent Floquet method. Our results compare very favourably with the precise predictions of the Floquet method, although there is some disagreement with other wavepacket calculations. Visualizations of the electron dynamics are also presented in which electron rescattering is observed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3261-3276
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Physics B: Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sep 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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