Modeling tomographic measurements of photoelectron vortices in counter-rotating circularly polarized laser pulses

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Abstract

Recent experiments [D. Pengel, S. Kerbstadt, L. Englert, T. Bayer, and M. Wollenhaupt, Phys. Rev. A 96 043426 (2017)] have measured the photoelectron momentum distribution for three-photon ionization of potassium by counter-rotating circularly polarized 790-nm laser pulses. The distribution displays spiral vortices, arising from the interference of ionizing wave packets with different magnetic quantum numbers. The high level of multidimensional detail observed in the distribution makes this an ideal case in which to demonstrate the accuracy of emerging theoretical techniques applicable to such problems. We use the R-matrix with time dependence approach to investigate this process. We calculate the full dimensional photoelectron momentum distribution, and compare against a set of planar projections of this distribution previously measured in experiment.
Original languageEnglish
Article number063416
Number of pages9
JournalPhysical Review A (Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics)
Volume100
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2019

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