Multiphoton detachment from negative ions: new theory versus experiment

G. F. Gribakin, M. Yu. Kuchiev

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In this paper we compare the results of our adiabatic theory (Gribakin and Kuchiev 1997 Phys. Rev. A 55 3760) with other theoretical and experimental results, mostly for the halogen negative ions. The theory is based on the Keldysh approach, and shows that the multiphoton detachment rates depend only on the asymptotic parameters A and κ of the bound- state radial wavefunction R(r) ≃ Ar−1e−κr. Simple analytical expressions for the differential and total n-photon detachment cross sections are obtained. They allow us to estimate the cross sections for almost any negative ion. Our approach suggests a new physical interpretation of the nontrivial oscillatory behaviour of the differential cross sections that has been observed in experiments. It also predicts oscillations in the energy dependence of the total n-photon cross sections, due to interplay among different partial waves.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L657-L664
JournalJournal of Physics B: Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics
Publication statusPublished - 14 Oct 1997


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