The Multielectron Ionization Dynamics Underlying Attosecond Strong-Field Spectroscopies

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Subcycle strong-field ionization (SFI) underlies many emerging spectroscopic probes of atomic or molecular attosecond electronic dynamics. Extending methods such as attosecond high harmonic generation spectroscopy to complex polyatomic molecules requires an understanding of multielectronic excitations, already hinted at by theoretical modeling of experiments on atoms, diatomics, and triatomics. Here, we present a direct method which, independent of theory, experimentally probes the participation of multiple electronic continua in the SFI dynamics of polyatomic molecules. We use saturated (n-butane) and unsaturated (1,3-butadiene) linear hydrocarbons to show how subcycle SFI of polyatomics can be directly resolved into its distinct electronic-continuum channels by above-threshold ionization photoelectron spectroscopy. Our approach makes use of photoelectron-photofragment coincidences, suiting broad classes of polyatomic molecules.


  • Andrey E. Boguslavskiy
  • Jochen Mikosch
  • Arjan Gijsbertsen
  • Michael Spanner
  • Serguei Patchkovskii
  • Niklas Gador
  • Marc J. J. Vrakking
  • Albert Stolow
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  • Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1336-1340
Issue number6074
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Publication categoryResearch

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Chemical Physics (S) (011001060)