Time-Resolved Photoelectron Angular Distributions from Strong-Field Ionization of Rotating Naphthalene Molecules

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  • Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • Teoretisk naturvidenskab
A nanosecond laser pulse confines the spatial orientation of naphthalene in 1D or 3D while a femtosecond kick pulse initiates rotation of the molecular plane around the fixed long axis. Time-dependent photoelectron angular distributions (PADs), resulting from ionization by an intense femtosecond probe pulse, exhibit pronounced changes as the molecular plane rotates. Enhanced 3D alignment, occurring shortly after the kick pulse, provides strongly improved contrast in molecular-frame PADs. Calculations in the strong-field approximation show that the striking structures observed in the PADs originate from nodal planes in occupied valence orbitals.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Pages (from-to)073001
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2011

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