Extracting continuum electron dynamics from high harmonic emission from molecules

R. M. Lock*, S. Ramakrishna, X. Zhou, H. C. Kapteyn, M. M. Murnane, T. Seideman

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We show that high harmonic generation is the most sensitive probe of rotational wave packet revivals, revealing very high-order rotational revivals for the first time using any probe. By fitting high-quality experimental data to an exact theory of high harmonic generation from aligned molecules, we can extract the underlying electronic dipole elements for high harmonic emission and uncover that the electron gains angular momentum from the photon field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number133901
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number13
StatePublished - Mar 26 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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