Computational Study of Orientation-dependent Molecular High-harmonic Spectra

Document Type

Conference Presentation



Conference Title

Symposium in Honor of William A. Lester Jr. on his 70th Birthday


Berkeley, CA

Conference Dates

March 28-31, 2007

Date of Presentation



Recently, there has been much interest in high harmonic generation (HHG) by aligned molecules [Phys. Rev. A 67 023819, Nature 432 867, Nature 435 470]. During HHG, an electron is ionized and driven back to the cation by a strong, low-frequency field, and radiation is emitted at harmonics of this driving pulse. Because this process is sensitive to the orientation of a molecule, rotational dynamics can be probed on very short time scales. We are working to predict the time-dependent HHG spectra for aligned rotational wavepackets. In conjunction with experiment, these simulations should be valuable for studying the loss of rotational coherence in media such as dense gases. Within the presented formalism, Born-Oppenheimer rotational dynamics are handled exactly, while HHG at any given orientation is estimated by numerical time integration of a one-electron Schrodinger equation. Propagation outside of the integration grid can be handled using an analytical Volkov propagator at the expense of ignoring the cation field at this distance.

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