Attosecond and Strong-Field Physics: Principles and Applications

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Cambridge University Press, May 10, 2018 - Science - 405 pages
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Probing and controlling electrons and nuclei in matter at the attosecond timescale became possible with the generation of attosecond pulses by few-cycle intense lasers, and has revolutionized our understanding of atomic structure and molecular processes. This book provides an intuitive approach to this emerging field, utilizing simplified models to develop a clear understanding of how matter interacts with attosecond pulses of light. An introductory chapter outlines the structure of atoms and molecules and the properties of a focused laser beam. Detailed discussion of the fundamental theory of attosecond and strong-field physics follows, including the molecular tunnelling ionization model (MO-ADK theory), the quantitative rescattering (QRS) model, and the laser induced electronic diffraction (LIED) theory for probing the change of atomic configurations in a molecule. Highlighting the cutting-edge developments in attosecond and strong field physics, and identifying future opportunities and challenges, this self-contained text is invaluable for students and researchers in the field.

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Basic Formulation of Interactions between an Intense Laser Pulse and Atoms
StrongField Ionization and LowEnergy Electron Spectra of Atoms and Molecules
Rescattering and LaserInduced Electron Diffraction
Fundamentals of HighOrder Harmonic Generation
HHG Spectroscopy and Optimization of Harmonics
Generation and Characterization of Attosecond Pulses
Probing Electron Dynamics with Isolated Attosecond Pulses
Appendix Constants Conversion Factors Atomic Units and Useful Formulae

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C. D. Lin is a University Distinguished Professor at Kansas State University. His group has made important contributions to the field of attosecond science including the development of the molecular tunnelling Ionization model (MO-ADK theory) and the quantitative rescattering (QRS) model.

Anh-Thu Le is a Research Professor at Kansas State University. He has over twenty years' research experience in atomic, molecular and optical physics and together with Dr C. D. Lin he developed the quantitative rescattering theory (QRS) for high-order harmonic generation.

Hui Wei is a postdoctoral fellow at Kansas State University. His research interests include characterization and applications of attosecond pulses to molecules and solids.

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