A simple non-perturbative approach of atom ionisation by intense and ultra-short laser pulses
CELIA (Centre Lasers Intenses et Applications
(UMR 5107 du CNRS).) , Université Bordeaux 1, 351 cours de la Libération, 33405 Talence Cedex, France
Revised: 19 January 2000
Published online: 15 August 2000
A simple theoretical approach based on Coulomb-Volkov states is introduced to predict ionisation of atoms by intense laser pulses in cases where the effective interaction time does not exceed one or two optical cycles [M. Nisoli et al., Opt. Lett. 22, 522 (1997)]. Under these conditions, the energy distributions of ejected electrons predicted by this non-perturbative approach are in very good agreement with "exact" results obtained by a full numerical treatment. The agreement is all the better that the principal quantum number of the initial state is high. For very strong fields, most electrons are ejected at an energy EC which is close to the classical kinetic energy that would be transferred to free electrons by the electromagnetic field during the pulse. The power of the present approach appears when keV. In this region, full numerical treatments become very lengthy and finally do not converge. However, the present Coulomb-Volkov theory still makes reliable predictions in very short computer times.
PACS: 32.80.-t – Photon interactions with atoms / 32.80.Fb – Photoionization of atoms and ions
© EDP Sciences, Società Italiana di Fisica, Springer-Verlag, 2000