Strong Laser Fields
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Two-slit interference in strong-field photodetachment of H-
R. Reichle, I. Yu. Kiyan, H. Helm
Department of Molecular and Optical Physics, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Hermann-Herder-Strasse 3, D-79104  Freiburg, Germany


We study the strong-field interaction of a negative hydrogen ion in a short infrared laser pulse. An imaging technique is employed in a fast ion beam to record angular-resolved energy distributions of the photodetached electrons. The spectrum exhibits four excess photon channels. A detailed analysis of the energy and angular distribution is presented, including a comparison with recent theories. From our data we determine elastic-scattering phase shifts of the partial continuum waves in the lowest-order detachment channel. Quantitative agreement with scattering theory is obtained. A quantum interference effect predicted in a recent Keldysh-like theory is observed at energies close to threshold. We propose an analogy to a double-slit model which explains the interference features in a simple and intuitive way. We also verify the applicability of the Wigner threshold law in the strong-field regime and discuss its role in the observed quantum interference. ©2003 The American Physical Society

©2003 J. Mod. Opt. 50, 461, (2003)

PACS: 32.80.Gc, 32.80.Rm

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