Attosecond Molecular Angular Streaking with All-Ionic Fragments Detection

Wei Quan, Vladislav V. Serov, Ming Zheng Wei, Meng Zhao, Yu Zhou, Yan Lan Wang, Xuan Yang Lai, Anatoli S. Kheifets, Xiao Jun Liu

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    Attosecond angular streaking (or "attoclock") is an insightful technique for probing the ultrafast electron dynamics in strong laser fields. Up until recently, this technique relied solely on an accurate measurement of the photoelectron momentum distribution and has remained restricted to atomic targets. Here, we propose a novel attosecond angular streaking scheme applicable to molecules, for which the ionic fragments of dissociative ionization are detected in the polarization plane of a close-to-circular polarized laser light. Our ionic attoclock measurements are consistent with theoretical results from a numerical solution of the time-dependent Schrödinger equation and an upper bound of 10 as on the tunneling time from the attoclock readings in the H2 molecule has been given, which is significantly smaller than any definitions of tunneling time available in the literatures.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number223204
    JournalPhysical Review Letters
    Issue number22
    Publication statusPublished - 26 Nov 2019


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