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2.2 Strong-field Few-body Physics
Project coordinator(s): H. Rottke, F. Morales
Acceleration of neutral particles

Kinematic manipulation of neutral atoms in inhomogeneous laser fields has been widely studied for moderately strong laser fields. Here we report on experiments where we have investigated kinematic effects on neutral atoms using strong short pulse laser fields with intensities up to 1016 Wcm-2 and pulse durations in the range from 40 to 120 fs. We measure deflections of neutral atoms, which correspond to ultra strong accelerations with magnitudes as high as 1014 times Earth’s gravitational acceleration. This is – to the best of our knowledge – by far the strongest acceleration of neutral species in external fields.

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