Member of Project 2.2 "Strong-field Few-body Systems"
Our group's research focus is set on the investigation of atomic ionization dynamics in strong laser fields, where the laser intensities cover a range from 1014 W/cm2 to 1019 W/cm2. Earlier research highlights embrace results on simultaneous double tunneling, suppression of non-sequential ionization in relativistic laser fields, and core relaxation effects in relativistic laser fields. More recently, the focus of our investigations has shifted towards strong-field processes that lead to a) excited neutral atoms, b) neutral excited fragments after strong-field dissociation of molecules, and c) high survival rates of Rydberg atoms. Moreover, the survival of atoms in neutral excited states is accompanied by kinematic effects on neutral atoms in the focused laser beam, which we investigate using a direct imaging technique of excited atoms.
The figure shows the color-coded distribution of deflected (accelerated) neutral He atoms in a focused short-pulse laser beam with an intensity of 8x1015W/cm2.
- Laser spectroscopy on the Stark effect of the 1s3p 3P level in He I Journal of Physics B-Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics 30 (1997) 2581-2590
- High-resolution spectroscopy following inner-shell ionization and excitation of laser-excited Na atoms by electron impact: the 2s2p6 nl Auger states Journal of Physics B-Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics 28 (1995) L225-L231
- Young's interference experiment with light scattered from two atoms Physical Review Letters 70 (1993) 2359-2363