MPSD Seminar

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High-harmonic spectroscopy using bi-elliptical fields

  • Date: May 28, 2018
  • Time: 15:00 - 16:00
  • Speaker: Denitsa Baykusheva
  • Laboratory of Physical Chemistry, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Location: CFEL (Bldg. 99)
  • Room: Seminar Room I, EG.076
  • Host: Andrea Cavalleri
Over the recent years, high-harmonic generation has established itself as a promising spectroscopic technique. Notable examples include the tomographic imaging of molecular wave functions [1], the tracking of nuclear dynamics [2], and the reconstruction of the attosecond time-scale electron dynamics in molecules [3, 4].All these applications, however, have been limited to laser fields with linear polarization. High harmonic generation has only recently been extended to circularly-polarized drivers by utilizing a technique known as bi-circular high-harmonic generation (BHHG) [5,6,7]. In this talk, I will demonstrate the spectroscopic applications of this technique to the study of structure and dynamics of gas-phase atoms and molecules in a self-probing manner. I will start with an analysis of the helicity asymmetry of BHHG in noble-gas atoms and then proceed by illustrating how BHHG can be applied to study dynamical symmetry-breaking in a time-dependent manner in the context of rotational and vibrational molecular motion.Extension of high-harmonic generation to the regime of highly-elliptical fields opens up the way towards the study of chiral phenomena in high-harmonic generation. In this work, circular dichroism in the range of 3-8 % is observed on randomly oriented methyl oxirane (C3H6O) molecules in the gas phase. This chiral sensitivity is attributed to the sub-cycle chiral electron dynamics involving excited states of the cation that take place during the electron continuum propagation. Finally, I will present a study of time-dependent chirality based on following the temporal evolution of circular dichroism during the course of an ultrafast photodissociation reaction.

[1] J. Itatani et al., Nature 432, 867 (2004)
[2] S. Baker et al., Science 312, 424 (2006)
[3] F. Calegari et al., Science 346, 336 (2014)
[4] P. M. Kraus et al., Science 350, 790 (2015)
[5] H. Eichmann et al., Phys. Rev. A 84, 3414 (1995)
[6] A. Fleischer et al., Nat. Phot. 8, 543 (2014)
[7] O. Kfir et al., Nat. Phot. 9, 99 (2014)

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