Time resolved 3D momentum imaging spectroscopy with VUV-XUV pulse pairs

  • In this work, the complex structure of ionization and dissociation pathways on the potential energy curves in small molecules were investigated that are initiated by the absorption of a sequence of multi-color pulses in the XUV, VUV, and IR spectrum. Femtosecond pump-probe spectroscopy was used to track the evolution of nuclear dynamics in neutral hydrogen molecules. Previously unpublished excitation and ionization pathways leading to the dissociative ionization of hydrogen molecules were investigated by employing 3D momentum imaging spectroscopy. These studies were extended to oxygen molecules where an XUV attosecond pulse train coherently ionized several electronic states of O2+ followed by the dissociation of the molecule via multiple pathways. The infrared electric field of the driving laser was then used to couple the electronic and nuclear wave-packets, thus, manipulating the dissociation dynamics of the molecule on an attosecond time scale. In order to perform the experiments presented here, a novel experimental setup was developed and constructed. It combines an existing high-flux High Harmonic Generation light source that delivers attosecond pulse trains in the VUV and XUV spectrum with a state-of-the-art 3D momentum imaging apparatus (COLTRIMS), as well as a beamline consisting of several experimental tools enabling the selection, characterization, and propagation of the photon spectrum.

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Author:Felix Paul SturmGND
Referee:Reinhard DörnerORCiDGND, Thorsten WeberORCiDGND
Advisor:Reinhard Dörner
Document Type:Doctoral Thesis
Date of Publication (online):2016/02/25
Year of first Publication:2015
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Granting Institution:Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität
Date of final exam:2016/02/24
Release Date:2016/03/04
Page Number:194
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 53 Physik / 530 Physik
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht