Xiaosong Zhu

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Physics - Atomic Physics (15)
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We propose an intuitive method, called time-dependent population imaging (TDPI), to map the dynamical processes of high harmonic generation (HHG) in solids by solving the time-dependent Schr\"{o}dinger equation (TDSE). It is shown that the real-time dynamical characteristics of HHG in solids, such as the instantaneous photon energies of emitted harmonics, can be read directly from the energy-resolved population oscillations of electrons in the TDPIs. Meanwhile, the short and long trajectories of solid HHG are illustrated clearly from TDPI. Read More

High harmonic generation in the interaction of femtosecond lasers with atoms and molecules opens the path to molecular orbital tomography and to probe the electronic dynamics with attosecond-{\AA}ngstr\"{o}m resolutions. Molecular orbital tomography requires both the amplitude and phase of the high harmonics. Yet the measurement of phases requires sophisticated techniques and represents formidable challenges at present. Read More

A photon channel perspective on high harmonic generation (HHG) is proposed by using a nonperturbative full quantum theory. It is shown that the HHG yield can be expressed as a sum of the contribution of all the photon channels. From this perspective, the contribution of a specific photon channel follows a brief analytical formula and the competition between the channels is well interpreted. Read More

We investigate the polarization properties of high harmonics generated with the bichromatic counterrotating circularly polarized (BCCP) laser fields by numerically solving time-dependent Schr\"odinger equation (TDSE). It is found that, the helicity of the elliptically polarized harmonic emission is reversed at particular harmonic orders. Based on the time-frequency analysis and the classical three-step model, the correspondence between the positions of helicity reversions and the classical trajectories of continuum electrons is established. Read More

The selection rules of high harmonic generation (HHG) are investigated using three-dimensional time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT). From the harmonic spectra obtained with various real molecules and different forms of laser fields, several factors that contribute to selection rules are revealed. Extending the targets to stereoscopic molecules, it is shown that the allowed harmonics are dependent on the symmetries of the projections of molecules. Read More

We report the first experimental observation of frequency shift in high order harmonic generation (HHG) from isotopic molecules H2 and D2 . It is found that harmonics generated from the isotopic molecules exhibit obvious spectral red shift with respect to those from Ar atom. The red shift is further demonstrated to arise from the laser-driven nuclear motion in isotopic molecules. Read More

We theoretically demonstrate the quenching effect in below-threshold high harmonic generation (HHG) by using the time-dependent density-functional theory (TDDFT) and solving the time-dependent Schr\"{o}dinger equation (TDSE). It is shown that the HHG is substantially suppressed in particular harmonic orders in the below-threshold region when multi-electron interaction comes into play. The position of the suppression is determined by the energy gap between the highest occupied orbital and the higher-lying orbital of the target. Read More

We investigate the alignment-dependent high-order harmonic spectrum generated from nonadiabatically aligned molecules around the first half rotational revival. It is found that the evolution of the molecular alignment is encoded in the structural minima. To reveal the relation between the molecular alignment and the structural minimum in the high-order harmonic spectrum, we perform an analysis based on the two-center interference model. Read More

The use of plane wave approximation in molecular orbital tomography via high-order harmonic generation has been questioned since it was proposed, owing to the fact that it ignores the essential property of the continuum wave function. To address this problem, we develop a theory to retrieve the valence molecular orbital directly utilizing molecular continuum wave function which takes into account the influence of the parent ion field on the continuum electrons. By transforming this wave function into momentum space, we show that the mapping from the relevant molecular orbital to the high-order harmonic spectra is still invertible. Read More

We theoretically investigate the interference effect of high-order harmonics generated from molecules at different alignment angles. It is shown that the interference of the harmonic emissions from molecules aligned at different angles can significantly modulate the spectra and result in the anomalous harmonic cutoffs observed in a recent experiment [ Nature Phys. 7, 822 (2011) ]. Read More

The influence of the orbital symmetry on the ellipticity of the high-order harmonics is investigated. It is found that the ellipticity maps have distinct shapes for the molecular orbital with different symmetry. Our analysis shows that the feature of the harmonic ellipticity map is essentially determined by the nodal structure of the nonsymmetric orbital. Read More

We theoretically demonstrate a scheme for tomographic reconstruction of asymmetric molecular orbitals based on high-order harmonic generation with a two-color multicycle laser field. It is shown that by adjusting the relative phase of the two fields, the returning electrons can be forced to recollide from one direction for all the orientations of molecules. Thus the reconstruction of the asymmetric orbitals can be carried out with multicycle laser field. Read More

We propose a new method to overcome the nodal plane problem for the tomographic reconstruction of molecular orbitals with twofold mirror antisymmetry in the length form based on high-order harmonic generation. It is shown that, by carrying out the reconstruction procedure in the rotating laboratory frame using the component of the dipole moment parallel to the electron recollision direction, the nodal plane problem is avoided and the target orbital is successfully reconstructed. Moreover, it is found that, the proposed method can completely avoid the additional artificial lobes found in the results from the traditional method in the velocity form and therefore provides a more reliable reproduction of the target orbital. Read More

The influence of large permanent dipoles on molecular orbital tomography via high-order harmonic generation (HHG) is investigated in this work. It is found that, owing to the modification of the angle-dependent ionization rate resulting from the Stark shift, the one-side-recollision condition for the tomographic imaging can not be satisfied even with the few-cycle driving pulses. To overcome this problem, we employ a tailored driving pulse by adding a weak low-frequency pulse to the few-cycle laser pulse to control the HHG process and the recollision of the continuum electrons are effectively restricted to only one side of the core. Read More

The role of the Coulomb potential on the generation of elliptically polarized high-order harmonics from atoms driven by elliptically polarized laser is investigated analytically. It is found that the Coulomb effect makes a contribution to the harmonic ellipticity for low harmonic orders and short quantum path. By using the strong-field eikonal-Volkov approximation, we analyze the influence of the Coulomb potential on the dynamics of the continuum state and find that the obtained harmonic ellipticity in our simulation originates from the break of symmetry of the continuum state. Read More

We investigate the polarization properties of high harmonic generation from polar molecules with a linearly polarized field. It is found that elliptically polarized harmonics are observed in a wide spectral range from the plateau to the cutoff. Further analyses show that the nonsymmetric structure of the highest occupied molecular orbital is the origin of ellipticity of the harmonics. Read More

Photoelectron angular distributions (PADs) of oriented polar molecules in response to different polarized lasers are systematically investigated. It is found that the PADs of polar CO molecules show three distinct styles excited by linearly, elliptically and circularly polarized lasers respectively. In the case of elliptical polarization, a deep suppression is observed along the major axis and the distribution concentrates approximately along the minor axis. Read More