Strong-field control of the dissociative ionization of N2O with near-single-cycle pulses

M Kübel, A S Alnaser, B Bergues, T Pischke, J Schmidt, Y Deng, C Jendrzejewski, J Ullrich, G G Paulus, A M Azzeer, U Kleineberg, R Moshammer (+1 others)
2014 New Journal of Physics  
The dissociative ionization of N 2 O by near-single-cycle laser pulses is studied using phase-tagged ion-ion coincidence momentum imaging. Carrier-envelope phase (CEP) dependences are observed in the absolute ion yields and the emission direction of nearly all ionization and dissociation pathways of the triatomic molecule. We find that laser-field-driven electron recollision has a significant impact on the dissociative ionization dynamics and results in pronounced CEP modulations in the
more » ... yields, which are observed in the product ion yields after dissociation. The results indicate that the directional emission of coincident + N and + NO ions in the denitrogenation of the dication can be explained by selective ionization of oriented molecules. The deoxygenation of the dication with the formation of coincident + N 2 + + O ions exhibits an additional shift in its CEP dependence, suggesting that this channel is further influenced by laser interaction with the dissociating dication. The experimental Content from this work may be used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 licence. Any further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the title of the work, journal citation and DOI. results demonstrate how few-femtosecond dynamics can drive and steer molecular reactions taking place on (much) longer time scales.
doi:10.1088/1367-2630/16/6/065017 fatcat:v4hn7zwakbblvltxx7xwmzbiuq