Extracting phase information on continuum-continuum couplings

Anne Harth, Nicolas Douguet, Klaus Bartschat, Robert Moshammer, Thomas Pfeifer
2019 Physical Review A  
In measurements of relative phases in photoionization processes, the contribution of continuum-continuum (CC) couplings to the atomic (Wigner) phases, corresponding to attosecond time delays, is currently accounted for only by theoretical models. Here, we introduce a measurement scheme that is sensitive to phase differences of CC transitions after photoionization in the presence of an optical field. The method allows us to separate CC transitions from the ionization process and can help in
more » ... nd can help in testing existing theoretical models. It is based on a multicolor interferometer, similar to the RABBITT (reconstruction of attosecond beating by interference of two-photon transitions) method. The key idea involves the comparison of two measurements with different orders of CC transitions. The scheme is illustrated by an ab initio calculation on atomic hydrogen.
doi:10.1103/physreva.99.023410 fatcat:ictkqtz4hvdu5ilaotwuyrurki