Laser-Induced Electron Transfer in the Dissociative Multiple Ionization of Argon Dimers

YanLan Wang, XuanYang Lai, ShaoGang Yu, RenPing Sun, XiaoJun Liu*, Martin Dorner-Kirchner, Sonia Erattupuzha, Seyedreza Larimian, Markus Koch, Václav Hanus, Sarayoo Kangaparambil, Gerhard Paulus, Andrius Baltuska, Xinhua Xie, Markus Kitzler-Zeiler*

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We report on an experimental and theoretical study of the ionization-fragmentation dynamics of argon dimers in intense few-cycle laser pulses with a tagged carrier-envelope phase. We find that a field-driven electron transfer process from one argon atom across the system boundary to the other argon atom triggers subcycle electron-electron interaction dynamics in the neighboring atom. This attosecond electron-transfer process between distant entities and its implications manifests itself as a distinct phase-shift between the measured asymmetry of electron emission curves of the Ar++Ar2+ and Ar2++Ar2+ fragmentation channels. This letter discloses a strong-field route to controlling the dynamics in molecular compounds through the excitation of electronic dynamics on a distant molecule by driving intermolecular electron-transfer processes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number063202
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number6-7
Publication statusPublished - 7 Aug 2020

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