Double-electron recombination in high-order-harmonic generation driven by spatially inhomogeneous fields

Alexis Chacón, Marcelo F. Ciappina, Maciej Lewenstein

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We present theoretical studies of high-order harmonic generation (HHG) driven by plasmonic fields in two-electron atomic systems. Comparing the single- and two-electron active approximation models of the hydrogen negative ion, we provide strong evidence that a nonsequential double-electron recombination mechanism appears to be mainly responsible for the HHG cutoff extension. Our analysis is carried out by means of a reduced one-dimensional numerical integration of the two-electron time-dependent Schrödinger equation, and on investigations of the classical electron trajectories, resulting from the Newton's equation of motion. Additional comparisons between the hydrogen negative ion and the helium atom suggest that the double recombination process depends distinctly on the atomic target. Our research paves the way to the understanding of strong field processes in multielectronic systems driven by spatially inhomogeneous fields.

Original languageEnglish
Article number043407
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number4
StatePublished - 7 Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes


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