Carrier-wave Rabi flopping signatures in high-order harmonic generation

M. F. Ciappina, J. A. Pérez-Hernández, A. S. Landsman, T. Zimmermann, M. Lewenstein, L. Roso, F. Krausz

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We present theoretical investigations of carrier-wave Rabi flopping (CWRF) in real atoms by studying high-order harmonic generation in alkali species. We concentrate on the features of the third harmonic of Na and K atoms. For pulse areas of 2π and Na atoms, a characteristic unique peak appears, which, after analyzing the ground state population, we correlate it with the conventional Rabi flopping. On the other hand, for larger pulse areas and K atoms, CWRF occurs, and it is associated with a more complex structure in the third harmonic. These new characteristics indicate the breakdown of the area theorem, as was already demonstrated in narrow band gap semiconductors.

Original languageEnglish
Article number092032
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number9
StatePublished - 7 Sep 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event29th International Conference on Photonic, Electronic and Atomic Collisions, ICPEAC 2015 - Toledo, Spain
Duration: 22 Jul 201528 Jul 2015


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