Laser excitation and ionic motion in small clusters
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We discuss the properties of small metal and hydrogen clusters under irradiation by intense lasers. We use a fully non adiabatic model of coupled electrons and ions, based on density functional theory. We demonstrate the quality of such an approach in comparison to experimental data on atomic and molecular properties as well as to the optical response of small sodium clusters. We next address the response of small clusters to various lasers allowing to scan a broad span of dynamical regimes from the linear to the non linear domain. We finally discuss the impact of ionic motion in the case of hydrogen clusters irradiated by short laser pulses in the 10 13-1015 W cm-2 intensity range.
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