Atoms in Intense Laser Fields

  • Pierre Agostini
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 181)

Abstract

During the past few years, the interest in laser-atom interaction has been spurred by the fast progress of laser technology: it is now rather common to talk about intensities of 1015 W.cm-2 and the number of systems reaching 1017 W.cm-2 will be of the order of 10 within a year or so. The prospect for the next few years is to build systems with a peak power of one petawatt (1015W) which could be focussed down to the diffraction limit (10-8 cm2) yielding an incredible intensity of 1023 W.cm-2 (Mouroux 1987). Such intensities will be avalaible at 1064 nm (Nd3 YAG), and 248 nm (KrF). An atom submitted to an intense electromagnetic field will be ionized whatever the light frequency by multiphoton absorption.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pierre Agostini
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  1. 1.Service de Physique des Atomes et des SurfacesCEN SaclayGif sur YvetteFrance

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