Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy


Date of this Version

February 1995


Published by American Physical Society. Phys. Rev. A 51, 1260 (1995). Copyright © 1995 American Physical Society. Permission to use.


Theoretical calculations of quantum interference effects occurring in photodetachement of H- with short-pulse lasers in the presence of a uniform static electric field [Q. Wang and A. F. Starace, Phys. Rev. A 48, R1741 (1993)] are examined in more detail and extended to the case of parallel static electric and magnetic fields. We show that modulation factors characterizing near-threshold cross sections resulting from detachment by relatively long laser pulses may be employed to set the parameters that are most effective for control of detachment cross-section magnitudes with short coherent laser pulses. Use of a static magnetic field to control detached electron wave-packet motion perpendicular to the static field axis is shown to increase greatly the magnitude of quantum interference effects on the cross sections (from 10% of the field-free cross section in an optimized static electric-field case to 50% in a parallel static electric and magnetic-field case). Theoretical dependence of calculated cross sections on laser pulse lengths, time delays, relative phases, frequencies, and classical electron orbit times are presented and discussed in detail.

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