Super-Intense Laser-Atom Physics - NATO Science Series II 12 (Hardback)
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Super-Intense Laser-Atom Physics - NATO Science Series II 12 (Hardback)

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Hardback 416 Pages / Published: 31/03/2001
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The study of atomic systems exposed to super-intense laser fields de- fines an important area in atomic, molecular and optical physics. Although the concept of super-intense field has no absolute meaning, it is now usual to call an electromagnetic field super-intense when it exceeds the atomic binding field. In the case of the simplest atomic system, hydrogen in its 16 2 ground state, this occurs above an intensity of 3. 5 x 10 Wattfcm which is the atomic unit of intensity. Presently at the laboratory scale and in ex- tremely short and tightly focussed laser pulses, the electric field strength 16 18 2 reaches peak values which are of the order of 10 - 10 Wattfcm in the infrared frequency regime, the prospect being that such peak intensities may be reached within a few years in a regime of much higher frequencies (XUV or even X). The interaction of such electromagnetic fields with an atomic system has a highly non-linear character which has led to the observation of to- tally unexpected phenomena. There are three fundamental processes which have marked the beginning of an intensive research in the field of super- intense laser-atom physics (SILAP). These processes which only involve one atomic electron are (i) the so-called above-threshold ionisation i. e.

Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9780792368632
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 1750 g
Dimensions: 244 x 170 x 25 mm
Edition: 2001 ed.

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