A theoretical investigation is presented that examines the wavelength scaling from near-visible (0.8 mu m) to midinfrared (2 mu m) of the photoelectron distribution and high harmonics generated by a "single" atom in an intense electromagnetic field. The calculations use a numerical solution of the time-dependent Schrodinger equation (TDSE) in argon and the strong-field approximation in helium. The scaling of electron energies (lambda(2)), harmonic cutoff (lambda(2)), and attochirp (lambda(-1)) agree with classical mechanics, but it is found that, surprisingly, the harmonic yield follows a lambda(-(5-6)) scaling at constant intensity. In addition, the TDSE results reveal an unexpected contribution from higher-order returns of the rescattering electron wave packet.

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Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1103/physrevlett.98.013901
Journal Phys. Rev. Lett.
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Tate, J, Auguste, T, Muller, H. G, Salières, P, Agostini, Pierre, & DiMauro, L. F. (2007). Scaling of wave-packet dynamics in an intense midinfrared field. Phys.Rev.Lett., 98(Article number: 13901), 1–4. doi:10.1103/physrevlett.98.013901