Physical reality of light-induced atomic states
The physical reality of light-induced states in atoms has remained uncertain, ever since their discovery by Floquet theory. We now show that their existence is confirmed by time-dependent wave packet theory, and should manifest itself experimentally. By applying a realistic pulse to the atomic system, and calculating the energy spectrum of the ionized electrons, we find signals at the energies predicted by Floquet theory for the light-induced states, sometimes with towering intensity. Choosing the initial states such as to connect to the light-induced states via diabetic Floquet paths substantially enhances the yield.
|Journal||Phys. Rev. Lett.|
Wells, J.C, Simbotin, I, & Gavrila, M. (1998). Physical reality of light-induced atomic states. Phys.Rev.Lett., 80, 3479–3482.