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Title: Attosecond transient absorption of a bound wave packet coupled to a smooth continuum

Here, we investigate the possibility of using transient absorption of a coherent bound electron wave packet in hydrogen as an attosecond pulse characterization technique. In a recent work, we have shown that photoionization of such a coherent bound electron wave packet opens up for pulse characterization with unprecedented temporal accuracy—independent of the atomic structure—with maximal photoemission at all kinetic energies given a wave packet with zero relative phase. Here, we perform numerical propagation of the time-dependent Schrödinger equation and analytical calculations based on perturbation theory to show that the energy-resolved maximal absorption of photons from the attosecond pulse does not uniquely occur at a zero relative phase of the initial wave packet. Instead, maximal absorption occurs at different relative wave packet phases, distributed as a non-monotonous function with a smooth $$-\pi /2$$ shift across the central photon energy (given a Fourier-limited Gaussian pulse). Similar results are also found in helium. Our finding is surprising, because it implies that the energy-resolved photoelectrons are not mapped one-to-one with the energy-resolved absorbed photons of the attosecond pulse.
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  1. Lund Univ., Lund (Sweden); Stockholm Univ., Stockholm (Sweden)
  2. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA (United States); SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
  3. Stockholm Univ., Stockholm (Sweden)
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
AC02-76SF00515; 2014-3724; 2016-03789
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Optics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 19; Journal Issue: 11; Journal ID: ISSN 2040-8978
IOP Publishing
Research Org:
SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
Country of Publication:
United States
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; 72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; attosecond; transient absorption; ATAS; pulse characterization; continuum transition
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