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Dynamics of valence-shell electrons and nuclei probed by strong-field holography and rescattering

Dynamics of valence-shell electrons and nuclei probed by strong-field holography and rescattering
Aaron von Conta, Niraghatam Bhargava Ram, Manfred Lein, Denitsa Baykusheva, Samuel G. Walt, Marcos Atala, Hans Jakob Wörner, Nikolay I Shvetsov-Shilovski
Strong-field photoelectron holography and laser-induced electron diffraction (LIED) are two powerful emerging methods for probing the ultrafast dynamics of molecules. However, both of them have remained restricted to static systems and to nuclear dynamics induced by strong-field ionization. Here we extend these promising methods to image purely electronic valence-shell dynamics in molecules using photoelectron holography. In the same experiment, we use LIED and photoelectron holography simultaneously, to observe coupled electronic-rotational dynamics taking place on similar timescales. These results offer perspectives for imaging ultrafast dynamics of molecules on femtosecond to attosecond timescales.

Publisher URL: http://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms15651

DOI: 10.1038/ncomms15651

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