The Hydrogen Molecular Ion in an Intense Elliptically Polarized Laser Pulse
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We investigate how the simplest molecular ion, Dihydrogen (H2 +), reacts when exposed to an intense ultrashort laser pulse. We use a computer code written in parallel FORTRAN, which is run on a Drake-owned cluster. The program uses a finite-element method to numerically solve the Schrödinger equation for the ion’s electron. We determine the ground-state energy via imaginary time propagation. After generating the initial wave function of the electron, we consider the effect of a strong laser pulse striking the system. Specifically, we investigate the survival probability of the initial state as a function of the laser intensity and the electric polarization vector. We will show snapshots of the probability density for finding the electron in space at various times in the pulse.
Mentors: Xiaoxu Guan and Klaus Bartschat