Double resonance via continuum states: Ionization quantum beats

Munir H. Nayfeh, Wallace Glab

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The two-photon process with continuum intermediate states is investigated. The line shape is found to be a singlet rather than a doublet as in the case of discrete intermediates (Autler-Townes doublet). The ionization line shape is a doublet and exhibits oscillations as a result of the coherence and the interference between the yields from the initial and final states.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1619-1622
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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