Muonic molecules in superintense laser fields

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Journal titlePhysical Review Letters
Article number083602
Pages14; # of pages: 4
AbstractWe study theoretically the ionization and dissociation of muonic molecular ions (e.g., ddμ) in superintense laser fields. We predict that the bond breaks by tunneling of the lightest ion through a bond-softened barrier at intensity I≥10²¹ W/cm². Ionization of the muonic atomic fragment occurs at much higher intensity I≥6×10²² W/cm². Since the field controls the ion trajectory after dissociation, it forces recollision of a ∼10⁵–10⁶ eV ion with the muonic atom. Recollision can trigger a nuclear reaction with sub-laser-cycle precision. In general, molecules can serve as precursors for laser control of nuclear processes.
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AffiliationNational Research Council Canada; NRC Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences
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NPARC number12329191
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