D. Pinkham and R.R. Jones
We have measured the ionization rate for CO molecules exposed to intense 30 fsec 780 nm laser pulses as a function of the angle between the molecular and laser polarization axes. Non-ionizing, 70 fsec laser pulses are used to coherently prepare the molecules, preferentially aligning them for the strong-field ionization experiments. We find a 2:1 ionization rate ratio for molecules aligned parallel:perpendicular to the ionizing field.
Status:Physical Review A 72 023418(2005).
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