Updated: We’re on the cover! JPC Feature Article: Polyatomic Molecules in Strong Laser Fields are not Bags of Atoms

Update:  We’re on the cover!

Yinan and I recently collaborated with the group of Marcos Dantus and Ned Jackson to study the ionization of polyatomic molecules in strong laser fields.  Together, we find that seemingly similar organic molecules (ortho/meta/para isomers of methyl acetophenone, for example) can behave very differently under strong laser fields, and that these differences in behavior can be explained if we hypothesize that, even under strong field conditions, ionization leaves behind a relatively cold ion in its electronic ground state.  In fact, small energetic differences attributable to positional isomerism are still at work even at >10^13 W / cm^2!  Check it out.

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