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How to observe coherent electron dynamics directly.

Authors
  • Suominen, Henri J
  • Kirrander, Adam
Type
Published Article
Journal
Physical Review Letters
Publisher
American Physical Society
Publication Date
Jan 31, 2014
Volume
112
Issue
4
Pages
43002–43002
Identifiers
PMID: 24580446
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

Detection of electron motion by elastic scattering of short x-ray pulses from a coherent superposition of highly excited electronic states in rare gas atoms is investigated. The laser excitation of the electron wave packet introduces strong anisotropy which facilitates detection, and large differences in the radial distribution of the excited Rydberg and core electrons allow the dynamics to be detected using both soft and hard x rays.

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