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Physics & Astronomy Colloquium

Circular Polarization: From Strong-Field Physics to Attosecond Science

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Jorgensen Hall Room: 136
Target Audiences:
Physics Department, (402) 472-2770,
Dr. Meng Han of Kansas State University will present his colloquium topic, “Circular Polarization: From Strong-Field Physics to Attosecond Science” in person.

Abstract: Attosecond time-resolved coincidence spectroscopy combined with circularly polarized attosecond light pulses is opening many interesting perspectives. In this talk, I will discuss how to easily generate and fully characterize the
circularly polarized attosecond light pulses with a single, controllable helicity. Applying this attosecond light source into atomic systems, we observed a very strong circular dichroism of photoelectron vortices, both in the amplitude (up to 35%) and in the phase delays (up to 250 as) for argon atoms, and we further experimentally separated the Wigner and continuum-continuum delays (a longstanding challenge in attosecond science) in helium atoms. In molecular systems, we resolved the forward-backward phase asymmetry in photoelectron circular dichroism (PECD) of chiral molecules by coincidence measurements. Transferring our methods from table-top HHG-based experiments to large facilities, such as free-electron lasers, it is more promising in measuring site- and element-specific dynamics in complex systems.

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