Three-photon near-threshold photoionization dynamics of isooctane

Andrew T. Healy, David F. Underwood, Sanford Lipsky, David A. Blank

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The electron survival probability following three-photon (9.3 eV total) near-threshold photoionization of neat isooctane is measured with sub- 50 fs time resolution. The measured dynamics are nonexponential in time and are well described by a diffusion-controlled electron-cation recombination model. Excitation-power-dependent studies indicate that the unperturbed three-photon threshold ionization is only observed for pump irradiance below 0.5 TW cm2. At excitation fields above this level, the signal is no longer cubic in the excitation irradiance, and the observed electron survival probability dramatically changes, decaying as a single exponential in time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number051105
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 5 2005

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