Xiaoyan Ding, R. Forbes, M. Kübel, Kevin, F. Lee, M. Spanner, A. Yu. Naumov, D. M. Villeneuve, A. Stolow, P. B. Corkum, and A. Staudte

We study the near-threshold photodissociation dynamics of NO2 by a kinematically complete femtosecond pump-probe scheme using a cold target recoil ion momentum spectrometer. We excite NO2 to the optically bright Ã2B2 state with a 400 nm pulse and probe the ensuing dynamics via strong field single and double ionization with a 25 fs, 800 nm pulse. The pump spectrum spans the NO(X2Π) + O(3P) dissociation channel threshold, and therefore, following internal conversion, excited NO2 is energetically prepared both “above threshold” (dissociating) and “below threshold” (nondissociating). Experimentally, we can clearly discriminate a weak two-photon pump channel from the dominant single-photon data. In the single ionization channel, we observe NO+ fragments with nonzero momentum at 200 fs delay and an increasing yield of NO+ fragments with near-zero momentum at 3.0 ps delay. For double ionization events, we observe a time-varying Coulombic kinetic energy release between the NO+ and O+ fragments impulsively created from the evolving “hot” neutral ground state. Supported by classical trajectory calculations, we assign the decreasing Coulombic kinetic energy release at longer time delays to the increasing average NO–O distances in the ground electronic state during its large amplitude phase space evolution toward free products. The time-resolved kinetic energy release in the double ionization channel probes the large amplitude ground state evolution from a strongly coupled “inner region” to a loosely coupled “outer region” where one O atom is on average much further away from the NO. Both the time evolution of the kinetic energy release and the NO+ angular distributions support our assignments.

Felix Hufnagel, Alicia Sit, Florence Grenapin, Frédéric Bouchard, Khabat Heshami, Duncan England, Yingwen Zhang, Benjamin J. Sussman, Robert W. Boyd, Gerd Leuchs, Ebrahim Karimi

We examine the propagation of optical beams possessing different polarization states and spatial modes through the Ottawa River in Canada. A Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor is used to record the distorted beam’s wavefront. The turbulence in the underwater channel is analysed, and associated Zernike coefficients are obtained in real-time. Finally, we explore the feasibility of transmitting polarization states as well as spatial modes through the underwater channel for applications in quantum cryptography.