Time-dependent density-functional theory for molecular processes in strong fields: Study of multiphoton processes and dynamical response of individual valence electrons of [Formula Presented] in intense laser fields

Xi Chu, Shih I. Chu

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Abstract

We present a time-dependent density-functional theory (TDDFT) with proper asymptotic long-range potential for nonperturbative treatment of multiphoton processes of many-electron molecular systems in intense laser fields. A time-dependent generalized pseudospectral method is extended for precision solution of the TDDFT equations for two-center diatomic systems. The procedure allows nonuniform optimal spatial grid discretization of the Hamiltonian in prolate spheroidal coordinates and a split-operator scheme in energy representation is used for the time propagation of the individual molecular spin orbital in space and time. The theory is applied to the first detailed all-electron study of multiphoton ionization and high-order harmonic generation (HHG) processes of [Formula Presented] in intense laser fields. The results reveal unexpected and intriguing nonlinear optical response behaviors of the individual valence spin orbital to strong fields. In particular, it is found that the dominant contribution to the total HHG power spectrum of [Formula Presented] is due to the constructive and destructive interferences of the induced dipoles of the two highest-occupied bonding [Formula Presented] and antibonding [Formula Presented] molecular orbitals in the presence of intense laser fields.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Volume64
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

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