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Two-color coherent control in photoemission from gold needle tips

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posted on 2023-01-11, 22:45 authored by Philip Dienstbier, Timo Paschen, Peter Hommelhoff
We demonstrate coherent control of photoemission from a gold needle tip using a two-color laser field. The relative phase between a fundamental field and its second harmonic imprints a strong modulation on the emitted photocurrent with up to 96.5 % contrast. The contrast as a function of the second harmonic intensity can be described by three interfering quantum pathways. Increasing the bias voltage applied to the tip reduces the maximum achievable contrast and modifies the weights of the involved pathways. Simulations based on the time-dependent Schr\"odinger equation reproduce the characteristic cooperative signal and its dependence on the second harmonic intensity, which further confirms the involvement of three emission pathways.

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