Electron spin-polarized alkaline-earth ions produced by multiphoton ionization

Nakajima, Takashi; Yonekura, Nobuaki
August 2002
Journal of Chemical Physics;8/1/2002, Vol. 117 Issue 5, p2112
Academic Journal
We propose two realistic schemes for producing electron spin-polarized alkaline-earth ions. One of the schemes is based on one-photon resonant two-photon ionization via fine structure manifolds of triplet states, while the other is based on one-photon resonant one-photon ionization. For both schemes we find that the ionization must take place from a triplet state to produce spin-polarized photoions. Photoions produced from a singlet state are always unpolarized regardless of the laser polarization and a magnetic sublevel from which ionization takes place. We carry out specific analysis for both schemes with Sr atoms, and find 85%-90% and 66% polarizations for the former and the latter schemes, respectively, if the wavelengths and polarizations of lasers are judiciously chosen. In particular, if all the produced photoions are in the ground s state, we find an exact one-to-one correspondence between the spin-polarization of photoions and ejected photoelectrons.


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