Strong field control of the interatomic Coulombic decay process in quantum dots

Anika Haller, Ying Chih Chiang, Maximilian Menger, Emad F. Aziz, Annika Bande

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In recent years the laser-induced interatomic Coulombic decay (ICD) process in paired quantum dots has been predicted (Bande, 2013). In this work we target the enhancement of ICD by scanning over a range of strong-field laser intensities. The GaAs quantum dots are modeled by a one-dimensional double-well potential in which simulations are done with the space-resolved multi-configuration time-dependent Hartree method including antisymmetrization to account for the fermions. As a novelty a complementary state-resolved ansatz is developed to consolidate the interpretation of transient state populations, widths obtained for the ICD and the competing direct ionization channel, and Fano peak profiles in the photoelectron spectra. The major results are that multi-photon processes are unimportant even for the strongest fields. Further, below-π to π pulses display the highest ICD efficiency while the direct ionization becomes less dominant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-145
Number of pages11
JournalChemical Physics
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jan 2017


  • Electron dynamics
  • Interatomic Coulombic decay
  • Laser control
  • Quantum dot
  • Strong field

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