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Volume 121, Issue 20, 22 November 2004
121(2004); http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.1819895View Description Hide Description
Energetic ions are formed as a result of intramolecular rearrangement during fragmentation of linear alcohols (methanol, ethanol, propanol, hexanol, and dodecanol) induced by intense, pulsed optical fields. The laser intensity regime that is accessed in these experiments (peak intensity of ensures multiple ionization of the irradiated alcohol molecules such that Coulomb explosions would be expected to dominate the overall fragmentation dynamics. Polarization dependent measurements show, counterintuitively, that rearrangement is induced by the strong optical field within a single, 100 fs long laser pulse, and that it occurs before Coulomb explosion of the field-ionized multiply charged alcohols.