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Department of Physics

Anh-Thu Le

Anh-Thu LeResearch Associate Professor
229 Cardwell Hall
(785) 532-1635
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Ph.D. Belarusian State University, 1994
B.S.  Belarusian State University, 1990

Research Support

  • Department of Energy
  • National Science Foundation

Research Area

Theoretical Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics

My research interests continue to be in ultra-short, intense laser-atoms/molecules interactions and attosecond physics. My main research has been focused on the development of the theoretical methods and models for high-order harmonic generation from aligned molecules in ultra-short and intense laser fields. I have also been working on, strong-field ionization, high-energy electron spectra, and non-sequential double ionization from atoms/molecules in intense laser fields. Our main contribution in this field is the accurate description of the above-mentioned phenomena by the quantitative rescattering theory, in which the structure of the atomic/molecular targets enters explicitly into the formulation. We are now extending our methods to complex polyatomic molecules probed by ultra-short, intense mid-infrared (mid-IR) laser pulses and to dynamic chemical imaging of molecular systems undergoing chemical reaction or transformation.

Recent Selected Publications

N.T. Nguyen, R.R. Lucchese, C.D. Lin, and A.T. Le (2016).  Probing and extracting structure of vibrating SF6 molecules with inner-shell photoelectrons. Physical Review A 93, 063419. [link]

M.G. Pullen, B. Wolter, A.T. Le, M. Baudisch, M. Sclafani, H. Pires, C.D. Schroter, J. Ullrich, R. Moshammer, T. Pfeifer, C. D. Lin, and J Biegert (2016). Influence of orbital symmetry on diffraction imaging with rescattering electron wave packets. Nature Communications 7, 11922. [link]

A.T. Le, H. Wei, C. Jin, and C.D. Lin (2016). Strong-field approximation in high-order harmonic generation with mid-infrared lasers. Journal of Physics B 49, 053001.  [link]

M. Pullen, B. Wolter, A. T. Le, M. Baudisch, M. Hemmer, A. Senftleben, C. D. Schroter, J. Ullrich, R. Moshammer, C. D. Lin, and J. Biegert (2015). Imaging aligned polyatomic molecules with laser-induced electron diffraction. Nature Communications 6, 7262.  [link]

A. T. Le, H. Wei, C. Jin, V. N. Tuoc, T. Morishita, and C. D. Lin (2014). Universality of returning electron wave packet in high-order harmonic generation with mid-infrared laser pulses. Physical Review Letters 113, 033001.  [link]