Issue 12, 2022

Disentangling enantiosensitivity from dichroism using bichromatic fields


We discuss how tensorial observables, available in photoelectron angular distributions resulting from interaction between isotropic chiral samples and cross polarized ω–2ω bichromatic fields, allow for chiral discrimination without chiral light and within the electric-dipole approximation. We extend the concept of chiral setup [A. F. Ordonez and O. Smirnova, Phys. Rev. A, 2018, 98, 063428], which explains how chiral discrimination can be achieved in the absence of chiral light, to the case of tensorial observables. We derive selection rules for the enantiosensitivity and dichroism of the bl,m coefficients describing the photoelectron angular distribution valid for both weak and strong fields and for arbitrary ω–2ω relative phase. Explicit expressions for simple perturbative cases are given. We find that, besides the known dichroic non-enantiosensitive [R. E. Goetz, C. P. Koch and L. Greenman, J. Chem. Phys., 2019, 151, 074106], and dichroic-and-enantiosensitive bl,m coefficients found recently [P. V. Demekhin, Phys. Rev. A, 2019, 99, 063406], there are also enantiosensitive non-dichroic bl,m coefficients. These reveal the molecular enantiomer independently of the relative phase between the two colors and are therefore observable even in the absence of stabilization of the ω–2ω relative phase.

Graphical abstract: Disentangling enantiosensitivity from dichroism using bichromatic fields

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Article type
21 Dec 2021
17 Feb 2022
First published
11 Mar 2022
This article is Open Access
Creative Commons BY license

Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2022,24, 7264-7273

Disentangling enantiosensitivity from dichroism using bichromatic fields

A. F. Ordonez and O. Smirnova, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2022, 24, 7264 DOI: 10.1039/D1CP05833A

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