Abstract

The effect of magnetic dipole interactions on the angular distribution of electrons in the tunneling ionization of atoms is considered theoretically. Linearly polarized radiation is assumed. It is shown that an asymmetry in the angular distribution of ejected electrons in the azimuthal angle appears. We conclude that the angular distribution is strongly changed by relativistic effects even at electron velocities that are small compared with the speed of the light.

© 1992 Optical Society of America

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