We present a theoretical study of ultrafast phase transitions induced by femtosecond laser pulses of arbitrary form. Molecular-dynamics simulations on time dependent potential-energy surfaces derived from a microscopic Hamiltonian are performed. Applying this method to diamond, we show that a nonequilibrium transition to graphite takes place for a wide range of laser pulse durations and intensities. This ultrafast transition (Formula presented) is driven by the suppression of the diamond minimum in the potential-energy surface of the laser excited system.
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 1999|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics