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Hadjipittas, A.; Banks, H. I. B.; Bergues, B.; Emmanouilidou, A. (2020): Sequential single-photon and direct two-photon absorption processes for Xe interacting with attosecond XUV pulses. In: Physical Review A, Vol. 102, No. 4, 043108
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We investigate the interaction of Xe with isolated attosecond XUV pulses. Specifically, we calculate the ion yields and determine the pathways leading to the formation of ionic charged states up to Xe5+. To do so, in our formulation we account for single-photon absorption, sequential multiphoton absorption, direct two-photon absorption, single and double Auger decays, and shake-off. We compare our results for the ion yields and for ion yield ratios with recent experimental results obtained for 93 and 115 eV attosecond XUV pulses. In particular, we investigate the role that a sequence of two single-photon ionization processes plays in the formation of Xe4+. We find that each one of these two processes ionizes a core electron and thus leads to the formation of a double core-hole state. Remarkably, we find that the formation of Xe5+ involves a direct two-photon absorption process and the absorption of a total of three photons.