The Keldysh theory originally developed for the ionization of 1s state of hydrogen atom has been generalized for molecules by introducing the molecular orbital theory and the Born-Oppenheimer approximation. Ionization and dissociation mechanisms of cyclopentanone in the intense 800 nm laser field (1013 to 1014 W/cm2) have been experimentally investigated by using a method of molecular beam and time-of-flight mass spectrometer (TOF-MS). Singly-charged parent ion and numerous fragment ions are observed in the mass spectra, which are analyzed by using the molecular Keldysh theory.

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