Channel interference in multiphoton absorption
We extend the theory of channel interference to higher-order multiphoton absorption processes. We derive an explicit expression for channel interference in a three-photon absorption process and propose a general scheme for deriving such expressions for multiphoton absorption processes of any order. Based on this general scheme, we derive and analyze the simplest few-state models for multiphoton absorption in centrosymmetric molecules and discuss the criteria for maximizing the corresponding multiphoton absorption strengths.
Accepted manuscript version. Published version available in The Journal of Chemical Physics 146, 244116 (2017)