The excitation of cold Rydberg atoms is significantly influenced by long-range van der Waals interactions. Avoided crossings between interatomic potentials lead to molecular resonances, while energy level shifts from neighboring atoms suppress resonant Rydberg excitation.
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P. L. Gould, S. M. Farooqi, D. Tong, J. Stanojevic, S. Krishnan, Y. P. Zhang, R. Côté, and E. E. Eyler, "Long-Range Interactions in a Cold Rydberg Gas," in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/Quantum Electronics and Laser Science and Photonic Applications Systems Technologies, Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2005), paper QThA3.
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