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  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 1, Iss. 1 — Jul. 7, 1997
  • pp: 31–39

Visualization of the core-scattering dynamics of Rydberg wave packets

J. A. West and C. R. Stroud, Jr.  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 1, Issue 1, pp. 31-39 (1997)

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We present classical and quantum studies of the scattering dynamics of Rydberg electron wave packets from the electronic core of alkali atoms. In quantum systems an ideal state for studying such effects is an angularly localized wave packet in which the primary effect of the scattering is to cause precession. The scattering is enhanced by the application of an external dc electric field. We calculate and animate the field-induced dynamics of both hydrogenic and alkali wave packets and compare them to classical atomic models. We find that in alkali systems the scattered wavefunction can be divided into two components: one whose nearly hydrogenic behavior is due to quantum interference near the core, and another which exhibits the orbital precession found in classical models of nonhydrogenic atoms.

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OCIS Codes
(020.0020) Atomic and molecular physics : Atomic and molecular physics
(020.2070) Atomic and molecular physics : Effects of collisions
(020.5780) Atomic and molecular physics : Rydberg states
(020.6580) Atomic and molecular physics : Stark effect

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Original Manuscript: June 25, 1997
Revised Manuscript: June 25, 1997
Published: July 7, 1997

James West and Carlos Stroud, "Visualization of the core-scattering dynamics of Rydberg wave packets," Opt. Express 1, 31-39 (1997)

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