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  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 1, Iss. 7 — Sep. 29, 1997
  • pp: 203–209

Destruction of quantum coherence and stochastic ionization of Rydberg electrons by fluctuating laser fields

G. Alber and B. Eggers  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 1, Issue 7, pp. 203-209 (1997)

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It is shown that diffusion and stochastic ionization of an optically excited Rydberg electron are generic long time phenomena which are consequences of the destruction of quantum coherence by laser fluctuations. Quantitatively these novel fluctuation-induced phenomena are characterized by non-exponential time evolutions whose power law dependences can be determined analytically. It is demonstrated that the competition between stochastic ionization and autoionization may lead to interesting new effects.

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OCIS Codes
(020.1670) Atomic and molecular physics : Coherent optical effects
(020.4180) Atomic and molecular physics : Multiphoton processes
(020.5780) Atomic and molecular physics : Rydberg states

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Focus Issue: Rydberg wave packets

Original Manuscript: September 2, 1997
Published: September 29, 1997

Gernot Alber and B. Eggers, "Destruction of quantum coherence and stochastic ionization of Rydberg electrons by fluctuating laser fields," Opt. Express 1, 203-209 (1997)

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