We show that it is possible to manipulate electronic energy transfer collision cross sections between different atomic species by using a strong electromagnetic field close to resonance with a transition between two excited states to modify the energy levels (i.e., to create dressed states), which may be placed in or out of resonance with populated states (forming a population reservoir) in one of the species. We outline an estimate for a transfer cross section for a demonstration scheme and show that cross-section enhancements up to the order of 103 are possible.
© 1988 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: September 9, 1987
Manuscript Accepted: February 18, 1988
Published: May 1, 1988
J. Coutts, J. Cooper, and K. Burnett, "Modifying excitation transfer cross sections with an ac Stark effect," Opt. Lett. 13, 354-356 (1988)