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  • Vol. 3, Iss. 4 — Oct. 1, 1978
  • pp: 156–158

Associative ionization of laser-excited Rydberg states in strontium vapor

E. F. Worden, J. A. Paisner, and J. G. Conway  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 3, Issue 4, pp. 156-158 (1978)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.3.000156


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Abstract

Using mass spectrometry we have confirmed that Sr2+ ions are produced from laser-populated Rydberg states by the associative ionization process Sr(5snl) + Sr(5s2) → Sr2+ + e. Dimer ion signal was detected for the 5s6d3D2 level, indicating that the binding energy of Sr2+ exceeds 0.77 eV. We have observed that under certain conditions the Rydberg states are destroyed by electron-impact ionization before an associative ionization collision can occur.

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Original Manuscript: July 10, 1978
Published: October 1, 1978

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E. F. Worden, J. G. Conway, and J. A. Paisner, "Associative ionization of laser-excited Rydberg states in strontium vapor," Opt. Lett. 3, 156-158 (1978)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-3-4-156


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