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  • Vol. 6, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 1981
  • pp: 242–244

Observation of multiphoton-laser-induced collisions

J. C. White  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 6, Issue 5, pp. 242-244 (1981)

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The first known observation of a multiphoton-laser-induced inelastic collision is reported. During the collision of Ba and Tl ground-state atoms, two photons are absorbed, resulting in the simultaneous excitation of both atoms to excited states. The collisional absorption was maximized when the photon sum energy was equal to the sum energy of the excited atoms for infinite separation.

© 1981 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: December 18, 1981
Published: May 1, 1981

J. C. White, "Observation of multiphoton-laser-induced collisions," Opt. Lett. 6, 242-244 (1981)

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