Radiofrequency Spectroscopy of Rydberg Atoms

  • T. F. Gallagher
Part of the Physics of Atoms and Molecules book series (PAMO)

Abstract

One of the most compelling reasons for studying highly excited, or Rydberg, atoms is that in such atoms the Rydberg electron spends most of its time far from the ionic core. This one property has many interesting implications. For example, collisions of excited atoms with other neutral atoms and molecules may be treated as collisions with a separate ion and electron. From a spectroscopic point of view, the valence electron serves as a very gentle probe of the properties of the ionic core. Thus, one of the interesting features of Rydberg states of any atom but hydrogen is the comparison with hydrogenic behavior.

Keywords

Microwave Depression Manifold Kato 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. F. Gallagher
    • 1
  1. 1.Molecular Physics LaboratorySRI InternationalMenlo ParkUSA

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