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Physics of Rydberg Plasmas

  • J. T. Mendonça
  • Hugo Terças
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Part of the Springer Series on Atomic, Optical, and Plasma Physics book series (SSAOPP, volume 70)

Abstract

In this chapter, we deal with the expansion and the quasi-equilibrium states of an ultra-cold plasma. We have seen that ultra-cold plasmas can be produced by photoionizing a small cloud of laser-cooled atoms confined in a magneto-optical trap, and subsequently expands into the surrounding vacuum. Two different situations are usually considered in the literature: (i) the ultra-cold atoms are firstly laser excited into high Rydberg states and then the Rydberg gas spontaneously evolves into a plasma; (ii) the ultra-cold atoms are directly ionized by the laser and Rydberg atoms are formed by electron-ion recombination as the plasma expands.

Keywords

Rydberg State Rydberg Atom Ambipolar Diffusion Atomic Cloud Rydberg Blockade 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. T. Mendonça
    • 1
  • Hugo Terças
    • 2
  1. 1.Instituto Superior TecnicoLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.Université Blaise PascalAubière CedexFrance

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