Rydberg States in Laser Fields: Wave Packets and Near-Threshold Phenomena
The description of the behavior and motion of Rydberg electrons excited by laser radiation is an essential element in our understanding of multiphoton processes in atoms and molecules [1,2]. Here we consider two aspects of this problem: (i) We discuss generation of Rydberg wave packets by short laser pulses; and their detection in a two-photon experiment with time-delayed pulses [3,4], (ii) We develop a theory of excitation of (autoionizing) Rydberg states which from the outset includes the laser-induced mixing between all bound and continuum states of a Rydberg series .
KeywordsWave Packet Rydberg State Short Laser Pulse Kepler Orbit Rydberg Series
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