Decay of Atomic States

  • Valery S. Lisitsa
Part of the Springer Series on Atoms+Plasmas book series (SSAOPP, volume 14)


In Chap. 4, we dealt with the decay of atomic states in an electric field, and in Chap. 1 we examined auto-ionization decays. We shall now consider the general case of atomic discrete state decay as well as a number of specific decay mechanisms that are typical for plasmas. In all cases the concept of “decay” or “damping” of atomic states is connected with an interaction of the discrete states under consideration with some continuum of states in which variables are subjects for an averaging procedure. As a result decay problems are characterized by some constants of damping in time, called decay widths σ. The magnitude σ may be both the characteristic of the atomic states itself and the expression of its interaction with a medium.


Atomic State Discrete State Metastable Level Spectral Line Shape Stark Sublevel 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Valery S. Lisitsa
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  1. 1.Kurchatov Institute of Atomic EnergyMoscowRussia

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