Rydberg wave packets in parallel electric and magnetic fields

I. Moser, F. Mota-Furtado, P. F. O'Mahony, J. P. Dos Santos

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The magnitude of the time autocorrelation function M between states excited by two Gaussian laser pulses is calculated for both hydrogen and rubidium atoms in parallel electric and magnetic fields. M is determined by a full quantum-mechanical calculation but the peaks are identified with the periods of the shortest periodic orbits of the corresponding classical system. Qualitative agreement is obtained with experimental results, however, discrepancies are found in the relative heights of the peaks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3724-3729
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1997

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