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Rydberg Atoms

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  • Date Published: February 2011
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  • isbn: 9780511877247

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  • This book provides a comprehensive description of the physics of Rydberg atoms, highlighting their remarkable properties by reference to their behavior in a wide range of physical situations. Following an overview of the basic properties of Rydberg atoms, their interactions with electric and magnetic fields are analyzed in detail. The collisions of Rydberg atoms with neutral and charged species are described, and the use of multichannel quantum defect theory in the study of Rydberg atomic systems is discussed.

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    "Provides a comprehensive description of the physics of Rydberg atoms, highlighting their remarkable properties by reference to their behavior in a wide range of physical situations." Optical Engineering

    "...handsomely produced with many illustrations...the book will undoubtedly be the standard reference work in the field for many years to come...should be invaluable both to experienced researchers and to graduate students...it constitutes a valuable resource for teachers of quantum mechanics and atomic physics..." Daniel Kleppner, Nature

    "...will be useful to those wanting to access in one place Gallagher's way of understanding and explaining a rich variety of phenomena...libraries should definitely make the investment." Peter M. Koch, Physics World

    "...This timely and beautifully produced book provides the background needed to delve into the recent literature in the area...it also constitutes a rich source of experimentally realizable and elegant illustrations of basic physical principles." Turgay Uzer, Physics Today

    "Gallagher has made one more fine contribution to the field of atomic physics." James E. Bayfield, American Journal of Physics

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    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511877247
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Rydberg atom wavefunctions
    3. Production of Rydberg atoms
    4. Oscillator strengths and lifetimes
    5. Blackbody radiation
    6. Electric fields
    7. Pulsed field ionization
    8. Photoexcitation in electric fields
    9. Magnetic fields
    10. Microwave excitation and ionization
    11. Collisions with neutral atoms and molecules
    12. Spectral lineshifts and broadenings
    13. Charged particle collisions
    14. Resonant Rydberg-Rydberg collisions
    15. Radiative collisions
    16. Spectroscopy of alkali Rydberg states
    17. Radio frequency spectroscopy of alkaline earth atoms
    18. Bound helium Rydberg states
    19. Autoionizing Rydberg states
    20. Quantum defect theory
    21. Optical spectra of autoionizing Rydberg states
    22. Interseries interaction in bound states
    23. Double Rydberg states.

  • Author

    Thomas F. Gallagher

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