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Title: Nondispersing wave packets

Abstract

A nondispersing Rydberg wave packet can be made by applying a weak, linearly polarized field at the Kepler frequency of a Rydberg atom. The field phase locks the electron's motion to the microwave field, and the wave packet retains its spatial localization for times in excess of a microsecond. The electron's orbital oscillation leads to an oscillating dipole, which can either oscillate in phase or out of phase with the applied microwave field, creating wave packets analogous to Trojan and anti-Trojan wave packets described theoretically. Our observations can be described in both quantum mechanical and classical terms.

Authors:
;  [1]
  1. Department of Physics, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia 22904-0714 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
20982358
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physical Review. A; Journal Volume: 75; Journal Issue: 3; Other Information: DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.75.033410; (c) 2007 The American Physical Society; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
74 ATOMIC AND MOLECULAR PHYSICS; ATOMS; DIPOLES; ELECTRONS; MICROWAVE RADIATION; OSCILLATIONS; PHOTOIONIZATION; PHOTON-ATOM COLLISIONS; QUANTUM MECHANICS; RYDBERG STATES; WAVE PACKETS

Citation Formats

Maeda, H., and Gallagher, T. F. Nondispersing wave packets. United States: N. p., 2007. Web. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVA.75.033410.
Maeda, H., & Gallagher, T. F. Nondispersing wave packets. United States. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVA.75.033410.
Maeda, H., and Gallagher, T. F. Thu . "Nondispersing wave packets". United States. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVA.75.033410.
@article{osti_20982358,
title = {Nondispersing wave packets},
author = {Maeda, H. and Gallagher, T. F.},
abstractNote = {A nondispersing Rydberg wave packet can be made by applying a weak, linearly polarized field at the Kepler frequency of a Rydberg atom. The field phase locks the electron's motion to the microwave field, and the wave packet retains its spatial localization for times in excess of a microsecond. The electron's orbital oscillation leads to an oscillating dipole, which can either oscillate in phase or out of phase with the applied microwave field, creating wave packets analogous to Trojan and anti-Trojan wave packets described theoretically. Our observations can be described in both quantum mechanical and classical terms.},
doi = {10.1103/PHYSREVA.75.033410},
journal = {Physical Review. A},
number = 3,
volume = 75,
place = {United States},
year = {Thu Mar 15 00:00:00 EDT 2007},
month = {Thu Mar 15 00:00:00 EDT 2007}
}