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The kicked atom: Characterization of quasi-one-dimensional Rydberg atoms and their nonlinear dynamics

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dc.contributor.advisor Dunning, F. B.
dc.creator Zhao, Wei
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-04T07:58:23Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-04T07:58:23Z
dc.date.issued 2005
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1911/17842
dc.description.abstract The characteristics of strongly-polarized quasi-one-dimensional (quasi-1D) Rydberg atoms produced by photoexcitation of selected Stark states in the n = 350 Stark manifold are investigated by studying their ionization when subject to sub-nanosecond unidirectional electric field pulses, termed half-cycle pulses (HCPs), directed both parallel and perpendicular to the atomic axis. The observed differences in the ionization characteristics provide a measure of the anisotropy of the momentum distribution and thus of the quasi-1D nature of the states. The response of such states to a train of HCPs directed parallel and anti-parallel to the axis of polarization of the initial state is also investigated. Pronounced differences in the survival probability are observed confirming theoretical predictions that the dynamical response of the system will be very different for these two conditions. The presence of noise is also observed to play a crucial role in the dynamics. Reasonable agreement between experiment and theory is achieved.
dc.format.extent 91 p.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject Physics, Atomic
dc.title The kicked atom: Characterization of quasi-one-dimensional Rydberg atoms and their nonlinear dynamics
dc.type.genre Thesis
dc.type.material Text
thesis.degree.department Physics
thesis.degree.discipline Natural Sciences
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Science
dc.identifier.citation Zhao, Wei. (2005) "The kicked atom: Characterization of quasi-one-dimensional Rydberg atoms and their nonlinear dynamics." Masters Thesis, Rice University. http://hdl.handle.net/1911/17842.

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