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dc.contributor.advisor Dunning, F. B.
dc.creatorWyker, Brendan
dc.date.accessioned 2018-12-03T18:31:28Z
dc.date.available 2018-12-03T18:31:28Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/103567
dc.description.abstract Localized wavepackets are created in high- n ( n ~ 300) Rydberg atoms which travel in near-circular orbits around the nucleus. Application of carefully tailored electric fields to quasi-1D Rydberg atoms creates coherent superpositions of Stark states with near extreme values of one of the components of the angular momentum. Half-cycle electric field pulses (HCPs) probe the dynamics of the circular states producing signature oscillations in survival probability that correspond to the expected wavepacket evolution. Although these wavepackets slowly dephase and lose their localization, their motion can be followed for several orbits and provides an analog of the original Bohr model, i.e., an electron in circular classical orbit around the nucleus. Measurements of the asymmetry in survival probability with increasing probe strength at different phases of the orbit confirm orbital motion of the wavepacket. Classical trajectory Monte-Carlo simulations (CTMC) agree with experimental results, and provide promising leads for future studies.
dc.format.extent 67 pp
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectAtoms & subatomic particles
Pure sciences
dc.title Realization of the Bohr atom
dc.identifier.digital 304508872
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.callno THESIS PHYS. 2008 WYKER
dc.identifier.citation Wyker, Brendan. "Realization of the Bohr atom." (2008) Master’s Thesis, Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/103567.


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