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dc.contributor.advisor Young, J.
dc.creatorTannian, Bridget Ellen
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-04T06:55:58Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-04T06:55:58Z
dc.date.issued 1998
dc.identifier.citation Tannian, Bridget Ellen. "Ionization of Rydberg atoms by half-cycle pulses: Effect of pulse shape and rise time." (1998) Master’s Thesis, Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/17216.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/17216
dc.description.abstract The ionization of potassium np Rydberg atoms with $n\sim388$ by pulsed unidirectional electric fields, termed half-cycle pulses (HCPs), with various well-characterized shapes (rectangular, triangular, and sawtooth) and durations $T\sb{p}$ comparable to the classical electron orbital period $T\sb{n}$ is investigated. The experimental results are compared to classical trajectory Monte Carlo (CTMC) simulations and the classically-scaled results of quantum calculations undertaken at $n=5.$ The data show that in the intermediate regime, $T\sb{p}\sim T\sb{n},$ the threshold field for ionization becomes sensitive to the shape and rise time of the HCP, increasing with increasing rise time. For each pulse shape, the agreement between the experimental measurements and both the CTMC and quantum calculations is very good.
dc.format.extent 42 p.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectAtomic physics
dc.title Ionization of Rydberg atoms by half-cycle pulses: Effect of pulse shape and rise time
dc.type Thesis
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thesis.degree.department Physics
thesis.degree.discipline Natural Sciences
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Science


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