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dc.contributor.advisor Nordlander, Peter J.
dc.creatorOubre, Christopher David
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-04T07:03:58Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-04T07:03:58Z
dc.date.issued 2003
dc.identifier.citation Oubre, Christopher David. "Interaction of xenon Rydberg atoms near a metallic surface in an electric field." (2003) Master’s Thesis, Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/17612.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/17612
dc.description.abstract We investigate the interaction of a xenon Rydberg atom with a metallic surface in an electric field. We also present a Stark map for xenon Rydberg atoms. The xenon Rydberg atom is modeled using a pseudopotential fitted to experimentally obtained quantum defects. We show that several xenon levels exhibit avoided crossings with the application of a DC electric field. Additional avoided crossings occur as the xenon Rydberg atom approaches a surface. These avoided crossings lead to mixing between levels of different principal quantum number n. Nonadiabatic transition through these avoided crossings can explain recent results involving ionization of state-selected xenon Rydberg atoms near a metal surface.
dc.format.extent 49 p.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectAtomic physics
dc.title Interaction of xenon Rydberg atoms near a metallic surface in an electric field
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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