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dc.contributor.advisor Dunning, F. Barry
dc.creatorYe, Shuzhen
dc.date.accessioned 2014-10-16T18:06:40Z
dc.date.available 2014-10-16T18:06:40Z
dc.date.created 2014-05
dc.date.issued 2014-04-24
dc.date.submitted May 2014
dc.identifier.citation Ye, Shuzhen. "Experimental Study of Potassium and Strontium Rydberg Atoms - Chaotic Ionization, Quantum Optical Phenomena and Multiphoton Excitation." (2014) Diss., Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/77585.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/77585
dc.description.abstract Very-high-n (n~300) Rydberg atoms serve as a powerful tool to study chaos and quantum optical phenomena. Measurements using a series of alternating impulsive kicks applied to potassium Rydberg atoms reveal that a phase space geometric structure called the turnstile governs the ionization process. Studies of the excitation spectra for potassium Rydberg atoms in a strong sinusoidal electric drive field in the radio frequency (100-300 MHz) regime, display quantum optical phenomena including electromagnetically induced transparency and Aulter-Townes splitting, and the data are well explained within the framework of Floquet theory. In order to study the strong dipole-dipole interactions between neutral atoms, new experimental techniques have been developed to create high densities of very-high-n (n~300-500) strontium Rydberg atoms using two- and three-photon excitation. The data demonstrate that high densities of strongly-polarized quasi-one-dimensional states can be produced and form the basis for further manipulation of the atomic wave functions. The strontium Rydberg states are modeled using a two-active-electron theory which produces results in good agreement with experimental observations.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectRydberg atoms
Strontium
Potassium
Chaotic ionization
Quantum optical phenomena
Multiphoton excitation
dc.title Experimental Study of Potassium and Strontium Rydberg Atoms - Chaotic Ionization, Quantum Optical Phenomena and Multiphoton Excitation
dc.contributor.committeeMember Killian, Thomas C.
dc.contributor.committeeMember Brooks, Philip R.
dc.date.updated 2014-10-16T18:06:54Z
dc.type.genre Thesis
dc.type.material Text
thesis.degree.department Physics and Astronomy
thesis.degree.discipline Natural Sciences
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Doctoral
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy


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