Theoretical Studies of Rydberg Atom Collisions.
Final rept. 1 Mar 79-30 Apr 81,
SRI INTERNATIONAL MENLO PARK CA MOLECULAR PHYSICS LAB
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During the last two years, theoretical studies were performed on a variety of topics related to collisions involving Rydberg atoms. Progress was made towards the understanding of ion-Rydberg atom, Rydberg atom-Rydberg atom, and ground state atom-Rydberg atom collisions. Cross sections were calculated for electron capture, ionization, and excitation processes and parametrized in terms of atomic parameters. A strong dc electric field was also incoporated in calculations of electron capture and ionization cross sections for ion-Rydberg atom collisions. The results of this latter investigation indicate the design of a far ir photon detector which is based on the field ionization of Rydberg atoms may be limited by the collision processes. Author
- Nuclear Physics and Elementary Particle Physics