Dynamical effects at avoided level crossings: A study of the Landau-Zener effect using Rydberg atoms

Jan R. Rubbmark, Michael M. Kash, Michael G. Littman, Daniel Kleppner

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Abstract

We present a study of the dynamics of traversing an avoided energy level crossing. A pair of Stark levels of Rydberg states of lithium are used as a test system for measuring the diabatic transition probability. The experimental conditions are close to those assumed by the Landau-Zener theory. Possible corrections to the Landau-Zener theory are analyzed, and applications of the results to pulsed-field ionization are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3107-3117
Number of pages11
JournalPhysical Review A
Volume23
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1981

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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