Stark structure of the Rydberg states of alkali-metal atoms

Myron L. Zimmerman, Michael G. Littman, Michael M. Kash, Daniel Kleppner

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The authors describe practical methods for calculating the Stark structure of Rydberg states of the alkali metals based on diagnolization of the energy matrix. A survey of Stark structures is presented for all of the alkali metals in the vicinity of n=15. Topics discussed include general methods for evaluating radial matrix elements, the treatment of fine structure, oscillator-strength distribution, scaling laws, the structure of a level anticrossing, and sources of error. Experimental Stark maps are compared with calculated results for lithium and cesium. Experimental studies of the oscillator-strength distribution within a Stark manifold and the structure of a level anticrossing are also presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2251-2275
Number of pages25
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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