Structure of sodium Rydberg states in weak to strong electric fields

Michael G. Littman, Myron L. Zimmerman, Theodore W. Ducas, Richard R. Freeman, Daniel Kleppner

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We present results of an experimental survey of the n=15 state of Na in electric fields from 0 to 4 kV/cm. Both linear and higher-order Stark effects play important roles. States with low |m| show marked differences from hydrogenic behavior, particularly in the vicinity of level crossings. Computed values for the energy levels are in good agreement with the data. The experimental method provides a simple technique for populating selected Stark or angular momentum levels of a Rydberg state.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)788-791
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number14
StatePublished - 1976
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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