Collisional excitation of Na-Rydberg atoms
Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi,
2 Swami Shradhanand College, University of Delhi, Delhi-110036, India
Revised: 8 April 2002
Published online: 19 July 2002
The scattering of heavy ion with a multilevel Rydberg atom in the presence of an electromagnetic field is studied. The interaction of Rydberg atom and the e.m field is explored using non-perturbative quasi-energy technique. Although the results are presented for selected excitations but in actual calculations we have included many levels of the atom. The effect of various parameters are shown on collisional excitation process. As an illustration detailed calculations are performed for the inelastic proton-Na Rydberg atom collision accompanied by the transfer of photons and the effects of dressing due to the field are considered. The emphasis of the present work is on collision induced transitions especially the case that involves change of orbital as well as principal quantum number.
PACS: 34.60.+z – Scattering in highly excited states (e.g., Rydberg states)
© EDP Sciences, Società Italiana di Fisica, Springer-Verlag, 2002