Helium atom in presence of DC and AC electric fields
Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering, The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, 0200, Australia
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Published online: 21 March 2006
We investigate the effect of a static electric field on photoionization of the He atom in the ground 1S and low-lying 2S and 2P excited states. The field-affected ionization potential and photoionization cross-section are determined from the complex eigenvalues of the time-dependent Schrödinger equation solved by the complex rotation method in the Floquet ansatz. Accuracy of the method is enhanced by the use of the Hylleraas basis set. For the ground state of helium, we find that the total photoionization cross-section remains constant or decreases as a function of the DC field strength until this field reaches a certain critical value. For the low-lying excited states, effect of the static field is similar to the ordinary DC Stark effect.
PACS: 32.80.-t – Photon interactions with atoms / 32.80.Fb – Photoionization of atoms and ions / 42.50.Hz – Strong-field excitation of optical transitions in quantum systems; multiphoton processes; dynamic Stark shift
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