Polyatomic molecules formed with a Rydberg atom in an ultracold environment
Max-Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Nöthnitzer Str. 38, 01187 Dresden, Germany
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Revised: 15 February 2006
Published online: 5 May 2006
We investigate properties of ultralong-range polyatomic molecules formed with a Rb Rydberg atom and several ground-state atoms whose distance from the Rydberg atom is of the order of n2a0, where n is the principle quantum number of the Rydberg electron. In particular, we put emphasis on the splitting of the energy levels, and elucidate the nature of the splitting via the construction of symmetry-adapted orbitals.
PACS: 32.80.Rm – Multiphoton ionization and excitation to highly excited states / 32.80.Pj – Optical cooling of atoms; trapping / 31.15.Md – Perturbation theory
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