On the effect of resolution on nearest-neighbour level spacings in atomic spectra
Quantum Optics and Laser Science Group, The Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London, Prince Consort Road, London, SW7 2BW, UK
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Published online: 23 May 2007
We discuss the effects of experimental resolution on the analysis of nearest neighbour energy level spacings for the signatures of underlying classically chaotic electron dynamics. Through a numerical treatment we arrive at a new dimensionless resolution criterion which must be met in order that statistical studies of this kind be considered meaningful.
PACS: 32.80.Rm – Multiphoton ionization and excitation to highly excited states / 32.60.+i – Zeeman and Stark effects
© EDP Sciences, Società Italiana di Fisica, Springer-Verlag, 2007