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Electron Correlation and Field Pulse Ionization in Atoms

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posted on 16.08.2019 by Xiao Wang
Quantum mechanics and atomic, molecular, optical (AMO) physics have been widely studied in the past century. This dissertation covers several topics in the field of AMO physics that were the focus of my Ph.D. studies, both theoretical and computational.

The first topic is related to trapping of Rydberg atoms inside an optical trap. The study focuses on the trapping energy and state mixing of Rydberg atoms based on different angular momentum state and spin-orbit coupling of the Rydberg electron.

The second topic is the two-electron correlations in an atom, especially double Rydberg wave packets. We have focused on the rapid autoionization and angular momentum exchanges between the double Rydberg wave packets. Then, the study of two-electron correlation is extended to the post-collision interaction (PCI) in Auger decay and a sequential ionization model. Quantum interference patterns can be found in the final correlated distributions. In the PCI study, quantum calculations and semiclassical calculations are performed to interpret the interference patterns.

The last topic is the ionization behavior of one-electron Rydberg atoms from a terahertz single-cycle pulse. We investigate and compare the different ionization probabilities of a Rydberg electron from an initial stationary state and a wave packet. Also, studies of the ionization behavior are extended to scaled parameters, where all physical parameters of the electron and field pulses are scaled.


Atoms and Ions Interacting with Particles and Fields

Basic Energy Sciences

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Interactions With and Between Rydberg Atoms

Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences

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Degree Type

Doctor of Philosophy


Physics and Astronomy

Campus location

West Lafayette

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Francis Robicheaux

Additional Committee Member 2

Chris Greene

Additional Committee Member 3

Daniel Elliott

Additional Committee Member 4

Jorge Rodriguez



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