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Excitation of the classical-limit state of an atom

Z. D. Gaeta, Michael Noel, and C. R. Stroud, Jr.

Phys. Rev. Lett 73, 636 (1994).


We describe a technique designed to excite a classical-limit state of an atom. A picosecond electric field pulse converts a circular state into a Rydberg wave packet which is localized in all three dimensions and travels along a classical Kepler orbit with arbitrary ellipticity.


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