Excitation of high angular momentum Rydberg states
W. A. Molander, John A. Yeazell, and C. R. Stroud, Jr.
J. Phys. B 19, L461 (1986).
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The authors describe and analyse an RF-optical technique for exciting
alkali atoms in an atomic beam to a specific high angular momentum Rydberg
state. In the procedure the Rydberg states are dressed by an RF field and
two optical photons are used to excite the dressed state that goes
adiabatically into the desired Rydberg state as the RF field is turned off.
They describe in detail the excitation of the aligned-circular-orbit
states. The states have the maximum angular momentum quantum numbers for a
given principal quantum number, and thus are the most nearly classical of
all eigenstates. It is shown that in excess of 90% of the excited state
population can be put into the aligned-circular-orbit state.
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