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Coherence and decay of Rydberg wave packets

Johathan Parker and C. R. Stroud, Jr.

Phys. Rev. Lett.56, 716 (1986).


Calculations are presented that show the response of an atom to a picosecond laser pulse which resonantly excites a manifold of Rydberg states. The coherent atomic state that is produced is of the form of a spatially localized wave packet. The motion, decay, and reformation of the wave packet are described and related to the complicated quantum beat pattern that appears in the subsequent spontaneous decay.


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