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Rydberg wave packets and the classical limit

Jonathan Parker and C. R. Stroud, Jr.

Phys. Scripta T12, 70 (1986).


A method is proposed and analyzed for producing single atom Rydberg states which are nearly as possible classical. It is shown that a picosecond laser pulse can excite a localized wave packet of Rydberg states which propagates like a particle in a classical Kepler orbit. These states are studied numerically and approximate analytic techniques are developed for analyzing their properties.


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