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Classical limit states of the helium atom

J. A. West, Z. D. Gaeta, and C. R. Stroud, Jr.

Phys. Rev. A 58, 186 (1998).


The techniques of Rydberg electronic wave packets are used to explore the classical limit states of helium. A class of shape-preserving orbits is studied under the classical adiabatic approximation that separates the dynamics of the two electrons. These states form the classical basis for two-electron wave packet states whose hydrogenic counterparts are shown to be elliptic states in the presence of a rotating electric field.


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