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Rydberg-atom wave packets localized in the angular variables

John A. Yeazell and C. R. Stroud, Jr.

Phys. Rev. A 35, 2806 (1987).


Calculations are presented that show the behavior of a wave packet composed of alkali-metal-atom Rydberg states. We demonstrate that it is possible to localize such a wave packet in the polar and azimuthal angles. The evolution of this wave packet is equivalent to the precession of a classical Kepler orbit under the influence of a perturbing potential. In this case, the perturbation is the quantum defect of the alkali-metal atoms. An excitation scheme is proposed for producing these states and the results of a numerical model based on this scheme are presented. Finally, the interaction of these angularly localized wave packets with external fields is discussed and a method of detection is suggested.


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