Chaos in One-Dimensional Hydrogen

D. C. Humm, Munir H Nayfeh

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We analyze the effect of a DC electric field on classical chaos in one-dimensional hydrogen in a microwave field. We show that, under ordinary experimental conditions, the system is expected to undergo a transition from a regime of classical behavior to a regime of uniquely quantum behavior as the DC field is increased, for an unclamping DC field. We also show that ionization by classical chaos competes favorably with ionization by tunneling in the transition region, and that tunneling allows very sensitive spectroscopy of this region.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAtomic Spectra and Collisions in External Fields
EditorsK. T. Taylor, M. H. Nayfeh, C. W. Clark
ISBN (Electronic)9781461310617
ISBN (Print)9781461283157, 9780306431470
StatePublished - 1988

Publication series

NamePhysics of Atoms and Molecules


  • Microwave Field
  • Classical Chaos
  • Surface State Electron
  • Quantum Regime
  • Nonlinear Resonance


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