Highly excited hydrogen in strong d.C. electric fields: Atomic engineering

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Abstract

We excite atomic hydrogen from the ground state via a three-photon process to high-lying excited states in the presence of strong d.c. electric fields. The external field is used to manipulate, control, and design specific atomic structures. We can construct nearly `one-dimensional' atoms whose electronic distributions are highly extended along the field, and which may have enormous electric dipole moments ('giant-dipole atoms').

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)297-314
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Modern Optics
Volume35
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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