Radiative collision-induced photoionization

Munir H. Nayfeh, M. G. Payne

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Semiclassical expressions of two-photon ionization of atoms induced by radiative collisions are derived. The dependence of the ionization yield on the atomic forces, field intensity, and energy gap is derived. Although absorption tends to decrease as the field intensity rises due to stimulated emission at the second crossing, the two-photon ionization yield can be nearly saturated at the first crossing, thus enhancing the absorption. Both regions, ionization in single collisions and ionization between collisions, are treated. In the latter we find that saturation of the ionization can be achieved at much reduced intensities. This process promises an extremely sensitive method for studying radiative collisions, especially when absorption or fluorescence becomes extremely weak.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1695-1705
Number of pages11
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1978
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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