Rydberg wave packets in parallel electric and magnetic fields

Moser, I., F. Mota-Furtado, P. F. O'Mahony, and J. P. Santos. "Rydberg wave packets in parallel electric and magnetic fields." Physical Review A 55 (1997): 3724-3729.


The magnitude of the time autocorrelation function M between states excited by two Gaussian laser pulses is calculated for both hydrogen and rubidium atoms inparallel electric and magnetic fields. M is determined by a full quantum-mechanical calculation but the peaks are identified with the periods of the shortest periodicorbits of the corresponding classical system. Qualitative agreement is obtained with experimental results, however, discrepancies are found in the relative heights ofthe peaks.