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OBSERVATION OF THE COLLAPSE AND FRACTIONAL REVIVAL OF A RYDBERG WAVEPACKET IN ATOMIC RUBIDIUM

Abstract:
The authors have excited and detected a radially localized electronic wavepacket in atomic rubidium. The wavepacket is formed of an optically induced coherent superposition of Rydberg states with mean principal quantum number, n=62. The motion of the wavepacket on a classical trajectory is monitored in a time-delayed ionization experiment. The collapse and revival of the classical dynamics is observed. During the period of nonclassical behaviour they observe, for the first time, a partial revival of the wavepacket. © 1991 IOP Publishing Ltd.
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10.1088/0953-4075/24/3/005

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Physics, Atomic and Laser Physics
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Author
Journal:
JOURNAL OF PHYSICS B-ATOMIC MOLECULAR AND OPTICAL PHYSICS
Volume:
24
Issue:
3
Pages:
L63-L69
Publication date:
1991-02-14
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EISSN:
1361-6455
ISSN:
0953-4075
URN:
uuid:8bbe2c15-0649-47fb-9342-f4949f664149
Source identifiers:
20867
Local pid:
pubs:20867
Language:
English

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