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Rydberg Atoms


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1. Introduction; 2. Rydberg atom wavefunctions; 3. Production of Rydberg atoms; 4. Oscillator strengths and lifetimes; 5. Blackbody radiation; 6. Electric fields; 7. Pulsed field ionization; 8. Photoexcitation in electric fields; 9. Magnetic fields; 10. Microwave excitation and ionization; 11. Collisions with neutral atoms and molecules; 12. Spectral lineshifts and broadenings; 13. Charged particle collisions; 14. Resonant Rydberg-Rydberg collisions; 15. Radiative collisions; 16. Spectroscopy of alkali Rydberg states; 17. Radio frequency spectroscopy of alkaline earth atoms; 18. Bound helium Rydberg states; 19. Autoionizing Rydberg states; 20. Quantum defect theory; 21. Optical spectra of autoionizing Rydberg states; 22. Interseries interaction in bound states; 23. Double Rydberg states.

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This book provides a comprehensive description of the physics of Rydberg atoms.


"Provides a comprehensive description of the physics of Rydberg atoms, highlighting their remarkable properties by reference to their behavior in a wide range of physical situations." Optical Engineering "...handsomely produced with many illustrations...the book will undoubtedly be the standard reference work in the field for many years to come...should be invaluable both to experienced researchers and to graduate constitutes a valuable resource for teachers of quantum mechanics and atomic physics..." Daniel Kleppner, Nature "...will be useful to those wanting to access in one place Gallagher's way of understanding and explaining a rich variety of phenomena...libraries should definitely make the investment." Peter M. Koch, Physics World "...This timely and beautifully produced book provides the background needed to delve into the recent literature in the also constitutes a rich source of experimentally realizable and elegant illustrations of basic physical principles." Turgay Uzer, Physics Today "Gallagher has made one more fine contribution to the field of atomic physics." James E. Bayfield, American Journal of Physics

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