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  1. Transition rates for a Rydberg atom surrounded by a plasma

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    Lin, Chengliang; Gocke, Christian; Röpke, Gerd; Reinholz, Heidi

    2016-04-01

    We derive a quantum master equation for an atom coupled to a heat bath represented by a charged particle many-body environment. In the Born-Markov approximation, the influence of the plasma environment on the reduced system is described by the dynamical structure factor. Expressions for the profiles of spectral lines are obtained. Wave packets are introduced as robust states allowing for a quasiclassical description of Rydberg electrons. Transition rates for highly excited Rydberg levels are investigated. A circular-orbit wave-packet approach has been applied in order to describe the localization of electrons within Rydberg states. The calculated transition rates are in a good agreement with experimental data.

  2. Direct detection of Rydberg-Rydberg millimeter-wave transitions in a buffer gas cooled molecular beam

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    Zhou, Yan; Grimes, David D.; Barnum, Timothy J.; Patterson, David; Coy, Stephen L.; Klein, Ethan; Muenter, John S.; Field, Robert W.

    2015-11-01

    Millimeter-wave transitions between molecular Rydberg states (n ∼ 35) of barium monofluoride are directly detected via Free Induction Decay (FID). Two powerful technologies are used in combination: Chirped-Pulse millimeter-Wave (CPmmW) spectroscopy and a buffer gas cooled molecular beam photoablation source. Hundreds of Rydberg-Rydberg transitions are recorded in 1 h with >10:1 signal:noise ratio and ∼150 kHz resolution. This high resolution, high spectral velocity experiment promises new strategies for rapid measurements of structural and dynamical information, such as the electric structure (multipole moments and polarizabilities) of the molecular ion-core and the strengths and mechanisms of resonances between Rydberg electron and ion-core motions. Direct measurements of Rydberg-Rydberg transitions with kilo-Debye dipole moments support efficient and definitive spectral analysis techniques, such as the Stark demolition and polarization diagnostics, which enable semi-automatic assignments of core-nonpenetrating Rydberg states. In addition, extremely strong radiation-mediated collective effects (superradiance) in a dense Rydberg gas of barium atoms are observed.

  3. Transition rates in proton - Rydberg atom collisions

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    Vrinceanu, Daniel

    2016-05-01

    Monte Carlo simulations for energy and angular momentum transfer processes in proton - Ryderg atom collisions were performed and the corresponding rates are reported.The relevance of these rates in the context of cosmological recombination is discussed. The rates are contrasted with the similar rates in electron - Rydberg atom collisions. This work has been supported by National Science Foundation through grants for the Center for Research on Complex Networks (HRD-1137732) and Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineering (RISE) (HRD-1345173).

  4. Landau-Zener transitions in frozen pairs of Rydberg atoms.

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    Saquet, Nicolas; Cournol, Anne; Beugnon, Jérôme; Robert, Jacques; Pillet, Pierre; Vanhaecke, Nicolas

    2010-04-01

    We have induced adiabatic transitions in pairs of frozen Rydberg sodium atoms of a supersonic beam. The diatomic ns+ns-->np+(n-1)p transition takes place in a time-dependent electric field and originates from the adiabatic change of the internal state of the pair induced by the dipole-dipole interaction. This is experimentally achieved by sweeping an electric field across the energy degeneracy ns ns-np(n-1)p. Our results fully agree with a two-level Landau-Zener model in the diatom system. PMID:20481882

  5. Landau-Zener Transitions in Frozen Pairs of Rydberg Atoms

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    Saquet, Nicolas; Cournol, Anne; Beugnon, Jerome; Robert, Jacques; Pillet, Pierre; Vanhaecke, Nicolas

    2010-04-02

    We have induced adiabatic transitions in pairs of frozen Rydberg sodium atoms of a supersonic beam. The diatomic ns+ns{yields}np+(n-1)p transition takes place in a time-dependent electric field and originates from the adiabatic change of the internal state of the pair induced by the dipole-dipole interaction. This is experimentally achieved by sweeping an electric field across the energy degeneracy ns ns-np(n-1)p. Our results fully agree with a two-level Landau-Zener model in the diatom system.

  6. The Rydberg electronic transitions of the hydrogen molecule

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    Babb, J.F.; Chang, E.S. )

    1992-01-01

    Transition energies and relative line strengths, without Boltzmann weighting, for the electric dipole transitions between Rydberg states n{prime}L{prime} and nL of the hydrogen molecule (one electron in a near-hydrogenic state of high n and L, with n the principal quantum number and L the orbital angular momentum quantum number of the electron) are calculated. Since the H{sup +}{sub 2} core is loosely coupled to the Rydberg electron, numerous lines occur, depending on the vector sum of L and the core rotational angular momentum. For the core vibrational quantum numbers v = 0 to 5 the strongest lines among the P, Q, and R branches for the lowest 12 core rotational levels are given for the particular transition arrays 6h-5g, 8i-6h, 7i-6h, 8k-7i, and 9l-8k, for which transitions occur in the wave number range 350 to 1,400 cm {sup {minus}1}.

  7. Two-color photoexcitation of Rydberg states via an electric quadrupole transition

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    Li Leping; Gu Quanli; Knee, J. L.; Wright, J. D.; DiSciacca, J. M.; Morgan, T. J.

    2008-03-15

    We report the observation of an electric quadrupole transition between the 4s{sup '}[1/2]{sub 0}{sup o} and 3d[3/2]{sub 2}{sup o} states in the spectrum of argon and use it in the first step of a scheme to excite Rydberg states. The initial identification of the transition is based on one-color, two-photon photoionization. A different experiment utilizing two-color, two-photon photoexcitation to Rydberg states confirms the identification. Despite the unavoidable background of one-color, two-photon photoionization, the latter experimental technique makes possible two-photon spectroscopy of Rydberg states using a resonant intermediate state populated by an electric quadrupole transition.

  8. Doppler- and recoil-free laser excitation of Rydberg states via three-photon transitions

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    Ryabtsev, I. I.; Beterov, I. I.; Tretyakov, D. B.; Entin, V. M.; Yakshina, E. A.

    2011-11-15

    Three-photon laser excitation of Rydberg states by three different laser beams can be arranged in a starlike geometry that simultaneously eliminates the recoil effect and Doppler broadening. Our analytical and numerical calculations for a particular laser excitation scheme 5S{sub 1/2}{yields}5P{sub 3/2}{yields}6S{sub 1/2}{yields}nP in Rb atoms have shown that, compared to the one- and two-photon laser excitation, this approach provides much narrower linewidth and longer coherence time for both cold atom samples and hot vapors, if the intermediate one-photon resonances of the three-photon transition are detuned by more than respective single-photon Doppler widths. This method can be used to improve fidelity of Rydberg quantum gates and precision of spectroscopic measurements in Rydberg atoms.

  9. Oscillator Strengths and Predissociation Widths for Rydberg Transitions in Carbon Monoxide

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    Federman, Steven R.; Sheffer, Y.; Eidelsberg, Michele; Lemaire, Jean-Louis; Fillion, Jean-Hugues; Rostas, Francois; Ruiz, J.

    2006-01-01

    CO is used as a probe of astronomical environments ranging from planetary atmospheres and comets to interstellar clouds and the envelopes surrounding stars near the end of their lives. One of the processes controlling the CO abundance and the ratio of its isotopomers is photodissociation. Accurate oscillator strengths for Rydberg transitions are needed for modeling this process. Absorption bands were analyzed by synthesizing the profiles with codes developed independently in Meudon and Toledo. Each synthetic spectrum was adjusted to match the experimental one in a non-linear least-squares fitting procedure with the band oscillator strength, the line width (instrumental and predissociation.

  10. Landau-Zener-Stueckelberg theory for multiphoton intrashell transitions in Rydberg atoms: Bloch-Siegert shifts and widths

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    Foerre, Morten

    2004-07-01

    We derive closed analytic expressions for intrashell transitions in Rydberg atoms exposed to linearly polarized or circularly polarized periodic electromagnetic fields. The resonance energies and transition probabilities are calculated using multichannel Landau-Zener-Stueckelberg theory. The theory provides formulas for the resonance widths and positions for arbitrary field strength and frequency. The formulas are in excellent agreement with numerical solution of the evolution equations.

  11. Microwave Transitions Between Pair States Composed of Two rb Rydberg Atoms

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    Lee, Jeonghun; Gallagher, Tom

    2015-06-01

    Microwave transitions between pair states composed of two Rb Rydberg atoms in a magneto-optical trap are investigated. Our current interest is the transition from ndnd to (n+1)d(n-2)f states. This transition is allowed because the dipole-dipole induced configuration interaction between the ndnd state and the energetically close (n+2)p(n-2)f state admixes some of the latter state into the former. The resonance frequencies of the ndnd-(n+1)d(n-2)f transitions for n=35 to 42 have been measured and found to agree well with the calculated values. In addition, the power shifts of the resonance frequencies have been measured for n=35 to 42. The dependence of the fractional population transfer from the ndnd to (n+1)d(n-2)f states on the microwave field strength and atomic density has been measured and can be compared to a simple theoretical model. This work has been supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

  12. Microwave transitions between pair states composed of two Rb Rydberg atoms

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    Lee, Jeonghun; Gallagher, Tom

    2015-05-01

    Microwave transitions between pair states composed of two Rb Rydberg atoms in a magneto-optical trap are investigated. Our current interest is the transition from ndnd to (n+1)d(n-2)f states. This transition is allowed because the dipole-dipole induced configuration interaction between the ndnd state and the energetically close (n+2)p(n-2)f state admixes some of the latter state into the former. The resonance frequencies of the ndnd-(n+1)d(n-2)f transitions for n = 35 to 42 have been measured and found to agree well with the calculated values. In addition, the power shifts of the resonance frequencies have been measured for n = 35 to 42. The dependence of the fractional population transfer from the ndnd to (n+1)d(n-2)f states on the microwave field strength and atomic density has been measured and can be compared to a simple theoretical model. This work has been supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

  13. Theory of quantum oscillations in self-broadening of 4{sup 2}S-n{sup 2}S Rydberg transitions in potassium

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    Herman, R. M.; Henry, M. E.

    1997-01-05

    A pseudohamiltonian impact theory for describing Rydberg transition line shapes is proposed. Preliminary results give lineshapes in reasonable agreement with experiment, including the quantum oscillations in alkali self broadening and shifting, and rare gas broadening.

  14. ANGULAR MOMENTUM CHANGING TRANSITIONS IN PROTON-RYDBERG HYDROGEN ATOM COLLISIONS

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    Vrinceanu, D.; Onofrio, R.; Sadeghpour, H. R. E-mail: onofrior@gmail.com

    2012-03-01

    Collisions between electrically charged particles and neutral atoms are central for understanding the dynamics of neutral gases and plasmas in a variety of physical situations of terrestrial and astronomical interest. Specifically, redistribution of angular momentum states within the degenerate shell of highly excited Rydberg atoms occurs efficiently in distant collisions with ions. This process is crucial in establishing the validity of the local thermal equilibrium assumption and may also play a role in determining a precise ionization fraction in primordial recombination. We provide an accurate expression for the non-perturbative rate coefficient of collisions between protons and H(nl) ending in a final state H(nl'), with n being the principal quantum number and l, l' the initial and final angular momentum quantum numbers, respectively. The validity of this result is confirmed by results of classical trajectory Monte Carlo simulations. Previous results, obtained by Pengelly and Seaton only for dipole-allowed transitions l {yields} l {+-} 1, overestimate the l-changing collisional rate coefficients approximately by a factor of six, and the physical origin of this overestimation is discussed.

  15. Effect of photoions on the line shape of the Foerster resonance lines and microwave transitions in cold rubidium Rydberg atoms

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    Tretyakov, D. B.; Beterov, I. I.; Entin, V. M.; Yakshina, E. A.; Ryabtsev, I. I.; Dyubko, S. F.; Alekseev, E. A.; Pogrebnyak, N. L.; Bezuglov, N. N.; Arimondo, E.

    2012-01-15

    Experiments are carried out on the spectroscopy of the Foerster resonance lines Rb(37P) + Rb(37P) {yields} Rb(37S) + Rb(38S) and microwave transitions nP {yields} n Prime S, n Prime D between Rydberg states of cold rubidium atoms in a magneto-optical trap (MOT). Under ordinary conditions, all spectra exhibit a linewidth of 2-3 MHz irrespective of the interaction time between atoms or between atoms and microwave radiation, although the limit resonance width should be determined by the inverse interaction time. The analysis of experimental conditions has shown that the main source of line broadening is the inhomogeneous electric field of cold photoions that are generated under the excitation of initial nP Rydberg states by broadband pulsed laser radiation. The application of an additional electric-field pulse that rapidly extracts photoions produced by a laser pulse leads to a considerable narrowing of lines of microwave resonances and the Foerster resonance. Various sources of line broadening in cold Rydberg atoms are analyzed.

  16. Dipole and Quadrupole transition strengths in Ba^+ from measurements of K-splittings in high-L Ba Rydberg levels

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    Woods, Shannon L.; Lundeen, Stephen R.; Sturrus, William G.; Snow, Erica L.

    2009-05-01

    Measurements of K-splittings in high-L Rydberg levels of Ba have been used to determine electric dipole (6s-6p) and quadrupole (6s-5d) transition strengths in Ba^+ [1]. In that report, good agreement with calculated values was found for the dipole strength but not for the quadrupole strength. Using the data pattern extended to higher L levels recently [2] and a more complete theoretical model, we find good agreement between the measured K-splittings and the most recent theoretical calculations of relevant transition strengths.[3] [1] E.S. Shuman and T.F. Gallagher, Phys. Rev. A 74, 022502 (2006) [2] E.L. Snow, et. al., Phys. Rev. 71, 022510 (2005) [3] E. Iskrenova-Tchoukova and M. S. Safronova, et. al. Phys. Rev. A 78, 012508 (2008)

  17. Vibronic valence and Rydberg transitions in geminal chloro-fluoro-ethene (1,1-C2H2FCl): a spectroscopic and quantum chemical investigation

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    Locht, R.; Dehareng, D.; Leyh, B.

    2014-06-01

    The vacuum ultraviolet photoabsorption spectrum of 1,1-C2H2FCl has been examined in detail between 5 and 15 eV photon energy by using synchrotron radiation dispersed by three different monochromators. Quantum chemical calculations are performed to help in the analysis of the valence/Rydberg transition region centred at 7.05 eV including the 3a″(π)→π* and the 3a″(π)→3s Rydberg transitions. Interactions between states involving transitions to the 3s, 4d and σ* orbitals are identified. A vibrational analysis is proposed for the structures belonging to these transitions. For the π(3a″)→π* transition, one vibrational progression is observed with ω3 = 1410 ± 50 cm-1 and its lowest excitation energy is determined at about 6.398 ± 0.003 eV. The π(3a″)→3s Rydberg transition is characterised by a single progression with ω3 = 1410 ± 80 cm-1 likely starting at about 6.45 eV. These vibrations are ascribed to the C=C stretching motion. The abundant structure observed in the spectrum between 7.8 and 10.5 eV has been analysed in terms of vibronic transitions to ns (δ = 0.97), np (δ = 0.63 and 0.40) and nd (δ = 0.13 and -0.11) Rydberg states, which belong to series converging to the 1,1-C2H2FCl+(?) ionic ground state. The analysis of the vibrational structure of the individual Rydberg states has been attempted leading to average values of the wave numbers ω3 = 1420 ± 20 cm-1, ω7 = 720 ± 50 cm-1 and ω9 = 390 ± 50 cm-1. Between 10.5 and 12.5 eV, nine other Rydberg states converging to the 1,1-C2H2FCl+(?) first excited state were analysed by the same way. The vibrational structure of these Rydberg states results from the excitation of one vibrational normal mode ν7 with an average value of ω7 = 520 ± 20 cm-1, which is assigned to the C-Cl stretching vibration as inferred from quantum chemical calculations.

  18. Measurement of absolute transition frequencies of {sup 87}Rb to nS and nD Rydberg states by means of electromagnetically induced transparency

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    Mack, Markus; Karlewski, Florian; Hattermann, Helge; Hoeckh, Simone; Jessen, Florian; Cano, Daniel; Fortagh, Jozsef

    2011-05-15

    We report the measurement of absolute excitation frequencies of {sup 87}Rb to nS and nD Rydberg states. The Rydberg transition frequencies are obtained by observing electromagnetically induced transparency on a rubidium vapor cell. The accuracy of the measurement of each state is < or approx. 1 MHz, which is achieved by frequency stabilizing the two diode lasers employed for the spectroscopy to a frequency comb and a frequency comb calibrated wavelength meter, respectively. Based on the spectroscopic data we determine the quantum defects of {sup 87}Rb, and compare it with previous measurements on {sup 85}Rb. We determine the ionization frequency from the 5S{sub 1/2}(F=1) ground state of {sup 87}Rb to 1010.029 164 6(3)THz, providing the binding energy of the ground state with an accuracy improved by two orders of magnitude.

  19. Precision spectroscopy of 2S-nP transitions in atomic hydrogen for a new determination of the Rydberg constant and the proton charge radius

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    Beyer, Axel; Maisenbacher, Lothar; Khabarova, Ksenia; Matveev, Arthur; Pohl, Randolf; Udem, Thomas; Hänsch, Theodor W.; Kolachevsky, Nikolai

    2015-10-01

    Precision measurements of transition frequencies in atomic hydrogen provide important input for a number of fundamental applications, such as stringent tests of QED and the extraction of fundamental constants. Here we report on precision spectroscopy of the 2S-4P transition in atomic hydrogen with a reproducibility of a few parts in 1012. Utilizing a cryogenic beam of hydrogen atoms in the metastable 2S state reduces leading order systematic effects of previous experiments of this kind. A number of different systematic effects, especially line shape modifications due to quantum interference in spontaneous emission, are currently under investigation. Once fully characterized, our measurement procedure can be applied to higher lying 2S-nP transitions (n=6,8,9,10) and we hope to contribute to an improved determination of the Rydberg constant and the proton root mean square charge radius by this series of experiments. Ultimately, this improved determination will give deeper insight into ‘the proton size puzzle’ from the electronic hydrogen side.

  20. Rydberg Spectroscopy in an Optical Lattice: Blackbody Thermometry for Atomic Clocks

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    Ovsiannikov, Vitali D.; Derevianko, Andrei; Gibble, Kurt

    2011-08-26

    We show that optical spectroscopy of Rydberg states can provide accurate in situ thermometry at room temperature. Transitions from a metastable state to Rydberg states with principal quantum numbers of 25-30 have 200 times larger fractional frequency sensitivities to blackbody radiation than the strontium clock transition. We demonstrate that magic-wavelength lattices exist for both strontium and ytterbium transitions between the metastable and Rydberg states. Frequency measurements of Rydberg transitions with 10{sup -16} accuracy provide 10 mK resolution and yield a blackbody uncertainty for the clock transition of 10{sup -18}.

  1. Oscillator strengths for transitions to Rydberg levels in 12C 16O, 13C 16O and 13C 18O between 967 and 972 Å

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    Eidelsberg, M.; Lemaire, J. L.; Fillion, J. H.; Rostas, F.; Federman, S. R.; Sheffer, Y.

    2004-09-01

    Absorption oscillator strengths have been determined from high-resolution spectra in the 967-972 Å region of three CO isotopomers for transitions to the Rydberg levels 4pπ(0), 3dπ(1)b and 4pσ(0), as well as to the mixed E(6) level recently characterized by Eidelsberg et al. (\\cite{Eid04}). Synchrotron radiation from the Super-ACO electron storage ring at Orsay (LURE) was used as a light source. Oscillator strengths were extracted from the recorded spectra by least-squares fitting of the experimental profiles with synthetic spectra taking into account the homogeneous and heterogeneous interactions of the four levels. Column densities were derived from fits to the 3pπ(0) absorption band whose oscillator strength is well established. These are the first reported measurements for 13C18O. For 12C16Op, our results are consistent with the larger values obtained in the most recent laboratory and astronomical studies. Based on experiments done at the Super-ACO electron storage ring at Orsay (LURE), France.

  2. Dislocation-mediated melting of one-dimensional Rydberg crystals

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    Sela, Eran; Garst, Markus; Punk, Matthias

    2011-08-15

    We consider cold Rydberg atoms in a one-dimensional optical lattice in the Mott regime with a single atom per site at zero temperature. An external laser drive with Rabi frequency {Omega} and laser detuning {Delta} creates Rydberg excitations whose dynamics is governed by an effective spin-chain model with (quasi) long-range interactions. This system possesses intrinsically a large degree of frustration resulting in a ground-state phase diagram in the ({Delta},{Omega}) plane with a rich topology. As a function of {Delta}, the Rydberg blockade effect gives rise to a series of crystalline phases commensurate with the optical lattice that form a so-called devil's staircase. The Rabi frequency {Omega}, on the other hand, creates quantum fluctuations that eventually lead to a quantum melting of the crystalline states. Upon increasing {Omega}, we find that generically a commensurate-incommensurate transition to a floating Rydberg crystal that supports gapless phonon excitations occurs first. For even larger {Omega}, dislocations within the floating Rydberg crystal start to proliferate and a second, Kosterlitz-Thouless-Nelson-Halperin-Young dislocation-mediated melting transition finally destroys the crystalline arrangement of Rydberg excitations. This latter melting transition is generic for one-dimensional Rydberg crystals and persists even in the absence of an optical lattice. The floating phase and the concomitant transitions can, in principle, be detected by Bragg scattering of light.

  3. Rydberg states via CPmmW spectroscopy

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    Zhou, Yan; Grimes, David; Field, Robert

    2014-05-01

    Rydberg-Rydberg transitions of Ca atoms are directly observed by chirped-pulse millimeter-wave spectroscopy, which is a form of broadband, high-resolution, free induction decay (FID) spectroscopy with accurate relative intensities. At moderate to high number densities (~106 cm-3), interactions between many Rydberg atoms are mediated by an AC electric field, absorbing and radiating cooperatively. A semiclassical model describes several significant time-domain and frequency-domain cooperative effects in two-level systems and Λ-type three-level systems. Experimental evidence that supports this model will be discussed. A new experiment, employing the buffer gas cooling technique has been constructed and I expect to present preliminary results. In partically, the >100-fold increase in number density will permit study of ``pure electronic'' spectra of Rydberg molecules, such as BaF. We expect to produce 108 state selected core-nonpenetrating Rydberg molecules in a single pulse of a laser-laser-mm-wave excitation sequence.

  4. Coherence in Rydberg Atoms: Measurement and Control

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    Kutteruf, Mary

    We demonstrate a variety of techniques for measuring and controlling dephasing and decoherence in alkali metal Rydberg atom systems. Specifically, we investigate the coherence of the spin-orbit interaction in individual atoms and of dipole-dipole resonant energy exchange between pairs of atoms. Rydberg atoms are a good model system for exploring decoherence because they are sensitive to noise in their environments. The phase coherence of wave packets encoded on the fine-structure Rydberg states of lithium atoms is measured using a population echo and preserved using pulsed and continuous dynamic decoupling techniques. Pulsed electric fields toggle the spin-orbit coupling, repeatedly flipping the state vector, and preventing the slow acquisition of phase noise in a bang-bang scheme. Continuous dynamic decoupling is implemented by driving population between the relevant electronic states with a resonant rf field. The energy spacing between the levels is locked to the rf frequency as long as the Rabi rate is much greater than the dephasing rate. We demonstrate a technique which reduces the average relative velocity between interacting potassium Rydberg atoms, extending the atom transit time and allowing us to control when all resonant energy exchange interactions in the ensemble begin and end. Velocity reduction is achieved without the use of a chopper wheel by exciting a small cylinder of atoms and allowing them to thermally expand prior to tuning them into resonance. Resonant energy transfer is explored further in a nearly frozen rubidium Rydberg gas. We observe enhancement in the transition signal when the probability amplitudes acquired on opposite sides of the resonance interfere constructively compared to the population transferred when remaining on either side of the resonance. This enhancement reflects the coherence of the energy exchange interaction and decays over 10 us microseconds. The observed coherence time is much longer than previously measured

  5. Newly Identified Rydberg Emission Lines in Novae

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    Lynch, David K.; Rudy, R. J.; Bernstein, L. S.

    2008-09-01

    Newly Identified Rydberg Emission Lines in Novae David K. Lynch, Richard. J. Rudy (The Aerospace Corporation) & Lawrence S. Bernstein (Spectral Sciences, Inc.) Novae spectra in the near infrared frequently show a set of six emission lines that have not been positively identified (Williams, Longmore, & Geballe 1996, MNRAS, 279, 804; Lynch et al. 2001, AJ, 122, 2013; Rudy et al. 2002 ApJ, 573, 794; Lynch et al. 2004 Astron. J. 127, 1089-1097). These lines are at 0.8926, 1.1114, 1.1901, 1.5545, 2.0996 and 2.425 µm ± 0.005 µm. Krautter et al. (1984 A&A 137, 304) suggested that three of the lines were due to rydberg (hydrogenic) transitions in an unspecified atomic species that was in the 4th or 5th ionization stage (core charge = 4 & 5). We believe that Krautter et al.'s explanation is correct based on 4 additional lines that we have identified in the visible and near infrared spectrum of V723 Cassiopeiae. The observed Rydberg lines appear to originate from high angular momentum states with negligible quantum defects. The species cannot be determined with any certainty because in rydberg states, the outer electron sees a nucleus shielded by the inner electrons and together the inner atom appears to have a charge of +1, like hydrogen. As a result, the atom looks hydrogenic and species such as CV, NV, OV, MgV, SiV, etc. have their rydberg transitions at very similar wavelengths. All the lines represent permitted transitions, most likely formed by recombination. Atoms with core charges 4, 5 & 6 are rarely seen in the astrophysical environment because an extremely hot radiation field is necessary to ionize them. Thermonuclear runaways on the surface of a white dwarf can reach millions of degrees K, and thus there are enough X-ray photons available to achieve the necessary high ionization levels.

  6. Progress towards measuring the Rydberg Constant Using Circular Rydberg Atoms in an Intensity-Modulated Optical Lattice

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    Ramos, Andira; Moore, Kaitlin; Raithel, Georg

    2015-05-01

    Recent significant disagreement with the previously established size of the proton demonstrates a need to reconsider the current value of the Rydberg constant, the effects of the nuclear charge distribution and QED in hydrogen-like atoms. An experiment is in progress to obtain a measurement of the Rydberg constant by studying circular Rydberg atoms, which exhibit very small QED shifts and electron wavefunctions which do not overlap with the nucleus. Cold Rydberg atoms are trapped using a ponderomotive potential. To drive the transitions, a novel type of spectroscopy is used which utilizes an optical-lattice field that is intensity-modulated at the frequencies of atomic transitions. The method is free of typical spectroscopic selection rules and has been shown to drive transitions up to fifth order. Combined with optical Rydberg-atom trapping, the method enables the measurement of narrow, sub-THz transitions between long-lived circular Rydberg levels. Energy shifts affecting this precision measurement will also be discussed. This work is suported by NSF, NIST and NASA grants.

  7. Observation of Cavity Rydberg Polaritons

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    Georgakopoulos, Alexandros; Jia, Ningyuan; Ryou, Albert; Schine, Nathan; Sommer, Ariel; Simon, Jonathan

    2016-05-01

    We demonstrate hybridization of optical cavity photons with atomic Rydberg excitations using electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT). The resulting dark state Rydberg polaritons exhibit a compressed frequency spectrum and enhanced lifetime indicating strong light-matter mixing. We study the coherence properties of cavity Rydberg polaritons and identify the generalized EIT linewidth for optical cavities. Strong collective coupling suppresses polariton losses due to inhomogeneous broadening, which we demonstrate by using different Rydberg levels with a range of polarizabilities. Our results point the way towards using cavity Rydberg polaritons as a platform for creating photonic quantum materials.

  8. Rydberg excitation of trapped strontium ions (Conference Presentation)

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    Hennrich, Markus; Higgins, Gerard; Pokorny, Fabian; Kress, Florian; Maier, Christine; Haag, Johannes; Colombe, Yves

    2016-04-01

    Trapped Rydberg ions are a novel approach for quantum information processing [1,2]. This idea joins the advanced quantum control of trapped ions with the strong dipolar interaction between Rydberg atoms. For trapped ions this method promises to speed up entangling interactions [3] and to enable such operations in larger ion crystals [4]. We report on the first experimental realization of trapped strontium Rydberg ions. A single ion was confined in a linear Paul trap and excited to Rydberg states (25S to 37S) using a two-photon excitation with 243nm and 308nm laser light. The transitions we observed are narrow and the excitation can be performed repeatedly which indicates that the Rydberg ions are stable in the ion trap. Similar results have been recently reported on a single photon Rydberg excitation of trapped calcium ions [5]. The tunability of the 304-309nm laser should enable us to excite our strontium ions to even higher Rydberg levels. Such highly excited levels are required to achieve a strong interaction between neighboring Rydberg ions in the trap as will be required for quantum gates using the Rydberg interaction. References [1] M. Müller, L. Liang, I. Lesanovsky, P. Zoller, New J. Phys. 10, 093009 (2008). [2] F. Schmidt-Kaler, et al., New J. Phys. 13, 075014 (2011). [3] W. Li, I. Lesanovsky, Appl. Phys. B 114, 37-44 (2014). [4] W. Li, A.W. Glaetzle, R. Nath, I. Lesanovsky, Phys. Rev. A 87, 052304 (2013). [5] T. Feldker, et al., arXiv:1506.05958

  9. Addressing single trapped ions for Rydberg quantum logic

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    Bachor, P.; Feldker, T.; Walz, J.; Schmidt-Kaler, F.

    2016-08-01

    We demonstrate the excitation of ions to the Rydberg state 22F by vacuum ultraviolet radiation at a wavelength of 123 nm combined with the coherent manipulation of the optical qubit transition in {}40{{Ca}}+. With a tightly focused beam at 729 nm wavelength we coherently excite a single ion from a linear string into the metastable 3{D}5/2 state before a VUV pulse excites it to the Rydberg state. In combination with ion shuttling in the trap, we extend this approach to the addressed excitation of multiple ions. The coherent initialization as well as the addressed Rydberg excitation are key prerequisites for more complex applications of Rydberg ions in quantum simulation or quantum information processing.

  10. Anomalous Broadening in Driven Dissipative Rydberg Systems

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    Goldschmidt, E. A.; Boulier, T.; Brown, R. C.; Koller, S. B.; Young, J. T.; Gorshkov, A. V.; Rolston, S. L.; Porto, J. V.

    2016-03-01

    We observe interaction-induced broadening of the two-photon 5 s -18 s transition in 87Rb atoms trapped in a 3D optical lattice. The measured linewidth increases by nearly 2 orders of magnitude with increasing atomic density and excitation strength, with corresponding suppression of resonant scattering and enhancement of off-resonant scattering. We attribute the increased linewidth to resonant dipole-dipole interactions of 18 s atoms with blackbody induced population in nearby n p states. Over a range of initial atomic densities and excitation strengths, the transition width is described by a single function of the steady-state density of Rydberg atoms, and the observed resonant excitation rate corresponds to that of a two-level system with the measured, rather than natural, linewidth. The broadening mechanism observed here is likely to have negative implications for many proposals with coherently interacting Rydberg atoms.

  11. Anomalous Broadening in Driven Dissipative Rydberg Systems.

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    Goldschmidt, E A; Boulier, T; Brown, R C; Koller, S B; Young, J T; Gorshkov, A V; Rolston, S L; Porto, J V

    2016-03-18

    We observe interaction-induced broadening of the two-photon 5s-18s transition in ^{87}Rb atoms trapped in a 3D optical lattice. The measured linewidth increases by nearly 2 orders of magnitude with increasing atomic density and excitation strength, with corresponding suppression of resonant scattering and enhancement of off-resonant scattering. We attribute the increased linewidth to resonant dipole-dipole interactions of 18s atoms with blackbody induced population in nearby np states. Over a range of initial atomic densities and excitation strengths, the transition width is described by a single function of the steady-state density of Rydberg atoms, and the observed resonant excitation rate corresponds to that of a two-level system with the measured, rather than natural, linewidth. The broadening mechanism observed here is likely to have negative implications for many proposals with coherently interacting Rydberg atoms. PMID:27035299

  12. Standoff detection of large organic molecules using Rydberg fingerprint spectroscopy and microwave Rayleigh scattering

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    Rudakov, Fedor M; Zhang, Zhili

    2012-01-01

    We present a technique for nonintrusive and standoff detection of large organic molecules using coherent microwave Rayleigh scattering from plasma produced by structure sensitive photoionization through Rydberg states. We test the method on 1,4-diazobicyclooctane. Transitions between the 3s Rydberg state and higher lying Rydberg states are probed using two-color photoionization with 266?nm photons and photons in the range of 460-2400 nm. Photoionization is detected using microwave radiation, which is scattered by the unbounded electrons. Highly resolved Rydberg spectra are acquired in vacuum and in air.

  13. STIRAP on helium: Excitation to Rydberg states

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    Yuan, Deqian

    Research in optically induced transitions between dierent atomic levels has a long history. For transitions between states driven by a coherent optical eld, the theoretical eciency could be ideally high as 100% but there could be many factors preventing this. In the three state helium atom excitation process, i.e. 23S→33P→nL , the stimulated emission from intermediate state makes it hard to achieve ecient population transfer to the nal state through an intuitive excitation order. One technique to achieve a higher eciency is Stimulated Raman Adiabatic Passage (STIRAP) which is being studied and under research in our lab. Unlike traditional three level excitation processes, STIRAP actually uses a counter intuitive pulsed laser beams timing arrangement. The excitation objects are metastable helium atoms traveling in a vacuum system with a longitudinal velocity of ~ 1070 m/s. We are using a 389 nm UV laser to connect the 23S and the 33P state and a frequency tunable ~790 nm IR laser to connect the 33P state and the dierent Rydberg states. A third 1083 nm wavelength laser beam drives the 23S → 23P transition to transversely separate the residual metastable atoms and the Rydberg atoms for eciency measurements. The data is taken by a stainless steel detector in the vacuum system. As the Rydberg atoms will get ionized by blackbody radiation under room temperature, we can utilize this for their detection. An ion detector sitting on the eld plate is capable to collect the ion signals of the Rydberg atoms for detection. So far the whole system has not been ready for data collection and measurement, so here we are using data and results from previous theses for discussions. The highest transition frequency that has ever been achieved in our lab is around 70% after corrections.

  14. THz Detection and Imaging using Rydberg Atoms

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    Wade, Christopher; Sibalic, Nikola; Kondo, Jorge; de Melo, Natalia; Adams, Charles; Weatherill, Kevin

    2016-05-01

    Atoms make excellent electromagnetic field sensors because each atom of the same isotope is identical and has well-studied, permanent properties allowing calibration to SI units. Thus far, atoms have not generally been exploited for terahertz detection because transitions from the atomic ground state are constrained to a limited selection of microwave and optical frequencies. In contrast, highly excited `Rydberg' states allow us access to many strong, electric dipole transitions from the RF to THz regimes. Recent advances in the coherent optical detection of Rydberg atoms have been exploited by a number of groups for precision microwave electrometry Here we report the demonstration of a room-temperature, cesium Rydberg gas as a THz to optical interface. We present two configurations: First, THz-induced fluorescence offers non-destructive and direct imaging of the THz field, providing real-time, single shot images. Second, we convert narrowband terahertz photons to infrared photons with 6% quantum efficiency allowing us to use nano-Watts of THz power to control micro-Watts of laser power on microsecond timescales. Exploiting hysteresis and a room-temperature phase transition in the response of the medium, we demonstrate a latching optical memory for sub pico-Joule THz pulses.

  15. Excitation of Ultracold Molecules to ``TRILOBITE-LIKE" Long-Range Molecular Rydberg States

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    Bellos, M. A.; Carollo, R.; Banerjee, J.; Eyler, E. E.; Gould, P. L.; Stwalley, W. C.

    2013-06-01

    A class of long-range Rydberg molecules, sometimes called ``trilobite states", occurs when a ground-state atom is embedded in the electronic cloud of a Rydberg atom. The bond between the Rydberg atom and the ground-state atom originates from the low-energy scattering of the Rydberg electron from the ground-state atom. We produce trilobite-like states of ultracold Rb_2 at low principal quantum numbers and at internuclear separations less than 40 bohr. We populate these states through single-photon ultraviolet transitions starting from molecules in high-lying vibrational levels of the lowest triplet state. This demonstrates that long-range Rydberg molecules can also be excited through bound-bound transitions, in addition to previous studies that used free-bound transitions. We also discuss the advantages of a bound-bound pathway. C. H. Greene, A. S. Dickinson, and H. R. Sadeghpour, Phys. Rev. Lett. 85, 2458 (2000).

  16. Cavity quantum electrodynamics with a Rydberg-blocked atomic ensemble

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    Guerlin, Christine; Brion, Etienne; Esslinger, Tilman; Moelmer, Klaus

    2010-11-15

    The realization of a Jaynes-Cummings model in the optical domain is proposed for an atomic ensemble. The scheme exploits the collective coupling of the atoms to a quantized cavity mode and the nonlinearity introduced by coupling to high-lying Rydberg states. A two-photon transition resonantly couples the single-atom ground state |g> to a Rydberg state |e> via a nonresonant intermediate state |i>, but due to the interaction between Rydberg atoms only a single atom can be resonantly excited in the ensemble. This restricts the state space of the ensemble to the collective ground state |G> and the collectively excited state |E> with a single Rydberg excitation distributed evenly on all atoms. The collectively enhanced coupling of all atoms to the cavity field with coherent coupling strengths which are much larger than the decay rates in the system leads to the strong coupling regime of the resulting effective Jaynes-Cummings model. We use numerical simulations to show that the cavity transmission can be used to reveal detailed properties of the Jaynes-Cummings ladder of excited states and that the atomic nonlinearity gives rise to highly nontrivial photon emission from the cavity. Finally, we suggest that the absence of interactions between remote Rydberg atoms may, due to a combinatorial effect, induce a cavity-assisted excitation blockade whose range is larger than the typical Rydberg dipole-dipole interaction length.

  17. Trapping Rydberg Atoms in an Optical Lattice

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    Anderson, S. E.; Younge, K. C.; Raithel, G.

    2011-12-23

    Rubidium Rydberg atoms are laser excited and subsequently trapped in a one-dimensional optical lattice (wavelength 1064 nm). Efficient trapping is achieved by a lattice inversion immediately after laser excitation using an electro-optic technique. The trapping efficiency is probed via analysis of the trap-induced shift of the two-photon microwave transition 50S{yields}51S. The inversion technique allows us to reach a trapping efficiency of 90%. The dependence of the efficiency on the timing of the lattice inversion and on the trap laser power is studied. The dwell time of 50D{sub 5/2} Rydberg atoms in the lattice is analyzed using lattice-induced photoionization.

  18. Ionization of Rydberg atoms by standing-wave light fields.

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    Anderson, Sarah E; Raithel, Georg

    2013-01-01

    When electromagnetic radiation induces atomic transitions, the size of the atom is usually much smaller than the wavelength of the radiation, allowing the spatial variation of the radiation field's phase to be neglected in the description of transition rates. Somewhat unexpectedly, this approximation, known as the electric dipole approximation, is still valid for the ionization of micrometre-sized atoms in highly excited Rydberg states by laser light with a wavelength of about the same size. Here we employ a standing-wave laser field as a spatially resolving probe within the volume of a Rydberg atom to show that the photoionization process only occurs near the nucleus, within a volume that is small with respect to both the atom and the laser wavelength. This evidence resolves the apparent inconsistency of the electric dipole approximation's validity for photoionization of Rydberg atoms, and it verifies the theory of light-matter interaction in a limiting case. PMID:24336092

  19. Spin Exchange in Rydberg EIT

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    Nicholson, Travis; Thompson, Jeff; Liang, Qiyu; Cantu, Sergio; Venkatramani, Aditya; Pohl, Thomas; Choi, Soonwon; Lukin, Mikhail; Vuletic, Vladan

    2016-05-01

    The realization of strong optical nonlinearities between two photons has been a longstanding goal in quantum science. We achieve large single-photon-level nonlinearities with Rydberg EIT, which combines slow light techniques with strongly interacting Rydberg states. For two Rydberg atoms in the same state, a Van der Waals interaction is the dominant coupling mechanism. Inherently stronger dipole-dipole interactions are also possible between atoms in different Rydberg states. Using light storage and microwave resonances, we study the effect of dipole-dipole interactions in Rydberg EIT. We observe a coherent spin exchange effect for pairs of states dominated by dipole-dipole interactions. Spin exchange manifests as an increase in optical transmission through a cold Rubidium gas that is highly dissipative in the presence of Van der Waals interactions. We also observe a controlled π / 2 phase shift due to this effect, which paves the way for robust, universal all-optical quantum gates.

  20. Universal Nonequilibrium Properties of Dissipative Rydberg Gases

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    Marcuzzi, Matteo; Levi, Emanuele; Diehl, Sebastian; Garrahan, Juan P.; Lesanovsky, Igor

    2014-11-01

    We investigate the out-of-equilibrium behavior of a dissipative gas of Rydberg atoms that features a dynamical transition between two stationary states characterized by different excitation densities. We determine the structure and properties of the phase diagram and identify the universality class of the transition, both for the statics and the dynamics. We show that the proper dynamical order parameter is in fact not the excitation density and find evidence that the dynamical transition is in the "model A " universality class; i.e., it features a nontrivial Z2 symmetry and a dynamics with nonconserved order parameter. This sheds light on some relevant and observable aspects of dynamical transitions in Rydberg gases. In particular it permits a quantitative understanding of a recent experiment [C. Carr, Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 113901 (2013)] which observed bistable behavior as well as power-law scaling of the relaxation time. The latter emerges not due to critical slowing down in the vicinity of a second order transition, but from the nonequilibrium dynamics near a so-called spinodal line.

  1. Radial Rydberg wavepacket maps

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    Zeibel, J. G.; Jones, R. R.

    2001-04-01

    Picosecond laser pulses have been used to excite radial Rydberg wavepackets in Ca. Time-delayed, unipolar, `half-cycle' electric field pulses are used to probe the evolution of the wavepackets as a continuous function of binding energy. The data provide three-dimensional maps of wavepacket recurrence probability versus binding energy versus time. A rescaling of the energy and time coordinate axes allows the visualization of the distinct difference between the initial oscillations of the wavepacket and those that occur at integer and fractional revivals.

  2. High Rydberg states of DABCO: Spectroscopy, ionization potential, and comparison with mass analyzed threshold ionization

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    Boogaarts, Maarten G. H.; Holleman, Iwan; Jongma, Rienk T.; Parker, David H.; Meijer, Gerard; Even, Uzi

    1996-03-01

    Doubly-resonant excitation/vibrational autoionization is used to accurately determine the ionization potential (IP) of the highly symmetric caged amine 1,4 diazabicyclo[2,2,2]octane (DABCO). The IP of DABCO excited with one quantum of the ν24(e') vibration lies at (59 048.62±0.03) cm-1, based on fitting 56 components of the npxy Rydberg series (δ=0.406±0.002) to the Rydberg formula. Rydberg state transition energies and linewidths are determined using standard calibration and linefitting techniques. The IP determined from Rydberg state extrapolation is compared with that determined by mass analyzed threshold ionization (MATI). Effects of static electric fields on MATI signals measured for the high Rydberg states are discussed.

  3. Electromagnetically induced transparency with Rydberg atoms inside a high-finesse optical cavity

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    Sheng, Jiteng; Kumar, Santosh; Sedlacek, Jonathon; Chao, Yuanxi; Fan, Haoquan; Shaffer, James

    2016-05-01

    We present experimental work on the observation of Rydberg electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) inside a high-finesse optical cavity. We show that a cold atomic cloud with controllable number of atoms can be transported into the cavity by using a focus-tunable lens. Rydberg atoms are excited via a two-photon transition in a ladder-type EIT configuration. A three-peak structure in the cavity transmission can be observed when Rydberg EIT atoms are generated inside the cavity. The two side peaks are caused by ``bright state polaritons'', while the central peak corresponds to a ``dark-state polariton'' The cavity Rydberg EIT system can be useful for single photon generation using the Rydberg blockade effect, studying many-body physics, and generating novel quantum states amongst many other applications. This work is supported by AFOSR.

  4. Deexcitation of high-Rydberg-state atoms with a chirped train of half-cycle pulses

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    Kopyciuk, T.; Parzynski, R.

    2007-05-15

    Encouraged by the experiments on production of antihydrogen atoms in high Rydberg states we have calculated the effect of deexcitation towards lower states by a chirped train of identical unidirectional half-cycle pulses. The calculations exploit both the one-dimensional and impulse approximations providing convenient analytical formulas for the Rydberg-to-Rydberg transition amplitudes. The calculated deexcitation is shown in terms of the mean value of localization of the Rydberg wave packet in the coordinate space, the Rydberg-state population distribution, the Husimi phase-space distribution function, and the probability density distribution, each of these measures vs the length of the applied train of half-cycle pulses. The results for chirped trains are compared with those for periodic trains and examples of higher deexcitation efficiency of the chirped trains are given.

  5. Coherent excitation of a single atom to a Rydberg state

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    Miroshnychenko, Y.; Gaeetan, A.; Evellin, C.; Grangier, P.; Wilk, T.; Browaeys, A.; Comparat, D.; Pillet, P.

    2010-07-15

    We present the coherent excitation of a single Rubidium atom to the Rydberg state 58d{sub 3/2} using a two-photon transition. The experimental setup is described in detail, as are experimental techniques and procedures. The coherence of the excitation is revealed by observing Rabi oscillations between ground and Rydberg states of the atom. We analyze the observed oscillations in detail and compare them to numerical simulations which include imperfections of our experimental system. Strategies for future improvements on the coherent manipulation of a single atom in our settings are given.

  6. Systematics of Rydberg Series of Diatomic Molecules and Correlation Diagrams

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    Lee, Chun-Woo

    2015-06-01

    Rydberg states are studied for H2, Li2, HeH, LiH and BeH using the multi-reference configuration interaction (MRCI) method. The systematics and regularities of the physical properties such as potential energies curves (PECs), quantum defect curves, permanent dipole moment and transition dipole moment curves of the Rydberg series are studied. They are explained using united atom perturbation theory by Bingel and Byers-Brown, Fermi model, Stark theory, and Mulliken's theory. Interesting mirror relationships of the dipole moments are observed between l-mixed Rydberg series, indicating that the members of the l-mixed Rydberg series have dipole moments with opposite directions, which are related to the reversal of the polarity of a dipole moment at the avoided crossing points. The assignment of highly excited states is difficult because of the usual absence of the knowledge on the behaviors of potential energy curves at small internuclear separation whereby the correlation between the united atom limit and separated atoms limit cannot be given. All electron MRCI calculations of PECs are performed to obtain the correlation diagrams between Rydberg orbitals at the united-atom and separated atoms limits.

  7. Rydberg-induced optical nonlinearities from a cold atomic ensemble trapped inside a cavity

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    Boddeda, R.; Usmani, I.; Bimbard, E.; Grankin, A.; Ourjoumtsev, A.; Brion, E.; Grangier, P.

    2016-04-01

    We experimentally characterize the optical nonlinear response of a cold atomic medium placed inside an optical cavity, and excited to Rydberg states. The excitation to S and D Rydberg levels is carried out via a two-photon transition in an electromagnetically induced transparency configuration, with a weak (red) probe beam on the lower transition, and a strong (blue) coupling beam on the upper transition. The observed optical nonlinearities induced by S states for the probe beam can be explained using a semi-classical model with van der Waals’ interactions. For the D states, it appears necessary to take into account a dynamical decay of Rydberg excitations into a long-lived dark state. We show that the measured nonlinearities can be explained by using a Rydberg bubble model with a dynamical decay.

  8. Study of Rydberg blockade mediated optical non-linearity in thermal vapor

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    Bhowmick, Arup; Mohapatra, Ashok

    We demonstrate Rydberg blockade by coupling to Rydberg state via two-photon excitation in rubidium thermal vapor. The probe beam coupling to the D 2 transition was blue detuned by 1 . 3 GHz and a coupling beam was scanned to excite the atoms to Rydberg state via two-photon transition (5s1/2 ⟶ n s1/2). The dispersion of the probe beam is modified due to the 2-photon excitation and is measured using an optical heterodyne detection technique in the experiment. We have observed that the dispersion of the probe beam depends linearly on atomic vapor density while coupling to a Rydberg state with principal quantum number, n = 30 . However, density dependent suppression of the dispersion is observed while coupling to the Rydberg state with n = 60 . Since the dispersion of the probe beam due to 2-photon excitation depends on the Rydberg population, the density dependent suppression is explained by introducing the concept of blockade. The blockade radius is measured to be about 2.2 μm which is consistent with the scaling due to Doppler width of the 2-photon resonance in thermal vapor. Our result promises the realization of single photon source and strong single photon non-linearity based on Rydberg blockade in thermal vapor. National Institute of Science Education and Research.

  9. Electrostatically Guided Rydberg Positronium.

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    Deller, A; Alonso, A M; Cooper, B S; Hogan, S D; Cassidy, D B

    2016-08-12

    We report experiments in which positronium (Ps) atoms were guided using inhomogeneous electric fields. Ps atoms in Rydberg-Stark states with principal quantum number n=10 and electric dipole moments up to 610 D were prepared via two-color two-photon optical excitation in the presence of a 670  V cm^{-1} electric field. The Ps atoms were created at the entrance of a 0.4 m long electrostatic quadrupole guide, and were detected at the end of the guide via annihilation gamma radiation. When the lasers were tuned to excite low-field-seeking Stark states, a fivefold increase in the number of atoms reaching the end of the guide was observed, whereas no signal was detected when high-field-seeking states were produced. The data are consistent with the calculated geometrical guide acceptance. PMID:27563960

  10. Electrostatically Guided Rydberg Positronium

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    Deller, A.; Alonso, A. M.; Cooper, B. S.; Hogan, S. D.; Cassidy, D. B.

    2016-08-01

    We report experiments in which positronium (Ps) atoms were guided using inhomogeneous electric fields. Ps atoms in Rydberg-Stark states with principal quantum number n =10 and electric dipole moments up to 610 D were prepared via two-color two-photon optical excitation in the presence of a 670 V cm-1 electric field. The Ps atoms were created at the entrance of a 0.4 m long electrostatic quadrupole guide, and were detected at the end of the guide via annihilation gamma radiation. When the lasers were tuned to excite low-field-seeking Stark states, a fivefold increase in the number of atoms reaching the end of the guide was observed, whereas no signal was detected when high-field-seeking states were produced. The data are consistent with the calculated geometrical guide acceptance.

  11. Gravitational-wave phasing for low-eccentricity inspiralling compact binaries to 3PN order

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    Moore, Blake; Favata, Marc; Arun, K. G.; Mishra, Chandra Kant

    2016-06-01

    Although gravitational radiation causes inspiralling compact binaries to circularize, a variety of astrophysical scenarios suggest that binaries might have small but non-negligible orbital eccentricities when they enter the low-frequency bands of ground- and space-based gravitational-wave detectors. If not accounted for, even a small orbital eccentricity can cause a potentially significant systematic error in the mass parameters of an inspiralling binary [M. Favata, Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 101101 (2014)]. Gravitational-wave search templates typically rely on the quasicircular approximation, which provides relatively simple expressions for the gravitational-wave phase to 3.5 post-Newtonian (PN) order. Damour, Gopakumar, Iyer, and others have developed an elegant but complex quasi-Keplerian formalism for describing the post-Newtonian corrections to the orbits and waveforms of inspiralling binaries with any eccentricity. Here, we specialize the quasi-Keplerian formalism to binaries with low eccentricity. In this limit, the nonperiodic contribution to the gravitational-wave phasing can be expressed explicitly as simple functions of frequency or time, with little additional complexity beyond the well-known formulas for circular binaries. These eccentric phase corrections are computed to 3PN order and to leading order in the eccentricity for the standard PN approximants. For a variety of systems, these eccentricity corrections cause significant corrections to the number of gravitational-wave cycles that sweep through a detector's frequency band. This is evaluated using several measures, including a modification of the useful cycles. By comparing to numerical solutions valid for any eccentricity, we find that our analytic solutions are valid up to e0≲0.1 for comparable-mass systems, where e0 is the eccentricity when the source enters the detector band. We also evaluate the role of periodic terms that enter the phasing and discuss how they can be incorporated into some of

  12. Rydberg States of Atoms and Molecules

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    Stebbings, R. F.; Dunning, F. B.

    2011-03-01

    List of contributors; Preface; 1. Rydberg atoms in astrophysics A. Dalgarno; 2. Theoretical studies of hydrogen Rydberg atoms in electric fields R. J. Damburg and V. V. Kolosov; 3. Rydberg atoms in strong fields D. Kleppner, Michael G. Littman and Myron L. Zimmerman; 4. Spectroscopy of one- and two-electron Rydberg atoms C. Fabre and S. Haroche; 5. Interaction of Rydberg atoms with blackbody radiation T. F. Gallagher; 6. Theoretical approaches to low-energy collisions of Rydberg atoms with atoms and ions A. P. Hickman, R. E. Olson and J. Pascale; 7. Experimental studies of the interaction of Rydberg atoms with atomic species at thermal energies F. Gounand and J. Berlande; 8. Theoretical studies of collisions of Rydberg atoms with molecules Michio Matsuzawa; 9. Experimental studies of thermal-energy collisions of Rydberg atoms with molecules F. B. Dunning and R. F. Stebbings; 10. High-Rydberg molecules Robert S. Freund; 11. Theory of Rydberg collisions with electrons, ions and neutrals M. R. Flannery; 12. Experimental studies of the interactions of Rydberg atoms with charged particles J. -F. Delpech; 13. Rydberg studies using fast beams Peter M. Koch; Index.

  13. Ultralong-range Molecules in Strontium Rydberg Gases

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    Killian, Thomas

    2016-05-01

    Alkaline-earth metal atoms are attracting increased attention for studies of ultracold Rydberg gases because of new opportunities created by strong core transitions accessible with visible light and the presence of excited triplet states. We have created and characterized ultralong-range Sr2 molecules formed from one ground-state 5 s21 S0 atom and one atom in a 5sns 3 S1 Rydberg state. Molecules are formed in a trapped ultracold atomic gas using two-photon excitation, near resonance with the 5s5p 3 P1 intermediate state. Spectra for both a thermal gas and a Bose-Einstein condensate have been studied, and highly structured vibrational spectra are obtained for molecular dimers, trimers, and tetramers. Measured lifetimes of Rydberg atoms and molecules in dense gases of ground state atoms show that, in marked contrast to earlier measurements involving rubidium Rydberg molecules, the lifetimes of the low-lying molecular vibrational states are very similar to those of the parent Rydberg atoms. This reflects the fact that in strontium there is no p-wave resonance for electron scattering in this energy regime, unlike the situation in rubidium. The absence of a resonance offers advantages for experiments involving strontium Rydberg atoms as impurities in quantum gases and for testing theories of molecular formation and decay. Research supported by the AFOSR under Grant No. FA9550-14-1-0007, the NSF under Grants No. 1301773 and No. 1205946, and the Robert A, Welch Foundation under Grants No. C-0734 and No. C-1844.

  14. Photoassociation of long-range nD Rydberg molecules

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    Raithel, Georg

    2015-05-01

    Cold atomic systems have opened new frontiers at the interface of atomic and molecular physics. Of particular interest are a recently discovered class of long-range, homonuclear Rydberg molecules first predicted in and observed in. In rubidium, these molecules are formed via low-energy electron scattering of the Rydberg electron from a 5S1/2 ground-state atom that is present within the Rydberg atom's volume. The binding mostly arises from S-wave and P-wave triplet scattering. In recent work, we have observed long-range homonuclear diatomic nD Rydberg molecules photoassociated out of an ultracold gas of 87Rb atoms for principal quantum numbers 34 <= n <= 40. Related results have also been reported in. The measured ground-state binding energies of 87Rb(nD + 5S1 / 2) molecular states are larger than those of their 87Rb(nS + 5S1 / 2) counterparts, showing the dependence of the molecular bond on the angular momentum of the Rydberg atom. We have exhibited the transition of 87Rb(nD + 5S1 / 2) molecules from a molecular-binding-dominant regime at low n to a fine-structure-dominant regime at high n [akin to Hund's cases (a) and (c), respectively]. In our analysis, we use a Fermi model that includes S-wave and P-wave singlet and triplet scattering, the fine structure coupling of the Rydberg atom and the hyperfine structure coupling of the 5S1/2 atom. The hyperfine structure is important because it gives rise to mixed singlet-triplet potentials. This work was supported by the AFOSR (FA9550-10-1-0453) and the NSF (PHY-1205559).

  15. Quantum interface between Rydberg ensembles and mechanical oscillators in free space

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    Bariani, Francesco; Otterbach, Johannes; Tan, Huatang; Buchmann, L. F.; Meystre, Pierre

    2013-05-01

    We analyze theoretically an electro-mechanical interface between a charged mechanical oscillator and an ensemble of Rydberg atoms. The charged mechanical oscillator acting as an oscillating electric dipole is coupled to the large electric dipole of the Rydberg transition. The Rydberg blockade effect guarantees that only a single collective spin wave is excited in the atomic ensemble. This hybrid system allows for quantum control of the state of one or more mechanical oscillators. The rich atomic Rydberg spectrum and high level of control of atomic transitions allow to build feedback protocols that maximize its fidelity. We also comment on the use of this interface for phononic state tomography. We ackowledge financial support from NSF, ARO and the DARPA QuaSAR and ORCHID programs.

  16. Rydberg atoms in ultracold plasmas

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    Rolston, Steven

    2009-05-01

    Ultracold plasmas are formed through the photoionization of laser-cooled atoms, or spontaneous ionization of a dense cloud of Rydberg atoms or now molecules[1]. Ultracold plasmas are inherently metastable, as the ions and electrons would be in a lower energy state bound together as atoms. The dominant process of atom formation in these plasmas is three-body recombination, a collision between two electrons and an ion that leads to the formation of a Rydberg atom. This collisional process is not only important in determining the lifetime and density of the plasma, but is also critical in determining the time evolution of the temperature. The formation of the Rydberg atoms is accompanied by an increase in electron energy for the extra electron in the collision, and is a source of heating in these plasmas. Classical three-body recombination theory scales as T-9/2, and thus as a plasma cools due to a process such as adiabatic expansion, recombination-induced heating turns on, limiting the temperature [2]. The Rydberg atoms formed live in the plasma and contribute to the temperature dynamics, as collisions with plasma electrons can change the principal quantum number of the Rydberg atom, driving it to more tightly bound states (a source of plasma heating) or to higher states (a source of plasma cooling). If the plasma is cold and dense enough to be strongly coupled, classical three-body recombination theory breaks down. Recent theoretical work [3] suggests that the rate limits as the plasma gets strongly coupled. I will review the role of Rydberg atoms in ultracold plasmas and prospects for probing Rydberg collisions in the strongly coupled environment. [4pt] [1] J. P. Morrison, et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 205005 (2008 [0pt] [2] R. S. Fletcher, X. Zhang, and S. L. Rolston, Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 145001 (2007 [0pt] [3] T. Pohl, private communication.

  17. Polarization Measurements of the Resonant Multiphoton Ionization Spectrum of the 3 s Rydberg States of Monomethylpyridines

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    Kosmidis, C.; Bolovinos, A.; Tsekeris, P.

    1993-07-01

    The circular to linear polarization ratio for the two-photon excitation of the 3 s Rydberg states of monomethylpyridines has been measured by 2 + 1 resonant MPI spectroscopy in a static cell. The symmetry of the Rydberg vibrational bands is deduced and the results from the 0-0 transition suggest that the highest occupied MO of 4-methylpyridine is an n MO, while that for 2- and 3-methylpyridines is a π-type one.

  18. Experimental demonstration of Rydberg dressing in a many-body system

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    Zeiher, Johannes; Schauss, Peter; Hild, Sebastian; Rubio-Abadal, Antonio; Choi, Jae-Yoon; van Bijnen, Rick; Pohl, Thomas; Bloch, Immanuel; Gross, Christian

    2016-05-01

    Rydberg atoms offer the possibility to study long range interacting systems of ultracold atoms due to their strong van der Waals interactions. Admixture of a Rydberg state to a ground state, known as Rydberg dressing, allows for increased experimental tunability of these interactions and promises to study novel phases of matter. Here we report on our results of the realization of Rydberg dressing in a many-body spin system. Starting from a two-dimensional spin-polarized Mott insulator of an ultracold gas of rubidium-87, we optically couple one spin component to a Rydberg p-state on a single photon ultra-violet transition at 297 nm. Using microwave Ramsey interferometry in the ground state manifold, we measure the spin-spin correlations emerging due to the admixture of long range interactions to the ground state. To show the predicted versatility of Rydberg dressing, we tune the range and anisotropy of the interaction. We furthermore discuss loss processes affecting our dressed ensembles and present initial indications of improved lifetimes in our system. Our results constitute an important step towards the realization of novel spin models with Rydberg dressed interactions.

  19. Microwave electric field sensing with Rydberg atoms

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    Stack, Daniel T.; Kunz, Paul D.; Meyer, David H.; Solmeyer, Neal

    2016-05-01

    Atoms form the basis of precise measurement for many quantities (time, acceleration, rotation, magnetic field, etc.). Measurements of microwave frequency electric fields by traditional methods (i.e. engineered antennas) have limited sensitivity and can be difficult to calibrate properly. Highly-excited (Rydberg) neutral atoms have very large electric-dipole moments and many dipole allowed transitions in the range of 1 - 500 GHz. It is possible to sensitively probe the electric field in this range using the combination of two quantum interference phenomena: electromagnetically induced transparency and the Autler-Townes effect. This technique allows for very sensitive field amplitude, polarization, and sub-wavelength imaging measurements. These quantities can be extracted by measuring properties of a probe laser beam as it passes through a warm rubidium vapor cell. Thus far, Rydberg microwave electrometry has relied upon the absorption of the probe laser. We report on our use of polarization rotation, which corresponds to the real part of the susceptibility, for measuring the properties of microwave frequency electric fields. Our simulations show that when a magnetic field is present and directed along the optical propagation direction a polarization rotation signal exists and can be used for microwave electrometry. One central advantage in using the polarization rotation signal rather than the absorption signal is that common mode laser noise is naturally eliminated leading to a potentially dramatic increase in signal-to-noise ratio.

  20. Ultralong-range polyatomic Rydberg molecules

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    Gonzalez-Ferez, Rosario

    2016-05-01

    Ultralong-range polyatomic Rydberg molecules are formed when a ground-state atom is bound to a Rydberg atom. The binding mechanism of these Rydberg molecules is based on the low-energy collisions between a Rydberg electron and a ground-state atom and leads to the unusual oscillatory behavior of the adiabatic potential energy curves. If the ground-state atom immersed into the Rydberg wave function is replaced by a heteronuclear diatomic molecule another type of polyatomic Rydberg molecules can form. In this case, the Rydberg electron is coupled to the internal states of the polar ground-state molecule. In this talk, we will explore the electronic structure and rovibrational properties of these ultralong-range polyatomic Rydberg molecule. For the second type of Rydberg molecules, the polar dimer is allowed to rotate in the electric fields generated by the Rydberg electron and Rydberg core as well as an additional external field. We will investigate the metamorphosis of the Born-Oppenheimer potential curves, essential for the binding mechanism, with varying electric field and analyze the resulting properties such as the vibrational structure and the alignment and orientation of the polar dimer.

  1. Absence of collective decay in a cold Rydberg gas

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    Zhou, Tao; Richards, B. G.; Jones, R. R.

    2016-03-01

    We have studied the decay of Rydberg excitations in a cold Rb gas. A 10 ns, pulsed-dye-amplified diode laser excites Rb atoms at 70 μ K in a magneto-optical trap to n s or n p Rydberg states with principal quantum numbers 26 ≤n ≤40 . Time-delayed state-selective field ionization is used to directly monitor the population in the initial and neighboring Rydberg levels. The measured time dependence of the Rydberg population is well described by numerical simulations which consider only spontaneous emission and population transfer by blackbody radiation. No evidence for collective decay is found at atom densities up to 3 ×109cm-3 . This result is in contrast to a previous study [Wang et al., Phys. Rev. A 75, 033802 (2007), 10.1103/PhysRevA.75.033802], in which superradiant decay was theoretically predicted and experimentally inferred for atom density and laser focal volume conditions very similar to those considered here. Suppression of collective emission is likely due to variations in transition energies within the atom sample, dominated by inhomogeneities in dipole-dipole exchange interactions for initial s states, or by a combination of dipole-dipole and electric field inhomogeneities for the initial p states.

  2. Laser frequency locking based on Rydberg electromagnetically induced transparency

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    Yuechun, Jiao; Jingkui, Li; Limei, Wang; Hao, Zhang; Linjie, Zhang; Jianming, Zhao; Suotang, Jia

    2016-05-01

    We present a laser frequency locking to Rydberg transition with electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) spectra in a room-temperature cesium vapor cell. Cesium levels 6S1/2, 6P3/2, and the nD5/2 state, compose a cascade three-level system, where a coupling laser drives Rydberg transition, and probe laser detects the EIT signal. The error signal, obtained by demodulating the EIT signal, is used to lock the coupling laser frequency to Rydberg transition. The laser frequency fluctuation, ∼0.7 MHz, is obtained after locking on, with the minimum Allan variance to be 8.9 × 10‑11. This kind of locking method can be used to stabilize the laser frequency to the excited transition. Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2012CB921603), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grants Nos. 11274209, 61475090, 61378039, and 61378013), and the Research Project Supported by Shanxi Scholarship Council of China (Grant No. 2014-009).

  3. Static and dynamic polarizability for C2+ in Rydberg states

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    Stancalie, V.

    2015-07-01

    This work presents results from a non-perturbative calculation of dynamic polarizability of C III ions in 1s22sns (1Se) Rydberg states. We employ a two-state model for dressed atomic states to investigate the effect of the frequency-dependent polarizability of optically dressed 1s22sns(1Se) states (n = 5 - 12) on transitions to nearby states (1s22pns(1P1o)). Our model calculation results indicate that the resonance structure of the polarizabilities is entirely captured by the transition terms whereas the free electron polarizability only provides a smooth background. The resonance structure is evident in the plots and the widths increase with increasing principal quantum number. This work refers to highly excited 1s22sns (1S) Rydberg states, embedded in the electric dipole field of the 2s - 2p core transition in Li-like C3+ ion. The contributions of the individual transitions to the static polarizabilities of these Rydberg states are obtained from the use of the sum-over-state method. To this aim, both the C2+ ground state and the C3+ target state energies have been carefully calculated based on the configuration interactions method implemented in the General-purpose Relativistic Atomic Structure Package. Agreement is reasonably good with existing data wherever available. These results are believed to be the first such values for this system and will be important for ionic spectroscopy and plasma diagnostics.

  4. Oscillator Strengths and Predissociation Rates for Rydberg Transitions in 12C16O, 13C16O, and 13C18O Involving the E 1Π, B 1Σ+, and W 1Π States

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    Eidelsberg, M.; Sheffer, Y.; Federman, S. R.; Lemaire, J. L.; Fillion, J. H.; Rostas, F.; Ruiz, J.

    2006-08-01

    One of the processes controlling the interstellar CO abundance and the ratio of its isotopologues is photodissociation. Accurate oscillator strengths and predissociation rates for Rydberg transitions are needed for modeling this process. We present results on absorption from the E 1Π-X 1Σ+ (1-0) and B 1Σ+-X 1Σ+ (6-0) bands at 1051 and 1002 Å, respectively, and the vibrational progression W 1Π-X 1Σ+ (v'-0) bands with v'=0-3 at 972, 956, 941, and 925 Å, respectively. The corresponding spectra were acquired at the high resolution (R~30,000) SU5 beam line at the Super ACO Synchrotron in Orsay, France. Spectra were obtained for the 12C16O, 13C 16O, and 13C18O isotopologues. These represent the most complete set of measurements available. Comparison is made with earlier results, both empirical and theoretical. While earlier determinations of oscillator strengths based on absorption from synchrotron radiation tend to be somewhat smaller than ours, the suite of measurements from a variety of techniques agree for the most part, considering the mutual uncertainties. For the bands studied here, their relative weakness, or their significant line widths arising from predissociation, minimizes potential problems from large optical depths at line center in absorption measurements. Predissociating line widths could generally be extracted from the spectra thanks to the profile simulations used in the analysis. In many cases, these simulations allowed us to consider e and f parity levels separately and to determine the dependence of the width on rotational quantum number, J. Our results are consistent with earlier determinations, especially the widths inferred from laser experiments.

  5. Cesium Ultra-Long-Range Rydberg Molecules and Many-Body Physics

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    Yang, Jin; Jahangiri, Akbar; Rittenhouse, Seth; Reschke, Margarita; Booth, Donald; Sadeghpour, Hossein; Shaffer, James

    2016-05-01

    Ultra-long-range Rydberg molecules have received increasing interest recently because of their novel properties such as the ability to serve as an electron trap, the potential to possess kilo-Debye dipole moments, and their unique binding mechanism. Recently, experiments focusing on Rydberg P-state and D-state molecules have revealed interesting new features of these novel molecules, like coupling between singlet and triplet scattering channels, p-wave scattering dominated states and their behavior in magnetic fields. In this presentation, we report our recent observation of Cesium D-state ultra-long-range Rydberg molecules and compare our observations to theoretical calculations. We also report our preliminary data on ``polymer'' molecules, which are formed by one Cs Rydberg atom but more than one Cs ground state atom. The transition from a few-body system to a many-body system can provide insight into many-body physics. We acknowledge funding from the NSF.

  6. Electro-optic control of atom-light interactions using Rydberg dark-state polaritons

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    Bason, M. G.; Mohapatra, A. K.; Weatherill, K. J.; Adams, C. S.

    2008-03-01

    We demonstrate a multiphoton Rydberg dark resonance where a Λ system is coupled to a Rydberg state. This N -type level scheme combines the ability to slow and store light pulses associated with long-lived ground-state superpositions with the strongly interacting character of Rydberg states. For the nd5/2 Rydberg state in R87b (with n=26 or 44) and a beam size of 1 mm, we observe a resonance linewidth of less than 100 kHz in a room-temperature atomic ensemble limited by transit-time broadening. The resonance is switchable with an electric field of order 1Vcm-1 . Applications in electro-optic switching and photonic phase gates are discussed.

  7. Optical Measurements of Strong Microwave Fields with Rydberg Atoms in a Vapor Cell

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    Anderson, D. A.; Miller, S. A.; Raithel, G.; Gordon, J. A.; Butler, M. L.; Holloway, C. L.

    2016-03-01

    We present a spectral analysis of Rydberg atoms in strong microwave fields using electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) as an all-optical readout. The measured spectroscopic response enables optical, atom-based electric-field measurements of high-power microwaves. In our experiments, microwaves are irradiated into a room-temperature rubidium vapor cell. The microwaves are tuned near the two-photon 65 D -66 D Rydberg transition and reach an electric-field strength of 230 V /m , about 20% of the microwave-ionization threshold of these atoms. A Floquet treatment is used to model the Rydberg-level energies and their excitation rates. We arrive at an empirical model for the field-strength distribution inside the spectroscopic cell that yields excellent overall agreement between the measured and calculated Rydberg EIT-Floquet spectra. Using spectral features in the Floquet maps, we achieve an absolute strong-field measurement precision of 6%.

  8. Spectroscopic Observation of Resonant Electric Dipole-Dipole Interactions between Cold Rydberg Atoms

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    Afrousheh, K.; Bohlouli-Zanjani, P.; Vagale, D.; Mugford, A.; Fedorov, M.; Martin, J. D.

    2004-11-01

    Resonant electric dipole-dipole interactions between cold Rydberg atoms were observed using microwave spectroscopy. Laser-cooled 85Rb atoms in a magneto-optical trap were optically excited to 45d5/2 Rydberg states using a pulsed laser. A microwave pulse transferred a fraction of these Rydberg atoms to the 46p3/2 state. A second microwave pulse then drove atoms in the 45d5/2 state to the 46d5/2 state, and was used as a probe of interatomic interactions. The spectral width of this two-photon probe transition was found to depend on the presence of the 46p3/2 atoms, and is due to the resonant electric dipole-dipole interaction between 45d5/2 and 46p3/2 Rydberg atoms.

  9. Resonant quenching of Rydberg atomic states by highly polar molecules

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    Narits, A. A.; Mironchuk, E. S.; Lebedev, V. S.

    2016-06-01

    The results of theoretical studies of the resonant quenching and ion-pair formation processes induced by collisions of Rydberg atoms with highly polar molecules possessing small electron affinities are reported. We elaborate an approach for describing collisional dynamics of both processes and demonstrate the predominant role of resonant quenching channel of reaction for the destruction of Rydberg states by electron-attaching molecules. The approach is based on the solution of the coupled differential equations for the transition amplitudes between the ionic and Rydberg covalent terms of a quasimolecule formed during a collision of particles. It takes into account the possibility of the dipole-bound anion decay in the Coulomb field of the positive ionic core and generalizes previous models of charge-transfer processes involving Rydberg atoms to the cases, when the multistate Landau–Zener approaches become inapplicable. Our calculations for {{Rb}}({nl}) atom perturbed by {{{C}}}2{{{H}}}4{{SO}}3, {{CH}}2{CHCN}, {{CH}}3{{NO}}2, {{CH}}3{CN}, {{{C}}}3{{{H}}}2{{{O}}}3, and {{{C}}}3{{{H}}}4{{{O}}}3 molecules show that the curves representing the dependence of the resonant quenching cross sections on the principal quantum number n are bell-shaped with the positions of maxima being shifted towards lower values of n and the peak values, {σ }{max}({{q})}, several times higher than those for the ion-pair formation, {σ }{max}({{i})}. We obtain a simple power relation between the energy of electron affinity of a molecule and the position of maximum in n-dependence of the resonant quenching cross section. It can be used as an additional means for determining small binding energies of dipole-bound anions from the experimental data on resonant quenching of Rydberg states by highly polar molecules.

  10. Dipole effects in a cold Rydberg gas

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    Han, Jianing

    2009-12-01

    This dissertation is a continuing study of the dipole effects between cold Rydberg atoms in a MOT (Magneto Optical Trap). The dipole-dipole interaction is commonly used to explain the plasma forming process and dipole blockade effects. However, no direct measurements have been made for such interaction. This dissertation is designed to directly measure this interaction and study the effects induced by the dipole interaction. To achieve this, a few experiments were carried out. First, a millimeter wave spectroscopy experiment was performed to determine quantum defects of higher angular momentum f and g states, which then allows us to accurately identify these states. Moreover, the higher angular momentum states play an important role in the plasma forming process. The next experiment examined the oscilloscope trace collected through field ionization pulses on which all our experiments are based, which leads to the conclusion that the side peaks other than the main peak can be due to the field ionization pulse sweeping through the resonances. Based on the knowledge of identifying states obtained from these two experiments, a third experiment was carried out to understand the interactions between cold Rydberg atoms. It was found that the second order dipole-dipole interaction, the van der Waals interaction, commonly exists between the atoms in our atomic sample, and when we excite the atoms from the ns to (n + 1)s states using a narrow band microwave pulse, an asymmetric broadening, which is attributed to the nsns to ns(n + 1) s molecular state transition, was observed. Furthermore, the van der Waals long range molecule is studied, which provides another way to study the two-body to multi-body transition.

  11. Collective state synthesis in an optical cavity using Rydberg atom dipole blockade

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    Kumar, Santosh; Sheng, Jiteng; Sedlacek, Jonathon A.; Fan, Haoquan; Shaffer, James P.

    2016-03-01

    We investigate the coherent manipulation of interacting Rydberg atoms placed inside a high-finesse optical cavity for the deterministic preparation of strongly coupled light-matter systems. We consider a four-level diamond scheme with one common Rydberg level for N interacting atoms. One side of the diamond is used to excite the atoms into a collective ‘superatom’ Rydberg state using either π-pulses or stimulated Raman adiabatic passage (STIRAP) pulses. The upper transition on the other side of the diamond is used to transfer the collective state to one that is coupled to a field mode of an optical cavity. Due to the strong interaction between the atoms in the Rydberg level, the Rydberg blockade mechanism plays a key role in the deterministic quantum state synthesis of the atoms in the cavity. We use numerical simulation to show that non-classical states of light can be generated and that the state that is coupled to the cavity field is a collective one. We also investigate how different decay mechanisms affect this interacting many-body system. We also analyze our system in the case of two Rydberg excitations within the blockade volume. The simulations are carried out with parameters corresponding to realizable high-finesse optical cavities and alkali atoms like rubidium.

  12. Rydberg and π-π* transitions in film surfaces of various kinds of nylons studied by attenuated total reflection far-ultraviolet spectroscopy and quantum chemical calculations: peak shifts in the spectra and their relation to nylon structure and hydrogen bondings.

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    Morisawa, Yusuke; Yasunaga, Manaka; Sato, Harumi; Fukuda, Ryoichi; Ehara, Masahiro; Ozaki, Yukihiro

    2014-10-01

    Attenuated total reflection far-ultraviolet (ATR-FUV) spectra in the 145-260 nm region were measured for surfaces (thickness 50-200 nm) of various kinds of nylons in cast films to explore their electronic transitions in the FUV region. ATR-FUV spectra show two major bands near 150 and 200 nm in the surface condensed phase of nylons. Transmittance (Tr) spectra were also observed in particular for the analysis of valence excitations. Time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT/CAM-B3LYP) calculations were carried out using the model systems to provide the definitive assignments of their absorption spectra and to elucidate their peak shifts in several nylons, in particular, focusing on their crystal alignment structures and intermolecular hydrogen bondings. Two major bands of nylon films near 150 and 200 nm are characterized as σ-Rydberg 3p and π-π* transitions of nylons, respectively. These assignments are also coherent with those of liquid n-alkanes (n = 5-14) and liquid amides observed previously. The Rydberg transitions are delocalized over the hydrocarbon chains, while the π-π* transitions are relatively localized at the amide group. Differences in the peak positions and intensity were found in both ATR- and Tr-FUV spectra for different nylons. A red-shift of the π-π* amide band in the FUV spectra of nylon-6 and nylon-6/6 models in α-form is attributed to the crystal structure pattern and the intermolecular hydrogen bondings, which result in the different delocalization character of the π-π* transitions and transition dipole coupling. PMID:25203613

  13. Observation of interference effects via four-photon excitation of highly excited Rydberg states in thermal cesium vapor

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    Kondo, Jorge M.; Šibalić, Nikola; Guttridge, Alexander; Wade, Christopher G.; De Melo, Natalia R.; Adams, Charles S.; Weatherill, Kevin J.

    2015-12-01

    We report on the observation of electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) and absorption (EIA) of highly excited Rydberg states in thermal Cs vapor using a four-step excitation scheme. The advantage of this four-step scheme is that the final transition to the Rydberg state has a large dipole moment and one can achieve similar Rabi frequencies to two- or three-step excitation schemes using two orders of magnitude less laser power. This scheme enables new applications such as dephasing free Rydberg excitation. The observed lineshapes are in good agreement with simulations based on multilevel optical Bloch equations.

  14. Three-photon coherence of Rydberg atomic states

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    Kwak, Hyo Min; Jeong, Taek; Lee, Yoon-Seok; Moon, Han Seb

    2016-05-01

    We investigated three-photon coherence effects of the Rydberg state in a four-level ladder-type atomic system for the 5 S1/2 (F = 3) - 5 P3/2 (F' = 4) - 50 D5/2 - 51 P3/2 transition of 85 Rb atoms. By adding a resonant electric field of microwave (MW) at electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) in Rydberg state scheme, we observed experimentally that splitting of EIT signal appears under the condition of three-photon resonance in the Doppler-broadened atomic system. Discriminating the two- and three-photon coherence terms from the calculated spectrum in a simple four-level ladder-type Doppler-broadened atomic system, we found that the physical origin of splitting of EIT was three-photon coherence effect, but not three-photon quantum interference phenomena such as three-photon electromagnetically induced absorption (TPEIA).

  15. Millimeter Wave Spectroscopy of Rydberg States of Molecules in the Region of 260-295 GHz

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    Grimes, David; Zhou, Yan; Barnum, Timothy J.; Field, Robert W.

    2015-06-01

    Free induction decay detected chirped pulse millimeter wave spectroscopy of Rydberg-Rydberg transitions in atoms and molecules is a powerful and flexible method for characterizing the electronic structure of Rydberg states and determining the structure and dynamics of the ion-core. Complicating the use of this technique are the difficulties in reliably and repeatedly accessing not just the most information rich core-nonpenetrating states, but also the low-ℓ core-penetrating Rydberg states in the area of principal quantum number n* >35. Small transition moments and narrow linewidths for transitions between valence electronic states and high Rydberg states are the primary limiting factor. We demonstrate a simple method to avoid the problem entirely by using chirped pulse technology operating in the frequency range of 260-295 GHz, which allows us to sample a lower range of n* values than before with comparable frequency resolution and accuracy as our previous W-band experiments. Further improvements to our experiment in order to accurately capture details of Stark demolition, a technique that provides rapid differentiation between core-penetrating and core-nonpenetrating states, will also be discussed.

  16. Theoretical description of electronically excited vinylidene up to 10 eV: first high level ab initio study of singlet valence and Rydberg states.

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    Boyé-Péronne, Séverine; Gauyacq, Dolores; Liévin, Jacques

    2014-11-01

    The first quantitative description of the Rydberg and valence singlet electronic states of vinylidene lying in the 0-10 eV region is performed by using large scale ab initio calculations. A deep analysis of Rydberg-valence interactions has been achieved thanks to the comprehensive information contained in the accurate Multi-Reference Configuration Interaction wavefunctions and an original population analysis highlighting the respective role played by orbital and state mixing in such interactions. The present theoretical approach is thus adequate for dealing with larger than diatomic Rydberg systems. The nine lowest singlet valence states have been optimized. Among them, some are involved in strong Rydberg-valence interactions in the region of the Rydberg state equilibrium geometry. The Rydberg states of vinylidene present a great similarity with the acetylene isomer, concerning their quantum defects and Rydberg molecular orbital character. As in acetylene, strong s-d mixing is revealed in the n = 3 s-d supercomplex. Nevertheless, unlike in acetylene, the close-energy of the two vinylidene ionic cores (2)A1 and (2)B1 results into two overlapped Rydberg series. These Rydberg series exhibit local perturbations when an accidental degeneracy occurs between them and results in avoided crossings. In addition, some Δl = 1 (s-p and p-d) mixings arise for some Rydberg states and are rationalized in term of electrostatic interaction from the electric dipole moment of the ionic core. The strongest dipole moment of the (2)B1 cationic state also stabilizes the lowest members of the n = 3 Rydberg series converging to this excited state, as compared to the adjacent series converging toward the (2)A1 ionic ground state. The overall energies of vinylidene Rydberg states lie above their acetylene counterpart. Finally, predictions for optical transitions in singlet vinylidene are suggested for further experimental spectroscopic characterization of vinylidene. PMID:25381524

  17. Theoretical description of electronically excited vinylidene up to 10 eV: First high level ab initio study of singlet valence and Rydberg states

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    Boyé-Péronne, Séverine; Gauyacq, Dolores; Liévin, Jacques

    2014-11-01

    The first quantitative description of the Rydberg and valence singlet electronic states of vinylidene lying in the 0-10 eV region is performed by using large scale ab initio calculations. A deep analysis of Rydberg-valence interactions has been achieved thanks to the comprehensive information contained in the accurate Multi-Reference Configuration Interaction wavefunctions and an original population analysis highlighting the respective role played by orbital and state mixing in such interactions. The present theoretical approach is thus adequate for dealing with larger than diatomic Rydberg systems. The nine lowest singlet valence states have been optimized. Among them, some are involved in strong Rydberg-valence interactions in the region of the Rydberg state equilibrium geometry. The Rydberg states of vinylidene present a great similarity with the acetylene isomer, concerning their quantum defects and Rydberg molecular orbital character. As in acetylene, strong s-d mixing is revealed in the n = 3 s-d supercomplex. Nevertheless, unlike in acetylene, the close-energy of the two vinylidene ionic cores 2A1 and 2B1 results into two overlapped Rydberg series. These Rydberg series exhibit local perturbations when an accidental degeneracy occurs between them and results in avoided crossings. In addition, some Δl = 1 (s-p and p-d) mixings arise for some Rydberg states and are rationalized in term of electrostatic interaction from the electric dipole moment of the ionic core. The strongest dipole moment of the 2B1 cationic state also stabilizes the lowest members of the n = 3 Rydberg series converging to this excited state, as compared to the adjacent series converging toward the 2A1 ionic ground state. The overall energies of vinylidene Rydberg states lie above their acetylene counterpart. Finally, predictions for optical transitions in singlet vinylidene are suggested for further experimental spectroscopic characterization of vinylidene.

  18. Theoretical description of electronically excited vinylidene up to 10 eV: First high level ab initio study of singlet valence and Rydberg states

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    Boyé-Péronne, Séverine; Gauyacq, Dolores; Liévin, Jacques

    2014-11-07

    The first quantitative description of the Rydberg and valence singlet electronic states of vinylidene lying in the 0–10 eV region is performed by using large scale ab initio calculations. A deep analysis of Rydberg-valence interactions has been achieved thanks to the comprehensive information contained in the accurate Multi-Reference Configuration Interaction wavefunctions and an original population analysis highlighting the respective role played by orbital and state mixing in such interactions. The present theoretical approach is thus adequate for dealing with larger than diatomic Rydberg systems. The nine lowest singlet valence states have been optimized. Among them, some are involved in strong Rydberg-valence interactions in the region of the Rydberg state equilibrium geometry. The Rydberg states of vinylidene present a great similarity with the acetylene isomer, concerning their quantum defects and Rydberg molecular orbital character. As in acetylene, strong s-d mixing is revealed in the n = 3 s-d supercomplex. Nevertheless, unlike in acetylene, the close-energy of the two vinylidene ionic cores {sup 2}A{sub 1} and {sup 2}B{sub 1} results into two overlapped Rydberg series. These Rydberg series exhibit local perturbations when an accidental degeneracy occurs between them and results in avoided crossings. In addition, some Δl = 1 (s-p and p-d) mixings arise for some Rydberg states and are rationalized in term of electrostatic interaction from the electric dipole moment of the ionic core. The strongest dipole moment of the {sup 2}B{sub 1} cationic state also stabilizes the lowest members of the n = 3 Rydberg series converging to this excited state, as compared to the adjacent series converging toward the {sup 2}A{sub 1} ionic ground state. The overall energies of vinylidene Rydberg states lie above their acetylene counterpart. Finally, predictions for optical transitions in singlet vinylidene are suggested for further experimental spectroscopic

  19. Spectroscopy of acetylene Rydberg states studied by VUV absorption and (3+1)-Resonantly Enhanced Multiphoton Ionisation

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    Boyé, Séverine; Campos, Andrea; Fillion, Jean-Hugues; Douin, Stéphane; Shafizadeh, Niloufar; Gauyacq, Dolores

    2004-03-01

    The ungerade ns+ nd Rydberg states of C 2H 2 converging to the ground state of the C 2H 2+ cation have been investigated in the energy range 74 000- 88 000 cm-1 by (3+1)-multiphoton ionisation (REMPI) and by VUV absorption spectroscopy at the Super-ACO synchrotron radiation facility. Both methods have allowed the selective analysis of the Rydberg transitions with rotational resolution. Mulliken's semi-united atom model, in which predissociation has been taken into account, was used to understand the relative three-photon intensities among the different electronic transitions within the same Rydberg supercomplex. Lifetimes have been evaluated and illustrate very different behaviours towards predissociation for the observed Rydberg states. To cite this article: S. Boyé et al., C. R. Physique 5 (2004).

  20. Long-range quantum gate via Rydberg states of atoms in a thermal microwave cavity

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    Sárkány, Lőrinc; Fortágh, József; Petrosyan, David

    2015-09-01

    We propose an implementation of a universal quantum gate between pairs of spatially separated atoms in a microwave cavity at finite temperature. The gate results from reversible laser excitation of Rydberg states of atoms interacting with each other via exchange of virtual photons through a common cavity mode. Quantum interference of different transition paths between the two-atom ground and double-excited Rydberg states makes both the transition amplitude and resonance largely insensitive to the excitations in the microwave cavity quantum bus which can therefore be in any superposition or mixture of photon number states. Our scheme for attaining ultra-long-range interactions and entanglement also applies to mesoscopic atomic ensembles in the Rydberg blockade regime and is scalable to many ensembles trapped within a centimeter-sized microwave resonator.

  1. Rydberg polaritons in a thermal vapor

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    Ripka, Fabian; Chen, Yi-Hsin; Löw, Robert; Pfau, Tilman

    2016-05-01

    We present a pulsed four-wave mixing scheme via a Rydberg state to create, store, and retrieve collective Rydberg polaritons. The storage medium consists of a gas of thermal Rb atoms confined in a 220 -μ m -thick cell, which is heated above room temperature. The experimental sequence consists of a pulsed excitation of Rydberg polaritons via the D1 line, a variable delay or storage time, and a final retrieval pulse via the D2 line. The lifetime of the Rydberg polaritons is around 1.2 ns, almost entirely limited by the excitation bandwidth and the corresponding motional dephasing of the atoms. The presented scheme combined with a tightly confined atomic ensemble is a good candidate for a deterministic single-photon source, as soon as strong interactions in terms of a Rydberg blockade are added.

  2. Rydberg EIT in High Magnetic Field

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    Ma, Lu; Anderson, David; Miller, Stephanie; Raithel, Georg

    2016-05-01

    We present progress towards an all-optical approach for measurements of strong magnetic fields using electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) with Rydberg atoms in an atomic vapor. Rydberg EIT spectroscopy is a promising technique for the development of atom-based, calibration- and drift-free technology for high magnetic field sensing. In this effort, Rydberg EIT is employed to spectroscopically investigate the response of Rydberg atoms exposed to strong magnetic fields, in which Rydberg atoms are in the strong-field regime. In our setup, two neodymium block magnets are used to generate fields of about 0.8 Tesla, which strongly perturb the atoms. Information on the field strength and direction is obtained by a comparison of experimental spectra with calculated spectral maps. Investigations of magnetic-field inhomogeneities and other decoherence sources will be discussed.

  3. A Rydberg atom-photon-superconductor quantum interface

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    Isaacs, J. A.; Booth, D. W.; Beck, M. A.; Pritchard, J. D.; Xia, T.; McDermott, R.; Saffman, M.; UW Hybrid QC Collaboration

    2016-05-01

    Hybrid quantum computation bridges disparate quantum technologies in order to achieve fast gates with long coherence times. Our implementation combines superconducting circuit-QED with singly trapped Rydberg atoms. Introducing typical AMO techniques into cryogenic environments required the development of several novel approaches that we will discuss in our talk. Our current experiment involves trapping cesium atoms inside a 4 K cryostat, transporting them first horizontally and then vertically up to a superconducting coplanar waveguide resonator. After transport we use a novel two-photon Rydberg excitation via the 6S1 / 2 --> 5D5 / 2 quadrupole transition to enable direct excitation of nP3 / 2 states for strong electric-dipole coupling to the cavity. This excitation scheme significantly reduces the Doppler mismatch compared to previous two-photon excitation schemes to enable high fidelity operations. First optical spectroscopy and Rabi oscillation results will be shown along with microwave cavity coupling data. Experimental and theoretical efforts toward increasing fidelity of our operations by minimizing sensitivity of the Rydberg atoms to stray external electric fields will be discussed. This work is supported by an ARO DURIP award.

  4. Two body and multibody interaction in a cold Rydberg gas

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    Han, Jianing; Gallagher, Tom

    2009-05-01

    Cold Rydberg atoms trapped in a Magneto Optical Trap (MOT) are not isolated and they tend to bond through dipole-dipole and multiple-multiple interactions between Rydberg atoms. The dipole-dipole interaction and van der Waals interaction between two atoms have been intensively studied. However, the fact that the dipole-dipole interaction and van der Waals interaction show the same size of broadening, studied by Raithel's group, and there is transition between two molecular states, studied by Farooqi and Overstreet, can not be explained by the two atom picture. The purpose of this paper is to show the multibody nature of a dense cold Rydberg gas by studying the molecular state microwave spectrum. Specifically, single body, two body and three body interaction regions are separated. Moreover, the multibody energy levels for selected geometries are calculated. In addition, multibody blockade will be discussed. [3pt] [1] A. Reinhard, K. C. Younge, T. Cubel Liebisch, B. Knuffman, P. R. Berman, and G. Raithel, Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 233201 (2008).[0pt] [2] S.M. Farooqi, D. Tong, S. Krishnan, J. Stanojevic,Y.P. Zhang, J.R. Ensher, A.S. Estrin, C. Boisseau, R. Cote, E.E. Eyler, and P.L. Gould, Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 183002 (2003).[0pt] [3] K. Richard Overstreet, Arne Schwettmann, Jonathan Tallant, and James P. Shaffer, Phys. Rev. A 76, 011403 (2007).

  5. An Experimental Apparatus for Studying Rydberg-Rydberg Interactions in Quantum Degenerate Gases of Strontium

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    Camargo, Francisco; Ding, Roger; Aman, James; Zhang, Xinyue; Whalen, Joseph; Fields, Robert; Dunning, F. Barry; Killian, Thomas

    2014-05-01

    We discuss the design and construction of a new apparatus for creating and studying long-range interactions in ultracold gases of strontium by exploiting Rydberg states, either through their direct excitation or through laser-induced Rydberg dressing. Strontium features one fermionic (87Sr) and three bosonic (84Sr, 86Sr, 88Sr) isotopes, all of which have been brought to quantum degeneracy. It also possesses singlet and triplet Rydberg states that furnish a wide variety of attractive and repulsive interactions. Furthermore, strontium Rydberg atoms feature an optically active core electron which can be used to manipulate and detect Rydberg atoms. These features make strontium a promising system for studying interactions in ultracold Rydberg gases. Research supported by Rice University, the NSF, the AFOSR, Shell, and the Robert A. Welch Foundation.

  6. Observation and characterization of cavity Rydberg polaritons

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    Ningyuan, Jia; Georgakopoulos, Alexandros; Ryou, Albert; Schine, Nathan; Sommer, Ariel; Simon, Jonathan

    2016-04-01

    We experimentally demonstrate the emergence of a robust quasiparticle, the cavity Rydberg polariton, when an optical cavity photon hybridizes with a collective Rydberg excitation of a laser-cooled atomic ensemble. Free-space Rydberg polaritons have recently drawn intense interest as tools for quantum information processing and few-body quantum science. Here, we explore the properties of their cavity counterparts in the single-particle sector, observing an enhanced lifetime and slowed dynamics characteristic of cavity dark polaritons. We measure the range of cavity frequencies over which the polaritons persist, corresponding to the spectral width available for polariton quantum dynamics, and the speed limit for quantum information processing. Further, we observe a cavity-induced suppression of inhomogeneous broadening channels and demonstrate the formation of Rydberg polaritons in a multimode cavity. In conjunction with recent demonstrations of Rydberg-induced cavity nonlinearities, our results point the way towards using cavity Rydberg polaritons as a platform for creating high-fidelity photonic quantum materials and, more broadly, indicate that cavity dark polaritons offer enhanced stability and control uniquely suited to optical quantum information processing applications beyond the Rydberg paradigm.

  7. Laser diagnostics of the energy spectrum of Rydberg states of the lithium-7 atom

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    Zelener, B. B. Saakyan, S. A.; Sautenkov, V. A.; Manykin, E. A.; Zelener, B. V.; Fortov, V. E.

    2015-12-15

    The spectra of excited lithium-7 atoms prepared in a magneto-optical trap are studied using a UV laser. The laser diagnostics of the energy of Rydberg atoms is developed based on measurements of the change in resonance fluorescence intensity of ultracold atoms as the exciting UV radiation frequency passes through the Rydberg transition frequency. The energies of various nS configurations are obtained in a broad range of the principal quantum number n from 38 to 165. The values of the quantum defect and ionization energy obtained in experiments and predicted theoretically are discussed.

  8. Laser diagnostics of the energy spectrum of Rydberg states of the lithium-7 atom

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    Zelener, B. B.; Saakyan, S. A.; Sautenkov, V. A.; Manykin, E. A.; Zelener, B. V.; Fortov, V. E.

    2015-12-01

    The spectra of excited lithium-7 atoms prepared in a magneto-optical trap are studied using a UV laser. The laser diagnostics of the energy of Rydberg atoms is developed based on measurements of the change in resonance fluorescence intensity of ultracold atoms as the exciting UV radiation frequency passes through the Rydberg transition frequency. The energies of various nS configurations are obtained in a broad range of the principal quantum number n from 38 to 165. The values of the quantum defect and ionization energy obtained in experiments and predicted theoretically are discussed.

  9. Observation of g/u-symmetry mixing in the high-n Rydberg states of HD

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    Sprecher, Daniel; Merkt, Frédéric

    2014-03-01

    The structure and dynamics of high-n Rydberg states belonging to series converging to the (v+ = 0, N+ = 0-2) levels of the X^+ ^2Σ _g^+ electronic ground state of HD+ were studied by high-resolution spectroscopy from the GK ^1Σ _g^+ (v = 1, N = 1) state under field-free conditions. Three effects of g/u-symmetry breaking were detected: (i) Single-photon transitions from the GK (v = 1, N = 1) state of gerade symmetry to the 30d21 and 31g22 Rydberg states of gerade symmetry were observed after careful compensation of the stray electric fields. (ii) The singlet 61p12 Rydberg state of ungerade symmetry was found to autoionize to the N+ = 0, ℓ = 2 ionization continuum of gerade symmetry with a lifetime of 77(10) ns. (iii) Shifts of up to 20 MHz induced by g/u-symmetry mixing were measured for members of the np11 Rydberg series which lie close to nd21 Rydberg states. These observations were analyzed in the framework of multichannel quantum-defect theory. From the observed level shifts, the off-diagonal eigenquantum-defect element μ _pd of singlet-π symmetry was determined to be 0.0023(3) and the corresponding autoionization dynamics could be characterized. The ionization energy of the GK (v = 1, N = 1) state of HD was determined to be 12 710.544 23(10) cm-1.

  10. UV + V UV double-resonance studies of autoionizing Rydberg states of the hydroxyl radical

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    Green, Amy M.; Liu, Fang; Lester, Marsha I.

    2016-05-01

    The hydroxyl radical (OH) is a key oxidant in atmospheric and combustion chemistry. Recently, a sensitive and state-selective ionization method has been developed for detection of the OH radical that utilizes UV excitation on the A2Σ+-X2Π transition followed by fixed 118 nm vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) radiation to access autoionizing Rydberg states [J. M. Beames et al., J. Chem. Phys. 134, 241102 (2011)]. The present study uses tunable VUV radiation generated by four-wave mixing to examine the origin of the enhanced ionization efficiency observed for OH radicals prepared in specific A2Σ+ intermediate levels. The enhancement is shown to arise from resonant excitation to distinct rotational and fine structure levels of two newly identified 2Π Rydberg states with an A3Π cationic core and a 3d electron followed by ionization. Spectroscopic constants are derived and effects due to uncoupling of the Rydberg electron are revealed for the OH 2Π Rydberg states. The linewidths indicate a Rydberg state lifetime due to autoionization on the order of a picosecond.

  11. UV + V UV double-resonance studies of autoionizing Rydberg states of the hydroxyl radical.

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    Green, Amy M; Liu, Fang; Lester, Marsha I

    2016-05-14

    The hydroxyl radical (OH) is a key oxidant in atmospheric and combustion chemistry. Recently, a sensitive and state-selective ionization method has been developed for detection of the OH radical that utilizes UV excitation on the A(2)Σ(+)-X(2)Π transition followed by fixed 118 nm vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) radiation to access autoionizing Rydberg states [J. M. Beames et al., J. Chem. Phys. 134, 241102 (2011)]. The present study uses tunable VUV radiation generated by four-wave mixing to examine the origin of the enhanced ionization efficiency observed for OH radicals prepared in specific A(2)Σ(+) intermediate levels. The enhancement is shown to arise from resonant excitation to distinct rotational and fine structure levels of two newly identified (2)Π Rydberg states with an A(3)Π cationic core and a 3d electron followed by ionization. Spectroscopic constants are derived and effects due to uncoupling of the Rydberg electron are revealed for the OH (2)Π Rydberg states. The linewidths indicate a Rydberg state lifetime due to autoionization on the order of a picosecond. PMID:27179488

  12. Van der Waals Interactions and Dipole Blockade in a Cold Rydberg Gas Probed by Microwave Spectroscopy

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    Nguyen, Thanh Long; Celistrino Teixeira, Raul; Hermann Avigliano, Carla; Cantat Moltrecht, Tigrane; Raimond, Jean Michel; Haroche, Serge; Gleyzes, Sebastiens; Brune, Michel

    2016-05-01

    Dipole-dipole interactions between Rydberg atoms are a flourishing tool for quantum information processing and for quantum simulation of complex many-body problems. Microwave spectroscopy of a dense Rydberg gas trapped close to a superconducting atom chip in the strong dipole blockade regime reveals directly the many-body atomic interaction spectrum. We present here a direct measurement of the interaction energy distribution in the strong dipole blockade regime, based on microwave spectroscopy. We first apply this method to the observation of the excitation dynamics of the Rydberg gas, conditioned by dipole-dipole interactions, in either the strong blockade regime or the so-called facilitation regime. We also observe with this method the atomic cloud expansion driven by the repulsive Van der Waals interaction after excitation. This measurement, in good agreement with Monte Carlo simulations of the excitation process and of the cloud dynamics, reveals the limits of the frozen gas approximation. This method can help investigate self-organization and dynamical phase transitions in Rydberg-atom based quantum simulators. This study thus opens a promising route for quantum simulation of many-body systems and quantum information transport in chains of strongly interacting Rydberg atom.

  13. Measurement of Rydberg positronium fluorescence lifetimes

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    Deller, A.; Alonso, A. M.; Cooper, B. S.; Hogan, S. D.; Cassidy, D. B.

    2016-06-01

    We report measurements of the fluorescence lifetimes of positronium (Ps) atoms with principal quantum numbers n =10 -19 . Ps atoms in Rydberg-Stark states were produced via a two-color two-step 1 3S→2 3P→n 3S/n Rydberg levels, yielding values ranging from 3 μ s to 26 μ s . Our data are in accord with the expected radiative lifetimes of Rydberg-Stark states of Ps.

  14. Three-body physics of Rydberg polaritons

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    Wang, Yidan; Gorshkov, Alexey; Qi, Ran; Gullans, Michael; Maghrebi, Mohammad

    2016-05-01

    Under the conditions electromagnetically induced transparency in Rydberg media, slow-light polaritons interact strongly via Rydberg states. While two such polaritons can interact attractively and form two-body bound states, three polariton physics remains largely unexplored. We show that while exact three-polariton bound states do not exist, metastable ones do. The understanding of three-polariton physics will allow for the construction of more precise low energy many-body theories of Rydberg polaritons and may enable the realization of novel exotic equilibrium and out-of equilibrium phenomena with interacting light.

  15. Large energy superpositions via Rydberg dressing

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    Khazali, Mohammadsadegh; Lau, Hon Wai; Humeniuk, Adam; Simon, Christoph

    2016-08-01

    We propose to create superposition states of over 100 strontium atoms in a ground state or metastable optical clock state using the Kerr-type interaction due to Rydberg state dressing in an optical lattice. The two components of the superposition can differ by an order of 300 eV in energy, allowing tests of energy decoherence models with greatly improved sensitivity. We take into account the effects of higher-order nonlinearities, spatial inhomogeneity of the interaction, decay from the Rydberg state, collective many-body decoherence, atomic motion, molecular formation, and diminishing Rydberg level separation for increasing principal number.

  16. Evidence for strong van der Waals type Rydberg-Rydberg interaction in a thermal vapor.

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    Baluktsian, T; Huber, B; Löw, R; Pfau, T

    2013-03-22

    We present evidence for Rydberg-Rydberg interaction in a gas of rubidium atoms above room temperature. Rabi oscillations on the nanosecond time scale to different Rydberg states are investigated in a vapor cell experiment. Analyzing the atomic time evolution and comparing to a dephasing model, we find a scaling with the Rydberg quantum number n that is consistent with van der Waals interaction. Our results show that the interaction strength can be larger than the kinetic energy scale (Doppler width), which is the requirement for realization of thermal quantum devices in the GHz regime. PMID:25166800

  17. Electric field sensing near the surface microstructure of an atom chip using cold Rydberg atoms

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    Martin, J. D. D.

    2013-05-01

    Rydberg atoms may enable hybrid systems that combine the benefits of gas-phase atoms with those of solid-state devices. However, these hybrid systems will require atoms to be located near a heterogeneous surface with exposed metal electrodes and dielectric insulators, which are sources of uncontrollable and unwanted electric fields. With this motivation, we have measured the electric fields near the heterogeneous metal-dielectric surface of an atom chip using cold Rydberg atoms. We have also developed a technique for reducing the influence of dc and low-frequency electric fields on Rydberg atom transitions, while retaining their sensitivity to high-frequency resonant fields. Work performed in collaboration with J. D. Carter, L. A. Jones, and O. Cherry and supported by NSERC.

  18. Studies of singlet Rydberg series of LiH derived from Li(nl) + H(1s), with n ≤ 6 and l ≤ 4

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    Gim, Yeongrok; Lee, Chun-Woo

    2014-10-01

    The 50 singlet states of LiH composed of 49 Rydberg states and one non-Rydberg ionic state derivable from Li(nl) + H(1s), with n ≤ 6 and l ≤ 4, are studied using the multi-reference configuration interaction method combined with the Stuttgart/Köln group's effective core potential/core polarization potential method. Basis functions that can yield energy levels up to the 6g orbital of Li have been developed, and they are used with a huge number of universal Kaufmann basis functions for Rydberg states. The systematics and regularities of the physical properties such as potential energies, quantum defects, permanent dipole moments, transition dipole moments, and nonadiabatic coupling matrix elements of the Rydberg series are studied. The behaviors of potential energy curves and quantum defect curves are explained using the Fermi approximation. The permanent dipole moments of the Rydberg series reveal that they are determined by the sizes of the Rydberg orbitals, which are proportional to n2. Interesting mirror relationships of the dipole moments are observed between l-mixed Rydberg series, with the rule Δl = ±1, except for s-d mixing, which is also accompanied by n-mixing. The members of the l-mixed Rydberg series have dipole moments with opposite directions. The first derivatives of the dipole moment curves, which show the charge-transfer component, clearly show not only mirror relationships in terms of direction but also oscillations. The transition dipole moment matrix elements of the Rydberg series are determined by the small-r region, with two consequences. One is that the transition dipole moment matrix elements show n-3/2 dependence. The other is that the magnitudes of the transition dipole moment matrix elements decrease rapidly as l increases.

  19. Studies of singlet Rydberg series of LiH derived from Li(nl) + H(1s), with n ≤ 6 and l ≤ 4.

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    Gim, Yeongrok; Lee, Chun-Woo

    2014-10-14

    The 50 singlet states of LiH composed of 49 Rydberg states and one non-Rydberg ionic state derivable from Li(nl) + H(1s), with n ≤ 6 and l ≤ 4, are studied using the multi-reference configuration interaction method combined with the Stuttgart/Köln group's effective core potential/core polarization potential method. Basis functions that can yield energy levels up to the 6g orbital of Li have been developed, and they are used with a huge number of universal Kaufmann basis functions for Rydberg states. The systematics and regularities of the physical properties such as potential energies, quantum defects, permanent dipole moments, transition dipole moments, and nonadiabatic coupling matrix elements of the Rydberg series are studied. The behaviors of potential energy curves and quantum defect curves are explained using the Fermi approximation. The permanent dipole moments of the Rydberg series reveal that they are determined by the sizes of the Rydberg orbitals, which are proportional to n(2). Interesting mirror relationships of the dipole moments are observed between l-mixed Rydberg series, with the rule Δl = ±1, except for s-d mixing, which is also accompanied by n-mixing. The members of the l-mixed Rydberg series have dipole moments with opposite directions. The first derivatives of the dipole moment curves, which show the charge-transfer component, clearly show not only mirror relationships in terms of direction but also oscillations. The transition dipole moment matrix elements of the Rydberg series are determined by the small-r region, with two consequences. One is that the transition dipole moment matrix elements show n(-3/2) dependence. The other is that the magnitudes of the transition dipole moment matrix elements decrease rapidly as l increases. PMID:25318728

  20. Studies of singlet Rydberg series of LiH derived from Li(nl) + H(1s), with n ≤ 6 and l ≤ 4

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    Gim, Yeongrok; Lee, Chun-Woo

    2014-10-14

    The 50 singlet states of LiH composed of 49 Rydberg states and one non-Rydberg ionic state derivable from Li(nl) + H(1s), with n ≤ 6 and l ≤ 4, are studied using the multi-reference configuration interaction method combined with the Stuttgart/Köln group's effective core potential/core polarization potential method. Basis functions that can yield energy levels up to the 6g orbital of Li have been developed, and they are used with a huge number of universal Kaufmann basis functions for Rydberg states. The systematics and regularities of the physical properties such as potential energies, quantum defects, permanent dipole moments, transition dipole moments, and nonadiabatic coupling matrix elements of the Rydberg series are studied. The behaviors of potential energy curves and quantum defect curves are explained using the Fermi approximation. The permanent dipole moments of the Rydberg series reveal that they are determined by the sizes of the Rydberg orbitals, which are proportional to n{sup 2}. Interesting mirror relationships of the dipole moments are observed between l-mixed Rydberg series, with the rule Δl = ±1, except for s–d mixing, which is also accompanied by n-mixing. The members of the l-mixed Rydberg series have dipole moments with opposite directions. The first derivatives of the dipole moment curves, which show the charge-transfer component, clearly show not only mirror relationships in terms of direction but also oscillations. The transition dipole moment matrix elements of the Rydberg series are determined by the small-r region, with two consequences. One is that the transition dipole moment matrix elements show n{sup −3/2} dependence. The other is that the magnitudes of the transition dipole moment matrix elements decrease rapidly as l increases.

  1. Multiphoton Microwave Ionization of Rydberg Atoms

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    Gurian, Joshua Houston

    This thesis describes a series of multiphoton microwave experiments on Rydberg atoms when the microwave frequency is much greater than the classical Kepler frequency of the excited atoms. A new kHz pulse repetition frequency dye laser system was constructed for Rydberg lithium excitation with a linewidth as narrow as 3 GHz. This new laser system is used for first experiments of multiphoton microwave ionization of Rydberg lithium approaching the photoionization limit using 17 and 36 GHz microwave pulses. A multi-channel quantum defect model is presented that well describes the experimental results, indicating that these results are due to the coherent coupling of many atomic levels both above and below the classical ionization limit. Finally, preliminary results of measuring the final-state distributions of high lying Rydberg states after 17 GHz microwave pulses are presented.

  2. Efficient Multiparticle Entanglement via Asymmetric Rydberg Blockade

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    Saffman, M.; Moelmer, K.

    2009-06-19

    We present an efficient method for producing N particle entangled states using Rydberg blockade interactions. Optical excitation of Rydberg states that interact weakly, yet have a strong coupling to a second control state is used to achieve state dependent qubit rotations in small ensembles. On the basis of quantitative calculations, we predict that an entangled quantum superposition state of eight atoms can be produced with a fidelity of 84% in cold Rb atoms.

  3. Rydberg states of chloroform studied by VUV photoabsorption spectroscopy

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    Singh, Param Jeet; Shastri, Aparna; D'Souza, R.; Jagatap, B. N.

    2013-11-01

    The VUV photoabsorption spectra of CHCl3 and CDCl3 in the energy region 6.2-11.8 eV (50,000-95,000 cm-1) have been investigated using synchrotron radiation from the Indus-1 source. Rydberg series converging to the first four ionization limits at 11.48, 11.91, 12.01 and 12.85 eV corresponding to excitation from the 1a2, 4a1, 4e, 3e, orbitals of CHCl3 respectively are identified and analyzed. Quantum defect values are observed to be consistent with excitation from the chlorine lone pair orbitals. Vibrational progressions observed in the region of 72,500-76,500 cm-1 have been reassigned to ν3 and combination modes of ν3+ν6 belonging to the 1a2→4p transition in contrast to earlier studies where they were assigned to a ν3 progression superimposed on the 3e→4p Rydberg transition. The assignments are further confirmed based on isotopic substitution studies on CDCl3 whose VUV photoabsorption spectrum is reported here for the first time. The frequencies of the ν3 and ν6 modes in the 4p Rydberg state of CHCl3 (CDCl3) are proposed to be ~454 (409) cm-1 and~130 (129) cm-1 respectively based on the vibronic analysis. DFT calculations of neutral and ionic ground state vibrational frequencies support the vibronic analysis. Experimental spectrum is found to be in good agreement with that predicted by TDDFT calculations. This work presents a consolidated analysis of the VUV photoabsorption spectrum of chloroform.

  4. Quantum-classical lifetimes of Rydberg molecules

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    Junginger, Andrej; Main, Jörg; Wunner, Günter

    2013-04-01

    A remarkable property of Rydberg atoms is the possibility of creating molecules formed by one highly excited atom and another atom in the ground state. The first realization of such a Rydberg molecule has opened an active field of physical investigations, and showed that its basic properties can be described within a simple model regarding the ground state atom as a small perturber that is bound by a low-energy scattering process with the Rydberg electron (Greene et al 2000 Phys. Rev. Lett. 85 2458). Besides the good agreement between theory and the experiment concerning the vibrational states of the molecule, the experimental observations yield the astonishing feature that the lifetime of the molecule is clearly reduced as compared to the bare Rydberg atom (Butscher et al 2011 J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 44 184004). With focus on this yet unexplained observation, we investigate in this paper the vibrational ground state of the molecule in a quantum-classical framework. We show that the Rydberg wavefunction is continuously detuned by the presence of the moving ground state atom and that the timescale on which the detuning significantly exceeds the natural linewidth is in good agreement with the observed reduced lifetimes of the Rydberg molecule.

  5. Solvent interaction with the (2p3s) Rydberg state of hexamethylenetetramine: Energetics and relaxation dynamics

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    Shang, Q. Y.; Dion, C.; Bernstein, E. R.

    1994-07-01

    The (1+1) mass resolved excitation spectra are reported for the (2p3s)←(2p)2 Rydberg transition of the tricyclic, high symmetry molecule hexamethylenetetramine [HMT (C6H12N4)] and its van der Waals clusters. The solvent molecules employed include both nonpolar (Ar, CH4) and polar (NH3, CH3OCH3) species. HMT and its clusters are generated and cooled in a supersonic expansion. The observed electronic transition is assigned as T2←A1 within the Td print group. A transition blue shift of 52 cm-1 for each Ar atom and 65 cm-1 for each methane molecule in the HMT van der Waals cluster is characterized. These shifts are caused by an excited state repulsive interaction between the excited Rydberg electron and the closed shell solvent which reduces the attractive dispersion interaction between the HMT and nonpolar solvent species in the van der Waals cluster. A transition red shift of more than 600 cm-1 for NH3 and CH3OCH3 solvent/HMT clusters is observed; this large increase in interaction energy for the excited Rydberg state of HMT with respect to the ground state of HMT is associated with the delocalization of the excited electron into available (virtual) Rydberg orbitals of the solvent molecules. The interaction is characterized as an electron transfer interaction. These results and assignments are consistent with previously reported ones for DABCO/solvent clusters. Relaxation dynamics of excited HMT and its clusters are investigated via a pump/probe (ionization) technique. Relaxation of the clusters is dominated by an intersystem crossing mechanism resulting in an excited state singlet lifetime of ˜5 ns compared to a bare molecule HMT excited state lifetime of ˜1.0 μs. A triplet state of HMT lies 255 cm-1 below the first excited singlet Rydberg state as determined by two-color threshold ionization studies.

  6. Quadratic-in-spin effects in the orbital dynamics and gravitational-wave energy flux of compact binaries at the 3PN order

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    Bohé, Alejandro; Faye, Guillaume; Marsat, Sylvain; Porter, Edward K.

    2015-10-01

    We investigate the dynamics of spinning binaries of compact objects at the next-to-leading order in the quadratic-in-spin effects, which corresponds to the third post-Newtonian order (3PN). Using a Dixon-type multipolar formalism for spinning point particles endowed with spin-induced quadrupoles and computing iteratively in harmonic coordinates the relevant pieces of the PN metric within the near zone, we derive the post-Newtonian equations of motion as well as the equations of spin precession. We find full equivalence with available results. We then focus on the far-zone field produced by those systems and obtain the previously unknown 3PN spin contributions to the gravitational-wave energy flux by means of the multipolar post-Minkowskian wave generation formalism. Our results are presented in the center-of-mass frame for generic orbits, before being further specialized to the case of spin-aligned, circular orbits. Based on the energy balance equation, we derive the orbital phase of the binary at the order 3PN including all conservative spin effects and briefly discuss the relevance of the new terms.

  7. Laser cooling, trapping, and Rydberg spectroscopy of neutral holmium atoms

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    Hostetter, James Allen

    This thesis focuses on progress towards using ensembles of neutral holmium for use in quantum computing operations. We are particularly interested in using a switchable interaction between neutral atoms, the Rydberg blockade, to implement a universal set of quantum gates in a collective encoding scheme that presents many benefits over quantum computing schemes which rely on physically distinct qubits. We show that holmium is uniquely suited for operations in a collective encoding basis because it has 128 ground hyperfine states, the largest number of any stable, neutral atom. Holmium is a rare earth atom that is very poorly described for our purposes as it has never been cooled and trapped, its spectrum is largely unknown, and it presents several unique experimental challenges related to its complicated atomic structure and short wavelength transitions. We demonstrate important progress towards overcoming these challenges. We produce the first laser cooling and trapping of holmium into a MOT. Because we use a broad cooling transition, our cooling technique does not require the use of a Zeeman slower. Using MOT depletion spectroscopy, we provide precise measurements of holmium's Rydberg states and its ionization potential. Our work continues towards cooling holmium into a dipole trap by calculating holmium's AC polarizability and demonstrating the results of early attempts at an optical dipole trap. We provide details of future upgrades to the experimental apparatus and discuss interesting potential for using holmium in quantum computing using single atoms in a magnetically trapped lattice. This thesis shows several promising indicators for continued work in this field.

  8. Trapping Rydberg Atoms in an Optical Lattice

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    Anderson, Sarah E.

    2012-06-01

    Optical lattice traps for Rydberg atoms are of interest in advanced science and in practical applications. After a brief discussion of these areas of interest, I will review some basics of optical Rydberg-atom trapping. The trapping potential experienced by a Rydberg atom in an optical lattice is given by the spatial average of the free-electron ponderomotive energy weighted by the Rydberg electron's probability distribution. I will then present experimental results on the trapping of ^85Rb Rydberg atoms in a one-dimensional ponderomotive optical lattice (wavelength 1064 nm). The principal methods employed to study the lattice performance are microwave spectroscopy, which is used to measure the lattice's trapping efficiency, and photo-ionization, which is used to measure the dwell time of the atoms in the lattice. I have achieved a 90% trapping efficiency for ^85Rb 50S atoms by inverting the lattice immediately after laser excitation of ground-state atoms into Rydberg states. I have characterized the dwell time of the atoms in the lattice using photo-ionization of 50D5/2 atoms. In continued work, I have explored the dependence of the Rydberg-atom trapping potential on the angular portion of the atomic wavefunction. Distinct angular states exhibit different trapping behavior in the optical lattice, depending on how their wavefunctions are oriented relative to the lattice planes. Specifically, I have measured the lattice potential depth of sublevels of ^85Rb nD atoms (50<=n<=65) in a one-dimensional optical lattice with a transverse DC electric field. The trapping behavior varies substantially for the various angular sublevels, in agreement with theory. The talk will conclude with an outlook into planned experiments.

  9. Thermal Casimir-Polder shifts in Rydberg atoms near metallic surfaces

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    Crosse, J. A.; Clements, Kate; Buhmann, Stefan Y.; Scheel, Stefan; Ellingsen, Simen A.

    2010-07-15

    The Casimir-Polder (CP) potential and transition rates of a Rydberg atom above a plane metal surface at finite temperature are discussed. As an example, the CP potential and transition rates of a rubidium atom above a copper surface at 300 K are computed. Close to the surface we show that the quadrupole correction to the force is significant and increases with increasing principal quantum number n. For both the CP potential and decay rates one finds that the dominant contribution comes from the longest wavelength transition and the potential is independent of temperature. We provide explicit scaling laws for potential and decay rates as functions of atom-surface distance and principal quantum number of the initial Rydberg state.

  10. Spectrum of plasma containing Ne- and Na-like ions: consistent account for Rydberg and autoionizing Rydberg series in balance equations

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    Ivanov, L. N.; Ivanova, E. P.; Knight, L. V.; Molchanov, A. G.

    1996-06-01

    This is a theoretical study of argon plasma under conditions, where Ne- and Na-like ionization stages are dominant. Balance equations are generalized to treat 37 3l states of Ne-like ion and 37 adjacent series of Rydberg states of Na-like ion simultaneously. This allows us to include in the kinetics a diffusion-like motion of the state of the system "Ne-like ion plus one electron" through the multitude of excited levels spread over an energy region of 50 eV. The populations Ni - i (i = (1, ..., 37)) of the Ne-like ion states are introduced explicitly; those of adjacent 37 Rydberg series are accounted for through continuous functions Ni(ɛ). These functions describe the population distribution within each Rydberg series dependent on the Rydberg electron enegy ɛ. The elementary processes of the collisionalradiative model connecting all Ne- and Na-like states, as well as processes of redistribution of populations inside each Rydberg series, are accounted for. The rate coefficients for all processes within the Ne-like residue have been calculated previously, using a detailed many-body relativistic theory. The dielectric capture cross sections and autoionization probabilities are presented as analytical continuation of the collisional excitation cross sections. The excited-excited states transitions are included. The rest of the processes are treated in a simple semiclassical approximation. The Lotz formula is generalized by unambiguous analytical continuation to cover the case of bound-bound transitions between Rydberg states of Na-like ions. The radiation reabsorption in a long plasma cylinder is included through Biberman-Holstein coefficients for all transitions. The inclusion of Na-like states, accounting for diffusion-like processes, increases the population inversion for the "lasing candidates" by at least a factor of two for a wide range of plasma conditions. This is important for the ionization equilibrium too. Besides, the functions Ni(ɛ) bear diagnostic

  11. Fractional quantum Hall states of Rydberg polaritons

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    Maghrebi, Mohammad F.; Yao, Norman Y.; Hafezi, Mohammad; Pohl, Thomas; Firstenberg, Ofer; Gorshkov, Alexey V.

    2015-03-01

    We propose a scheme for realizing fractional quantum Hall states of light. In our scheme, photons of two polarizations are coupled to different atomic Rydberg states to form two flavors of Rydberg polaritons that behave as an effective spin. An array of optical cavity modes overlapping with the atomic cloud enables the realization of an effective spin-1 /2 lattice. We show that the dipolar interaction between such polaritons, inherited from the Rydberg states, can be exploited to create a flat, topological band for a single spin-flip excitation. At half filling, this gives rise to a photonic (or polaritonic) fractional Chern insulator—a lattice-based, fractional quantum Hall state of light.

  12. Ionization of Rydberg atoms colliding with a metal surface

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    Sjakste, J.; Borisov, A. G.; Gauyacq, J. P.

    2006-04-15

    We report on a theoretical study of the ionization process of Xe* Rydberg atoms colliding with a metal surface, in the presence of an external electric field. The evolution of the Xe* outer electron is studied by a wave packet propagation approach, allowing to include all dynamical aspects of the collision, in particular nonadiabatic inter-Rydberg transitions. We investigate how the different Xe* Stark states formed in the external field couple together and ionize on the surface and how the different polarizations of the electronic cloud in the Xe* states are reflected in their ionization properties. We show that the presence of the external electric field can significantly perturb the dynamics of the ionization process. Our results account for recent results from Dunning et al. [Nucl. Inst. Meth. B 203, 69 (2003)]. In particular, it is explained how the external electric field present in the experimental procedure of Dunning et al. leads to the apparent absence of a polarization effect in the ionization process.

  13. Measuring Microwaves via Absorption and Dispersion in Rydberg Atoms

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    Stack, Daniel; Kunz, Paul; Meyer, David; Solmeyer, Neal

    2016-05-01

    Weak microwave frequency electromagnetic fields can be difficult to detect and fully characterize with traditional methods. However it is possible to transduce the measurement of these fields from the microwave domain to the optical domain via resonant transitions between Rydberg levels in atomic vapors using electromagnetically-induced transparency and the Autler-Townes effect. This technique allows for sensitive measurements of the microwave field amplitude, polarization, and spatial waveform (via the position of the probe and coupling laser beams) as compared to measurements performed with dipole antennas. We are able to obtain these quantities by monitoring the properties of a probe laser beam as it passes through a rubidium vapor cell. Previous experiments using Rydberg spectroscopy have typically relied on measuring the absorption of the probe laser as it passed through the atomic system. We report on progress to use the polarization rotation of the probe as it passes through the atoms in a static magnetic field, which corresponds to the real part of the susceptibility of the atomic medium, for measuring the characteristics of a microwave frequency signal. This effect is known as Nonlinear Magneto Optical Rotation (NMOR) and has been used for sensitive magnetometry.

  14. Optical Mixing of Rydberg Angular Momenta

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    Corless, J.D.; Stroud, C.R., Jr.

    1997-07-01

    When optical frequency fields are used to couple a ground state to a Rydberg state, the resonant dipole coupling is to a low angular momentum state. Higher angular momentum states are typically thought not to play a role in the excitation. The extremely large dipole matrix elements coupling Rydberg states of the same n but differing l , however, allow optical fields of modest strengths to produce Rabi frequencies larger than optical frequencies. We demonstrate that these optical fields can therefore readily excite the higher angular momentum states, and we examine the consequences of this coupling. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  15. \\cal{PT} -symmetry in Rydberg atoms

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    Ziauddin; Chuang, You-Lin; Lee, Ray-Kuang

    2016-07-01

    We propose a scheme to realize parity-time ( {PT} )-symmetry in an ensemble of strongly interacting Rydberg atoms, which act as superatoms due to the dipole blockade mechanism. We show that Rydberg-dressed 87Rb atoms in a four-level inverted Y-type configuration is highly efficient to generate the refractive index for a probe field, with a symmetric (antisymmetric) profile spatially in the corresponding real (imaginary) part. Comparing with earlier investigations, the present scheme provides a versatile platform to control the system from {PT} -symmetry to non-PT -symmetry via different external parameters, i.e., coupling field detuning, probe field intensity and control field intensity.

  16. Phase Modulation in Rydberg Dressed Multi-Wave Mixing processes.

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    Zhang, Zhaoyang; Zheng, Huaibin; Yao, Xin; Tian, Yaling; Che, Junling; Wang, Xiuxiu; Zhu, Dayu; Zhang, Yanpeng; Xiao, Min

    2015-01-01

    We study the enhancement and suppression of different multi-waving mixing (MWM) processes in a Rydberg-EIT rubidium vapor system both theoretically and experimentally. The nonlinear dispersion property of hot rubidium atoms is modulated by the Rydberg-Rydberg interaction, which can result in a nonlinear phase shift of the relative phase between dark and bright states. Such Rydberg-induced nonlinear phase shift can be quantitatively estimated by the lineshape asymmetry in the enhancedand suppressed MWM processes, which can also demonstrate the cooperative atom-light interaction caused by Rydberg blockaded regime. Current study on phase shift is applicable to phase-sensitive detection and the study of strong Rydberg-Rydberg interaction. PMID:26053438

  17. Phase Modulation in Rydberg Dressed Multi-Wave Mixing processes

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    Zhang, Zhaoyang; Zheng, Huaibin; Yao, Xin; Tian, Yaling; Che, Junling; Wang, Xiuxiu; Zhu, Dayu; Zhang, Yanpeng; Xiao, Min

    2015-01-01

    We study the enhancement and suppression of different multi-waving mixing (MWM) processes in a Rydberg-EIT rubidium vapor system both theoretically and experimentally. The nonlinear dispersion property of hot rubidium atoms is modulated by the Rydberg-Rydberg interaction, which can result in a nonlinear phase shift of the relative phase between dark and bright states. Such Rydberg-induced nonlinear phase shift can be quantitatively estimated by the lineshape asymmetry in the enhancedand suppressed MWM processes, which can also demonstrate the cooperative atom-light interaction caused by Rydberg blockaded regime. Current study on phase shift is applicable to phase-sensitive detection and the study of strong Rydberg-Rydberg interaction. PMID:26053438

  18. Three pro-nuclei (3PN) incidence factors and clinical outcomes: a retrospective study from the fresh embryo transfer of in vitro fertilization with donor sperm (IVF-D)

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    Li, Mingzhao; Zhao, Wanqiu; Xue, Xia; Zhang, Silin; Shi, Wenhao; Shi, Juanzi

    2015-01-01

    Objectives: The aim of this study was to explore the main factors of 3PN incidence and determine whether the presence of 3PN could lead to a worse pregnancy outcome. Methods: This study included 508 IVF-D (in vitro fertilization with donor sperm) cycles from January 2013 to September 2014. The patients were divided into three groups as follows: group 1 included patients with no 3PN zygotes, group 2 included patients with 1%-25% 3PN zygotes and group 3 included patients with > 25% 3PN zygotes. Results: We observed that more retrieved oocytes and higher HCG day peak E2 value could result in 3PN incidence more easily. When the 3PN zygotes rate was > 25%, the percentages of normal fertilization (68.4% and 66.3% and 46.4%, P < 0.001), day 3 grade I+II embryos (41.2% and 38.6% and 25.8%, P < 0.001), day 3 grade I+II+III embryos (68.7% and 65.2% and 61.4%, P = 0.032) and implantation rates (52.1% and 50.8% and 45.4%, P = 0.026) were significantly lower than that in the other two groups respectively. The pregnancy rate was lower in 3PN > 25% group than that in the other two groups but there was no significant difference (65.2% and 66.7% and 55.6%, P = 0.266). The cleavage (98.3% and 97.2% and 98.2%, P = 0.063) and early abortion (7.1% and 8.0% and 8.6%, P = 0.930) rate were identical among three groups. Conclusions: More retrieved oocytes and higher HCG day peak E2 value could result in 3PN incidence more easily. Interestingly, normal fertilization rate, day-3 grade I+II embryos rate, day-3 grade I+II+III embryos rate and implantation rate were significantly lower in IVF-D cycles with a 3PN incidence of > 25%. The number of day-3 grade I+II embryos might be a key factor for pregnancy in IVF-D cycles with a 3PN incidence of > 25%. PMID:26550358

  19. Heavy-Rydberg ion-pair formation in collisions of Rydberg atoms with attaching targets

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    Wang, Changhao; Kelley, Michael; Dunning, F. Barry

    2012-06-01

    Collisions between K(np) Rydberg atoms and electron attaching targets can lead to the creation of heavy-Rydberg ion-pair states comprising a weakly-bound positive-negative ion pair orbiting at large internuclear separations. The lifetimes of such states and their correlation with binding energy and the channels available for decay, which can be controlled by varying n, the Rydberg atom velocity, and the target species, are being investigated. The ion-pair states are produced in a small collision cell and allowed to exit to form a beam that passes between a pair of electrodes where their number and binding energy distribution is determined by electric field induced dissociation. Ion-pair production is analyzed with the aid of a Monte Carlo collision code that models both initial Rydberg electron capture and the subsequent evolution of the product ion pair. Research supported by the Robert A Welch Foundation.

  20. EDITORIAL: Special issue on Rydberg physics

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    Côté, Robin; Pattard, Thomas; Weidemüller, Matthias

    2005-01-01

    Atoms and molecules in highly excited electronic states ('Rydberg atoms') have been the object of broad scientific research for almost a century. Despite this long history, the field of research has never lost its buoyancy, and recent years in particular have seen a tremendous revival of interest in the physics of Rydberg atoms and molecules from many different perspectives. Rydberg systems touch a wide range of research areas including, among others, ultralong-range molecules, artificial ('designer') atoms, quantum chaos, quantum information, ultracold Rydberg gases and plasmas, and anti-hydrogen formation. Due to the many fields involved, the physical insight and technical know-how are scattered over different communities. The goal of this special issue is to provide an integral overview of the latest developments in this highly innovative research field and to make the physical knowledge available to a wide audience. Groups from various fields of atomic, molecular and optical physics as well as condensed matter and plasma physics have contributed to this issue, which therefore spans a wide range of areas connected through the common theme: 'Rydberg physics'. This name was given to a four-week International Workshop and Seminar which was held from 19 April to 14 May 2004 at the Max-Planck-Institut für Physik Komplexer Systeme in Dresden, Germany, and organized by the three of us. The workshop and seminar programme was a very successful mixture of topics bringing together colleagues working in different but related areas of research centred about the physics of highly excited Rydberg atoms and molecules. We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to the organization team of the MPI-PKS Dresden, especially the Director, Jan-Michael Rost, and the Visitors' Programme coordinator, Mandy Lochar. The generous support of the Max Planck Society, which made this successful workshop and seminar possible, is also gratefully acknowledged. Inspired by the

  1. Resonant electric dipole-dipole interactions between cold Rydberg atoms in a magnetic field

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    Afrousheh, Kourosh; Bohlouli-Zanjani, Parisa; Carter, Jeffery; Mugford, Ashton; Martin, James D. D.

    2006-05-01

    Laser cooled Rb atoms were optically excited to 46d5/2 Rydberg states. A microwave pulse transferred a fraction of the atoms to the 47p3/2 Rydberg state. The resonant electric dipole-dipole interactions between atoms in these two states were probed using the linewidth of the two-photon microwave transitions 46d5/2 -- 47d5/2. The presence of a weak magnetic field (roughly 1 G) reduced the observed line broadening, indicating that the interaction is suppressed by the field. The field removes some of the energy degeneracies responsible foe the resonant interaction, and this is the basis for a quantitative model of the resulting suppression. A technique for the calibration of magnetic field strengths using the 34s1/2 -- 34p1/2 one-photon transition is also presented.

  2. Resonant electric dipole-dipole interactions between cold Rydberg atoms in a magnetic field

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    Afrousheh, K.; Bohlouli-Zanjani, P.; Carter, J. D.; Mugford, A.; Martin, J. D. D.

    2006-06-01

    Laser-cooled Rb85 atoms were optically excited to 46d5/2 Rydberg states. A microwave pulse transferred a fraction of the atoms to the 47p3/2 Rydberg state. The resonant electric dipole-dipole interactions between atoms in these two states were probed using the linewidth of the two-photon microwave transition 46d5/2-47d5/2 . The presence of a weak magnetic field ≈0.5G reduced the observed line broadening, indicating that the interaction is suppressed by the field. The field removes some of the energy degeneracies responsible for the resonant interaction, and this is the basis for a quantitative model of the resulting suppression. A technique for the calibration of magnetic field strengths using the 34s1/2-34p1/2 one-photon transition is also presented.

  3. Molecular ions, Rydberg spectroscopy and dynamics

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    Jungen, Ch.

    2015-01-22

    Ion spectroscopy, Rydberg spectroscopy and molecular dynamics are closely related subjects. Multichannel quantum defect theory is a theoretical approach which draws on this close relationship and thereby becomes a powerful tool for the study of systems consisting of a positively charged molecular ion core interacting with an electron which may be loosely bound or freely scattering.

  4. Spin squeezing in a Rydberg lattice clock.

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    Gil, L I R; Mukherjee, R; Bridge, E M; Jones, M P A; Pohl, T

    2014-03-14

    We theoretically demonstrate a viable approach to spin squeezing in optical lattice clocks via optical dressing of one clock state to a highly excited Rydberg state, generating switchable atomic interactions. For realistic experimental parameters, these interactions are shown to generate over 10 dB of squeezing in large ensembles within a few microseconds and without degrading the subsequent clock interrogation. PMID:24679291

  5. Rydberg Impurity Probes in Ultracold Gases

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    Mitchison, Mark; Johnson, Tomi; Plenio, Martin; Jaksch, Dieter

    2015-03-01

    Impurities immersed in ultracold gases can act as highly sensitive, tunable and potentially non-destructive probes of their environment. In this setting, we propose the use of an atomic impurity in a Rydberg state to measure density fluctuations via Ramsey interferometry. The rapid collisional dynamics of the light Rydberg electron interacting with the heavy gas particles, combined with the capability to quickly change the state of the impurity with optical pulses, make such a probe ideal for measuring local properties of ultracold gases. Our proposed device promises angle-resolved density measurements with sub-micron spatial resolution, and with no need to integrate over the line of sight. We outline how Rydberg impurity probes could be applied to study various interesting quantum states of current experimental relevance. We also discuss the possibility of using multiple Rydberg atoms to extract the spatial pair distribution function g (2) (r). Our work is placed in the context of other recently proposed impurity-based probes.

  6. Vibrational modes in excited Rydberg states of acetone: A computational study

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    Shastri, Aparna; Singh, Param Jeet

    2016-04-01

    Computational studies of electronically excited states of the acetone molecule [(CH3)2CO] and its fully deuterated isotopologue [(CD3)2CO] are performed using the time dependent density functional (TDDFT) methodology. In addition to vertical excitation energies for singlet and triplet states, equilibrium geometries and vibrational frequencies of the n=3 Rydberg states (3s, 3p and 3d) are obtained. This is the first report of geometry optimization and frequency calculations for the 3px, 3pz, 3dyz, 3dxy, 3dxz, 3dx2-y2 and 3dz2 Rydberg states. Results of the geometry optimization indicate that the molecule retains approximate C2V geometry in most of these excited Rydberg states, with the most significant structural change seen in the CCO bond angle which is found to be reduced from the ground state value. Detailed comparison of the computationally predicted vibrational wavenumbers with experimental studies helps to confirm several of the earlier vibronic assignments while leading to revised/new assignments for some of the bands. The important role of hot bands in analysis of the room temperature photoabsorption spectra of acetone is corroborated by this study. While the vibrational frequencies in excited Rydberg states are overall found to be close to those of the ionic ground state, geometry optimization and vibrational frequency computation for each excited state proves to be very useful to arrive at a consistent set of vibronic assignments. Isotopic substitution helps in consolidating and confirming assignments. An offshoot of this study is the interpretation of the band at ~8.47 eV as the π-3s Rydberg transition converging to the second ionization potential.

  7. Observation of g/u-symmetry mixing in the high-n Rydberg states of HD

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    Sprecher, Daniel; Merkt, Frédéric

    2014-03-28

    The structure and dynamics of high-n Rydberg states belonging to series converging to the (v{sup +} = 0, N{sup +} = 0–2) levels of the X{sup +2}Σ{sub g}{sup +} electronic ground state of HD{sup +} were studied by high-resolution spectroscopy from the GK{sup 1}Σ{sub g}{sup +} (v= 1, N = 1) state under field-free conditions. Three effects of g/u-symmetry breaking were detected: (i) Single-photon transitions from the GK (v = 1, N = 1) state of gerade symmetry to the 30d2{sub 1} and 31g2{sub 2} Rydberg states of gerade symmetry were observed after careful compensation of the stray electric fields. (ii) The singlet 61p1{sub 2} Rydberg state of ungerade symmetry was found to autoionize to the N{sup +} = 0, ℓ = 2 ionization continuum of gerade symmetry with a lifetime of 77(10) ns. (iii) Shifts of up to 20 MHz induced by g/u-symmetry mixing were measured for members of the np1{sub 1} Rydberg series which lie close to nd2{sub 1} Rydberg states. These observations were analyzed in the framework of multichannel quantum-defect theory. From the observed level shifts, the off-diagonal eigenquantum-defect element μ{sub pd} of singlet-π symmetry was determined to be 0.0023(3) and the corresponding autoionization dynamics could be characterized. The ionization energy of the GK (v = 1, N = 1) state of HD was determined to be 12 710.544 23(10) cm{sup −1}.

  8. Dissociative ionization of sodium molecules via repulsive Rydberg states

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    Chen, Hong

    In this thesis, an investigation of two color resonance multiphoton ionization (REMPI) and fragmentation processes in Na2 has been performed in combination with Linear Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry technique. The ionization and dissociative ionizations channels in the energy range up to 2500cm -1 above the dissociative ionization threshold into Na(3s)+Na ++e have been studied. After a mild supersonic expansion from the beam source, neutral sodium dimers in the ground state have been produced. Two tunable, pulsed lasers excite Na2 molecules via the intermediate A1S+u state to a single ro-vibrational level of the second intermediate 21pig state. Following absorption of a third photon, the total energy is above the dissociation limit into Na(3s) + Na+ + e. Typically, a small portion of atomic ions is produced under our experimental conditions. By varying the total available energy below and through the doubly excited states correlating with the Na(3p)+Na(4s) atom pair, there is no evidence that the doubly excited states positioned in the ionic continuum get involved. By calculation of the expected transition probabilities for all possible channels which can decay directly and indirectly into atomic ions, I find that direct dissociative ionization via 12S+u is impossible. The transition probabilities for dissociative ionization via the repulsive Rydberg states with principal quantum numbers n from 5˜12 converging toward the 12S+u state are three to four orders of magnitude larger than those for direct ionization into the continuum of the X2S+g ground state. These repulsive Rydberg states are much more likely to play a role in the photo-ionization through the intermediate 21Pg state. A semi-classical model which was originally developed for negative ion dissociative attachment (O'MAL'67) describes how dissociative ionization occurs along the repulsive Rydberg states. Its prediction concerning the ratio of atomic to molecular ion production as a function of initial

  9. Laser resonance photoionization spectroscopy of Rydberg levels in Fr

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    Andreev, S.V.; Letokhov, V.S.; Mishin, V.I.

    1987-09-21

    We investigated for the first time the high-lying Rydberg levels in the rare radioactive element francium (Fr). The investigations were conducted by the highly sensitive laser resonance atomic photoionization technique with Fr atoms produced at a rate of about 10/sup 3/ atoms/s in a hot cavity. We measured the wave numbers of the 7p/sup 2/P/sub 3/2/..-->..nd/sup 2/D (n = 22--33) and 7p/sup 2/P/sub 3/2/..-->..ns/sup 2/S (n = 23, 25--27,29--31) transitions and found the binding energy of the 7p/sup 2/P/sub 3/2/ state to be T = -18 924.8(3) cm/sup -1/, which made it possible to establish accurately the ionization potential of Fr.

  10. Millimeter-wave rubidium Rydberg van der Waals spectroscopy

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    Han Jianing; Gallagher, T. F.

    2009-05-15

    We have observed the diatomic nsns{yields}ns(n+1)s{yields}(n+1)s(n+1)s microwave transitions of pairs of cold Rb Rydberg atoms for 36

  11. Cavity polaritons with Rydberg blockade and long-range interactions

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    Litinskaya, Marina; Tignone, Edoardo; Pupillo, Guido

    2016-08-01

    We study interactions between polaritons, arising when photons strongly couple to collective excitations in an array of two-level atoms trapped in an optical lattice inside a cavity. We consider two types of interactions between atoms: dipolar forces and atomic saturability, which range from hard-core repulsion to Rydberg blockade. We show that, in spite of the underlying repulsion in the subsystem of atomic excitations, saturability induces a broadband bunching of photons for two-polariton scattering states. We interpret this bunching as a result of interference, and trace it back to the mismatch of the quantization volumes for atomic excitations and photons. We also examine bound bipolaritonic states: these include states created by dipolar forces, as well as a gap bipolariton, which forms solely due to saturability effects in the atomic transition. Both types of bound states exhibit strong bunching in the photonic component. We discuss the dependence of bunching on experimentally relevant parameters.

  12. Intrication de deux atomes en utilisant le blocage de Rydberg

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    Gaëtan, A.

    2010-12-01

    Considérons un système quantique constitué de deux sous-systèmes : on dit qu'il est dans un état intriqué s'il existe des corrélations quantiques entre les états de ces derniers. La compréhension et la mise en œuvre d'états intriqués ont de nombreuses applications (métrologie quantique, étude des systèmes fortement corrélés, traitement quantique de l'information, etc.) et constituent le contexte général de ce travail de thèse. Plus en détail, nous démontrons la réalisation d'un état intriqué de deux atomes neutres piégés indépendamment. Pour cela, nous exploitons le phénomène de blocage de Rydberg : lorsqu'on essaie d'exciter simultanément deux atomes séparés de quelques micromètres vers un état de Rydberg donné, la forte interaction entre atomes de Rydberg peut empêcher cette excitation simultanée. Dans ce cas, seul un des deux atomes est excité et l'on génère ainsi des corrélations quantiques entre les états des deux atomes, c'est-à-dire de l'intrication. Dans notre expérience, deux atomes de 87Rb dans l'état fondamental 5S1/2 sont piégés chacun dans une pince optique microscopique, à une distance relative de 4 micromètres. En réalisant des transitions entre l'état 5S1/2 et l'état de Rydberg 58D3/2 par des transitions à deux photons, nous obtenons un état intriqué des deux atomes dans les sous-niveaux |5S1/2, f = 1, mf = 1> et |5S1/2, f = 2, mf = 2>. Afin de quantifier l'intrication, nous mesurons la fidélité par rapport à l'état-cible en réalisant des transitions Raman entre ces deux sous-niveaux. La fidélité des paires d'atomes présentes à la fin de l'expérience est supérieure à la valeur seuil de 0,5, ce qui prouve la création d'un état intriqué.

  13. Two Dimensional Non-commutative Space and Rydberg Atom Model

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    Chung, Won Sang

    2015-06-01

    In this paper we consider the case of only space-space non-commutativity in two dimension. We also discuss the Rydberg atom model in this space and use the linear realization of the coordinate and momentum operators to solve the Schrödinger equation for the Rydberg atom through the standard perturbation method. Finally, the thermodynamics for the Rydberg atom model is discussed.

  14. Vibronic and Rydberg series assignments in the vacuum ultraviolet absorption spectrum of nitrous oxide

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    Shastri, Aparna; Singh, Param Jeet; Krishnakumar, Sunanda; Mandal, Anuvab; Raja Sekhar, B. N.; D'Souza, R.; Jagatap, B. N.

    2014-11-01

    We report a comprehensive photoabsorption study of nitrous oxide (N2O) in the vacuum ultraviolet (45,000-95,000 cm-1) region using synchrotron radiation. The observed spectrum comprises of a few valence transitions and low lying Rydberg series converging to the two spin-orbit components (2П1/2,3/2) of the ground state of N2O+. Spectral analysis is aided by extensive quantum chemical calculations of vertical excited states, oscillator strengths and potential energy curves using the time dependent density functional theory. Vibronic bands observed in the first absorption system (45,000-60,000 cm-1) are assigned to hot band progressions in υ2‧ originating from v″=1 or 2. New insights into the assignment of the well-formed progression of bands in the X1Σ+→C1П system (60,000-72,000 cm-1) are afforded by consideration of the Renner-Teller interaction. A set of molecular vibrational parameters (ω2=467 cm-1, x22=-2.9, ε=-0.24) for the C1П state are derived from a fitting of the experimental data. The 3pπ1Σ+ state at ~77,600 cm-1 shows a large quantum defect (0.96) which is explained as arising due to mixed valence-Rydberg character. In the 85,000-95,000 cm-1 region, a number of absorption features are observed with greater clarity than in earlier photoabsorption studies and assigned to Rydberg series of type nlλ (n=3,4; l=s,p,d; λ=σ,π,δ) and accompanying vibronic bands. This work has resulted in clarification of several discrepancies in earlier Rydberg series assignments. Additionally, the 3pπ 3Σ- Rydberg state at 85,788 cm-1, the valence transition 7σ→3π (1П) at 87,433 cm-1 and the 3dλ Rydberg series in the 91,700-92,600 cm-1 region are assigned for the first time.

  15. Ultracold Long-Range Rydberg Molecules with Complex Multichannel Spectra

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    Eiles, Matthew; Greene, Chris

    2016-05-01

    A generalized class of exotic long-range Rydberg molecules consisting of a multichannel Rydberg atom bound to a distant ground state atom by the Rydberg electron is predicted. These molecules are characterized by the rich physics provided by the strongly perturbed multichannel Rydberg spectra of divalent atoms, in contrast to the regular Rydberg series of the alkali atoms used to form Rydberg molecules to date. These multichannel Rydberg molecules exhibit favorable properties for laser excitation, because states exist where the quantum defect varies strongly with the principal quantum number n. In particular, the nd Rydberg state of calcium becomes nearly degenerate with states of high orbital angular momentum over the range 17 < n < 22 , promoting its admixture into the high l deeply bound ``trilobite'' molecule states and thereby circumventing the usual difficulty posed by electric dipole selection rules. Further novel molecular states are predicted to occur in the low- J states of silicon, which are strongly perturbed due to channel interactions between Rydberg series leading to the spin-orbit split ionization thresholds. These interactions manifest themselves in potential curves exhibiting two distinct length scales, providing novel opportunities for quantum manipulation. Supported in part by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. PHY-1306905.

  16. Ultralong-range triatomic Rydberg molecules in an electric field

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    Aguilera Fernández, Javier; Schmelcher, Peter; González-Férez, Rosario

    2016-06-01

    We investigate the electronic structure of a triatomic Rydberg molecule formed by a Rydberg atom and two neutral ground-state atoms. Taking into account the s-wave and p-wave interactions, we perform electronic structure calculations and analyze the adiabatic electronic potentials evolving from the Rb (n=35,l≥slant 3) Rydberg degenerate manifold. We hereby focus on three different classes of geometries of the Rydberg molecules, including symmetric, asymmetric and planar configurations. The metamorphosis of these potential energy surfaces in the presence of an external electric field is explored.

  17. The rise of Rydberg physics

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    Cooper, Keith

    2016-04-01

    Quantum computers of the future could operate via the energy transitions of excited atoms, or even from pure light, if a rapidly growing area of atomic physics continues to meet with success, writes Keith Cooper.

  18. Tests of Theory in Rydberg States of One-Electron Ions

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    Tan, Joseph N.; Mohr, Peter J.

    Comparison of optical frequency measurements to predictions of quantum electrodynamics (QED) for Rydberg states of one-electron ions can test theory and allow new determinations of constants of nature to be made. Simplifications in the QED theory of high-angular-momentum states reduces the uncertainty in the prediction of transition frequencies to a level where a new value of the Rydberg constant which is independent of the proton radius can be determined. Since the energy-level spacing between neighbouring Rydberg states grows as the square of the nuclear charge number, it is possible to study transitions with optical frequencies that are accessible to femtosecond laser frequency combs. Recently at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), highly charged ions (including bare nuclei) created in an Electron Beam Ion Trap (EBIT) were extracted and captured in a novel compact Penning trap. An ongoing experiment aims to produce one-electron ions isolated in an ion trap designed for laser spectroscopy. Tests of theory in a regime free of nuclear effects would be valuable in shedding light on the puzzle surrounding the large discrepancy in the value of the proton radius inferred from the observed Lamb shift in muonic hydrogen as compared to the value deduced from hydrogen and deuterium spectroscopy and electron scattering measurements.

  19. Collisional destruction of circular Rydberg states by atoms with small electron affinities

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    Mironchuk, Elena S.; Narits, Alexander A.; Lebedev, Vladimir S.

    2014-12-01

    The results of theoretical studies of interaction between neutral targets with small electron affinities and Rydberg atoms in circular states are reported. The cross sections of collisional destruction of such states due to the resonant quenching mechanism are calculated on the basis of the semiclassical theory of nonadiabatic transitions between the ionic and Rydberg covalent terms of a quasimolecule combined with recently developed technique for exact evaluation of matrix elements. We obtain the basic formula for the square of the coupling parameter involving Rydberg nlm-state with the given values of the principal, orbital, and magnetic quantum numbers. It is employed for the derivation of explicit expressions for transitions from circular states applicable in cases of s- and p-states of negative ion temporarily formed during a collision of atoms. Numerical calculations are carried out for thermal collisions of Li∗ and Na∗ atoms with Ca(4s2) and Sr(5s2). We explore n-, l-, m-, and velocity-dependences of the cross sections and analyze orientation effects in such collisions. Cross sections of resonant quenching for circular states (l = | m | = n - 1) are shown to be much smaller than those for states with small l values and typically two times lower than for nearly-circular states (l = n - 1) averaged over m.

  20. Experimental efforts at NIST towards one-electron ions in circular Rydberg states

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    Tan, Joseph N.; Brewer, Samuel M.; Guise, Nicholas D.

    2011-06-01

    Experimental effort is underway at NIST to enable tests of theory with one-electron ions synthesized in circular Rydberg states from captured bare nuclei. Problematic effects that limit the accuracy of predicted energy levels for low-lying states are vanishingly small for high-angular-momentum (high-L) states; in particular, the nuclear size correction for high-L states is completely negligible for any foreseeable improvement of measurement precision. As an initial step towards realizing such states, highly charged ions are extracted from the NIST electron beam ion trap (EBIT) and steered through the electrodes of a Penning trap. The goal is to capture bare nuclei in the Penning trap for experiments to make one-electron atoms in circular Rydberg states with dipole (E1) transitions in the optical domain accessible to a frequency comb.

  1. Spin Transport in Ultracold Rydberg Atoms

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    Hollingsworth, Jacob; Mukherjee, Rick; Killian, Thomas; Hazzard, Kaden

    2016-05-01

    We devise a scheme to use ultracold Rydberg atoms to study models of transport where Rydberg excitations play the role of tunneling particles. In contrast to previous schemes, where ``tunnelings'' between atoms separated by a distance r often scale as 1 /r3 , ours scale as 1 /r6 , for which the physics is more similar to short-ranged hopping models. We theoretically demonstrate that current experiments exist in a regime that allows significant transport well within the experimental lifetime - several microns in a microsecond, and derive the experimental parameters for strontium atoms that are necessary to access this regime. We also show how disorder may be introduced and controlled precisely via the depth of an applied optical lattice. We explore the dynamics, looking for signatures of ballistic, diffusive, and localized behavior as a function of the types and strength of disorder applied.

  2. Thermal ionization of Cs Rydberg states

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    Glukhov, I. L.; Ovsiannikov, V. D.

    2009-01-01

    Rates Pnl of photoionization from Rydberg ns-, np-, nd-states of a valence electron in Cs, induced by black-body radiation, were calculated on the basis of the modified Fues model potential method. The numerical data were approximated with a three-term expression which reproduces in a simple analytical form the dependence of Pnl on the ambient temperature T and on the principal quantum number n. The comparison between approximate and exactly calculated values of the thermal ionization rate demonstrates the applicability of the proposed approximation for highly excited states with n from 20 to 100 in a wide temperature range of T from 100 to 10,000 K. We present coefficients of this approximation for the s-, p- and d-series of Rydberg states.

  3. Rydberg ensemble based CNOTN gates using STIRAP

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    Gujarati, Tanvi; Duan, Luming

    2016-05-01

    Schemes for implementation of CNOT gates in atomic ensembles are important for realization of quantum computing. We present here a theoretical scheme of a CNOTN gate with an ensemble of three-level atoms in the lambda configuration and a single two-level control atom. We work in the regime of Rydberg blockade for the ensemble atoms due to excitation of the Rydberg control atom. It is shown that using STIRAP, atoms from one ground state of the ensemble can be adiabatically transferred to the other ground state, depending on the state of the control atom. A thorough analysis of adiabatic conditions for this scheme and the influence of the radiative decay is provided. We show that the CNOTN process is immune to the decay rate of the excited level in ensemble atoms. This work is supported by the ARL, the IARPA LogiQ program, and the AFOSR MURI program.

  4. Strong enhancement of Penning ionization for asymmetric atom pairs in cold Rydberg gases: the Tom and Jerry effect

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    Efimov, D. K.; Miculis, K.; Bezuglov, N. N.; Ekers, A.

    2016-06-01

    We consider Penning ionization of Rydberg atom pairs as an Auger-type process induced by the dipole–dipole interaction and employ semiclassical formulae for dipole transitions to calculate the autoionization width as a function of the principal quantum numbers, n d , n i , of both atoms. While for symmetric atom pairs with {n}d={n}i={n}0 the well-known increase of the autoionization width with increasing n 0 is obtained, the result for asymmetric pairs is counterintuitive—for a fixed n i of the ionizing atom of the pair, the autoionization width strongly increases with decreasing n d of the de-excited atom. For H Rydberg atoms this increase reaches two orders of magnitude at the maximum of the n d dependence, and the same type of counterintuitive behavior is exhibited also by Na, Rb and Cs atoms. This is a purely quantum-mechanical effect, which points towards existence of optimal (we call them ‘Tom’ and ‘Jerry’ for ‘big’ and ‘small’) pairs of Rydberg atoms with respect to autoionization efficiency. Building on the model of population redistribution in cold Rydberg gases proposed in [1], we demonstrate that population evolution following the initial laser excitation of Rydberg atoms in state n 0 would eventually lead to the formation of such Tom–Jerry pairs with {n}i\\gt {n}0\\gt {n}d which feature autoionization widths that are enhanced by several orders of magnitude compared to that of two atoms in the initial laser-excited state n 0. We also show that in the high-density regime of cold Rydberg gas experiments the ionization rate of Tom–Jerry pairs can be substantially larger than the blackbody radiation-induced photoionization rate.

  5. Formation of heavy-Rydberg ion-pair states in Rydberg atom collisions with attaching targets

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    Wang, Changhao; Kelley, Michael; Buathong, Sitti; Dunning, F. Barry

    2014-05-01

    Electron transfer in collisions between K(np)Rydberg atoms and electron attaching molecules can lead to formation of heavy-Rydberg ion-pair states comprising a weakly-bound positive-negative ion pair orbiting at large internuclear separations. In the present work ion-pair states are created in a small collision cell and allowed to exit into an analysis region where their binding energy and velocity distributions are determined with the aid of electric-field-induced dissociation and a position sensitive detector. Ion pair production is analyzed using a Monte Carlo collision code that models both the initial Rydberg electron capture and the subsequent behavior of the product ion pair. The data demonstrate that collisions with SF6 and CCl4 lead to formation of long-lived ion pair states with a broad distribution of binding energies whose velocity distribution is strongly peaked in the forward direction. Research supported by the Robert A. Welch Foundation.

  6. Observation of ultralong range Rydberg molecules

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    Shaffer, James

    2009-05-01

    In 1934, Enrico Fermi described the scattering of a low energy electron from a neutral atom by using the ideas of scattering length and pseudopotential. Although the long range potential for an electron-atom interaction is always attractive, Fermi realized that the s-wave scattering length that characterizes the low energy collision can be either positive or negative. For a positive scattering length, the wavefunction of the electron is shifted away from the atom, the electron is repelled; whereas for a negative scattering length, the wavefunction of the electron is shifted to the atom, the electron is attracted. Based on Fermi's approach, Greene and co-workers predicted a novel molecular binding mechanism where a low energy Rydberg electron is scattered from a ground state atom in the case of negative scattering length. In this situation, the interaction between the electron and ground state atom is attractive and results in the formation of bound states of the ground state atom and the Rydberg atom. Molecules bound by electron scattering can have an internuclear separation of several thousand Bohr radii and are very different from molecules formed by 2 Rydberg atoms where the binding is the result of multipolar forces between the atoms alone. In this talk, we present experimental data on the observation of these exotic molecular states for Rb Rydberg atoms in S states for principal quantum numbers n between 34 and 40. The spectroscopic results for the vibrational ground and first excited state of the dimer Rb(5S)-Rb(nS) are presented and the s-wave scattering length for electron-Rb(5S) scattering in the low energy regime where the kinetic energy is less than 100 meV. Finally, we discuss and present data on the lifetimes and decay mechanisms of these molecules in a magnetic trap.

  7. Quantum magnetism of alkali Rydberg atoms

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    Malinovskaya, Svetlana; Liu, Gengyuan

    2016-05-01

    We discuss a method to control dynamics in many-body spin states of 87Rb Rydberg atoms. The method permits excitation of cold gases and form ordered structures of alkali atoms. It makes use of a two-photon excitation scheme with circularly polarized and linearly chirped pulses. The method aims for controlled quantum state preparation in large ensembles. It is actual for experiments studding the spin hopping dynamics and realization of quantum random walks.

  8. Microscopic Characterization of Scalable Coherent Rydberg Superatoms

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    Zeiher, Johannes; Schauß, Peter; Hild, Sebastian; Macrı, Tommaso; Bloch, Immanuel; Gross, Christian

    2015-07-01

    Strong interactions can amplify quantum effects such that they become important on macroscopic scales. Controlling these coherently on a single-particle level is essential for the tailored preparation of strongly correlated quantum systems and opens up new prospects for quantum technologies. Rydberg atoms offer such strong interactions, which lead to extreme nonlinearities in laser-coupled atomic ensembles. As a result, multiple excitation of a micrometer-sized cloud can be blocked while the light-matter coupling becomes collectively enhanced. The resulting two-level system, often called a "superatom," is a valuable resource for quantum information, providing a collective qubit. Here, we report on the preparation of 2 orders of magnitude scalable superatoms utilizing the large interaction strength provided by Rydberg atoms combined with precise control of an ensemble of ultracold atoms in an optical lattice. The latter is achieved with sub-shot-noise precision by local manipulation of a two-dimensional Mott insulator. We microscopically confirm the superatom picture by in situ detection of the Rydberg excitations and observe the characteristic square-root scaling of the optical coupling with the number of atoms. Enabled by the full control over the atomic sample, including the motional degrees of freedom, we infer the overlap of the produced many-body state with a W state from the observed Rabi oscillations and deduce the presence of entanglement. Finally, we investigate the breakdown of the superatom picture when two Rydberg excitations are present in the system, which leads to dephasing and a loss of coherence.

  9. Nonlinear quantum optics mediated by Rydberg interactions

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    Firstenberg, O.; Adams, C. S.; Hofferberth, S.

    2016-08-01

    By mapping the strong interaction between Rydberg excitations in ultra-cold atomic ensembles onto single photons via electromagnetically induced transparency, it is now possible to realize a medium which exhibits a strong optical nonlinearity at the level of individual photons. We review the theoretical concepts and the experimental state-of-the-art of this exciting new field, and discuss first applications in the field of all-optical quantum information processing.

  10. Cold Rydberg atoms in strong magnetic fields

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    Guest, J. R.; Choi, J.-H.; Povilus, A.; Raithel, G.

    2003-05-01

    The combination of laser-cooling and trapping methods with Rydberg-atom spectroscopy has opened the door to the study of novel ultracold atomic and plasma systems. In particular, the study of Rydberg atoms in strong magnetic fields, which has previously been restricted to optically accessible low azimuthal quantum numbers |m|, has been expanded to include high azimuthal quantum numbers |m| through new collisional and recombinative processes which can play a role in this regime. We describe our efforts to realize this new regime experimentally with a superconducting atom and plasma trap. In theoretical work, we have implemented an efficient method to calculate the spectra of Rydberg atoms in strong magnetic fields. We use adiabatic basis sets that reflect the disparate time scales of the electronic motion parallel and transverse to the magnetic field. We find that, with increasing absolute value of |m|, non-adiabatic corrections become negligible, the adiabatic basis states and their energies become exact solutions, and the level statistics evolve from a Wigner to a Possonian distribution of the nearest-neighbor energy separations. The analogy between the adiabatically separable regime of large |m| and the behavior of charged particles in Penning traps will be discussed.

  11. Effective Field Theory for Rydberg Polaritons

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    Gullans, M. J.; Wang, Y.; Thompson, J. D.; Liang, Q.-Y.; Vuletic, V.; Lukin, M. D.; Gorshkov, A. V.

    2016-05-01

    Photons can be made to strongly interact by dressing them with atomic Rydberg states under conditions of electromagnetic induced transparency. Probing Rydberg polaritons in the few-body limit, recent experiments were able to observe non-perturbative two-body effects including: single photon switching and the formation of bound states. Although the two-body problem is amenable to exact solutions, such approaches quickly become intractable for more than two particles. To overcome this problem, we study non-perturbative effects in N-body scattering of Rydberg polaritons using effective field theory (EFT). For attractive interactions, we show how a suitably long medium can be used to prepare shallow N-body bound states in one dimension. We verify this prediction for two and three photons using full numerical simulations. We then consider conditions under which the effective interactions are repulsive and study two and three photon transmission. Finally, we show how to go beyond EFT by measuring the three-body contact force or, alternatively, scattering at high relative momenta.

  12. Transport of charge and atomic particles in Rydberg state-rich plasmas

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    Hagström, Magnus; Davidsson, Jan; Holmlid, Leif

    1998-02-01

    New methods make it possible to form considerable flux densities of Rydberg atoms of alkali metals. It is now possible to study the transport processes in regions where the density of Rydberg atoms is large. Examples of such studies have been given by Svensson and coworkers. In the present study, 0022-3727/31/4/013/img1 ions and Rydberg states 0022-3727/31/4/013/img2 are formed by desorption at 1300-1800 K from an Ir surface covered by a thin graphite layer. Due to the very large cross sections for collision processes involving Rydberg species, the Rydberg state-rich plasma between the Ir emitter and a cold grid electrode is not collision free, even at a pressure of 0022-3727/31/4/013/img3 mbar. Electron or 0022-3727/31/4/013/img4 emission takes place from the grid at a rate controlled by the flux of 0022-3727/31/4/013/img1 and 0022-3727/31/4/013/img2. The transition to penetration of 0022-3727/31/4/013/img1 and 0022-3727/31/4/013/img2 through the cloud of excited species between the emitter and grid is observed directly by molecular beam and ion sampling to detectors in a separate chamber. There is a space-charge limited behaviour for the positive current through the plasma as well as, in some modes, a clear positive saturation current, which shows that little gas phase ionization takes place. A current larger than expected from the saturation current as well as maxima in the voltage dependences are observed at high Rydberg densities. These effects are probably caused by space charge compensation due to a dielectric phase of condensed excited species, which means, for example, that the effective distance between the emitter and grid is decreased, as observed. The temperature variation of the space charge limited behaviour gives an activation energy of 0022-3727/31/4/013/img9, while the saturation current gives an activation energy of 0022-3727/31/4/013/img10. This agrees well with the electronic excitations 0022-3727/31/4/013/img11 at 0.90 eV and 0022

  13. Slow-light polaritons in Rydberg gases

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    Fleischhauer, Michael

    2012-02-01

    Slow-light polaritons are quasi-particles generated in the interaction of photons with laser-driven atoms with a λ- or ladder-type coupling scheme under conditions of electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT). They are a superposition of electromagnetic and collective spin excitations. If one of the states making up the atomic spin is a high lying Rydberg level, the polaritons are subject to a strong and non-local interaction mediated by a dipole-dipole or van-der Waals coupling between excited Rydberg atoms. I will present and discuss an effective many-body model for these Rydberg polaritons. Depending on the detuning of the control laser the interaction potential between the polaritons can be repulsive or attractive and can have a large imaginary component for distances less than the so-called blockade radius. The non-local effective interaction gives rize to interesting many-body phenomena such as the generation of photons with an avoided volume, visible in stronlgy suppressed two-particle correlations inside the blockade volume. Moreover the long-range, power-law scaling of the interaction can in the repulsive case give rize to the formation of quasi-crystalline structures of photons. In a one dimensional system the low-energy dynamics of the polaritons can be described in terms of a Luttinger liquid. Using DMRG simulations the Luttinger K parameter is calculated and conditions for the formation of a quasi-crystal are derived. When confined to a two-dimensional geometry, e.g. using a resonator with quasi-degenerate transversal mode spectrum, Rydberg polaritons are an interesting candidate to study the bosonic fractional quantum Hall effect. I will argue that the formation of photons with an avoided volume is essential for explaining recent experiments on stationary EIT in Rydberg gases [1,2].[4pt] [1] J.D. Pritchard et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 193603 (2010). [0pt] [2] D. Petrosyan, J. Otterbach, and M. Fleischhauer, arXiv:1106.1360

  14. Storage enhanced non-linearities in a cold Rydberg ensemble

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    Distante, Emanuele; Padron-Brito, Auxiliadora; Cristiani, Matteo; Paredes-Barato, David; de Riedmatten, Hugues

    2016-05-01

    The possibility to control the interaction between photons provided by highly nonlinear media is a key ingredient to the goal of quantum information processing using photons and a unique tool to study the dynamics of the many-body correlated system. To mediate this interaction, one can exploit electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) to map the state of the photons into atomic coherence in the form of Rydberg dark-state polaritons. The combination of EIT with the nonlinear interaction between Rydberg atoms provides and effective interaction between photons. By measuring the dynamics of stored Rydberg polaritons, we experimentally demonstrate that storing a probe pulse as Rydberg polaritons strongly enhances the Rydberg mediated interaction compared to the slow-propagation case. We show that the process is characterized by two time scales. We measure a strong enhancement of the interaction at short time scales. By measuring the time-dependent coherence of the stored polariton, we also show that the long time scale dynamics is dominated by Rydberg induced dephasing of the multiparticle components of the state. Our results have a direct consequence in Rydberg quantum optics and enable the test of new theories of strongly interacting Rydberg systems. This work has been funded by: ERC starting Grant QuLIMA, MINECO, Severo Ochoa Grant, AUGAUR and the Europea Union's Horizon 2020.

  15. Spatial correlations between Rydberg atoms in an optical dipole trap

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    Schwarzkopf, A.; Anderson, D. A.; Thaicharoen, N.; Raithel, G.

    2013-12-01

    We use direct spatial ion imaging of cold 85Rb Rydberg atom clouds to measure the Rydberg-Rydberg correlation function, with and without light-shift potentials generated by an optical dipole trap. We find that the blockade radius depends on laser detunings and spatially varying light shifts. At certain laser detunings the probability of exciting Rydberg atoms at particular separations is enhanced, which we interpret to be a result of direct two-photon excitation of Rydberg atom pairs. The results are in accordance with predictions [F. Robicheaux and J. V. Hernández, Phys. Rev. A 72, 063403 (2005), 10.1103/PhysRevA.72.063403] and a model we develop that accounts for a one-dimensional dipole-trap potential.

  16. Simulated quantum process tomography of quantum gates with Rydberg superatoms

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    Beterov, I. I.; Saffman, M.; Yakshina, E. A.; Tretyakov, D. B.; Entin, V. M.; Hamzina, G. N.; Ryabtsev, I. I.

    2016-06-01

    We have numerically simulated quantum tomography of single-qubit and two-qubit quantum gates with qubits represented by mesoscopic ensembles containing random numbers of atoms. Such ensembles of strongly interacting atoms in the regime of Rydberg blockade are known as Rydberg superatoms. The stimulated Raman adiabatic passage (STIRAP) in the regime of Rydberg blockade is used for determining Rydberg excitation in the ensemble, required for the storage of quantum information in the collective state of the atomic ensemble and implementation of two-qubit gates. The optimized shapes of the STIRAP pulses are used to achieve high fidelity of the population transfer. Our simulations confirm the validity and high fidelity of single-qubit and two-qubit gates with Rydberg superatoms.

  17. Rydberg Electrons in a Bose-Einstein Condensate.

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    Wang, Jia; Gacesa, Marko; Côté, R

    2015-06-19

    We investigate a hybrid system composed of ultracold Rydberg atoms immersed in an atomic Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC). The coupling between Rydberg electrons and BEC atoms leads to excitations of phonons, the exchange of which induces a Yukawa interaction between Rydberg atoms. Because of the small electron mass, the effective charge associated with this quasiparticle-mediated interaction can be large. Its range, equal to the BEC healing length, is tunable using Feshbach resonances to adjust the scattering length between BEC atoms. We find that for small healing lengths, the distortion of the BEC can "image" the Rydberg electron wave function, while for large healing lengths the induced attractive Yukawa potentials between Rydberg atoms are strong enough to bind them. PMID:26196974

  18. Pulsed Rydberg four-wave mixing with motion-induced dephasing in a thermal vapor

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    Chen, Yi-Hsin; Ripka, Fabian; Löw, Robert; Pfau, Tilman

    2016-01-01

    We report on time-resolved pulsed four-wave mixing (FWM) signals in a thermal Rubidium vapor involving a Rydberg state. We observe FWM signals with dephasing times up to 7 ns, strongly dependent on the excitation bandwidth to the Rydberg state. The excitation to the Rydberg state is driven by a pulsed two-photon transition on ns timescales. Combined with a cw de-excitation laser, a strongly directional and collective emission is generated according to a combination of the phase matching effect and averaging over Doppler classes. In contrast to a previous report (Huber et al. in Phys Rev A 90: 053806, 2014) using off-resonant FWM, at a resonant FWM scheme we observe additional revivals of the signal shortly after the incident pulse has ended. We infer that this is a revival of motion-induced constructive interference between the coherent emissions of the thermal atoms. The resonant FWM scheme reveals a richer temporal structure of the signals, compared to similar, but off-resonant excitation schemes. A simple explanation lies in the selectivity of Doppler classes. Our numerical simulations based on a four-level model including a whole Doppler ensemble can qualitatively describe the data.

  19. Microwave observations of the dipole-dipole interaction between cold Rydberg atoms

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    Afrousheh, K.; Bohlouli, P. Z.; Vagale, D.; Fedorov, M.; Mugford, A.; Martin, J. D. D.

    2004-05-01

    Neighboring Rydberg atoms may strongly interact through electric dipole-dipole couplings. Thus, temporary excitation to Rydberg states has been proposed for implementing elements of quantum information processing using cold neutral atoms. In this work we excited Rb atoms in a MOT to the 45d_5/2 Rydberg state. A microwave pulse was then used to transfer a variable amount of 45d_5/2 atoms to the 46p_3/2 state. Atoms in the 45d and 46p states strongly interact through an always resonant dipole-dipole interaction. We probe this by introducing a second microwave pulse which drives the 45d_5/2-46d_5/2 two photon transition. The dipole-dipole interaction between 46d and 46p states is relatively weak, so the observed spectra are dominated by the 45d-46p couplings between neighboring atoms. These results are discussed in the context of dipole-blockade, as proposed by Lukin et al., Phys. Rev. Lett., 87, 37901 (2001).

  20. Role of ion-pair states in the predissociation dynamics of Rydberg states of molecular iodine.

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    von Vangerow, J; Bogomolov, A S; Dozmorov, N V; Schomas, D; Stienkemeier, F; Baklanov, A V; Mudrich, M

    2016-07-28

    Using femtosecond pump-probe ion imaging spectroscopy, we establish the key role of I(+) + I(-) ion-pair (IP) states in the predissociation dynamics of molecular iodine I2 excited to Rydberg states. Two-photon excitation of Rydberg states lying above the lowest IP state dissociation threshold (1st tier) is found to be followed by direct parallel transitions into IP states of the 1st tier asymptotically correlating to a pair of I ions in their lowest states I(+)((3)P2) + I(-)((1)S0), of the 2nd tier correlating to I(+)((3)P0) + I(-)((1)S0), and of the 3rd tier correlating to I(+)((1)D2) + I(-)((1)S0). Predissociation via the 1st tier proceeds presumably with a delay of 1.6-1.7 ps which is close to the vibrational period in the 3rd tier state (3rd tier-mediated process). The 2nd tier IP state is concluded to be the main precursor for predissociation via lower lying Rydberg states proceeding with a characteristic time of 7-8 ps and giving rise to Rydberg atoms I(5s(2)5p(4)6s(1)). The channel generating I((2)P3/2) + I((2)P1/2) atoms with total kinetic energy corresponding to one-photon excitation is found to proceed via a pump - dump mechanism with dramatic change of angular anisotropy of this channel as compared with earlier nanosecond experiments. PMID:27353150

  1. Microwave ionization of Rydberg atoms

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    Gallagher, T.F.

    1996-12-31

    An atom can be ionized by a static field if the field depresses the potential below the binding energy W, leading to the requirement E = W{sup 2}/4 in atomic units. The atomic units of field and energy are 5.14 {times} 10{sup 9} V/cm and 27.2 eV. The ionization field is often expressed in terms of the principal quantum number n of the state in question as E = 1/16n{sup 4}. In a microwave field with frequency far less than the separation {Delta}W = 1/n{sup 3} between adjacent n states, atoms other than H ionize at the much lower microwave field amplitude of E = 1/3n{sup 5}. This field corresponds to the Inglis-Teller limit, where it is impossible to resolve spectrally adjacent n states due to Stark broadening in a plasma. In H ionization occurs as it does in a static field. The difference exists because the finite sized ionic core of a non hydrogenic atom breaks one of the symmetries found in H. In non hydrogenic atoms the microwave field drives a series of transitions through successively higher n states culminating in ionization. These transitions can be understood in terms of a Landau-Zener picture based on the variation of the energies of the atoms produced by the time varying field or as the resonant multiphoton absorption of the microwave photons. In either case, the atoms make transitions through real intermediate states en route to ionization. With short, four cycle, microwave pulses complete ionization does not occur with fields of E = 1/3n{sup 5}, and population is left in intermediate states. The transition from ionization at fields near E = 1/3n{sup 5} to fields of E = 1/16n{sup 4} occurs when the frequency becomes low enough that the energies of the states vary adiabatically in the temporally varying field.

  2. Static and dynamic polarizability for C{sup 2+} in Rydberg states

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    Stancalie, V.

    2015-07-15

    This work presents results from a non-perturbative calculation of dynamic polarizability of C III ions in 1s{sup 2}2sns ({sup 1}S{sup e}) Rydberg states. We employ a two-state model for dressed atomic states to investigate the effect of the frequency-dependent polarizability of optically dressed 1s{sup 2}2sns({sup 1}S{sup e}) states (n = 5 − 12) on transitions to nearby states (1s{sup 2}2pns({sup 1}P{sub 1}{sup o})). Our model calculation results indicate that the resonance structure of the polarizabilities is entirely captured by the transition terms whereas the free electron polarizability only provides a smooth background. The resonance structure is evident in the plots and the widths increase with increasing principal quantum number. This work refers to highly excited 1s{sup 2}2sns ({sup 1}S) Rydberg states, embedded in the electric dipole field of the 2s – 2p core transition in Li-like C{sup 3+} ion. The contributions of the individual transitions to the static polarizabilities of these Rydberg states are obtained from the use of the sum-over-state method. To this aim, both the C{sup 2+} ground state and the C{sup 3+} target state energies have been carefully calculated based on the configuration interactions method implemented in the General-purpose Relativistic Atomic Structure Package. Agreement is reasonably good with existing data wherever available. These results are believed to be the first such values for this system and will be important for ionic spectroscopy and plasma diagnostics.

  3. Photon-Photon Interactions via Rydberg Blockade

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    Gorshkov, Alexey V.; Otterbach, Johannes; Fleischhauer, Michael; Pohl, Thomas; Lukin, Mikhail D.

    2011-09-23

    We develop the theory of light propagation under the conditions of electromagnetically induced transparency in systems involving strongly interacting Rydberg states. Taking into account the quantum nature and the spatial propagation of light, we analyze interactions involving few-photon pulses. We show that this system can be used for the generation of nonclassical states of light including trains of single photons with an avoided volume between them, for implementing photon-photon gates, as well as for studying many-body phenomena with strongly correlated photons.

  4. Electro-optical properties of Rydberg excitons

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    Zielińska-Raczyńska, Sylwia; Ziemkiewicz, David; Czajkowski, Gerard

    2016-07-01

    We show how to compute the electro-optical functions (absorption, reflection, and transmission) when Rydberg exciton-polaritons appear, including the effect of the coherence between the electron-hole pair and the electromagnetic field. With the use of the real density matrix approach, numerical calculations applied for the Cu2O crystal are performed. We also examine in detail and explain the dependence of the resonance displacement on the state number and applied electric field strength. We report a fairly good agreement with recently published experimental data.

  5. Quantum Localization of the Kicked Rydberg Atom

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    Yoshida, S.; Reinhold, C. O.; Physics Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-6373 ; Burgdoerfer, J.; Physics Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-6373; Institute for Theoretical Physics, Vienna University of Technology, A1040 Vienna,

    2000-03-20

    We investigate the quantum localization of the one-dimensional Rydberg atom subject to a unidirectional periodic train of impulses. For high frequencies of the train the classical system becomes chaotic and leads to fast ionization. By contrast, the quantum system is found to be remarkably stable. We find this quantum localization to be directly related to the existence of ''scars'' of the unstable periodic orbits of the system. The localization length is given by the energy excursion along the periodic orbits. (c) 2000 The American Physical Society.

  6. Cold Rydberg atoms in circular states

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    Anderson, David; Schwarzkopf, Andrew; Raithel, Georg

    2012-06-01

    Circular-state Rydberg atoms are interesting in that they exhibit a unique combination of extraordinary properties; long lifetimes (˜n^5), large magnetic moments (l=|m|=n-1) and no first order Stark shift. Circular states have found applications in cavity quantum electrodynamics and precision measurements [1,2], among other studies. In this work we present the production of circular states in an atom trapping apparatus using an adiabatic state-switching method (the crossed-field method [3]). To date, we have observed lifetimes of adiabatically prepared states of several milliseconds. Their relatively large ionization electric fields have been verified by time-of-flight signatures of ion trajectories. We intend to explore the magnetic trapping of circular state Rydberg atoms, as well as their production and interaction properties in ultra-cold and degenerate samples.[4pt] [1] P. Bertet et al., Phys. Rev. Lett., 88, 14 (2002)[0pt] [2] M. Brune et al., Phys. Rev. Lett., 72, 21 (1994)[0pt] [3] D. Delande and J.C. Gay, Europhys. Lett., 5, 303-308 (1988).

  7. Filtering single atoms from Rydberg-blockaded mesoscopic ensembles

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    Petrosyan, David; Rao, D. D. Bhaktavatsala; Mølmer, Klaus

    2015-04-01

    We propose an efficient method to filter out single atoms from trapped ensembles with unknown numbers of atoms. The method employs stimulated adiabatic passage to reversibly transfer a single atom to the Rydberg state which blocks subsequent Rydberg excitation of all the other atoms within the ensemble. This triggers the excitation of Rydberg-blockaded atoms to short-lived intermediate states and their subsequent decay to untrapped states. Using an auxiliary microwave field to carefully engineer the dissipation, we obtain a nearly deterministic single-atom source. Our method is applicable to small atomic ensembles in individual microtraps and in lattice arrays.

  8. RF-dressed Rydberg atoms in hollow-core fibres

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    Veit, C.; Epple, G.; Kübler, H.; Euser, T. G.; Russell, P. St. J.; Löw, R.

    2016-07-01

    The giant electro-optical response of Rydberg atoms manifests itself in the emergence of sidebands in the Rydberg excitation spectrum if the atom is exposed to a radio-frequency (RF) electric field. Here we report on the study of RF-dressed Rydberg atoms inside hollow-core photonic crystal fibres, a system that enables the use of low modulation voltages and offers the prospect of miniaturised vapour-based electro-optical devices. Narrow spectroscopic features caused by the RF field are observed for modulation frequencies up to 500 MHz.

  9. Imaging Spatial Correlations of Rydberg Excitations in Cold Atom Clouds

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    Schwarzkopf, A.; Sapiro, R. E.; Raithel, G.

    2011-09-02

    We use direct spatial imaging of cold {sup 85}Rb Rydberg atom clouds to measure the Rydberg-Rydberg correlation function. The results are in qualitative agreement with theoretical predictions [F. Robicheaux and J. V. Hernandez, Phys. Rev. A 72, 063403 (2005)]. We determine the blockade radius for states 44D{sub 5/2}, 60D{sub 5/2}, and 70D{sub 5/2} and investigate the dependence of the correlation behavior on excitation conditions and detection delay. Experimental data hint at the existence of long-range order.

  10. Collisional and Radiative Processes in Adiabatic Deceleration, Deflection, and Off-Axis Trapping of a Rydberg Atom Beam

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    Seiler, Ch.; Hogan, S. D.; Schmutz, H.; Agner, J. A.; Merkt, F.

    2011-02-18

    A supersonic beam of Rydberg hydrogen atoms has been adiabatically deflected by 90 deg., decelerated to zero velocity in less than 25 {mu}s, and loaded into an electric trap. The deflection has allowed the suppression of collisions with atoms in the trailing part of the gas pulse. The processes leading to trap losses, i.e., fluorescence to the ground state, and transitions and ionization induced by blackbody radiation have been monitored over several milliseconds and quantitatively analyzed.

  11. Borromean three-body FRET in frozen Rydberg gases

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    Faoro, R.; Pelle, B.; Zuliani, A.; Cheinet, P.; Arimondo, E.; Pillet, P.

    2015-01-01

    Controlling the interactions between ultracold atoms is crucial for quantum simulation and computation purposes. Highly excited Rydberg atoms are considered in this prospect for their strong and controllable interactions known in the dipole-dipole case to induce non-radiative energy transfers between atom pairs, similarly to fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) in biological systems. Here we predict few-body FRET processes in Rydberg atoms and observe the first three-body resonance energy transfer in cold Rydberg atoms using cold caesium atoms. In these resonances, additional relay atoms carry away an energy excess preventing the two-body resonance, leading thus to a Borromean type of energy transfer. These few-body processes present strong similarities with multistep FRET between chromophores sometimes called donor-bridge-acceptor or superexchange. Most importantly, they generalize to any Rydberg atom and could lead to new implementations of few-body quantum gates or entanglement. PMID:26348821

  12. Atom-surface studies with Rb Rydberg atoms

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    Chao, Yuanxi; Sheng, Jiteng; Sedlacek, Jonathon; Shaffer, James

    2015-05-01

    We report on experimental and theoretical progress studying atom-surface interactions using rubidium Rydberg atoms. Rydberg atoms can be strongly coupled to surface phonon polariton (SPhP) modes of a dielectric material. The coherent interaction between Rydberg atoms and SPhPs has potential applications for quantum hybrid devices. Calculations of TM-mode SPhPs on engineered surfaces of periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN) and lithium tantalate (PPLT) for different periodic domains and surface orientations, as well as natural materials such as quartz, are presented. Our SPhP calculations account for the semi-infinite anisotropic nature of the materials. In addition to theoretical calculations, we show experimental results of measurements of adsorbate fields and coupling of Rydberg atoms to SPhPs on quartz.

  13. Borromean three-body FRET in frozen Rydberg gases

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    Faoro, R.; Pelle, B.; Zuliani, A.; Cheinet, P.; Arimondo, E.; Pillet, P.

    2015-09-01

    Controlling the interactions between ultracold atoms is crucial for quantum simulation and computation purposes. Highly excited Rydberg atoms are considered in this prospect for their strong and controllable interactions known in the dipole-dipole case to induce non-radiative energy transfers between atom pairs, similarly to fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) in biological systems. Here we predict few-body FRET processes in Rydberg atoms and observe the first three-body resonance energy transfer in cold Rydberg atoms using cold caesium atoms. In these resonances, additional relay atoms carry away an energy excess preventing the two-body resonance, leading thus to a Borromean type of energy transfer. These few-body processes present strong similarities with multistep FRET between chromophores sometimes called donor-bridge-acceptor or superexchange. Most importantly, they generalize to any Rydberg atom and could lead to new implementations of few-body quantum gates or entanglement.

  14. van der Waals explosion of cold Rydberg clusters

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    Faoro, R.; Simonelli, C.; Archimi, M.; Masella, G.; Valado, M. M.; Arimondo, E.; Mannella, R.; Ciampini, D.; Morsch, O.

    2016-03-01

    We report on the direct measurement in real space of the effect of the van der Waals forces between individual Rydberg atoms on their external degrees of freedom. Clusters of Rydberg atoms with interparticle distances of around 5 μ m are created by first generating a small number of seed excitations in a magneto-optical trap, followed by off-resonant excitation that leads to a chain of facilitated excitation events. After a variable expansion time the Rydberg atoms are field ionized, and from the arrival time distributions the size of the Rydberg cluster after expansion is calculated. Our experimental results agree well with a numerical simulation of the van der Waals explosion.

  15. State dependence of Rydberg interaction-induced collisional loss

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    Feng, Zhigang; Zhao, Kejia; Miao, Jingyuan; Li, Difei; Yang, Zhijun; Wu, Zhaochun; He, Zhao; Zhao, Jianming; Jia, Suotang

    2016-09-01

    We present a simple analytical formula from an existing theoretical model and theoretically investigate in detail the state dependence of interaction-induced collisional loss rate coefficients, and the various parameter effects on collisional loss rate. We also investigate the different mechanisms and corresponding effects on collisional loss by analyzing our previous experimental results using the present formula, and even investigate the time evolution of Rydberg atom number for different Rydberg states.

  16. Interactions between Rydberg atoms and ultracold polar molecules

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    Jayaseelan, Maitreyi; Haruza, Marek; Bigelow, Nicholas P.

    2015-05-01

    We investigate dipolar interactions arising in a hybrid system containing both ultracold polar molecules and atomic Rydberg states. Ultracold NaCs molecules are produced by photoassociation from laser cooled mixtures of sodium and cesium atoms and detected through resonant multi-photon ionization (REMPI). Rydberg atoms with large dipole moments are excited in the atomic cloud using a multi-photon process and detected via field-ionization. We look for evidence of the interactions in the observed spectra.

  17. Recent advances in Rydberg physics using alkaline-earth atoms

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    Dunning, F. B.; Killian, T. C.; Yoshida, S.; Burgdörfer, J.

    2016-06-01

    In this brief review, the opportunities that the alkaline-earth elements offer for studying new aspects of Rydberg physics are discussed. For example, the bosonic alkaline-earth isotopes have zero nuclear spin which eliminates many of the complexities present in alkali Rydberg atoms, permitting simpler and more direct comparison between theory and experiment. The presence of two valence electrons allows the production of singlet and triplet Rydberg states that can exhibit a variety of attractive or repulsive interactions. The availability of weak intercombination lines is advantageous for laser cooling and for applications such as Rydberg dressing. Excitation of one electron to a Rydberg state leaves behind an optically active core ion allowing, for high-L states, the optical imaging of Rydberg atoms and their (spatial) manipulation using light scattering. The second valence electron offers the possibility of engineering long-lived doubly excited states such as planetary atoms. Recent advances in both theory and experiment are highlighted together with a number of possible directions for the future.

  18. Direct excitation of butterfly states in Rydberg molecules

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    Lippe, Carsten; Niederpruem, Thomas; Thomas, Oliver; Eichert, Tanita; Ott, Herwig

    2016-05-01

    Since their first theoretical prediction Rydberg molecules have become an increasing field of research. These exotic states originate from the binding of a ground state atom in the electronic wave function of a highly-excited Rydberg atom mediated by a Fermi contact type interaction. A special class of long-range molecular states, the butterfly states, were first proposed by Greene et al.. These states arise from a shape resonance in the p-wave scattering channel of a ground state atom and a Rydberg electron and are characterized by an electron wavefunction whose density distribution resembles the shape of a butterfly. We report on the direct observation of deeply bound butterfly states of Rydberg molecules of 87 Rb. The butterfly states are studied by high resolution spectroscopy of UV-excited Rydberg molecules. We find states bound up to - 50 GHz from the 25 P1/2 , F = 1 state, corresponding to binding lengths of 50a0 to 500a0 and with permanent electric dipole moments of up to 500 Debye. This distinguishes the observed butterfly states from the previously observed long range Rydberg molecules in rubidium.

  19. Optical properties of Rydberg excitons and polaritons

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    Zielińska-Raczyńska, Sylwia; Czajkowski, Gerard; Ziemkiewicz, David

    2016-02-01

    We show how to compute the optical functions when Rydberg excitons appear, including the effect of the coherence between the electron-hole pair and the electromagnetic field. We use the real density matrix approach (RDMA), which, combined with the Green's function method, enables one to derive analytical expressions for the optical functions. Choosing the susceptibility, we performed numerical calculations appropriate to a Cu20 crystal, being a semiconductor with an indirect gap. The effect of the coherence is displayed in the line shape. We also examine in detail and explain the dependence of the oscillator strength and the resonance placement on the state number. We report good agreement with recently published experimental data. We also show that the presented method can be applied to semiconductors with a direct gap.

  20. Electron capture from circular Rydberg atoms

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    Hansen, S.B.; Ehrenreich, T.; Horsdal-Pedersen, E. ); MacAdam, K.B. ); Dube, L.J. )

    1993-09-06

    Capture cross sections for circular Rydberg states have been measured as a function of the angle, [ital cphi], between ion velocity and angular momentum of the circular orbital. The system studied is 2.5 keV [sup 23]Na[sup +] on Li(1[ital s][sup 2],[ital nlm]) with [ital n]=25, [ital l]=[ital n][minus]1, and [ital m]=+[ital l], where [ital m] is defined relative to a weak, external magnetic field. A strong dependence on [ital cphi] is found. It is expected that studies such as the present will lead to an improved understanding of the three-body problem in the region of sufficiently large quantum numbers and impact velocities for classical physics to be accurate.

  1. A Rydberg impurity in a dense background gas (Conference Presentation)

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    Liebisch, Tara; Schlagmüller, Michael; Engel, Felix; Westphal, Karl; Kleinbach, Kathrin; Böttcher, Fabian; Loew, Robert; Hofferberth, Sebastian; Pfau, Tilman; Perez-Rios, Jesus; Greene, Chris

    2016-04-01

    A single Rydberg atom impurity excited in a BEC is a system that can be utilized to measure the quantum mechanical properties of electron - neutral scattering andthe electron probability density of a Rydberg atom. The Rydberg electron - neutral atom scattering process, is a fundamental scattering process, which can be described via Fermi's pseudopotential as V{ěc{r},ěc{R} )=2pi {a}[k(R)]&delta^{(3)}(ěc{r}-ěc{R}). The scattering length is dependent on the momentum of the Rydberg electron, and therefore is dependent on the separation of the Rydberg electron from the ion core. At the classical outermost turning point of the electron, it has the slowest momentum leading to s-wave dominated scattering potentials 10's of MHz in depth for n<40 (Greene et al. PRL 85 2458 (2000), Bendkowsky et al. PRL 105 163201 (2010)). In alkali atoms there is a shape resonance for p-wave scattering, which becomes relevant at ion-neutral separations of 75nm (I.I. Fabrikant J.Phys B 19, 1527 (1985)). This shape resonance potential is several GHz deep, spanning the energy level spacing between n and n-1 principal quantum numbers. At high BEC densities of 5x10^14cm-3 the nearest neighbor spacing is less than 70nm. A Rydberg atom excited within a BEC, is an excitation of the Rydberg atom and all N neutral atoms located within the Rydberg orbit, described as nS+N x 5S. The nS+N x 5S state is density shifted from the Rydberg resonance. Not only does the distribution of atoms within the Rydberg orbit lead to a density shift, but, at these high densities, atoms excited in the nS+N x 5S state near the shape resonance potential cause large perturbations to the density shift, leading to a line broadening. Therefore the spectroscopic line shape of a Rydberg atom in a BEC allows us to probe the theoretically calculated p-wave shape resonance potential. Furthermore, we can observe and measure the dynamics of neutrals excited in the nS+N x 5S state. In the ultracold regime of a BEC, the background

  2. Valence and lowest Rydberg electronic states of phenol investigated by synchrotron radiation and theoretical methods

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    Limão-Vieira, P.; Duflot, D.; Ferreira da Silva, F.; Lange, E.; Jones, N. C.; Hoffmann, S. V.; Śmiałek, M. A.; Jones, D. B.; Brunger, M. J.

    2016-07-01

    We present the experimental high-resolution vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) photoabsorption spectra of phenol covering for the first time the full 4.3-10.8 eV energy-range, with absolute cross sections determined. Theoretical calculations on the vertical excitation energies and oscillator strengths were performed using time-dependent density functional theory and the equation-of-motion coupled cluster method restricted to single and double excitations level. These have been used in the assignment of valence and Rydberg transitions of the phenol molecule. The VUV spectrum reveals several new features not previously reported in the literature, with particular reference to the 6.401 eV transition, which is here assigned to the 3sσ/σ∗(OH)←3π(3a″) transition. The measured absolute photoabsorption cross sections have been used to calculate the photolysis lifetime of phenol in the earth's atmosphere (0-50 km).

  3. Valence and lowest Rydberg electronic states of phenol investigated by synchrotron radiation and theoretical methods.

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    Limão-Vieira, P; Duflot, D; Ferreira da Silva, F; Lange, E; Jones, N C; Hoffmann, S V; Śmiałek, M A; Jones, D B; Brunger, M J

    2016-07-21

    We present the experimental high-resolution vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) photoabsorption spectra of phenol covering for the first time the full 4.3-10.8 eV energy-range, with absolute cross sections determined. Theoretical calculations on the vertical excitation energies and oscillator strengths were performed using time-dependent density functional theory and the equation-of-motion coupled cluster method restricted to single and double excitations level. These have been used in the assignment of valence and Rydberg transitions of the phenol molecule. The VUV spectrum reveals several new features not previously reported in the literature, with particular reference to the 6.401 eV transition, which is here assigned to the 3sσ/σ(∗)(OH)←3π(3a″) transition. The measured absolute photoabsorption cross sections have been used to calculate the photolysis lifetime of phenol in the earth's atmosphere (0-50 km). PMID:27448882

  4. Transitions.

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    Nathanson, Jeanne H., Ed.

    1993-01-01

    This theme issue on transitions for individuals with disabilities contains nine papers discussing transition programs and issues. "Transition Issues for the 1990s," by Michael J. Ward and William D. Halloran, discusses self-determination, school responsibility for transition, continued educational engagement of at-risk students, and service…

  5. Pipkin Award Talk: Rydberg Charge Exchange: A Method for Producing Rydberg Positronium and Antihydrogen Atoms

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    Hessels, E. A.

    2003-05-01

    Antihydrogen production via two-stage charge exchange(E.A.Hessels, D.M. Homan and M.J. Cavagnero, Phys. Rev. A. 57), (1998) 1668. may provide extremely cold antimatter atoms that can be trapped for spectroscopic studies. Positrons(J. Estrada, T. Roach, J.N. Tan, P. Yesley, and G. Gabrielse, Phys. Rev. Lett. 84), (2000) 859. and antiprotons(G. Gabrielse, N. S. Bowden, P. Oxley, A. Speck, C. H. Storry, J. N. Tan, M. Wessels, D. Grozonka, W. Oelert, G. Schepers, T. Sefzick, J. Walz, H. Pittner, T. W. Hansch, E. A. Hessels, Phys. Lett. B 548), (2002) 140-145., both cooled to 4 K and loaded into adjacent wells of a Penning trap, provide the basic components. Laser-excited Rydberg cesium atoms are passed through the cloud of trapped positrons and charge exchange with the positrons to form Rydberg states of positronium. These positronium atoms have been observed and are studied by ionizing them and counting the resulting positrons. State analysis of the positronium is obtained by varying the electric field used to ionize the atoms. Large numbers of positronium atoms are produced and their binding energies are found to be similar to that of the incoming Rydberg cesium atoms. A second charge exchange is proposed, in which the neutral positronium travels a short distance to an adjacent antiproton cloud. The result of this second charge exchange would be antihydrogen atoms. The apparatus to test this second charge exchange has already been constructed and preliminary studies have already been made.

  6. Blackbody-induced decay, excitation and ionization rates for Rydberg states in hydrogen and helium atoms

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    Glukhov, I. L.; Nekipelov, E. A.; Ovsiannikov, V. D.

    2010-06-01

    New features of the blackbody-induced radiation processes on Rydberg atoms were discovered on the basis of numerical data for the blackbody-induced decay Pdnl(T), excitation Penl(T) and ionization Pionnl(T) rates of nS, nP and nD Rydberg states calculated together with the spontaneous decay rates Pspnl in neutral hydrogen, and singlet and triplet helium atoms for some values of the principal quantum number n from 10 to 500 at temperatures from T = 100 K to 2000 K. The fractional rates Rd(e, ion)nl(T) = Pnld(e, ion)(T)/Pspnl equal to the ratio of the induced decay (excitation, ionization) rates to the rate of spontaneous decay were determined as functions of T and n in every series of states with a given angular momentum l = 0, 1, 2. The calculated data reveal an essential difference between the asymptotic dependence of the ionization rate Pionnl(T) and the rates of decay and excitation Pd(e)nl(T)~T/n2. The departures appear in each Rydberg series for n > 100 and introduce appreciable corrections to the formula of Cooke and Gallagher. Two different approximation formulae are proposed on the basis of the numerical data, one for Rd(e)nl(T) and another one for Rionnl(T), which reproduce the calculated values in wide ranges of principal quantum number from n = 10 to 1000 and temperatures between T = 100 K and T = 2000 K with an accuracy of 2% or better. Modified Fues' model potential approach was used for calculating matrix elements of bound-bound and bound-free radiation transitions in helium.

  7. Detection of precise quantum defects of the 6snd, 6sng and 6sni Rydberg states of Ytterbium

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    Niyaz, Fathima; Nunkaew, Jirakan; Gallagher, Thomas

    2016-05-01

    We use a selective field ionization technique to observe the microwave transitions of Ytterbium Rydberg states, from the 6s(n + 3)d states to the 6sng and 6snh states for 27 <= n <= 33. We also observe the microwave transitions from 6snd to 6s(n + 1)d for states 33 <= n <= 38. Our measurements and previous 6snd to 6s(n + 1)d measurements give precise values for the 6snd quantum defects which indicate the presence of a previously undetected perturbation in the series. This work has been supported by the U. S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences.

  8. Analysis of High-n Dielectronic Rydberg Satellites in the Spectra of Na-like ZnXX and Mg-like ZnXIX

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    Petrocelli, G; Vinogradov, V I; Magunov, A I; Flora, F; Martellucci, S; Matafonov, A P; DiLazzaro, P; Skobelev, I Y; Pikuz, T A; Kyrilov, A S; Faenov, A Y; Francucci, M; Fournier, K B; Murra, D; Belyaev, V S; Bollanti, S

    2004-02-19

    We have observed spectra from highly charged zinc ions in a variety of laser-produced plasmas. Spectral features that are Na- and Mg-like satellites to high-n Rydberg transitions in the Ne-like ZnXXI spectrum are analyzed and modeled. Identifications and analysis are made by comparison with highly accurate atomic structure calculations and steady state collisional-radiative models. Each observed ZnXX and ZnXIX feature comprises up to {approx} 2 dozen individual transitions, these transitions are excited principally by dielectronic recombination through autoionizing levels in Na- and Mg-like Zn{sup 19+} Zn{sup 18+}. We find these satellites to be ubiquitous in laser-produced plasmas formed by lasers with pulse lengths that span four orders of magnitude, from 1 ps to {approx} 10 ns. The diagnostic potential of these Rydberg satellite lines is demonstrated.

  9. Lifetimes of ultra-long-range strontium Rydberg molecules

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    Camargo, F.; Whalen, J. D.; Ding, R.; Sadeghpour, H. R.; Yoshida, S.; Burgdorfer, J.; Dunning, F. B.; Killian, T. C.

    2016-05-01

    The lifetimes of the lower-lying vibrational states of ultralong-range strontium Rydberg molecules comprising one ground-state 5s2 1S0 atom and one Rydberg atom in the 5s 38s3S1 state are reported. The molecules are created in an ultracold gas held in an optical dipole trap and their numbers determined using field ionization, the product electrons being detected by a microchannel plate. The measurements show that, in marked contrast to earlier measurements involving rubidium Rydberg molecules, the lifetimes of the low-lying molecular vibrational states are very similar to those of the parent Rydberg atoms. This results because the strong p-wave resonance in low-energy electron-rubidium scattering, which strongly influences the rubidium molecular lifetimes, is not present for strontium. The absence of this resonance offers advantages for experiments involving strontium Rydberg atoms as impurities in quantum gases and for testing theories of molecular formation and decay. This research was supported by the AFOSR, NSF, the Robert A. Welch Foundation, the FWF (Austria), FWF-SFB049 NextLite. H.R.S. was supported by a Grant to ITAMP from the NSF.

  10. Phase diagram of Rydberg atoms with repulsive van der Waals interaction

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    Osychenko, O. N.; Astrakharchik, G. E.; Boronat, J.; Lutsyshyn, Y.; Lozovik, Yu. E.

    2011-12-15

    We report a quantum Monte Carlo calculation of the phase diagram of bosons interacting with a repulsive inverse sixth power pair potential, a model for assemblies of Rydberg atoms in the local van der Waals blockade regime. The model can be parametrized in terms of just two parameters, the reduced density and temperature. Solidification happens to the fcc phase. At zero temperature, the transition density is found with the diffusion Monte Carlo method at density {rho}=3.9 (({Dirac_h}/2{pi}){sup 2}/mC{sub 6}){sup 3/4}, where C{sub 6} is the strength of the interaction. The solidification curve at nonzero temperature is studied with the path-integral Monte Carlo approach and is compared with transitions in corresponding harmonic and classical crystals. Relaxation mechanisms are considered in relation to present experiments.

  11. Lifetimes of Heavy-Rydberg Ion-Pair States Formed through Rydberg Electron Transfer

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    Cannon, M.; Wang, C. H.; Dunning, F. B.; Reinhold, Carlos O

    2010-01-01

    The lifetimes of K{sup +}-Cl{sup -}, K{sup +}-CN{sup -}, and K{sup +}-SF{sub 6}{sup -} heavy-Rydberg ion-pair states produced through Rydberg electron transfer reactions are measured directly as a function of binding energy using electric field induced detachment and the ion-pair decay channels discussed. The data are interpreted using a Monte Carlo collision code that models the detailed kinematics of electron transfer reactions. The lifetimes of K{sup +}-Cl{sup -} ion-pair states are observed to be very long, >100 {micro}s, and independent of binding energy. The lifetimes of strongly bound (>30 meV) K{sup +}-CN{sup -} ion pairs are found to be similarly long but begin to decrease markedly as the binding energy is reduced below this value. This behavior is attributed to conversion of rotational energy in the CN{sup -} ion into translational energy of the ion pair. No long-lived K{sup +}-SF{sub 6}{sup -} ion pairs are observed, their lifetimes decreasing with increasing binding energy. This behavior suggests that ion-pair loss is associated with mutual neutralization as a result of charge transfer.

  12. Vibronic structure and ion core interactions in Rydberg states of diazomethane: an experimental and theoretical investigation.

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    Fedorov, Igor; Koziol, Lucas; Li, Guosheng; Reisler, Hanna; Krylov, Anna I

    2007-12-27

    Vibronic transitions to the 21A2(3py <-- pi) Rydberg state of CH2N2, CD2N2, and CHDN2 were recorded by 2 + 1 REMPI spectroscopy, and kinetic energy distributions (eKE) of photoelectrons from ionization of selected vibronic levels were determined by velocity map imaging. Normal-mode frequencies were obtained for the 21A2(3py) Rydberg state and for the cation. Mixed levels of the 21A2(3py) and 21B1(3pz) of the three isotopologs were identified by photoelectron imaging and analyzed. The equilibrium geometries and harmonic vibrational frequencies of the electronic states of neutral diazomethane were calculated by CCSD(T)/cc-pVTZ, and B3LYP/6-311G(2df,p). The latter method was also used to calculate isotope shifts for the ground-state neutral and cation. Geometry and frequencies of the ground state of the cation were calculated by CCSD(T)/cc-pVTZ, using the unrestricted (UHF) reference. The equilibrium structures, frequencies, and isotope shifts of the 21A2(3py) and 21B1(3pz) Rydberg states were calculated by EOM-EE-CCSD/6-311(3+,+)G(2df). In all cases where comparisons with experimental results were available, the agreement between theory and experiment was very good allowing a full analysis of trends in structure and vibrational frequencies in going from the neutral species to the excited Rydberg states, 21A2(3py) and 21B1(3pz), and the cation. Although the 21A2(3py) and 21B1(3pz) states have planar C2v symmetry like the ion, they exhibit differences in geometry due to the specific interactions of the electron in the 3py and 3pz orbitals with the nuclei charge distributions of the ion core. Moreover, trends in normal-mode frequencies in the ground states of the neutral and ion and the 21A2(3py) and 21B1(3pz) Rydberg states are consistent with removing an electron from the bonding piCN-orbital, which also has an antibonding character with respect to NN. To explain the observed trends, the vibrational modes are divided into two groups that involve displacements mainly

  13. Transitions.

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    Field, David; And Others

    1992-01-01

    Includes four articles: "Career Aspirations" (Field); "Making the Transition to a New Curriculum" (Baker, Householder); "How about a 'Work to School' Transition?" (Glasberg); and "Technological Improvisation: Bringing CNC to Woodworking" (Charles, McDuffie). (SK)

  14. Coherent control of Rydberg states in silicon.

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    Greenland, P T; Lynch, S A; van der Meer, A F G; Murdin, B N; Pidgeon, C R; Redlich, B; Vinh, N Q; Aeppli, G

    2010-06-24

    Laser cooling and electromagnetic traps have led to a revolution in atomic physics, yielding dramatic discoveries ranging from Bose-Einstein condensation to the quantum control of single atoms. Of particular interest, because they can be used in the quantum control of one atom by another, are excited Rydberg states, where wavefunctions are expanded from their ground-state extents of less than 0.1 nm to several nanometres and even beyond; this allows atoms far enough apart to be non-interacting in their ground states to strongly interact in their excited states. For eventual application of such states, a solid-state implementation is very desirable. Here we demonstrate the coherent control of impurity wavefunctions in the most ubiquitous donor in a semiconductor, namely phosphorus-doped silicon. In our experiments, we use a free-electron laser to stimulate and observe photon echoes, the orbital analogue of the Hahn spin echo, and Rabi oscillations familiar from magnetic resonance spectroscopy. As well as extending atomic physicists' explorations of quantum phenomena to the solid state, our work adds coherent terahertz radiation, as a particularly precise regulator of orbitals in solids, to the list of controls, such as pressure and chemical composition, already familiar to materials scientists. PMID:20577211

  15. Transition.

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    Thompson, Sandy, Ed.; And Others

    1990-01-01

    This "feature issue" focuses on transition from school to adult life for persons with disabilities. Included are "success stories," brief program descriptions, and a list of resources. Individual articles include the following titles and authors: "Transition: An Energizing Concept" (Paul Bates); "Transition Issues for the 1990s" (William Halloran…

  16. Magic-wavelength optical traps for Rydberg atoms

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    Zhang, S.; Saffman, M.; Robicheaux, F.

    2011-10-15

    We propose blue-detuned optical traps that are suitable for trapping of both ground-state and Rydberg excited atoms. The addition of a background compensation field or a suitable choice of the trap geometry provides a magic trapping condition for ground-state and Rydberg atoms at the trap center. Deviations from the magic condition at finite temperature are calculated. Designs that achieve less than 200-kHz differential trap shift between Cs ground states and 125s Rydberg states for 10 {mu}K Cs atoms are presented. Consideration of the trapping potential and photoionization rates suggests that these traps will be useful for quantum-information experiments with atomic qubits.

  17. Mesoscopic Rydberg Impurity in an Atomic Quantum Gas.

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    Schmidt, Richard; Sadeghpour, H R; Demler, E

    2016-03-11

    Giant impurity excitations are powerful probes for exploring new regimes of far out of equilibrium dynamics in few- and many-body quantum systems, and in situ observations of correlations. Motivated by recent experimental progress in spectroscopic studies of Rydberg excitations in ultracold atoms, we develop a new theoretical approach for describing multiscale dynamics of Rydberg excitations in quantum Bose gases. We find that the crossover from few- to many-body dynamics manifests in a dramatic change in spectral profile from resolved molecular lines to broad Gaussian distributions representing a superpolaronic state in which many atoms bind to the Rydberg impurity. We discuss signatures of this crossover in the temperature and density dependence of the spectra. PMID:27015490

  18. Mesoscopic Rydberg Impurity in an Atomic Quantum Gas

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    Schmidt, Richard; Sadeghpour, H. R.; Demler, E.

    2016-03-01

    Giant impurity excitations are powerful probes for exploring new regimes of far out of equilibrium dynamics in few- and many-body quantum systems, and in situ observations of correlations. Motivated by recent experimental progress in spectroscopic studies of Rydberg excitations in ultracold atoms, we develop a new theoretical approach for describing multiscale dynamics of Rydberg excitations in quantum Bose gases. We find that the crossover from few- to many-body dynamics manifests in a dramatic change in spectral profile from resolved molecular lines to broad Gaussian distributions representing a superpolaronic state in which many atoms bind to the Rydberg impurity. We discuss signatures of this crossover in the temperature and density dependence of the spectra.

  19. Radio-frequency-modulated Rydberg states in a vapor cell

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    Miller, S. A.; Anderson, D. A.; Raithel, G.

    2016-05-01

    We measure strong radio-frequency (RF) electric fields using rubidium Rydberg atoms prepared in a room-temperature vapor cell as field sensors. Electromagnetically induced transparency is employed as an optical readout. We RF-modulate the 60{{{S}}}1/2 and 58{{{D}}}5/2 Rydberg states with 50 and 100 MHz fields, respectively. For weak to moderate RF fields, the Rydberg levels become Stark-shifted, and sidebands appear at even multiples of the driving frequency. In high fields, the adjacent hydrogenic manifold begins to intersect the shifted levels, providing rich spectroscopic structure suitable for precision field measurements. A quantitative description of strong-field level modulation and mixing of S and D states with hydrogenic states is provided by Floquet theory. Additionally, we estimate the shielding of DC electric fields in the interior of the glass vapor cell.

  20. Towards Rydberg quantum optics in a hollow core fiber

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    Noaman, Mohammad; Langbecker, Maria; Windpassinger, Patrick

    2016-05-01

    Cold atoms inside hollow-core fibers present a promising candidate to study strongly coupled light-matter systems. Adding coherent quantum state control and the intriguing features of Rydberg atoms, i.e. long range dipolar interactions leading to a dipole blockade, to the system should allow for the generation of exotic polaritonic and photonic states. This talk will review the current status of our experimental setup where laser cooled Rubidium atoms are transported into a hollow-core fiber. We present the first measurements of Rydberg EIT in the dipole trap in front of the fiber and discuss the progress towards Rydberg physics in a quasi-one-dimensional geometry. This work is supported by FP7, Marie Curie ITN 317485, QTea.

  1. Rydberg blockade effects at n ˜300 in strontium

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    Zhang, X.; Dunning, F. B.; Yoshida, S.; Burgdörfer, J.

    2015-11-01

    Rydberg blockade at n ˜300 , is examined using strontium n F13 Rydberg atoms excited in an atomic beam in a small volume defined by two tightly focused crossed laser beams. The observation of blockade for such states is challenging due to their extreme sensitivity to stray fields and the many magnetic sublevels associated with F states which results in a high local density of states. Nonetheless, with a careful choice of laser polarization to selectively excite only a limited number of these sublevels, sizable blockade effects are observed on an ˜0.1 mm length scale extending blockade measurements into the near-macroscopic regime and enabling study of the dynamics of strongly coupled many-body high-n Rydberg systems under carefully controlled conditions.

  2. Stationary three-dimensional entanglement via dissipative Rydberg pumping

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    Shao, Xiao-Qiang; You, Jia-Bin; Zheng, Tai-Yu; Oh, C. H.; Zhang, Shou

    2014-05-01

    We extend the recent result of a bipartite Bell singlet [A. W. Carr and M. Saffman, Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 033607 (2013), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.111.033607] to a stationary three-dimensional entanglement between two-individual neutral Rydberg atoms. This proposal makes full use of the coherent dynamics provided by a Rydberg-mediated interaction and the dissipative factor originating from the spontaneous emission of a Rydberg state. The numerical simulation of the master equation reveals that both the target state negativity N (ρ̂∞) and fidelity F (ρ̂∞) can exceed 99.90%. Furthermore, a steady three-atom singlet state |S3> is also achievable based on the same mechanism.

  3. Simplified scheme for entanglement preparation with Rydberg pumping via dissipation

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    Su, Shi-Lei; Guo, Qi; Wang, Hong-Fu; Zhang, Shou

    2015-08-01

    Inspired by recent work [Carr and Saffman, Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 033607 (2013), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.111.033607], we propose a simplified scheme to prepare the two-atom maximally entangled states via dissipative Rydberg pumping. Compared with the former scheme, the simplified one involves fewer classical laser fields and Rydberg interactions, and the asymmetric Rydberg interactions are avoided. Master equation simulations demonstrate that the fidelity and the Clauser-Horne-Shimony-Holt correlation of the maximally entangled state could reach up to 0.999 and 2.821, respectively, under certain conditions. Furthermore, we extend the physical thoughts to prepare the three-dimensional entangled state, and the numerical simulations show that, in theory, both the fidelity and the negativity of the desired entanglement could be very close to unity under certain conditions.

  4. Three-body interactions between slow light Rydberg polaritons

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    Jachymski, Krzysztof; Bienias, Przemyslaw; Büchler, Hans Peter

    2016-05-01

    Rydberg polaritons have recently emerged as a promising platform for nonlinear optics and photonic quantum simulation. They are created in an atomic medium using electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) scheme involving a Rydberg excitation. Cavity photons can be used in this context to create long-lived, coherent samples consisting of several polaritons. We show that in addition to effective two-body interaction potential inherited from the Rydberg states, the polaritons also exhibit effective three-body interactions. For attractive two-body forces, the three-body term induces short-range repulsion. We analyze the impact of this interaction on the three-body photonic bound states in one-dimensional geometry and discuss the prospects for engineering novel quantum states.

  5. Crystallization in Ising quantum magnets and Rydberg superatoms

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    Schauss, Peter

    2016-05-01

    Dominating finite-range interactions in many-body systems can lead to intriguing self-ordered phases of matter. For quantum magnets, Ising models with power-law interactions are among the most elementary systems that support such phases. These models can be implemented by laser coupling ensembles of ultracold atoms to Rydberg states. In this talk, I will report on the experimental preparation of crystalline ground states of such spin systems. We observe a magnetization staircase as a function of the system size and show directly the emergence of crystalline states with vanishing susceptibility. Recent results connect these findings with the picture of Rydberg superatoms. We investigated their scalability and observed collective Rabi oscillations with the perspective of using Rydberg superatoms as collective qubits. Experiments performed at Max-Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Garching, Germany.

  6. Interaction of Rydberg atoms in circular states with the alkaline-earth Ca(4s{sup 2}) and Sr(5s{sup 2}) atoms

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    Mironchuk, E. S.; Narits, A. A.; Lebedev, V. S.

    2015-11-15

    The resonant mechanism of interaction of alkaline-earth atoms having a low electron affinity to Rydberg atoms in circular (l = vertical bar m vertical bar = n–1) and near-circular states has been studied. To describe the dynamics of resonant processes accompanied by nonadiabatic transitions between ionic and Rydberg covalent terms of a quasimolecule, an approach based on the integration of coupled equations for the probability amplitudes has been developed taking into account the possibility of the decay of an anion in the Coulomb field of the positive ionic core of a highly excited atom. The approach involves the specific features of the problem associated with the structure of the wavefunction of a Rydberg electron in states with high orbital angular momenta l ∼ n–1. This approach provides a much more accurate description of the dynamics of electronic transitions at collisions between atoms than that within the modified semiclassical Landau–Zener model. In addition, this approach makes it possible to effectively take into account many channels of the problem. The cross sections for resonant quenching of Rydberg states of the Li(nlm) atom with given principal n, orbital l = n–1, and magnetic m quantum numbers at thermal collisions with the Ca(4s{sup 2}) and Sr(5s{sup 2}) atoms have been calculated. The dependences of the results on n, m, and angle α between the relative velocity of the atoms and the normal to the plane of the orbit of the Rydberg electron have been obtained. The influence of orientational effects on the efficiency of the collisional destruction of circular and near-circular states has been studied. The results indicate a higher stability of such states to their perturbations by neutral particles as compared to usually studied nl states with low values of l (l ≪ n)

  7. Interaction of Rydberg atoms in circular states with the alkaline-earth Ca(4 s 2) and Sr(5 s 2) atoms

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    Mironchuk, E. S.; Narits, A. A.; Lebedev, V. S.

    2015-11-01

    The resonant mechanism of interaction of alkaline-earth atoms having a low electron affinity to Rydberg atoms in circular ( l = | m| = n-1) and near-circular states has been studied. To describe the dynamics of resonant processes accompanied by nonadiabatic transitions between ionic and Rydberg covalent terms of a quasimolecule, an approach based on the integration of coupled equations for the probability amplitudes has been developed taking into account the possibility of the decay of an anion in the Coulomb field of the positive ionic core of a highly excited atom. The approach involves the specific features of the problem associated with the structure of the wavefunction of a Rydberg electron in states with high orbital angular momenta l ~ n-1. This approach provides a much more accurate description of the dynamics of electronic transitions at collisions between atoms than that within the modified semiclassical Landau-Zener model. In addition, this approach makes it possible to effectively take into account many channels of the problem. The cross sections for resonant quenching of Rydberg states of the Li( nlm) atom with given principal n, orbital l = n-1, and magnetic m quantum numbers at thermal collisions with the Ca(4 s 2) and Sr(5 s 2) atoms have been calculated. The dependences of the results on n, m, and angle α between the relative velocity of the atoms and the normal to the plane of the orbit of the Rydberg electron have been obtained. The influence of orientational effects on the efficiency of the collisional destruction of circular and near-circular states has been studied. The results indicate a higher stability of such states to their perturbations by neutral particles as compared to usually studied nl states with low values of l ( l ≪ n).

  8. Properties of Th4+ and Th3+ from rf spectroscopy of high-L thorium Rydberg ions

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    Keele, Julie Adel

    Several properties of radon-like Th4+ and francium-like Th3+ were determined from measurements of high-L Rydberg fine structure in Th3+ and Th2+ ions. The measurements were carried out using the resonant excitation Stark ionization spectroscopy (RESIS) technique to detect rf transitions between levels in the same n. The measured Rydberg fine structures were then fit to an effective potential model, and the properties of the ions were extracted. Properties of the 1S0 ground state of Th4+ extracted from the measurements of the n=37 Th3+ Rydberg fine structure were the scalar dipole polarizability, alpha D,0=7.702(6)a.u. and the scalar quadrupole polarizability, alphaQ,0=29.1(1.6) a.u. The Th2+ Rydberg fine structure is much more complex since the ground state of Th3+ is a 2 F5/2, and the presence of low-lying excited states cause non-adiabatic effects in the fine structure which are not well described by the effective potential. To extract the properties, non-adiabatic corrections had to be calculated. The properties of Th3+ extracted were the permanent quadrupole moment, Q=0.5931(14)a.u. , the scalar and tensor dipole polarizabilities, alpha D,0=15.224(33)a.u. and alpha D,2=--5.30(11)a.u., the permanent hexadecapole moment, pi=--0.69(28)a.u., and the reduced dipole and octupole matrix elements coupling the ground state to the 6 d 2D3/2 state, ||=1.436(2) a.u. and ||=3.3(1.1) a.u.

  9. Implementation of chiral quantum optics with Rydberg and trapped-ion setups

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    Vermersch, Benoît; Ramos, Tomás; Hauke, Philipp; Zoller, Peter

    2016-06-01

    We propose two setups for realizing a chiral quantum network, where two-level systems representing the nodes interact via directional emission into discrete waveguides, as introduced in T. Ramos et al. [Phys. Rev. A 93, 062104 (2016), 10.1103/PhysRevA.93.062104]. The first implementation realizes a spin waveguide via Rydberg states in a chain of atoms, whereas the second one realizes a phonon waveguide via the localized vibrations of a string of trapped ions. For both architectures, we show that strong chirality can be obtained by a proper design of synthetic gauge fields in the couplings from the nodes to the waveguide. In the Rydberg case, this is achieved via intrinsic spin-orbit coupling in the dipole-dipole interactions, while for the trapped ions it is obtained by engineered sideband transitions. We take long-range couplings into account that appear naturally in these implementations, discuss useful experimental parameters, and analyze potential error sources. Finally, we describe effects that can be observed in these implementations within state-of-the-art technology, such as the driven-dissipative formation of entangled dimer states.

  10. Three-Body Interaction of Rydberg Slow-Light Polaritons

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    Jachymski, Krzysztof; Bienias, Przemysław; Büchler, Hans Peter

    2016-07-01

    We study a system of three photons in an atomic medium coupled to Rydberg states near the conditions of electromagnetically induced transparency. Based on the analytical analysis of the microscopic set of equations in the far-detuned regime, the effective three-body interaction for these Rydberg polaritons is derived. For slow light polaritons, we find a strong three-body repulsion with the remarkable property that three polaritons can become essentially noninteracting at short distances. This analysis allows us to derive the influence of the three-body repulsion on bound states and correlation functions of photons propagating through a one-dimensional atomic cloud.

  11. Spatial Patterns in Rydberg Excitations from Logarithmic Pair Interactions.

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    Lechner, Wolfgang; Zoller, Peter

    2015-09-18

    The collective excitations in ensembles of dissipative, laser driven ultracold atoms exhibit crystal-like patterns, a many-body effect of the Rydberg blockade mechanism. These crystalline structures are revealed in an experiment from a postselection of configurations with fixed numbers of excitations. Here, we show that these subensembles can be well represented by ensembles of effective particles that interact via logarithmic pair potentials. This allows one to study the emergent patterns with a small number of effective particles to determine the phases of Rydberg crystals and to systematically study contributions from N-body terms. PMID:26430998

  12. Frequency evolution of radiatively assisted collisions of K Rydberg atoms

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    Renn, M.J.; Thomson, D.S.; Gallagher, T.F. )

    1994-01-01

    Ramsey interference fringes are observed in the line shape of resonant Rydberg-atom--Rydberg-atom collisions occurring in the presence of a radiation field of frequency comparable to the inverse of the collision time. At low frequencies the fringes are phase dependent, but at high frequencies they are not. We present a theoretical interpretation based on a quasistatic field description which connects the low- and high-frequency regimes. In the high-frequency regime, this model gives results equivalent to those obtained using a dressed-atom'' approach.

  13. Non-Markovian dynamics in ultracold Rydberg aggregates

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    Genkin, M.; Schönleber, D. W.; Wüster, S.; Eisfeld, A.

    2016-07-01

    We propose a setup of an open quantum system in which the environment can be tuned such that either Markovian or non-Markovian system dynamics can be achieved. The implementation uses ultracold Rydberg atoms, relying on their strong long-range interactions. Our suggestion extends the features available for quantum simulators of molecular systems employing Rydberg aggregates and presents a new test bench for fundamental studies of the classification of system–environment interactions and the resulting system dynamics in open quantum systems.

  14. Three-Body Interaction of Rydberg Slow-Light Polaritons.

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    Jachymski, Krzysztof; Bienias, Przemysław; Büchler, Hans Peter

    2016-07-29

    We study a system of three photons in an atomic medium coupled to Rydberg states near the conditions of electromagnetically induced transparency. Based on the analytical analysis of the microscopic set of equations in the far-detuned regime, the effective three-body interaction for these Rydberg polaritons is derived. For slow light polaritons, we find a strong three-body repulsion with the remarkable property that three polaritons can become essentially noninteracting at short distances. This analysis allows us to derive the influence of the three-body repulsion on bound states and correlation functions of photons propagating through a one-dimensional atomic cloud. PMID:27517770

  15. Rydberg States of rb and cs Atoms on Helium Nanodroplets: a Rydberg-Ritz Analysis

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    Lackner, Florian; Krois, Gunter; Ernst, Wolfgang E.

    2013-06-01

    Rydberg series of Rb and Cs atoms on the surface of helium nanodroplets (He_{N}) have been studied by resonance enhanced multi-photon ionization spectroscopy and laser induced fluorescence spectroscopy. The recorded excitation spectra are analyzed by using a Rydberg-Ritz approach. The dependence of the quantum defects on the principal quantum number within a Rydberg series gives insight into the interaction between the alkali atom's valence electron and the superfluid helium droplet. For higher excited states a screening of the valence electron from the alkali atom core by the helium droplet is observed. For lower states the strength of the screening effect decreases and the quantum defects are found to lie closer to free atom values. In addition, the large spin-orbit (SO) constant of the Cs-He_{N} nP(^{2}Π) states allows a detailed study of the influence of the helium droplet on the SO splitting as function of the principal quantum number. Within the pseudo-diatomic picture the alkali-He_{N} system represents a diatomic molecule. The coupling of the Cs valence electrons spin and the orbital angular momentum with the intermolecular axis, which is defined by the connection between the droplet center and the alkali nucleus, depends on the strength of the atomic SO interaction. While the splitting of the 6^{2}P_{1/2}(^{2}Π_{1/2}) and 6^{2}P_{3/2}(^{2}Π_{3/2}) components has an atom-like character (Hund's case (c) coupling), the SO splitting of higher n states is lower than the atomic value (Hund's case (a) coupling). C. Callegari and W. E. Ernst, Helium Droplets as Nanocryostats for Molecular Spectroscopy - from the Vacuum Ultraviolet to the Microwave Regime, in: Handbook of High-Resolution Spectroscopy, eds. M. Quack and F. Merkt, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, (2011) F. Lackner, G. Krois, M. Theisen, M. Koch, and W.E. Ernst, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 13, 18781-18788 (2011) F. Lackner, G. Krois, and W.E. Ernst, J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 3, 1404-1408 (2012)

  16. Engineered Rydberg Atom-Surface Interactions Using Metamaterials

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    Chao, Yuanxi; Sheng, Jiteng; Sedlacek, Jonathan; Shaffer, James

    2016-05-01

    We report on studies of Rydberg atom-surface interactions aimed at engineering Rydberg atom coupling to metamaterials. Rydberg atoms posses large electric dipole moments that can be strongly coupled to the tightly confined electromagnetic fields of surface phonon polariton (SPhP) modes of a properly constructed piezoelectric superlattice (PSL). Coupling of Rb87 Rydberg atoms, typically in microwave range, to real SPhP resonances on a periodically poled lithium niobate surface is studied theoretically for different periodic domain and surface orientations. Coupling constants, much larger than the dissipation of the atom-surface system, are calculated for atom-surface separations in the near field. This remarkable result opens up a simple way to design and conduct experiments to study the atom-surface interactions in the strong coupling regime which is usually hard to reach in other systems. The light-matter interaction described can be used for a quantum hybrid system that has potential applications for quantum photonic devices. Experimental studies of surfaces showing the efficacy of our calculations are also presented. This work is supported by AFOSR.

  17. A mesoscopic Rydberg impurity in an atomic quantum gas

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    Schmidt, Richard; Sadeghpour, Hossein; Demler, Eugene

    2016-05-01

    Impurity problems have been at the forefront of research in condensed matter physics for several decades. In this talk, we show that Rydberg impurity excitations in ultracold quantum gases present a new frontier in impurity research. Here vastly different energy scales compete, signified in deeply bound Rydberg molecules of mesoscopic size. This situation poses a new challenge for theoretical physics and necessitates the confluence of methods ranging from mesoscopic to atomic physics. In our work, we develop a novel many-body theory for the non-equilibrium dynamics of giant impurity excitations Bose gases. Such single Rydberg impurity excitations have recently been observed, and we demonstrate that the observations can be understood from our theoretical approach which incorporates atomic and many-body theory. The crossover from few-body dynamics to quantum many-body collective behavior - manifest in the appearance of a novel superpolaronic state - is elucidated in our unified functional determinant approach, valid at zero and finite temperature. The time-dependent formalism is not restricted to Rydberg systems but can be generally applied to impurities in bosonic and fermionic environments and opens new possibilities to study impurity dynamics in mesoscopic systems.

  18. Photoionization dynamics of the C2+ ion in Rydberg states

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    Stancalie, Viorica

    2014-11-01

    The goal of this work is to examine in detail the ionization dynamics of Be-like C ion in Rydberg states. An initial calculation has been done to output the lifetime due to spontaneous decay for unperturbed 1s22sns (1Se) Rydberg states using the multi-configuration Dirac-Fock (MCDF) method with configuration interaction option implemented in the general-purpose relativistic atomic structure package (GRASP). Both the C2+ ground state and the C3+ target state energies have been carefully calculated. We report results from a detailed and systematic study of the behaviour of complex photoionization amplitudes, the lifetime due to spontaneous decay for unperturbed 1s22sns (1Se) Rydberg states, the `resonant' phase shift and the rapidly increasing of this shift from well below to well above the resonance position. The sum-over-state method is used to calculate the static dipole polarizability, while the frequency-dependent polarizability values of C2+ ion in these Rydberg states are obtained from two-state model calculation results. Contribution to the Topical Issue "Elementary Processes with Atoms and Molecules in Isolated and Aggregated States", edited by Friedrich Aumayr, Bratislav Marinkovic, Stefan Matejcik, John Tanis and Kurt H. Becker.

  19. Molecular Spectra in an Ultracold Strontium Rydberg Gas

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    Whalen, Joseph D.; Camargo, Francisco; Ding, Roger; Woehl, Germano, Jr.; Dunning, F. Barry; Killian, Thomas C.

    2016-05-01

    The interaction between a ground state atom and a highly excited Rydberg electron creates a potential that can support ultra-long-range bound molecular states comprising a Rydberg atom and several ground-state atoms. We excite these molecular states using two-photon spectroscopy in an ultracold gas of 84 Sr. In a thermal gas, we observe a highly structured spectrum of many-body bound states with one Rydberg atom and as many as three ground-state atoms in various vibrational levels. We also describe the spectrum in a dense, quantum degenerate gas, which is sensitive to the properties of the polaron formed by the binding of many atoms in the quantum gas to the Rydberg impurity. Because of the absence of a p-wave shape resonance in e-Sr scattering, the molecular spectrum in Sr provides a sensitive probe of the excitation dynamics in a quantum gas in a different regime than is accessible using Rb. Research supported by the AFOSR under Grant No. FA9550-14-1-0007, the NSF under Grants No. 1301773 and No. 1205946, the Robert A, Welch Foundation under Grants No. C-0734 and No. C-1844.

  20. Millimeter-wave spectroscopy and multichannel quantum-defect-theory analysis of high Rydberg states of xenon: The hyperfine structure of {sup 129}Xe{sup +} and {sup 131}Xe{sup +}

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    Schaefer, Martin; Raunhardt, Matthias; Merkt, Frederic

    2010-03-15

    Millimeter-wave transitions between high-n Rydberg states of several isotopes of xenon have been recorded at sub-megahertz resolution. The fine and, for {sup 129}Xe and {sup 131}Xe, hyperfine structures of s, p, d, and f Rydberg states with principal quantum number in the range 52{<=}n{<=}64 have been determined from combination differences and analyzed using multichannel quantum defect theory. Improved eigenquantum defects and channel interaction parameters for the odd- and even-parity Rydberg states of xenon and the hyperfine structure of the {sup 2}P{sub 3/2} ground state of {sup 129}Xe{sup +} and {sup 131}Xe{sup +} have been obtained. Nearly degenerate p and d fine or hyperfine levels are very easily mixed by even weak stray electric fields.

  1. Collisional and radiative processes in adiabatic deceleration, deflection, and off-axis trapping of a Rydberg atom beam.

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    Seiler, Ch; Hogan, S D; Schmutz, H; Agner, J A; Merkt, F

    2011-02-18

    A supersonic beam of Rydberg hydrogen atoms has been adiabatically deflected by 90°, decelerated to zero velocity in less than 25  μs, and loaded into an electric trap. The deflection has allowed the suppression of collisions with atoms in the trailing part of the gas pulse. The processes leading to trap losses, i.e., fluorescence to the ground state, and transitions and ionization induced by blackbody radiation have been monitored over several milliseconds and quantitatively analyzed. PMID:21405512

  2. Wigner-crystallization of Rydberg-Polaritons in the lowest Landau level

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    Grusdt, Fabian; Fleischhauer, Michael

    2012-02-01

    For electrons and dipolar fermions in the lowest Landau level the critical filling for Wigner-crystallization was shown to be νc 1/7 [Baranov et. al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 100 (2008)]. We investigate the fractional quantum Hall effect for Van-der-Waals interacting bosons as realized e.g. by stationary-light polaritons in a Rydberg gas and find no transition to the Wigner crystal (WC). Our numerical studies suggest a crystalline groundstate below ν=1/6 which is expected to be described by a correlated WC of composite quasiparticles. Taking into account a cut-off in the Van-der-Waals interaction we find the WC to be favorable for large cut-offs. Numerical results for different geometries are presented and realistic implementations are discussed.

  3. Radiative and collisional processes in translationally cold samples of hydrogen Rydberg atoms studied in an electrostatic trap

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    Seiler, Ch; Agner, J. A.; Pillet, P.; Merkt, F.

    2016-05-01

    of the magnetic quantum number m than the optically prepared Rydberg–Stark states, and this observation led to the conclusion that a much more efficient mechanism than a purely radiative one must exist to induce transitions to Rydberg–Stark states of higher | m| values. While searching for such a mechanism, we discovered that resonant dipole–dipole collisions between Rydberg atoms in the trap represent an extremely efficient way of inducing transitions to states of higher | m| values. The efficiency of the mechanism is a consequence of the almost perfectly linear nature of the Stark effect at the moderate field strengths used to trap the atoms, which permits cascades of transitions between entire networks of near-degenerate Rydberg-atom-pair states. To include such cascades of resonant dipole–dipole transitions in the numerical simulations, we have generalized the two-state Förster-type collision model used to describe resonant collisions in ultracold Rydberg gases to a multi-state situation. It is only when considering the combined effects of collisional and radiative processes that the observed decay of the population of Rydberg atoms in the trap could be satisfactorily reproduced for all n values studied experimentally.

  4. Direct evidence of three-body interactions in a cold {sup 85}Rb Rydberg gas

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    Han Jianing

    2010-11-15

    Cold Rydberg atoms trapped in a magneto-optical trap (MOT) are not isolated and they interact through dipole-dipole and multipole-multipole interactions. First-order dipole-dipole interactions and van der Waals interactions between two atoms have been intensively studied. However, the facts that the first-order dipole-dipole interactions and van der Waals interactions show the same size of broadening [A. Reinhard, K. C. Younge, T. C. Liebisch, B. Knuffman, P. R. Berman, and G. Raithel, Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 233201 (2008)] and there are transitions between two dimer states [S. M. Farooqi, D. Tong, S. Krishnan, J. Stanojevic, Y. P. Zhang, J. R. Ensher, A. S. Estrin, C. Boisseau, R. Cote, E. E. Eyler, and P. L. Gould, Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 183002 (2003); K. R. Overstreet, Arne Schwettmann, Jonathan Tallant, and James P. Shaffer, Phys. Rev. A 76, 011403(R) (2007)] cannot be explained by the two-atom picture. The purpose of this article is to show the few-body nature of a dense cold Rydberg gas by studying the molecular-state microwave spectra. Specifically, three-body energy levels have been calculated. Moreover, the transition from three-body energy levels to two-body coupled molecular energy levels and to isolated atomic energy levels as a function of the internuclear spacing is studied. Finally, single-body, two-body, and three-body interaction regions are estimated according to the experimental data. The results reported here provides useful information for plasma formation, further cooling, and superfluid formation.

  5. Direct evidence of three-body interactions in a cold Rb85 Rydberg gas

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    Han, Jianing

    2010-11-01

    Cold Rydberg atoms trapped in a magneto-optical trap (MOT) are not isolated and they interact through dipole-dipole and multipole-multipole interactions. First-order dipole-dipole interactions and van der Waals interactions between two atoms have been intensively studied. However, the facts that the first-order dipole-dipole interactions and van der Waals interactions show the same size of broadening [A. Reinhard, K. C. Younge, T. C. Liebisch, B. Knuffman, P. R. Berman, and G. Raithel, Phys. Rev. Lett.PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.100.233201 100, 233201 (2008)] and there are transitions between two dimer states [S. M. Farooqi, D. Tong, S. Krishnan, J. Stanojevic, Y. P. Zhang, J. R. Ensher, A. S. Estrin, C. Boisseau, R. Cote, E. E. Eyler, and P. L. Gould, Phys. Rev. Lett.PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.91.183002 91, 183002 (2003); K. R. Overstreet, Arne Schwettmann, Jonathan Tallant, and James P. Shaffer, Phys. Rev. APLRAAN1050-294710.1103/PhysRevA.76.011403 76, 011403(R) (2007)] cannot be explained by the two-atom picture. The purpose of this article is to show the few-body nature of a dense cold Rydberg gas by studying the molecular-state microwave spectra. Specifically, three-body energy levels have been calculated. Moreover, the transition from three-body energy levels to two-body coupled molecular energy levels and to isolated atomic energy levels as a function of the internuclear spacing is studied. Finally, single-body, two-body, and three-body interaction regions are estimated according to the experimental data. The results reported here provides useful information for plasma formation, further cooling, and superfluid formation.

  6. From molecular spectra to a density shift in dense Rydberg gases

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    Gaj, A.; Krupp, A. T.; Balewski, J. B.; Löw, R.; Hofferberth, S.; Pfau, T.

    2014-01-01

    In Rydberg atoms, at least one electron is excited to a state with a high principal quantum number. In an ultracold environment, this low-energy electron can scatter off a ground state atom allowing for the formation of a Rydberg molecule consisting of one Rydberg atom and several ground state atoms. Here we investigate those Rydberg molecules created by photoassociation for the spherically symmetric S-states. A step by step increase of the principal quantum number up to n=111 enables us to go beyond the previously observed dimer and trimer states up to a molecule, where four ground state atoms are bound by one Rydberg atom. The increase of bound atoms and the decreasing binding potential per atom with principal quantum number results finally in an overlap of spectral lines. The associated density-dependent line broadening sets a fundamental limit, for example, for the optical thickness per blockade volume in Rydberg quantum optics experiments. PMID:25082599

  7. Transfer of entangled state, entanglement swapping and quantum information processing via the Rydberg blockade

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    Deng, Li; Chen, Ai-Xi; Zhang, Jian-Song

    2011-11-01

    We provide a scheme with which the transfer of the entangled state and the entanglement swapping can be realized in a system of neutral atoms via the Rydberg blockade. Our idea can be extended to teleport an unknown atomic state. According to the latest theoretical research of the Rydberg excitation and experimental reports of the Rydberg blockade effect in quantum information processing, we discuss the experimental feasibility of our scheme.

  8. Medium and high resolution vacuum UV photoabsorption spectroscopy of methyl iodide (CH 3I) and its deuterated isotopomers CD 3I and CH 2DI. A Rydberg series analysis

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    Locht, R.; Leyh, B.; Jochims, H. W.; Baumgärtel, H.

    2009-11-01

    The vacuum UV photoabsorption spectrum of CH 3I has been investigated between 5 eV and 20 eV. Numerous vibronic transitions are observed. In the high 10-20 eV photon energy range weak to very weak diffuse bands are observed and ascribed to electronic transitions from 3a 1, 1e and 2a 1 to Rydberg orbitals. In the 6-10.5 eV photon energy range more than 200 sharp and strong to weak lines have been observed. Several photon energy ranges were explored under high resolution conditions allowing us to observe many series up to high values of the principal quantum number n. They are assigned to vibrationless Rydberg transitions and classified into two groups converging to the two components of the spin-orbit split XE state of CH 3I +. These two groups consist of six different Rydberg series, i.e., nsa 1, npa 1, npe, nda 1, nde and nf. A very close correlation has been established between the term values of the Rydberg states in CH 3I and in Xe for ns, np, nd and nf Rydberg transitions. For the first time, the same measurements have been performed and the interpretation has been proposed for the photoabsorption spectrum of CH 2DI and CD 3I in the 6-10.5 eV photon energy range. For these two species, ionization energies are deduced: for the XE 3/2 and XE 1/2 states of CH 2DI, these are IE ad = 9.544 eV and IE ad = 10.168 eV, respectively, and the corresponding energies are 9.552 eV and 10.173 eV in CD 3I.

  9. Velocity-selective electromagnetically-induced-transparency measurements of potassium Rydberg states

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    Xu, Wenchao; DeMarco, Brian

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate a velocity selection scheme that mitigates suppression of electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) by Doppler shifts for coupling wavelengths larger than the probe wavelength. An optical pumping beam counterpropagating with the EIT probe beam transfers atoms between hyperfine states in a velocity-selective fashion. Measurement of the transmitted probe beam synchronous with chopping of the optical pumping beam enables a Doppler-free EIT signal to be detected. Transition frequencies between 5 P1 /2 and n S1 /2 states for n =26 , 27, and 28 in 39K are obtained via EIT spectroscopy in a heated vapor cell with a probe beam stabilized to the 4 S1 /2→5 P1 /2 transition. Using previous high-resolution measurements of the 4 S1 /2→n S1 /2 transitions, we make a determination of the absolute frequency of the 4 S1 /2→5 P1 /2 transition. Our measurement is shifted by 560 MHz from the currently accepted value with a twofold improvement in uncertainty. These measurements will enable novel experiments with Rydberg-dressed ultracold Fermi gases composed of 40K atoms.

  10. Ultracold Chemical Reactions of a Single Rydberg Atom in a Dense Gas

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    Schlagmüller, Michael; Liebisch, Tara Cubel; Engel, Felix; Kleinbach, Kathrin S.; Böttcher, Fabian; Hermann, Udo; Westphal, Karl M.; Gaj, Anita; Löw, Robert; Hofferberth, Sebastian; Pfau, Tilman; Pérez-Ríos, Jesús; Greene, Chris H.

    2016-07-01

    Within a dense environment (ρ ≈1014 atoms /cm3 ) at ultracold temperatures (T <1 μ K ), a single atom excited to a Rydberg state acts as a reaction center for surrounding neutral atoms. At these temperatures, almost all neutral atoms within the Rydberg orbit are bound to the Rydberg core and interact with the Rydberg atom. We have studied the reaction rate and products for n S 87Rb Rydberg states, and we mainly observe a state change of the Rydberg electron to a high orbital angular momentum l , with the released energy being converted into kinetic energy of the Rydberg atom. Unexpectedly, the measurements show a threshold behavior at n ≈100 for the inelastic collision time leading to increased lifetimes of the Rydberg state independent of the densities investigated. Even at very high densities (ρ ≈4.8 ×1014 cm-3 ), the lifetime of a Rydberg atom exceeds 10 μ s at n >140 compared to 1 μ s at n =90 . In addition, a second observed reaction mechanism, namely, Rb2+ molecule formation, was studied. Both reaction products are equally probable for n =40 , but the fraction of Rb2+ created drops to below 10% for n ≥90 .

  11. Measurement of Rydberg atom formation in low-density ultracold neutral plasmas

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    Chen, Wei-Ting; Witte, Craig; Roberts, Jacob

    2016-05-01

    Rydberg atoms are formed in ultracold neutral plasmas primarily through three-body recombination for typical experimental conditions. At low densities the relative importance of electron-Rydberg state-changing collisions in the dynamical evolution of the Rydberg atom state populations is increased, leading to temperature scalings significantly different from the usual T - 9 / 2 scaling associated with the three-body recombination rate. We report our measurement of Rydberg atoms in low-density ultracold neutral plasmas and discuss their utility in calibrating the electron temperature and determining the amount of heating due to continuum lowering that occurs during the formation of the ultracold plasma. This work supported by the AFOSR.

  12. Transfer of a weakly bound electron in collisions of Rydberg atoms with neutral particles. I. Long-range interaction effects in the ionic-covalent coupling

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    Lebedev, V. S. Narits, A. A.

    2013-10-15

    Ion-pair formation processes are studied in collisions of Rydberg atoms with neutral particles possessing small electron affinities. Nonadiabatic transitions from a Rydberg covalent term to an ionic term of a quasi-molecule are considered using the modified Landau-Zener theory supplemented with calculation of survival factors of an anion decaying in the Coulomb field of a positive ion core. Using the technique of irreducible tensor operators and the momentum representation of the wavefunction of a highly excited atom, exact expressions are obtained for transition matrix elements and the ionic-covalent coupling parameter. The approach developed in the paper provides the description beyond the scope of a conventional assumption about a small variation of the wavefunction of the Rydberg atom on the range of electron coordinates determined by the characteristic radius of the wavefunction of the anion. This allows one to correctly consider long-range effects of the interaction between a weakly bound electron and the neutral core of a negative ion in processes under study. It is shown by the example of thermal collisions of Xe(nf) atoms with CH{sub 3}CN molecules that this is very important for a reliable quantitative description of anion formation with a low binding energy. The results are compared with experiments and calculations performed within the framework of a number of approximate methods.

  13. Observation of the dipole-dipole interaction between cold Rydberg atoms by microwave spectroscopy

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    Park, Hyunwook

    We measured the dipole-dipole interaction between nsnp pairs of atoms by the line broadening technique. The broadening rate relies on the atomic density, equivalently the average internuclear spacing Rav, and principal quantum number n. This measurement of the dipole-dipole broadening can be expressed in terms of n and provides a simple measure of line broadening due to increased atomic density in laboratory units. Calculation of the dipole-dipole interaction was compared to the observations. It was realized that the observations, which have smaller broadening rates than the calculation, stem from the spin-orbit coupling, which results in the shift-free and small-shift dipole-dipole energy levels as well as normal shift levels. As a result of the dipole-dipole interaction, the nsnp molecules form attractive and repulsive dipole-dipole potentials in which atoms are forced to move toward each other and farther apart, respectively. These motions of the atoms in the dipole potentials induce collisional ionization and trigger plasma formation from Rydberg atoms. The collisional ionization was systematically investigated by comparing the effects of the attractive, repulsive, and almost flat potentials. It turned out that atoms transferred to the attractive potential are ionized in a few microseconds, while those on the repulsive potential are not significantly ionized, similar to the flat potential case. Essentially the same result was observed again with an enhanced ion signal by extending the sampling to a broader range of internuclear separation via high microwave power. We also detected plasma fields by using the exaggerated property of Rydberg atoms responding to external electric fields. Rydberg atoms were injected into a plasma cloud, and the ns -- np microwave transition was driven to detect the plasma fields by measuring Stark shifts. We were able to measure a microscopic field as small as 0.1 V/cm. In the presence of a strong macroscopic field, the resonances

  14. Intrinsic optical bistability in a strongly driven Rydberg ensemble

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    de Melo, Natalia R.; Wade, Christopher G.; Šibalić, Nikola; Kondo, Jorge M.; Adams, Charles S.; Weatherill, Kevin J.

    2016-06-01

    We observe and characterize intrinsic optical bistability in a dilute Rydberg vapor. The bistability is characterized by sharp jumps between states of low and high Rydberg occupancy with jump-up and -down positions displaying hysteresis depending on the direction in which the control parameter is changed. We find that the shift in frequency of the jump point scales with the fourth power of the principal quantum number. Also, the width of the hysteresis window increases with increasing principal quantum number, before reaching a peak and then closing again. The experimental results are consistent with predictions from a simple theoretical model based on semiclassical Maxwell-Bloch equations including the effects of interaction-induced broadening and level shifts. These results provide insight into the dynamics of driven dissipative systems.

  15. Entanglement of Two Individual Neutral Atoms Using Rydberg Blockade

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    Wilk, T.; Gaeetan, A.; Evellin, C.; Wolters, J.; Miroshnychenko, Y.; Grangier, P.; Browaeys, A.

    2010-01-08

    We report the generation of entanglement between two individual {sup 87}Rb atoms in hyperfine ground states |F=1,M=1> and |F=2,M=2> which are held in two optical tweezers separated by 4 {mu}m. Our scheme relies on the Rydberg blockade effect which prevents the simultaneous excitation of the two atoms to a Rydberg state. The entangled state is generated in about 200 ns using pulsed two-photon excitation. We quantify the entanglement by applying global Raman rotations on both atoms. We measure that 61% of the initial pairs of atoms are still present at the end of the entangling sequence. These pairs are in the target entangled state with a fidelity of 0.75.

  16. Single-Photon Switch Based on Rydberg Blockade

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    Baur, Simon; Tiarks, Daniel; Rempe, Gerhard; Duerr, Stephan

    2015-05-01

    All-optical switching is a technique in which a gate light pulse changes the transmission of a target light pulse without the detour via electronic signal processing. We take this to the quantum regime, where the incoming gate light pulse contains only one photon on average. The gate pulse is stored as a Rydberg excitation in an ultracold atomic gas using electromagnetically induced transparency. Rydberg blockade suppresses the transmission of the subsequent target pulse. Finally, the stored gate photon can be retrieved. A retrieved photon heralds successful storage. The corresponding postselected subensemble shows a relative transmission of 0.05. The single-photon switch offers many interesting perspectives ranging from quantum communication to quantum information processing.

  17. Entropy and complexity analysis of hydrogenic Rydberg atoms

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    Lopez-Rosa, S.; Toranzo, I. V.; Dehesa, J. S.; Sanchez-Moreno, P.

    2013-05-15

    The internal disorder of hydrogenic Rydberg atoms as contained in their position and momentum probability densities is examined by means of the following information-theoretic spreading quantities: the radial and logarithmic expectation values, the Shannon entropy, and the Fisher information. As well, the complexity measures of Cramer-Rao, Fisher-Shannon, and Lopez Ruiz-Mancini-Calvet types are investigated in both reciprocal spaces. The leading term of these quantities is rigorously calculated by use of the asymptotic properties of the concomitant entropic functionals of the Laguerre and Gegenbauer orthogonal polynomials which control the wavefunctions of the Rydberg states in both position and momentum spaces. The associated generalized Heisenberg-like, logarithmic and entropic uncertainty relations are also given. Finally, application to linear (l= 0), circular (l=n- 1), and quasicircular (l=n- 2) states is explicitly done.

  18. Dynamical Evolution of Interacting Photon Pulses in Rydberg Medium

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    He, Bing; Yang, Liu; Wu, Jin-Hui; Zhang, Zhaoyang; Xiao, Min

    2016-05-01

    We present a study to simulate the absorption and propagation of single photon pulses under their mutual effective interaction in Rydberg atomic ensemble.The study is based on the complete dynamics of the involved quantum fields in Rydberg medium of electromagnetically induced transparency, and considers the tunable control fields to stop and regenerate photon pulses. We find that photons of opposite-sign detunings can have distinct dynamical behaviors when they approach each other. The space-time dependent dissipation of photons under mutual interaction and the passages toward the stopped photons with different control fields are also illustrated in terms of the evolutions of their quantum field profiles. These processes can be applied to implementing various quantum devices such as photon switchers and photon-photon gates.

  19. Calculation of Rydberg energy levels for the francium atom

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    Huang, Shi-Zhong; Chu, Jin-Min

    2010-06-01

    Based on the weakest bound electron potential model theory, the Rydberg energy levels and quantum defects of the np2Po1/2 (n = 7-50) and np2Po3/2 (n = 7-50) spectrum series for the francium atom are calculated. The calculated results are in excellent agreement with the 48 measured levels, and 40 energy levels for highly excited states are predicted.

  20. Deterministic entanglement of two neutral atoms via Rydberg blockade

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    Zhang, X. L.; Isenhower, L.; Gill, A. T.; Walker, T. G.; Saffman, M.

    2010-09-15

    We demonstrate the deterministic entanglement of two individually addressed neutral atoms using a Rydberg blockade mediated controlled-not gate. Parity oscillation measurements reveal a Bell state fidelity of F=0.58{+-}0.04, which is above the entanglement threshold of F=0.5, without any correction for atom loss, and F=0.71{+-}0.05 after correcting for background collisional losses. The fidelity results are shown to be in good agreement with a detailed error model.

  1. Rydberg phases of Hydrogen and low energy nuclear reactions

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    Olafsson, Sveinn; Holmlid, Leif

    2016-03-01

    For over the last 26 years the science of cold fusion/LENR has been researched around the world with slow pace of progress. Modest quantity of excess heat and signatures of nuclear transmutation and helium production have been confirmed in experiments and theoretical work has only resulted in a large flora of inadequate theoretical scenarios. Here we review current state of research in Rydberg matter of Hydrogen that is showing strong signature of nuclear processes. In the presentation experimental behavior of Rydberg matter of hydrogen is described. An extensive collaboration effort of surface physics, catalysis, atomic physics, solid state physics, nuclear physics and quantum information is need to tackle the surprising experimental results that have so far been obtained. Rydberg matter of Hydrogen is the only known state of matter that is able to bring huge collection of protons to so short distances and for so long time that tunneling becomes a reasonable process for making low energy nuclear reactions. Nuclear quantum entanglement can also become realistic process at theses conditions.

  2. Progress towards Generating Rydberg State, One Electron Ions

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    Dreiling, Joan; Fogwell Hoogerheide, Shannon; Naing, Aung; Tan, Joseph

    2016-05-01

    We report on progress towards producing hydrogen-like ions in Rydberg states from bare nuclei. Fully stripped neon atoms (Ne10+) are produced by the electron beam ion trap (EBIT) at NIST. These ions are extracted via a beamline from the EBIT into a second apparatus where they are captured at low energy in a unitary Penning trap. The second apparatus has a cross-beam configuration, with a perpendicular beam of laser excited Rb atoms intersecting the ion beam at the Penning trap. While stored in the trap, the ions can interact with the Rb and, through charge exchange interactions, the bare nuclei can capture one or more electrons from the Rb. The ions are then analyzed by dumping the trap to a time-of-flight detector, which allows determination of the ion charge state evolution. This work builds towards laser spectroscopy on hydrogen-like ions in circular Rydberg states to obtain a value for the Rydberg constant independent of nuclear size effects. Such a measurement could shed some light on the proton radius puzzle.

  3. Phases, collective modes, and nonequilibrium dynamics of dissipative Rydberg atoms

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    Ray, S.; Sinha, S.; Sengupta, K.

    2016-03-01

    We use a density matrix formalism to study the equilibrium phases and nonequilibrium dynamics of a system of dissipative Rydberg atoms in an optical lattice within mean-field theory. We provide equations for the fixed points of the density matrix evolution for atoms with infinite on-site repulsion and analyze these equations to obtain their Mott-insulator-superfluid (MI-SF) phase boundary. A stability analysis around these fixed points provides us with the excitation spectrum of the atoms both in the MI and SF phases. We study the nature of the MI-SF critical point in the presence of finite dissipation of Rydberg excitations, discuss the fate of the superfluid order parameter of the atoms in the presence of such dissipation in the weak-coupling limit using a coherent state representation of the density matrix, and extend our analysis to Rydberg atoms with finite on-site interaction via numerical solution of the density matrix equations. Finally, we vary the boson (atom) hopping parameter J and the dissipation parameter Γ according to a linear ramp protocol. We study the evolution of entropy of the system following such a ramp and show that the deviation of the entropy from its steady-state value for the latter protocol exhibits power-law behavior as a function of the ramp time. We discuss experiments that can test our theory.

  4. Coherent control of population transfer in Rydberg atoms via chirped microwave pulses.

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    Carrera, Juan J; Chu, Shih-I

    2007-09-27

    We present a comprehensive and ab initio nonperturbative investigation of the coherent population transfer among the 3D high-lying Rydberg hydrogen and alkali atomic states via linearly polarized chirped microwave pulses. The time-dependent Schrödinger equation for the dynamical evolution of Rydberg atoms is accurately and efficiently solved by means of the time-dependent generalized pseudospectral method. For atomic H, the population transfer from n = 35 to 30 with nearly 100% efficiency is achieved by means of the sequential two-photon Deltan = -1 transitions. The calculation fully utilizes all of the available orbital angular momentum l states for a given n, and the interference pattern and population evolution dynamics of individual l states are analyzed in detail. It is shown that the coherent control of the population transfer from the high n to the low n states can be accomplished by the optimization of the chirping parameters and microwave field strength. Similar analysis is performed for the Na atom, where the alkali atomic structure is described by an accurate model potential. We found that while the global population transfer pattern is qualitatively similar, there are significant differences in the dynamical response of atomic H and Na to the chirped microwave fields. Due to the degeneracy of the l states (for a given n) in unperturbed atomic H, the population transfer involves significant coupling and interference among a number of low-lying l states. For the case of Na atoms, however, the population transfer from the n to (n - 1) state is dominated by a single channel, namely, from the |n,l = 0> to the |n - 1,l = 0> state. PMID:17722891

  5. The effect of nonpolar solvents on Rydberg states: van der Waals complexes of azabicyclooctanes

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    Shang, Q. Y.; Moreno, P. O.; Dion, C.; Bernstein, E. R.

    1993-05-01

    The effect of solvation by nonpolar solvents on the (n,3s) Rydberg states of 1,4-diazabicyclo[2.2.2]octane (DABCO) and azabicyclo[2.2.2]octane (ABCO) is investigated through mass resolved excitation spectroscopy of their van der Waals complexes. The solute/solvent clusters formed in a supersonic expansion include DABCO and ABCO with Ar, n-CmH2m+2 (m=1-7), and CF4 and C2F6. The resulting spectra are analyzed with the help of empirical potential energy calculations of the cluster binding energies, minimum energy structures, van der Waals modes, and potential barriers between the various cluster minimum energy structures. Good agreement is found between the calculated and experimental results for DABCO and ABCO clustered with argon and methane. The spectra of clusters with all other hydrocarbons can be ascribed to only one major geometry for each cluster stoichiometry, despite the fact that calculations yield many stable geometries for each cluster. This apparent lack of agreement between calculations and experiments can be rationalized based on cluster binding energy, zero point energy, and the potential energy barriers between the cluster minima. The observed blue shift of the cluster 000 transition energy as a function of the n-alkane chain length can be qualitatively modeled by a Lennard-Jones potential for the solute-solvent interaction for both the ground and excited states. The model reveals a strong repulsive interaction between the Rydberg state electronic distribution and the solvent molecule. This repulsion depends on the distance between the solvent molecule and the solute molecule nitrogen atom.

  6. Generation of tunable coherent far-infrared radiation using atomic Rydberg states

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    Bookless, W.

    1980-12-01

    A source of tunable far-infrared radiation has been constructed. The system has been operated at 91.6 cm/sup -1/ with a demonstrated tunability of .63 cm/sup -1/. The system is based on a Rydberg state transition in optically pumped potassium vapor. The transition energy is tuned by the application of an electric field to the excited vapor. The transition wavelength and the shifted wavelength were detected and measured by the use of a Michelson interferometer and a liquid helium cooled Ga:Ge bolometer and the data was reduced using Fast Fourier transform techniques. Extensive spectroscopy was done on the potassium vapor to elucidate the depopulation paths and rates of the excited levels. Both theoretical and experimental results are presented to support the conclusions of the research effort. Additionally, possible alternative approaches to the population of the excited state are explored and recommendations are made for the future development of this source as well as the potential uses of it in molecular spectroscopy.

  7. Two experiments with cold atoms: I. Application of Bessel beams for atom optics, and II. Spectroscopic measurements of Rydberg blockade effect

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    Arakelyan, Ilya

    In this dissertation we report the results of two experimental projects with laser-cooled rubidium atoms: I. Application of Bessel beams for atom optics, and II. Spectroscopic measurements of Rydberg blockade effect. The first part of the thesis is devoted to the development of new elements of atom optics based on blue-detuned high-order Bessel beams. Properties of a 4thorder Bessel beam as an atomic guide were investigated for various parameters of the hollow beam, such as the detuning from an atomic resonance, size and the order of the Bessel beam. We extended its application to create more complicated interferometer-type structures by demonstrating a tunnel lock, a novel device that can split an atomic cloud, transport it, delay, and switch its propagation direction between two guides. We reported a first-time demonstration of an atomic beam switch based on the combination of two crossed Bessel beams. We achieved the 30% efficiency of the switch limited by the geometrical overlap between the cloud and the intersection volume of the two tunnels, and investigate the heating processes induced by the switch. We also showed other applications of crossed Bessel beams, such as a 3-D optical trap for atoms confined in the intersection volume of two hollow beams and a splitter of the atomic density. The second part of this dissertation is devoted to the spectroscopic measurements of the Rydberg blockade effect, a conditional suppression of Rydberg excitations depending on the state of a control atom. We assembled a narrow-linewidth, tunable, frequency stabilized laser system at 480 nm to excite laser-cooled rubidium atoms to Rydberg states with a high principal quantum number n ˜ 50 through a two-photon transition. We applied the laser system to observe the Autler-Townes splitting of the intermediate 5p3/2 state and used the broadening of the resonance features to investigate the enhancement of Rydberg-Rydberg interactions in the presence of an external electric field.

  8. Exploring multiple degrees of freedom in Rydberg wave packets

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    Wen, Haidan

    2006-12-01

    Recent advances in the study of Rydberg atoms have focused on the control, manipulation and detection of Rydberg wave packets using novel external fields such as half-cycle pulses. The radial degree of freedom has been controlled and used to process information encoded in Rydberg states. However, these previous experiments make use of only a single degree of freedom, restricting the potential of other degrees of freedom for quantum computing in Rydberg atoms. In this dissertation, we explore the control and detection of other degrees of freedom in an electron wave packet, such as the angular momentum quantum number ℓ, the magnetic quantum number m and the electron spin; so that the full range of quantum numbers can participate in information processing. We first propose an interferometric control of the population of angular momentum states using two time-delayed phase-locked ultrafast laser pulses. The population of arbitrary angular momentum states can be greatly enhanced by optimizing the time delay and the relative phases between two laser pulses. We then qualitatively measure the evolution of angular momentum components in Stark wave packets by a weak half-cycle pulse (HCP). This measurement utilizes a time-delayed HCP and is proved to be effective for detecting various aspects of wave packet dynamics, particularly, the evolution of non-stationary states. The technique relies on the fact that the HCP redistributes the eigenstate populations and induced the population variation which reflects the evolution of eigenstate phases. Finally, we find that the dynamics of m-states could be highly correlated with the internal degree of freedom of the electron, the spin. We study the effect of spin-orbit coupling on the wave packet dynamics and observe the angular precession of a Rydberg wave packet. The population redistribution from p to s states is highly sensitive to the polarization of the HCP and changes with the precession of the electron orbit. We obtain the

  9. On the dynamics of high Rydberg states of large molecules

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    Jortner, Joshua; Bixon, M.

    1995-04-01

    In this paper we explore the level structure, the optical excitation modes and the dynamics of a mixed Stark manifold of very high Rydberg states (with principal quantum numbers n=80-250) of large molecules, e.g., 1,4 diaza bicyclo [2,2,2] octane (DABCO) and bis (benzene) chromium (BBC) [U. Even, R. D. Levine, and R. Bersohn, J. Phys. Chem. 98, 3472 (1994)] and of autoionizing Rydbergs of atoms [F. Merkt, J. Chem. Phys. 100, 2623 (1994)], interrogated by time-resolved zero-electron kinetic energy (ZEKE) spectroscopy. We pursue the formal analogy between the level structure, accessibility and decay of very high Rydbergs in an external weak (F≂0.1-1 V cm-1) electric field and intramolecular (interstate and intrastate) relaxation in a bound molecular level structure. The onset n=nM of the strong mixing (in an external field F and in the field exerted by static ions) of a doorway state, which is characterized by a low azimuthal quantum number l, a finite quantum defect δ, and a total nonradiative width Γs≂Γ0/n3, with the inactive high l manifold is specified by nM≂80.6δ1/5(F/V cm-1)-1/5. At n≥nM the level structure and dynamics are characterized by the product γρ, where ρ is the density of states and γ=ΓsD(n) is the average decay width of the eigenstates, with the dilution factor D(n)≊n-2 for (lml) mixing and D(n)≂n-1 for (l) mixing, whereupon γρ=(Γ0/4δR)(nM/n)5, being independent of D(n). The sparse level structure is realized for γρ≪1, while the dense level structure prevails for γρ≳1, resulting in two limiting situations; (a) a dense limit for n≥nM and a sparse limit for n≫nM, and (b) a sparse limit for all n≥nM. The experimental information currently available on the decay dynamics of molecular (DABCO and BBC) and atomic (Ar) Rydbergs for n≥nM corresponds to case (b). The time-resolved dynamics was characterized in terms of the excited state total population probability P(t) and the population probability I(t) of the doorway

  10. Measurement of the Spatial Distribution of Ultracold Cesium Rydberg Atoms by Time-of-Flight Spectroscopy

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    Li, Jingkui; Zhang, Linjie; Zhang, Hao; Zhao, Jianming; Jia, Suotang

    2015-09-01

    We prepare nS (n = 49) cesium Rydberg atoms by two-photon excitation in a standard magnetooptical trap to obtain the spatial distribution of the Rydberg atoms by measuring the time-of-flight (TOF) spectra in the case of a low Rydberg density. We analyze the time evolution of the ultracold nS Rydberg atoms distribution by changing the delay time of the pulsed ionization field, defined as the duration from the moment of switching off the excitation lasers to the time of switching on the ionization field. TOF spectra of Rydberg atoms are observed as a function of the delay time and initial Rydberg atomic density. The corresponding full widths at half maximum (FWHMs) are obtained by fitting the spectra with a Gaussian profile. The FWHM decreases with increasing delay time at a relatively high Rydberg atom density (>5 × 107/cm3) because of the decreasing Coulomb interaction between released charges during their flight to the detector. The temperature of the cold atoms is deduced from the dependence of the TOF spectra on the delay time under the condition of low Rydberg atom density.