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  1. Direct Observation of Rydberg-Rydberg Transitions via Cpmmw Spectroscopy

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

    2014-06-01

    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-detected (FID) spectroscopy with accurate relative intensities. A new setup, a 20 K Neon buffer gas cooled molecular beam system, has been constructed and tested in our lab. The number density of our target molecules, BaF, is increased by a factor of >100 relative to a Smalley-type laser ablation supersonic beam source. In addition, the laboratory frame velocity is decreased by factor 10, which improves our spectroscopic resolution to better than 50 kHz FWHM at 100 GHz. The improved molecular beam source opens the door to an extension of the CPmmW spectroscopy from atomic Rydberg states to molecular Rydberg states. I expect to present preliminary data from ``pure electronic" spectra of BaF Rydberg molecules. We expect to produce 10^8 state-selected core-nonpenetrating Rydberg molecules in a single pulse of a laser-laser-mm-wave triple resonance excitation sequence.

  2. Rydberg electron transitions in the methyl radical

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    Velasco, A. M.; Martin, I.; Lavín, C.

    1997-01-01

    Transition probabilities corresponding to one-photon transitions to Rydberg states of the methyl radical have been calculated with a molecular-adapted version of the quantum defect orbital (QDO) method. The results appear to be in accord with those of an analysis of the experimental spectrum by Herzberg.

  3. Antiferromagnetic phase transition in a nonequilibrium lattice of Rydberg atoms

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    Lee, Tony E.; Cross, M. C.; Haeffner, H.

    2011-09-15

    We study a driven-dissipative system of atoms in the presence of laser excitation to a Rydberg state and spontaneous emission. The atoms interact via the blockade effect, whereby an atom in the Rydberg state shifts the Rydberg level of neighboring atoms. We use mean-field theory to study how the Rydberg population varies in space. As the laser frequency changes, there is a continuous transition between the uniform and antiferromagnetic phases. The nonequilibrium nature also leads to a novel oscillatory phase and bistability between the uniform and antiferromagnetic phases.

  4. Vertical Electron Transitions in Rydberg Radicals

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    Martin, I.; Lavín, C.; Pérez-Delgado, Y.; Karwowski, J.; Diercksen, G. H. F.

    Oscillator strengths and Einstein emission coefficients for several Rydberg radicals are reported. The Quantum Defect Orbital (QDO) method has been employed, and comparison is made with the results of more complex theorical procedures.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

    2010-04-02

    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.

  7. 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.

  8. Rydberg transitions in Be-like Si XI

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    Serpa, F.G.; Livingston, A.E.; Kukla, K. ); Galvez, E.J. )

    1993-06-05

    Measurements of [Delta][ital n]=1 Rydberg transition wavelengths for Be-like Si XI are presented for 1[ital s][sup 2]2[ital s]9[ital l][prime][l arrow]1[ital s][sup 2]2[ital s]10[ital l] and 1[ital s][sup 2]2[ital s]8[ital l][prime][l arrow]1[ital s][sup 2]2[ital s]9[ital l]. The large polarizability of the open core 1[ital s][sup 2]2[ital s] and configuration interaction with nearby 1[ital s][sup 2]2[ital pnl] states yield observable 1-structure that is compared with the polarization model, Multi Configurational Dirac-Fock (MCDF) and Many Body Perturbation Theory (MBPT) calculations. We discussed the high-1 structure of the [ital n]=9--10 transition previously in relation to plasma observations. The first application of MBPT calculations to Be-like Rydberg states was reported with our measurement of the 7[ital I]--8[ital K] transition in S XIII.

  9. Single-shot high-resolution heterodyne detection of millimeter wave superradiance in Rydberg-Rydberg transitions

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    Grimes, David; Yelin, Susanne; Barnum, Timothy; Zhou, Yan; Coy, Steven; Field, Robert

    2016-05-01

    Millimeter wave (mm-wave) superradiance has been directly detected on a shot-by-shot basis in a neon buffer gas cooled beam of barium atoms. Rydberg-Rydberg transitions are well suited for the study of superradiance due to both the large transition dipole moments and long wavelengths associated with Δn = 1 transitions. We trigger the superradiant evolution of an initially 100% inverted system of Rydberg atoms (n = 30) with a weak mm-wave trigger pulse that is well-characterized in both spatial intensity distribution and phase. The resultant mm-wave emission is recorded in a heterodyne detection scheme with high resolution in both the time (20 ps) and frequency (250 kHz) domains. We observe that the width and emission delay of the time-domain intensity can be well described by a mean-field theory, but that the frequency-domain effects are not even qualitatively reproduced. In particular, a density-dependent broadening, frequency chirp, and line shift are observed. Comparisons to a two-atom master equation theoretical model will be discussed.

  10. 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.

  11. Theoretical calculations on electronic transitions for H/sub 3/, including Rydberg and transition state spectra

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    Petsalakis, I.D.; Theodorakopoulos, G.; Wright, J.S.

    1988-12-01

    MRD-CI calculations have been carried out on the ground and excited electronic states of H/sub 3/ for D/sub 3//sub h/, D/sub infinity//sub h/, C/sub infinity//sub v/, and C/sub 2//sub v/ geometries. Dipole transition moments between the various electronic states have been also obtained at the different geometries calculated. The present work provides accurate theoretical information relevant to the transition state spectroscopy of H+H/sub 2/ along a collinear path and also along a perpendicular path. In addition, the present work is the first all-electron configuration interaction treatment of the Rydberg states of H/sub 3/, and the results are in excellent agreement with the observed spectra.

  12. Tunable frequency stabilization to Zeeman sublevel transitions between an intermediate state and Rydberg states

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    Bao, Shanxia; Zhang, Hao; Zhou, Jian; Zhang, Linjie; Zhao, Jianming; Xiao, Liantuan; Jia, Suotang

    2017-01-01

    We demonstrate a robust method of direct laser frequency locking on the Zeeman sublevel transitions between an intermediate state and Rydberg states, with continuously tunable frequency range from  -35 MHz to  +35 MHz, which is based on electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) spectra of nondegenerate Zeeman sublevels in a Rydberg cascade system. With a small axial magnetic field, the EIT spectrum will split into two individual sub-peaks due to the Zeeman Effect of three energy levels, including the 133Cs 6S1/2, 6P3/2 and nl Rydberg states which form the cascade system. It is shown that the coupling field, corresponding to the transitions between the Zeeman sublevels of the intermediate state and Rydberg state, can be locked arbitrarily on any one of the two EIT sub-peaks. The frequency stability of locked lasers is bounded by 0.81 MHz. The root of Allan variance of the frequency reaches a minimum of 2.06× {{10}-8} for an averaging time of 512 s.

  13. Transition from SAMO to Rydberg State Ionization in C60 in Femtosecond Laser Fields

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    2016-01-01

    The transition between two distinct ionization mechanisms in femtosecond laser fields at 785 nm is observed for C60 molecules. The transition occurs in the investigated intensity range from 3 to 20 TW/cm2 and is visualized in electron kinetic energy spectra below the one-photon energy (1.5 eV) obtained via velocity map imaging. Assignment of several observed broad spectral peaks to ionization from superatom molecular orbitals (SAMOs) and Rydberg states is based on time-dependent density functional theory simulations. We find that ionization from SAMOs dominates the spectra for intensities below 5 TW/cm2. As the intensity increases, Rydberg state ionization exceeds the prominence of SAMOs. Using short laser pulses (20 fs) allowed uncovering of distinct six-lobe photoelectron angular distributions with kinetic energies just above the threshold (below 0.2 eV), which we interpret as over-the-barrier ionization of shallow f-Rydberg states in C60. PMID:27934203

  14. Absorption spectrum of bismuth in the vacuum ultraviolet. Observation of new transitions to Rydberg states

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    Damany, Nicole; Figuet, Jean; Topouzkhanian, Ari

    1981-12-01

    Between 160 and 230 nm, five band systems, including two new ones, have been recorded and classified by studying bismuth vapor produced in a heat pipe oven. They have been assigned to transitions from the X 1Σ s+ ground state of Bi 2 to high-lying Rydberg states converging to the 2Π u 3/2 and 2Π u 1/2 states of Bi 2+ at 7.53 and 8.94 eV. Some vibrational constants have been observed, by operating the heat pipe under unusual conditions.

  15. Spectral intensities of Rydberg transitions in carbonyl compounds. Formaldehyde, carbonyl fluoride and phosgene

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    Olalla, E.; Lavín, C.; Velasco, A. M.; Martín, I.

    2002-12-01

    Absorption oscillator strengths for electronic transitions involving Rydberg series (including the continuum) of formaldehyde, carbonyl fluoride and phosgene have been calculated with the molecular-adapted quantum defect orbital (MQDO) procedure. These compounds are known to play an important role in the evolution of the interstellar medium and the Earth's upper atmosphere. The results have been analysed on the grounds of the scarce comparative data found in the literature and by compliance with continuity across the ionisation threshold. The similarities observed between the calculated intensities of analogous transitions in the isovalent molecules F 2CO and Cl 2CO have served the purpose of assessing the quality of our calculations. New data, which may aid in future experimental measurements, are supplied.

  16. 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.

  17. Roles of the Rydberg transitions in fast excitation transfer studied in cyclohexane and n-heptane using synchrotron radiation

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    Kimura, Kazuie; Hormes, Josef

    1983-09-01

    Excitation spectra of PPO (2,5-diphenyl oxazole) in cyclohexane solution show peaks at 63 000 and 78 000 cm-1, while those in n-heptane solution show a single peak near 66 000 cm-1. The 63 000 cm-1 peak for cyclohexane and 66 000 cm-1 peak for n heptane are ascribed to excitation transfer at respective valence-band absorption peaks. An extra peak at 78 000 cm-1 for cyclohexane solution is tentatively ascribable to the Rydberg transitions and it is situated near the eighth peak of the Rydberg series. The expanded reaction radius is, therefore, estimated to be about 30 Å. Taking account of the Rydberg series can explain the known fact that excitation transfer in cyclohexane is extraordinarily fast compared with that in n heptane. Kinetic analysis shows that these upper excited states at 63 000 and 78 000 cm-1 of cyclohexane make direct excitation transfer, competing with relaxation to the lowest excited state at 49 750 cm-1. It is briefly discussed that the Rydberg series, which can be observed only in cyclic (or round) alkanes, may also be one of the key processes that explain molecular structural dependence observed in the excitation transfer and electron mobilities in alkanes.

  18. On the Rydberg transitions and elemental compositions in the laser produced Al (6063) plasma

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    Baig, M. A.; Fareed, M. A.; Rashid, B.; Ali, R.

    2011-08-01

    We present new studies on the optical emission spectra of the laser produced Al 6063 alloy plasma generated by the 1064 nm Nd: YAG laser. The spectrum reveals Rydberg transitions; nd 2D3/2,5/2 → 3p 2P1/2,3/2 (n = 3 - 8), ns 2S1/2 → 3p 2P1/2,3/2 (n = 4-6), and the dominant spectral lines of the other constituent elements. We have extracted the relative abundance of the impurities using the relative intensity ratio method. Besides, we have calculated the electron temperature (˜7580 K) from the Boltzmann plot method and the electron number densities (˜1.4 × 1017/cm3) from the Stark widths of the aluminum spectral lines. The plasma parameters determined in the present work are in agreement with that reported in the literature. The molecular vibrational transitions of the AlO free radical associated with the B 2∑→X 2∑ band system have also been identified.

  19. High-resolution laser spectroscopy between 0.9 and 14.3 THz in a supersonic beam: Rydberg-Rydberg transitions of atomic Xe at intermediate n values

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    Haase, Christa; Agner, Josef A.; Merkt, Frederic

    2013-06-28

    A laser-based, pulsed, narrow-band source of submillimeter-wave radiation has been developed that is continuously tunable from 0.1 THz to 14.3 THz. The source is based on difference-frequency mixing in the nonlinear crystal trans-4{sup Prime }-(dimethylamino)-N-methyl-4-stilbazolium tosylate. By varying the pulse length, the bandwidth of the submillimeter-wave radiation can be adjusted between 85 MHz and 2.8 MHz. This new radiation source has been integrated in a vacuum-ultraviolet-submillimeter-ware double-resonance spectrometer, with which low-frequency transitions of atoms and molecules in supersonic beams can be detected mass-selectively by photoionization and time-of-flight mass spectrometry. The properties of the radiation source and spectrometer are demonstrated in a study of 33f Leftwards-Arrow nd Rydberg-Rydberg transitions in Xe with n in the range 16-31. The frequency calibration of the submillimeter-wave radiation was performed with an accuracy of 2.8 MHz. The narrowest lines observed experimentally have a full-width at half-maximum of {approx}3 MHz, which is sufficient to fully resolve the hyperfine structure of the Rydberg-Rydberg transitions of {sup 129}Xe and {sup 131}Xe. A total of 72 transitions were measured in the range between 0.937 THz and 14.245 THz and their frequencies are compared with frequencies calculated by multichannel quantum defect theory.

  20. Transition of the Rydberg series from the spectroscopic to the united atom region in LiH

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    Kim, Hyun-Jin; Lee, Chun-Woo; Cheong, Yeon-Joo

    2016-12-01

    The behaviours of Rydberg states are studied using the multi-reference configuration interaction method for the 20 excited electronic states in the four-electron molecular system, LiH, which are greatly different from those in molecular systems with fewer electrons. The electronic structure of LiH is characterized by low-lying doubly excited states at small R but none at R > 0.7a 0. The transition from the doubly excited configuration-dominant states to the singly excited configuration-dominant states is found to take place in a narrow range of R. The Rydberg series at small R and in the spectroscopically observable region are different because of the distinct natures of the two regions. The transition of the doubly excited interlopers 2p2 1D σ and 2p2 1D δ at small R into singly excited Rydberg states in the spectral region is studied. Sharp mirror peaks in the dipole moment curves at the avoided crossing points are explained by non-adiabatic coupling.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Two-photon microwave transitions and strong-field effects in a room-temperature Rydberg-atom gas

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    Anderson, D. A.; Schwarzkopf, A.; Miller, S. A.; Thaicharoen, N.; Raithel, G.; Gordon, J. A.; Holloway, C. L.

    2014-10-01

    We investigate two-photon Autler-Townes splitting and strong-field effects of 85Rb Rydberg atoms in a room-temperature vapor cell. To observe the level structure we employ electromagnetically induced transparency. We first study the two-photon 62 S1 /2-63 S1 /2 microwave transition using an electric-field reference measurement obtained with the one-photon 62 S1 /2-62 P3 /2 transition. We then study the 61 D5 /2-62 D5 /2 transition where the microwave electric-field range is extended up to ˜40 V /m . A Floquet analysis is used to model field-induced level shifts and state-mixing effects present in the strongly driven quantum systems under consideration. Calculations are found to be in good agreement with experimental observations.

  4. The Oxonium Rydberg Radical

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    Lavín, C.; Martin, I.

    The Quantum Defect Orbital (QDO) method has been applied to the study of transition probabiUties in the oxonium Rydberg radical H3O. Absorption oscillator strengths and Einstein emission coefficients are reported and compared with the results of an earlier, simplified, molecular version of QDO method.

  5. Nuclear spin transitions in the kHz range in Rydberg matter clusters give precise values of the internal magnetic field from orbiting Rydberg electrons

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    Holmlid, Leif

    2009-03-01

    Clusters of the electronically excited condensed matter Rydberg matter (RM) are planar and sixfold symmetric with specific magic numbers N as shown by rotational spectroscopy of potassium K N clusters [L. Holmlid, Mol. Phys. 105 (2007) 933; L. Holmlid, J. Mol. Struct. 885 (2008) 122]. In radio frequency emission spectra from such clusters, features are observed that are due to the hyperfine interaction between the atomic nucleus 39K and two Rydberg electrons. These electrons exist in a doubly excited K atom at n″ = 5 or 6 in a "sleeping-top" type rotating cluster. Such low excited electrons were observed recently in optical intra-cavity experiments in K(RM), where the electrons in the conduction band are involved in the angular momentum conservation in the stimulated emission. Here we show that the agreement with the theoretical description of circular Rydberg states is excellent within ±0.2% in the magnetic field, invoking angular momentum conservation by electrons in the condensed phase. Sleeping-top clusters may form stacks of clusters, and it is likely that such stacks are the emitting entities involved in the two nuclear spin series observed.

  6. Proton-hydrogen collisions for Rydberg n,l-changing transitions in the early Universe

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    Vrinceanu, Daniel

    2013-05-01

    Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) is a vestige radiation generated during the Recombination era, some 390,000 years after the Big Bang, when the Universe had become transparent for the first time. Initial observations of CMB made by the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) led to determining the age of the Universe. The mechanisms that drove the recombination have been discovered by using modeling of the primordial plasma and seeking agreement with the observations. The new Plank Surveyor Instrument launched in 2009 is expected to produce data about the recombination era of an unprecedented accuracy, that require including better information regarding the basic atomic physics processes into the present models. In this talk, I will review the results for various Rydberg atom - charge particle collisions and establish their relative importance during the stages of recombination era, with respect to each other and to radiative processes. Energy changing and angular momentum changing collisions with electrons and ions are considered. This work has been supported by NSF through grants to the Institute for Theoretical Atomic and Molecular Physics at Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and to the Center for Research on Complex Networks at Texas Southern University.

  7. 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.

  8. Microwave transitions of pairs of cold Rb Rydberg atoms as Forster resonances of Floquet states

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    Lee, Jeonghun; Iqbal, Javed; Gallagher, T. F.

    2017-07-01

    Previous measurements of single photon n d5 /2n d5 /2→(n +1 ) dj(n -2 ) f transitions by two of us were described as microwave transitions made possible by configuration interaction (CI) between the n d5 /2n d5 /2 and the nearly degenerate (n +2 ) p3 /2(n -2 ) f states [Lee and Gallagher, Phys. Rev. A 93, 062509 (2016), 10.1103/PhysRevA.93.062509]. Here we report the observation of the one photon n d5 /2n d5 /2→(n +3 ) s1 /2(n -2 ) f , two photon n d5 /2n d5 /2→(n +3 ) pj(n -2 ) f , and three photon n d5 /2n d5 /2→(n +4 ) s1 /2(n -2 ) f microwave transitions. We show that both single and multiphoton microwave transitions are conveniently described as Forster resonant energy transfers between resonant Floquet states, and we show that the Floquet-Forster model reduces to the CI model used previously. Finally, to show that the transitions observed previously are by no means unique, we report pair transitions with different initial and final states as well as radio instead of microwave frequencies.

  9. Welcome to Rydberg-Land

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    Zhou, Yan; Grimes, David; Colombo, Tony; Klein, Ethan; Barnum, Timothy J.; Field, Robert W.

    2014-06-01

    Rydberg-Rydberg electronic transitions provide information about the electronic structure of the ion-core and each of the fundamental mechanisms by which a light electron exchanges energy and angular momentum with heavy nuclei. Normally, Rydberg electronic states have been indirectly observed via a sequence of laser-excitation steps, for which detection of transitions is accomplished by either fluorescence- or ionization-based schemes. Electronic transitions of |Δ n*|<1 between Rydberg states (n* is the effective principal quantum number) have kilo-Debye electric dipole transition moments when n*>30. Such enormous transition moments render Rydberg-Rydberg electronic transitions directly observable. A chirped millimeter wave pulse can simultaneously polarize a 23 GHz chunk of two-level systems. In our spectra of Ca atoms (104 Rydberg atoms/cm3 in a volume of 100 cm3), the resultant Free Induction Decay (FID) from each of these two level systems is down-converted and heterodyne detected at <500 kHz resolution (at 3:1 S:N in a single chirp). Willis Flygare and Brooks Pate are to be thanked! But there is more, especially for molecules! Recently, the Doyle and DeMille research groups have developed a cryogenic buffer gas cooled ablation source, our version of which produces beams of alkaline earth monohalide molecules that are >100x brighter and 10x slower than those produced by our Smalley type supersonic jet ablation source. Our 20 K Neon buffer gas cooled ablation source, in combination with redesign of the resonance region (300 cm3, mm-wave radiation on-axis with the molecular beam) of our CPmmW spectrometer, has resulted in a 1000x increase in brightness of a BaF molecular beam (108 Rydberg molecules/cm3 in a single quantum state) and a 10x improvement in resolution (50 kHz @ 100 GHz). When buffer gas cooled ablation sources are combined with direct detection of FID, a new domain of high resolution molecular spectroscopy begs for exploration!

  10. Optical transitions from the lowest to higher exciton and biexciton Rydberg states in CuCl

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    Miyajima, K.; Sakaniwa, K.; Sugawara, M.

    2016-11-01

    We measured the optical transitions due to the internal energy levels of an exciton and biexciton in a CuCl single crystal using pump-probe spectroscopy. The transient absorption bands due to the transitions from the 1 s to 2 p and from the 1 s to 3 p exciton states were observed at 3 K, which is consistent with their reported energies. Simultaneously, the transient absorption peak due to the biexciton was observed, which corresponds to a transition from the lowest state (composed of two 1 s excitons) to higher states (composed of 1 s and 2 p excitons). The value of the observed biexciton peak energy was reasonable considering the hydrogen molecule orbitals and the electron-to-hole effective mass ratio. In addition, the transient absorption peaks were broadened at 77 K, because of the increase in the homogeneous width of the 2 p exciton state. The transient absorption spectrum was almost completely determined by this width. Our findings are of importance with regard to the optical phenomena in the infrared region related to the quantum coherence of excitons and biexcitons in semiconductors.

  11. Entangled state fusion with Rydberg atoms

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    Ji, Y. Q.; Dai, C. M.; Shao, X. Q.; Yi, X. X.

    2017-10-01

    We propose a scheme for preparation of large-scale entangled GHZ states and W states with neutral Rydberg atoms. The scheme mainly depends on Rydberg antiblockade effect, i.e., as the Rydberg-Rydberg interaction strength and the detuning between the atom transition frequency and the classical laser frequency satisfies some certain conditions, the effective Rabi oscillation between the two ground states and the two excitation Rydberg states would be generated. The prominent advantage is that both two multiparticle GHZ states and two multiparticle W states can be fused in this model, especially the success probability for fusion of GHZ states can reach unit. In addition, the imperfections induced by the spontaneous emission is also discussed through numerical simulation.

  12. Electromagnetically induced transparency of ultra-long-range Rydberg molecules

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    Mirgorodskiy, Ivan; Christaller, Florian; Braun, Christoph; Paris-Mandoki, Asaf; Tresp, Christoph; Hofferberth, Sebastian

    2017-07-01

    We study the impact of Rydberg molecule formation on the storage and retrieval of Rydberg polaritons in an ultracold atomic medium. We observe coherent revivals appearing in the storage and retrieval efficiency of stored photons that originate from simultaneous excitation of Rydberg atoms and Rydberg molecules in the system with subsequent interference between the possible storage paths. We show that over a large range of principal quantum numbers the observed results can be described by a two-state model including only the atomic Rydberg state and the Rydberg dimer molecule state. At higher principal quantum numbers the influence of polyatomic molecules becomes relevant and the dynamics of the system undergoes a transition from coherent evolution of a few-state system to an effective dephasing into a continuum of molecular states.

  13. 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(-16) accuracy provide 10 mK resolution and yield a blackbody uncertainty for the clock transition of 10(-18).

  14. 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}.

  15. Multiconfiguration Dirac-Hartree-Fock energy levels, oscillator strengths, transition probabilities, hyperfine constants and Landé g-factor of intermediate Rydberg series in neutral argon atom

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    Salah, Wa'el; Hassouneh, Ola

    2017-04-01

    We computed the energy levels, oscillator strengths f_{ij}, the radiative transition rates A_{ij}, the Landé g -factor, the magnetic dipole moment and the electric quadrupole hyperfine constants of the intermediate Rydberg series ns [k]J ( 4 ≤ n ≤ 6), nd [k]J (3 ≤ n ≤ 4), np [k]J (4 ≤ n ≤ 5) relative to the ground state 3p6 1S0 for neutral argon atom spectra. The values are obtained in the framework of the multiconfiguration Dirac-Hartree-Fock (MCDHF) approach. In this approach, Breit interaction, leading quantum electrodynamics (QED) effects and self-energy correction are taken into account. Moreover, these spectroscopic parameters have been calculated for many levels belonging to the configuration 3p54s, 3p55s, 3p56s, 3p53d, 3p54d, 3p54p, 3p55p as well as for transitions between levels 3p54s-3p54p, 3p54p-3p53d, 3p54p-3p55s, 3p55s-3p55p and 3p55p-3p56s. The large majority of the lines from the 4p-5s and 4p-3d, 5s-5p and 5p-6s transition arrays have been observed and the calculations are consistent with the J -file-sum rule. The obtained theoretical values are compared with previous experimental and theoretical data available in the literature. An overall satisfactory agreement is noticed allowing assessing the reliability of our data.

  16. 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.

  17. Anomalous broadening in driven dissipative Rydberg systems

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    Boulier, Thomas; Goldschmidt, Elizabeth; Brown, Roger; Koller, Silvio; Young, Jeremy; Gorshkov, Alexey; Rolston, Steven; Porto, James

    2016-05-01

    Due to their strong, long-range, coherently-controllable interactions, Rydberg atoms have been proposed as a basis for quantum information processing and simulation of many-body physics. Using the coherent dynamics of such highly excited atomic states, however, requires addressing challenges posed by the dense spectrum of Rydberg levels, the detrimental effects of spontaneous emission, and strong interactions. We report the observation of interaction-induced broadening of the two-photon 5s-18s Rydberg transition in ultra-cold 87Rb atoms, trapped in a 3D optical lattice. The measured linewidth increases by nearly two 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 spontaneously created populations of nearby Rydberg p-states. This dephasing mechanism implies that the timescales available for the coherent addressing of such systems are dramatically shortened, hampering many recent proposals to use Rydberg-dressed atoms for quantum simulation. Now at Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt.

  18. Cpmmw Spectroscopy of Rydberg States of Nitric Oxide

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    Barnum, Timothy J.; Saladrigas, Catherine A.; Grimes, David; Coy, Stephen; Eyler, Edward E.; Field, Robert W.

    2016-06-01

    The spectroscopy of Rydberg states of NO has a long history [1], stimulating both experimental and theoretical advances in our understanding of Rydberg structure and dynamics. The closed-shell ion-core (1Σ+) and small NO+ dipole moment result in regular patterns of Rydberg series in the Hund's case (d) limit, which are well-described by long-range electrostatic models (e.g., [2]). We will present preliminary data on the core-nonpenetrating Rydberg states of NO (orbital angular momentum, ℓ ≥ 3) collected by chirped-pulse millimeter-wave (CPmmW) spectroscopy. Our technique directly detects electronic free induction decay (FID) between Rydberg states with Δn* ≈ 1 in the region of n* ˜ 40-50, providing a large quantity (12 GHz bandwidth in a single shot) of high quality (resolution ˜ 350 kHz) spectra. Transitions between high-ℓ, core-nonpenetrating Rydberg states act as reporters on the subtle details of the ion-core electric structure. * * [1] Huber KP. Die Rydberg-Serien im Absorptions-spektrum des NO-Molekuuls. Helv. Phys. Acta 3, 929 (1961). * * [2] Biernacki DT, Colson SD, Eyler EE. Rotationally resolved double resonance spectra of NO Rydberg states near the first ionization limit. J. Chem. Phys. 88, 2099 (1988).

  19. Quantum-optical nonlinearities induced by Rydberg-Rydberg interactions: A perturbative approach

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

    2015-10-01

    In this article, we theoretically study the quantum statistical properties of the light transmitted through or reflected from an optical cavity, filled by an atomic medium with strong optical nonlinearity induced by Rydberg-Rydberg van der Waals interactions. Atoms are driven on a two-photon transition from their ground state to a Rydberg level via an intermediate state by the combination of a weak signal field and a strong control beam. By using a perturbative approach, we get analytic results which remain valid in the regime of weak feeding fields, even when the intermediate state becomes resonant thus generalizing our previous results. We can thus investigate quantitatively new features associated with the resonant behavior of the system. We also propose an effective nonlinear three-boson model of the system which, in addition to leading to the same analytic results as the original problem, sheds light on the physical processes at work in the system.

  20. Dipolar exchange induced transparency with Rydberg atoms

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    Petrosyan, David

    2017-03-01

    A three-level atomic medium can be made transparent to a resonant probe field in the presence of a strong control field acting on an adjacent atomic transition to a long-lived state, which can be represented by a highly excited Rydberg state. The long-range interactions between the Rydberg state atoms then translate into strong, non-local, dispersive or absorptive interactions between the probe photons, which can be used to achieve deterministic quantum logic gates and single photon sources. Here we show that long-range dipole–dipole exchange interaction with one or more spins—two-level systems represented by atoms in suitable Rydberg states—can play the role of control field for the optically dense medium of atoms. This induces transparency of the medium for a number of probe photons n p not exceeding the number of spins n s , while all the excess photons are resonantly absorbed upon propagation. In the most practical case of a single spin atom prepared in the Rydberg state, the medium is thus transparent only to a single input probe photon. For larger number of spins n s , all n p ≤ n s photon components of the probe field would experience transparency but with an n p -dependent group velocity.

  1. Experimental demonstration of a Rydberg-atom beam splitter

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    Palmer, J.; Hogan, S. D.

    2017-05-01

    Inhomogeneous electric fields generated above two-dimensional electrode structures have been used to transversely split beams of helium Rydberg atoms into pairs of spatially separated components. The atomic beams had initial longitudinal speeds of between 1700 and 2000 m/s and were prepared in Rydberg states with principle quantum number n =52 and electric dipole moments of up to 8700 D by resonance-enhanced two-color two-photon laser excitation from the metastable 1 s 2 s 3S1 level. Upon exiting the beam splitter the ensembles of Rydberg atoms were separated by up to 15.6 mm and were detected by pulsed electric field ionization. Effects of amplitude modulation of the electric fields of the beam splitter were shown to cause particle losses through transitions into unconfined Rydberg-Stark states.

  2. 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.

  3. Equivalent Multipole Operators for Degenerate Rydberg States

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    2006-08-23

    Equivalence of two operators means here that they yield identical matrix elements within a subspace of Hilbert space that corresponds to fixed n. Such...Rydberg atom in time -dependent electric and magnetic fields 6. For example, analytical probabilities have been derived 3–5, without the need for...any perturbative and numerical analysis, for the full array of l→ l transitions in atomic hydrogen Hnl induced by a time -varying weak electric field

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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).

  7. Stark maps and Rydberg transitions in the presence of an electric field for Li, Na, and K. A quantum defect orbital approach

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    Menéndez, J. M.; Martín, I.; Velasco, A. M.

    2003-12-01

    The Stark structure of the Rydberg states of the lighter alkali atoms, Li, Na, and K, and the Stark oscillator strength distribution for Li have been calculated by diagonalization of the quantum defect orbital (QDO) Hamiltonian matrix. The presently obtained Stark maps are in excellent agreement with those resulting from theory and experiment, as reported in the literature by other authors. Good accord is also found for the presently calculated oscillator strength distribution, within a Stark manifold, with that of other theoretical approach and experimental measurements. The adequacy of the QDO procedure for accurately dealing with properties related to the Stark effect in atoms is suggested.

  8. Evidence of antiblockade in an ultracold Rydberg gas.

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    Amthor, Thomas; Giese, Christian; Hofmann, Christoph S; Weidemüller, Matthias

    2010-01-08

    We present the experimental observation of the antiblockade in an ultracold Rydberg gas recently proposed by Ates et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 023002 (2007)]. Our approach allows the control of the pair distribution in the gas and is based on a strong coupling of one transition in an atomic three-level system, while introducing specific detunings of the other transition. When the coupling energy matches the interaction energy of the Rydberg long-range interactions, the otherwise blocked excitation of close pairs becomes possible. A time-resolved spectroscopic measurement of the Penning ionization signal is used to identify slight variations in the Rydberg pair distribution of a random arrangement of atoms. A model based on a pair interaction Hamiltonian is presented which well reproduces our experimental observations and allows one to deduce the distribution of nearest-neighbor distances.

  9. 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.

  10. Universal nonequilibrium properties of dissipative Rydberg gases.

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

    2014-11-21

    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.

  11. Rubidium Rydberg linear macrotrimers

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    Samboy, Nolan; Côté, Robin

    2013-03-01

    We investigate the interaction between three rubidium atoms in highly excited (58p) Rydberg states lying along a common axis and calculate the potential energy surfaces between the three atoms. We find that three-body long-range potential wells exist in some of these surfaces, indicating the existence of very extended bound states that we label macrotrimers. We calculate the lowest vibrational eigenmodes and the resulting energy levels and show that the corresponding vibrational periods are rapid enough to be detected spectroscopically.

  12. Coherent Transfer between Low-Angular-Momentum and Circular Rydberg States.

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    Signoles, A; Dietsche, E K; Facon, A; Grosso, D; Haroche, S; Raimond, J M; Brune, M; Gleyzes, S

    2017-06-23

    We realize a coherent transfer between a laser-accessible low-angular-momentum Rydberg state and the circular Rydberg level with maximal angular momentum. It is induced by a radio frequency field with a high-purity σ^{+} polarization resonant on Stark transitions inside the hydrogenic Rydberg manifold. We observe over a few microseconds more than 20 coherent Rabi oscillations between the initial Rydberg state and the circular level. We characterize these many-Rydberg-level oscillations and find them in perfect agreement with a simple model. This coherent transfer opens the way to hybrid quantum gates bridging the gap between optical communication and quantum information manipulations with microwave cavity and circuit quantum electrodynamics.

  13. Microwave-induced three-photon coherence of Rydberg atomic states

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

    2016-12-01

    We investigate the three-photon coherence (TPC) effects of the Rydberg state in a Doppler-broadened four-level ladder-type atomic system for the 5S1/2(F=3)-5P3/2(F‧=4)-50D5/2-51P3/2 transition of 85Rb atoms. Upon interaction of the Rydberg Rb atom of the ladder-type electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) scheme with a resonant microwave (MW) field, we numerically analyze the spectral features of the Rydberg TPC from two viewpoints, Autler-Townes splitting (AT-splitting) of the Rydberg EIT and three-photon electromagnetically induced absorption (TPEIA). We determine the criterion to differentiate between AT-splitting of the Rydberg EIT and TPEIA in the Doppler-broadened ladder-type atomic system.

  14. Coherent Transfer between Low-Angular-Momentum and Circular Rydberg States

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    Signoles, A.; Dietsche, E. K.; Facon, A.; Grosso, D.; Haroche, S.; Raimond, J. M.; Brune, M.; Gleyzes, S.

    2017-06-01

    We realize a coherent transfer between a laser-accessible low-angular-momentum Rydberg state and the circular Rydberg level with maximal angular momentum. It is induced by a radio frequency field with a high-purity σ+ polarization resonant on Stark transitions inside the hydrogenic Rydberg manifold. We observe over a few microseconds more than 20 coherent Rabi oscillations between the initial Rydberg state and the circular level. We characterize these many-Rydberg-level oscillations and find them in perfect agreement with a simple model. This coherent transfer opens the way to hybrid quantum gates bridging the gap between optical communication and quantum information manipulations with microwave cavity and circuit quantum electrodynamics.

  15. Cold Rydberg atoms in a CO2 optical dipole trap

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    Gonçalves, Luis; Kondo, Jorge; Cabral, Jader; Marcassa, Luis

    2012-06-01

    There has been increasing interest in cold Rydberg atoms over the last several years. The primary reason for this attention is that interactions between Rydberg atoms are strong and lead to many interesting and useful phenomena, which require high atomic density samples. In this work, we have built an experimental setup to investigate cold Rydberg atom collision in a CO2 optical dipole trap. Briefly, we have loaded a Rb standard magneto-optical trap from an atomic vapor provided by a dispenser. Then we turn on 100W CO2 dipole trap and we apply a loading phase, in which the repumper light intensity is reduced and the trapping frequency is detuned to the red. After this phase, the trapping and repumper laser beams are turned off and we wait 100ms for the atoms, that were not trapped, to fall off the dipole trap region due to gravity. Finally, we turn off the dipole trap and excite the Rydberg state using a two photon transition. The Rydberg atoms are detected using pulsed field ionization technique. During the presentation we shall present preliminary results involving collisions between nD states.

  16. Creation, Control, and Detection of Rydberg Excitations in Ultracold Strontium

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    Whalen, Joseph; Ding, Roger; Camargo, Francisco; Woehl Junior, Germano; Dunning, F. Barry; Killian, Thomas; Rice University Department of Physics; Astronomy / Rice Quantum Institute Team

    2015-05-01

    We benchmark a new apparatus for studying Rydberg physics in ultracold gases by demonstrating the ability to create, control, and detect high-lying excitations. Two-photon transitions via the narrow 5s5p 3Pj intercombination line, unique to alkaline-earth-like atoms, are used to create triplet 5snl Rydberg states with enhanced lifetimes that are inaccessible in alkali systems. These Rydberg excitations have strong, long-range dipolar interactions that can be tuned with principal quantum number and Rydberg fraction. To monitor n and the number of Rydberg atoms created we employ pulsed-field ionization and a microchannel plate detector. This work serves as an important milestone toward realizing many-body phenomena such as roton physics, 3D solitons, supersolidity and long-range spin models. Research supported by the AFOSR under grant no. FA9550-12-1-0267, the NSF under grants nos. 1301773 and 1205946, and the Robert A. Welch Foundation under grant no. C-0734.

  17. Highly excited Rydberg states of pyrazine and their autoionization

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    Goto, A.; Fujii, M.; Ito, M.

    1987-04-23

    The two-color MPI spectra of jet-cooled pyrazine obtained via various vibrational levels in the S/sub 1/(n,..pi..*) state have been observed. A regularity was found in that the Rydberg series lying above the adiabatic ionization potential appear upon excitation of the S/sub 1/ vibronic level containing the nontotally symmetric vibration but they are apparently absent upon excitation of the S/sub 1/ vibronic level containing the totally symmetric vibration. The regularity is similar to that found by Hager et al. for aniline and can be explained as due to the interaction between a discrete level and an isoenergetic ionization continuum. The appearance or apparent absence of the Rydberg series results from the absorption cross section of the interacting ionization continuum in the transition from the S/sub 1/ vibronic level. The electronic structures of the Rydberg state and ion and the vibrational potentials of the ion are discussed.

  18. Spectroscopic signatures of dressed Rydberg-Rydberg interactions in Sr

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    Mukherjee, Rick; Hazzard, Kaden

    2015-05-01

    Ultracold Rydberg-dressed atoms exhibit strong, long-range interactions that can potentially create exotic phases of matter and entangled states that are useful in quantum computation and metrology. Rydberg-dressed atoms are obtained by off-resonantly admixing a Rydberg state | R > into a long-lived electronic state, often the ground state. As a tool to observe dressed Rydberg interactions, we theoretically consider a spectroscopic method that relies on strontium's unique long-lived (~ 23 μ s) electronic excited state 3P1. Specifically, we consider an effective two level system: the electronic ground state | G > and the Rydberg dressed state | D > = | 3 P1 > + ɛ | R > with ɛ << 1 . Using spin language to describe this two level system, our proposed Ramsey scheme rotates the spins by angle θ, allows the atoms to interact for a time t, and then measures the final spin vector. Our calculation is exact and includes experimental complications, such as dissipation and pulse timing errors. Excitingly, the dependence of the spin vector on time and θ can be used to experimentally measure the strength and power law dependence of the dressed Rydberg atom interaction.

  19. Electronic Transition Energies: A Study of the Performance of a Large Range of Single Reference Density Functional and Wave Function Methods on Valence and Rydberg States Compared to Experiment.

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    Caricato, Marco; Trucks, Gary W; Frisch, Michael J; Wiberg, Kenneth B

    2010-02-09

    This work reports a comparison among wave function and DFT single reference methods for vertical electronic transition energy calculations toward singlet states, valence and Rydberg in nature. A series of 11 small organic molecules are used as test cases, where accurate experimental data in gas phase are available. We compared CIS, RPA, CIS(D), EOM-CCSD, and 28 multipurpose density functionals of the type LSDA, GGA, M-GGA, H-GGA, HM-GGA and with separated short and long-range exchange. The list of functionals is obviously not complete, but it spans more than 20 years of DFT development and includes functionals which are commonly used in the computation of a variety of molecular properties. Large differences in the results were found between the various functionals. The aim of this work is therefore to shed some light on the performance of the plethora of functionals available and compare them with some traditional wave function based methods on a molecular property of large interest as the transition energy.

  20. Rydberg atoms: Two to tango

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    Löw, Robert

    2014-12-01

    The old adage that you can't tango alone is certainly true for humans. But recent experiments show that it may also be applicable to Rydberg atoms, which keep a beat through the coherent exchange of energy.

  1. 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.

  2. Microwave Hanle effect in Rydberg atoms

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    Ryabtsev, Igor I.; Tretyakov, Denis B.

    2001-09-01

    A microwave analog of the interference Hanle effect has been studied in sodium Rydberg atoms. Spontaneous emission of the microwave transition 37P3/2-->37S1/2 at 70.166 GHz was replaced by an induced transition from a pulsed microwave source. A dependence of population of the 37S1/2 state on the magnetic field was recorded in various conditions. Good agreement with the theoretical calculations has been found. The widths and shapes of observed resonances were defined by the spectral widths of the pulsed microwave radiation and parameters of laser excitation of the initial 37P3/2 state. The quantum beats of magnetic sublevels appeared in the signals when the polarization of exciting laser emission was orthogonal to the magnetic field, and the interference occurred in the scheme of transitions similar to the Mach-Zehnder optical interferometer.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Calculation of Rydberg interaction potentials

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    Weber, Sebastian; Tresp, Christoph; Menke, Henri; Urvoy, Alban; Firstenberg, Ofer; Büchler, Hans Peter; Hofferberth, Sebastian

    2017-07-01

    The strong interaction between individual Rydberg atoms provides a powerful tool exploited in an ever-growing range of applications in quantum information science, quantum simulation and ultracold chemistry. One hallmark of the Rydberg interaction is that both its strength and angular dependence can be fine-tuned with great flexibility by choosing appropriate Rydberg states and applying external electric and magnetic fields. More and more experiments are probing this interaction at short atomic distances or with such high precision that perturbative calculations as well as restrictions to the leading dipole-dipole interaction term are no longer sufficient. In this tutorial, we review all relevant aspects of the full calculation of Rydberg interaction potentials. We discuss the derivation of the interaction Hamiltonian from the electrostatic multipole expansion, numerical and analytical methods for calculating the required electric multipole moments and the inclusion of electromagnetic fields with arbitrary direction. We focus specifically on symmetry arguments and selection rules, which greatly reduce the size of the Hamiltonian matrix, enabling the direct diagonalization of the Hamiltonian up to higher multipole orders on a desktop computer. Finally, we present example calculations showing the relevance of the full interaction calculation to current experiments. Our software for calculating Rydberg potentials including all features discussed in this tutorial is available as open source.

  6. 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.

  7. Quantum mechanical calculation of Rydberg-Rydberg autoionization rates

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    Kiffner, Martin; Ceresoli, Davide; Li, Wenhui; Jaksch, Dieter

    2016-10-01

    We present quantum mechanical calculations of autoionization rates for two rubidium Rydberg atoms with weakly overlapping electron clouds. We neglect exchange effects and consider tensor products of independent atom states forming an approximate basis of the two-electron state space. We consider large sets of two-atom states with randomly chosen quantum numbers and find that the charge overlap between the two Rydberg electrons allows one to characterise the magnitude of the autoionization rates. If the electron clouds overlap by more than one percent, the autoionization rates increase approximately exponentially with the charge overlap. This finding is independent of the energy of the initial state.

  8. Orthogonal flexible Rydberg aggregates

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    Leonhardt, K.; Wüster, S.; Rost, J. M.

    2016-02-01

    We study the link between atomic motion and exciton transport in flexible Rydberg aggregates, assemblies of highly excited light alkali-metal atoms, for which motion due to dipole-dipole interaction becomes relevant. In two one-dimensional atom chains crossing at a right angle adiabatic exciton transport is affected by a conical intersection of excitonic energy surfaces, which induces controllable nonadiabatic effects. A joint exciton-motion pulse that is initially governed by a single energy surface is coherently split into two modes after crossing the intersection. The modes induce strongly different atomic motion, leading to clear signatures of nonadiabatic effects in atomic density profiles. We have shown how this scenario can be exploited as an exciton switch, controlling direction and coherence properties of the joint pulse on the second of the chains [K. Leonhardt et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 223001 (2014), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.223001]. In this article we discuss the underlying complex dynamics in detail, characterize the switch, and derive our isotropic interaction model from a realistic anisotropic one with the addition of a magnetic bias field.

  9. 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

  10. Quantum information with Rydberg atoms

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    Saffman, M.; Walker, T. G.; Moelmer, K.

    2010-07-15

    Rydberg atoms with principal quantum number n>>1 have exaggerated atomic properties including dipole-dipole interactions that scale as n{sup 4} and radiative lifetimes that scale as n{sup 3}. It was proposed a decade ago to take advantage of these properties to implement quantum gates between neutral atom qubits. The availability of a strong long-range interaction that can be coherently turned on and off is an enabling resource for a wide range of quantum information tasks stretching far beyond the original gate proposal. Rydberg enabled capabilities include long-range two-qubit gates, collective encoding of multiqubit registers, implementation of robust light-atom quantum interfaces, and the potential for simulating quantum many-body physics. The advances of the last decade are reviewed, covering both theoretical and experimental aspects of Rydberg-mediated quantum information processing.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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).

  14. Forbidden 2P–nP and 2P–nF transitions in the energy spectrum of ultracold Rydberg lithium-7 atoms

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

    2016-04-15

    Forbidden 2P–nP and 2P–nF transitions in the ranges of the principal quantum number n = 42–114 and n = 38–48 have been detected in the optical spectra of ultracold highly excited lithium-7 atoms. The presence of forbidden transitions is due to induced external electric fields. The quantum defects and ionization energy obtained in various experiments and predicted theoretically have been discussed.

  15. CEPA calculations on open-shell molecules. IV. Electron correlation effects in B1 Rydberg states of H2O

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    Staemmler, Volker; Jaquet, Ralph; Jungen, Martin

    1981-01-01

    We have calculated the vertical electronic excitation energies of ten 1b1→a1 excited states of H2O belonging to different Rydberg series. The calculations have been carried out with the FRC, SCF, PNO-CI, and CEPA approximations in order to investigate the electron correlation of Rydberg states. We report on correlation contributions to the electron binding energies, to the quantum defect of Rydberg series, and to the singlet-triplet splitting energies. In addition we make predictions for the dipole moments of the Rydberg states based on SCF calculations. Comparison of our results with experiment allows the assignment of transitions belonging to a np series and two nd series and it suggests an analysis for the 1b1→ns1B1 Rydberg series.

  16. 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.

  17. Equivalent multipole operators for degenerate Rydberg states

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    Ostrovsky, V. N.; Vrinceanu, D.; Flannery, M. R.

    2006-08-15

    As shown by Pauli, [Z. Phys. 36, 336 (1926)], the electric dipole operator r can be replaced by the Runge-Lenz vector A when operating within the n{sup 2} degenerate manifold of hydrogenic states of principal quantum number n. We seek to develop similar rules for higher multipole operators by expressing equivalent operators in terms only of the two vector constants of motion - the orbital angular momentum L and the Runge-Lenz vector A - appropriate to the degenerate hydrogenic shell. Equivalence of two operators means here that they yield identical matrix elements within a subspace of Hilbert space that corresponds to fixed n. Such equivalent-operator techniques permit direct algebraic calculation of perturbations of Rydberg atoms by external fields and often exact analytical results for transition probabilities. Explicit expressions for equivalent quadrupole and octupole operators are derived, examples are provided, and general aspects of the problem are discussed.

  18. Effective Field Theory for Rydberg Polaritons

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

    2016-09-01

    We develop an effective field theory (EFT) to describe the few- and many-body propagation of one-dimensional Rydberg polaritons. We show that the photonic transmission through the Rydberg medium can be found by mapping the propagation problem to a nonequilibrium quench, where the role of time and space are reversed. We include effective range corrections in the EFT and show that they dominate the dynamics near scattering resonances in the presence of deep bound states. Finally, we show how the long-range nature of the Rydberg-Rydberg interactions induces strong effective N -body interactions between Rydberg polaritons. These results pave the way towards studying nonperturbative effects in quantum field theories using Rydberg polaritons.

  19. Effective Field Theory for Rydberg Polaritons

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

    2016-01-01

    We develop an effective field theory (EFT) to describe the few- and many-body propagation of one dimensional Rydberg polaritons. We show that the photonic transmission through the Rydberg medium can be found by mapping the propagation problem to a non-equilibrium quench, where the role of time and space are reversed. We include effective range corrections in the EFT and show that they dominate the dynamics near scattering resonances in the presence of deep bound states. Finally, we show how the long-range nature of the Rydberg-Rydberg interactions induces strong effective N-body interactions between Rydberg polaritons. These results pave the way towards studying non-perturbative effects in quantum field theories using Rydberg polaritons. PMID:27661685

  20. Coherent Transient Effect Studies of Rydberg Atoms.

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    1982-09-01

    occurs in a Rydberg gas at the densities requil for transient experiments (NA1.2 atoms/cmut). The-decay process was studied using ion collection and...rather than in the visible. Although experiments with (visible) tunable dye lasers are therefore not possible, one can use powerful, stable cw...construction of atomic Rydberg lasers, the use of Rydberg atoms as high-sensitivity microwave detectors (already demonstrated by Figger et al), 14 and

  1. Scaling laws of Rydberg excitons

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    Heckötter, J.; Freitag, M.; Fröhlich, D.; Aßmann, M.; Bayer, M.; Semina, M. A.; Glazov, M. M.

    2017-09-01

    Rydberg atoms have attracted considerable interest due to their huge interaction among each other and with external fields. They demonstrate characteristic scaling laws in dependence on the principal quantum number n for features such as the magnetic field for level crossing or the electric field of dissociation. Recently, the observation of excitons in highly excited states has allowed studying Rydberg physics in cuprous oxide crystals. Fundamentally different insights may be expected for Rydberg excitons, as the crystal environment and associated symmetry reduction compared to vacuum give not only optical access to many more states within an exciton multiplet but also extend the Hamiltonian for describing the exciton beyond the hydrogen model. Here we study experimentally and theoretically the scaling of several parameters of Rydberg excitons with n , for some of which we indeed find laws different from those of atoms. For others we find identical scaling laws with n , even though their origin may be distinctly different from the atomic case. At zero field the energy splitting of a particular multiplet n scales as n-3 due to crystal-specific terms in the Hamiltonian, e.g., from the valence band structure. From absorption spectra in magnetic field we find for the first crossing of levels with adjacent principal quantum numbers a Br∝n-4 dependence of the resonance field strength, Br, due to the dominant paramagnetic term unlike for atoms for which the diamagnetic contribution is decisive, resulting in a Br∝n-6 dependence. By contrast, the resonance electric field strength shows a scaling as Er∝n-5 as for Rydberg atoms. Also similar to atoms with the exception of hydrogen we observe anticrossings between states belonging to multiplets with different principal quantum numbers at these resonances. The energy splittings at the avoided crossings scale roughly as n-4, again due to crystal specific features in the exciton Hamiltonian. The data also allow us to

  2. Spectral backbone of excitation transport in ultracold Rydberg gases

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    Scholak, Torsten; Wellens, Thomas; Buchleitner, Andreas

    2014-12-01

    The spectral structure underlying excitonic energy transfer in ultracold Rydberg gases is studied numerically, in the framework of random matrix theory, and via self-consistent diagrammatic techniques. Rydberg gases are made up of randomly distributed, highly polarizable atoms that interact via strong dipolar forces. Dynamics in such a system is fundamentally different from cases in which the interactions are of short range, and is ultimately determined by the spectral and eigenvector structure. In the energy levels' spacing statistics, we find evidence for a critical energy that separates delocalized eigenstates from states that are localized at pairs or clusters of atoms separated by less than the typical nearest-neighbor distance. We argue that the dipole blockade effect in Rydberg gases can be leveraged to manipulate this transition across a wide range: As the blockade radius increases, the relative weight of localized states is reduced. At the same time, the spectral statistics, in particular, the density of states and the nearest-neighbor level-spacing statistics, exhibits a transition from approximately a 1-stable Lévy to a Gaussian orthogonal ensemble. Deviations from random matrix statistics are shown to stem from correlations between interatomic interaction strengths that lead to an asymmetry of the spectral density and profoundly affect localization properties. We discuss approximations to the self-consistent Matsubara-Toyozawa locator expansion that incorporate these effects.

  3. Selective Population of Molecular Core Nonpenetrating Rydberg States

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

    2014-06-01

    Core nonpenetrating Rydberg states of molecules are a neglected state of matter. They could have a variety of uses, notably state-selective production of molecular ions. Due to the l(l+1)/r2 centrifugal barrier that prevents the Rydberg electron in high-l states from penetrating inside of the ion core, the electron is essentially uncoupled from the ion core, and the system becomes atom-like with long lifetimes, an "almost good" l quantum number, and electronic transitions that follow ΔJ+=0 and Δv+=0 propensity rules. However, in most molecules access to these states, via a sequence of Δl=+1 transitions from low-n*, low-l states, is blocked by the necessity to traverse the "zone of death," in which nonradiative decay mechanisms are prohibitively fast. We exploit Chirped Pulse millimeter-Wave (CPmmW) spectroscopy to efficiently excite Ca atoms and BaF molecules to core nonpenetrating states in the absence of nonradiative decay mechanisms. A universal method for preparing core nonpenetrating Rydberg states of molecules, which combines CPmmW spectroscopy with STImulated Raman Adiabatic Passage (STIRAP), will be discussed.

  4. 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).

  5. Quantum melting of two-component Rydberg crystals

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    Lan, Zhihao; Li, Weibin; Lesanovsky, Igor

    2016-11-01

    We investigate the quantum melting of one-dimensional crystals that are realized in an atomic lattice in which ground state atoms are laser excited to two Rydberg states. We focus on a regime where both, intra- and interstate density-density interactions as well as coherent exchange interactions contribute. We determine stable crystalline phases in the classical limit and explore their melting under quantum fluctuations introduced by the excitation laser as well as two-body exchange. We find that within a specific parameter range quantum fluctuations introduced by the laser can give rise to a devil's staircase structure which one might associate with transitions in the classical limit. The melting through exchange interactions is shown to also proceed in a steplike fashion, in the case of small crystals, due to the proliferation of Rydberg spin waves.

  6. 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.

  7. 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 (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.

  8. 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

  9. Two-Stage Melting in Systems of Strongly Interacting Rydberg Atoms

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    Weimer, Hendrik; Buechler, Hans Peter

    2010-12-03

    We analyze the ground state properties of a one-dimensional cold atomic system in a lattice, where Rydberg excitations are created by an external laser drive. In the classical limit, the ground state is characterized by a complete devil's staircase for the commensurate solid structures of Rydberg excitations. Using perturbation theory and a mapping onto an effective low-energy Hamiltonian, we find a transition of these commensurate solids into a floating solid with algebraic correlations. For stronger quantum fluctuations the floating solid eventually melts within a second quantum phase transition and the ground state becomes paramagnetic.

  10. 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

    2014-10-09

    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.

  11. Quantum interferometry of degenerate Rydberg states using a temporary dc Stark splitting

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    Ryabtsev, I. I.; Beterov, I. M.

    2000-06-01

    A method for quantum interferometry and phase control of degenerate Rydberg states has been proposed and realized experimentally. Phase control was carried out by a pulse of a weak dc electric field which caused a Stark splitting of degenerate Rydberg sublevels for a short time. A strong interference dependence of the probability of the microwave transition 37P3/2-->37S1/2 in sodium Rydberg atoms on a phase difference between the Stark sublevels of the 37P3/2 state has been detected. Changes in the probability were measured directly by a pulsed resonant microwave radiation applied after the electric-field pulse. Records of the quantum interference signals and Stark spectra of the microwave transition are presented and discussed. An influence of the laboratory magnetic field has been analyzed.

  12. Spatial Imaging of Strongly Interacting Rydberg Atoms

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    Thaicharoen, Nithiwadee

    The strong interactions between Rydberg excitations can result in spatial correlations between the excitations. The ability to control the interaction strength and the correlations between Rydberg atoms is applicable in future technological implementations of quantum computation. In this thesis, I investigates how both the character of the Rydberg-Rydberg interactions and the details of the excitation process affect the nature of the spatial correlations and the evolution of those correlations in time. I first describes the experimental apparatus and methods used to perform high-magnification Rydberg-atom imaging, as well as three experiments in which these methods play an important role. The obtained Rydberg-atom positions reveal the correlations in the many-body Rydberg-atom system and their time dependence with sub-micron spatial resolution. In the first experiment, atoms are excited to a Rydberg state that experiences a repulsive van der Waals interaction. The Rydberg excitations are prepared with a well-defined initial separation, and the effect of van der Waals forces is observed by tracking the interatomic distance between the Rydberg atoms. The atom trajectories and thereby the interaction coefficient C6 are extracted from the pair correlation functions of the Rydberg atom positions. In the second experiment, the Rydberg atoms are prepared in a highly dipolar state by using adiabatic state transformation. The atom-pair kinetics that follow from the strong dipole-dipole interactions are observed. The pair correlation results provide the first direct visualization of the electric-dipole interaction and clearly exhibit its anisotropic nature. In both the first and the second experiment, results of semi-classical simulations of the atom-pair trajectories agree well with the experimental data. In the analysis, I use energy conservation and measurements of the initial positions and the terminal velocities of the atom pairs to extract the C6 and C 3 interaction

  13. Millimetre wave spectroscopy of high Rydberg states

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    Merkt, F.; Osterwalder, A.

    We have recently developed high-resolution vacuum ultraviolet laser sources and combined these with millimetre waves in double-resonance experiments to achieve a spectral resolution of up to 60 kHz in the spectra of high Rydberg states. The article describes the main features of our experimental procedure and presents studies in which we have used millimetre wave spectroscopy (a) to obtain information on the energy level structure, including the spin-orbit and hyperfine structure, of atomic Rydberg states at high principal quantum numbers n , (b) to record spectrally resolved spectra of the high Rydberg states ( n ≥100) detected in pulsed-field-ionization zero-kinetic-energy photoelectron spectra, (c) to measure stray electric fields and ion concentrations in the gas phase, (d) to test and improve the selectivity of the electric field ionization of high Rydberg states and (e) to observe for the first time the hyperfine structure in high- n , low- l molecular Rydberg states.

  14. Full configuration interaction calculation of the low lying valence and Rydberg states of BeH.

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    Pitarch-Ruiz, J; Sánchez-Marín, J; Velasco, A M

    2008-03-01

    The all-electron full configuration interaction (FCI) vertical excitation energies for some low lying valence and Rydberg excited states of BeH are presented in this article. A basis set of valence atomic natural orbitals has been augmented with a series of Rydberg orbitals that have been generated as centered onto the Be atom. The resulting basis set can be described as 4s2p1d/2s1p (Be/H) + 4s4p3d. It allows to calculate Rydberg states up to n= {3,4,5} of the s, p, and d series of Rydberg states. The FCI vertical ionization potential for the same basis set and geometry amounts to 8.298 eV. Other properties such as FCI electric dipole and quadrupole moments and FCI transition dipole and quadrupole moments have also been calculated. The results provide a set of benchmark values for energies, wave functions, properties, and transition properties for the five electron BeH molecule. Most of the states have large multiconfigurational character in spite of their essentially single excited nature and a number of them present an important Rydberg-valence mixing that is achieved through the mixed nature of the particle MO of the single excitations.

  15. Cold Rydberg atom collisions in a dipole trap

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    Cabral, Jader; Gonçalves, Luis; Kondo, Jorge; Marcassa, Luis

    2011-05-01

    We have built a new experimental setup to investigate cold Rydberg atom collision in a high atomic density sample in a CO2 dipole trap. Briefly, we load a Rb standard magneto-optical trap from an atomic vapor provided by a dispenser. Then we turn on 100W CO2 dipole trap and we apply a loading phase, in which the repumper light intensity is reduced. After this phase, the trapping and repumper laser beams are turned off and we wait 100 ms for the atoms that were not trapped to fall off the dipole trap region due to gravity. Finally, we turn off the dipole trap and excite the Rydberg state using a two photon transition. The Rydberg atoms are detected using pulsed field ionization technique. In this new setup, we can image the ions onto a MCP detector to study the spatial distribution. The electrons maybe detected also by another MCP. During the presentation we shall present preliminary results involving the excitation of nD+nD states. We acknowledge financial support from FAPESP, CNPq, INCT-IQ, AFOSR (FA9550-09-1-0503)

  16. Bipolar resistive switching in YMnO3/Nb:SrTiO3 pn-heterojunctions

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    Bogusz, Agnieszka; Bürger, Danilo; Skorupa, Ilona; Schmidt, Oliver G.; Schmidt, Heidemarie

    2016-11-01

    Resistively switching oxides are promising materials for use in electronic applications such as nonvolatile memories, logic gates, and artificial synapses. This work presents the bipolar resistive switching (BRS) in YMnO3/Nb:SrTiO3 pn-heterojunctions. A thermally driven electroforming process is required prior to the observed BRS. Results indicate that the BRS in YMnO3/Nb:SrTiO3 originates from the combined effects of charge trapping and detrapping processes along with the electro-migration of charged point defects in the depletion layer of the pn-heterojunction. It is shown that the built-in voltage of the pn-heterojunctions can be tuned by the oxygen partial pressure during growth of the YMnO3 thin film and impacts the working parameters of the resistively switching cell. This study provides a guideline for material engineering of bipolar resistive switches based on pn-heterojunctions.

  17. Excitation of Helium to Rydberg States Using STIRAP

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    Lu, Xiaoxu

    2011-12-01

    Driving atoms from an initial to a final state of the same parity via an intermediate state of opposite parity is most efficiently done using STIRAP, because it does not populate the intermediate state. For optical transitions this requires appropriate pulses of light in the counter-intuitive order - first coupling the intermediate and final states. We populate Rydberg states of helium (n = 12 ˜ 30) in a beam of average velocity 1070 m/s by having the atoms cross two laser beams in a tunable dc electric field. The "red" light near lambda = 790 ~ 830 nm connects the 33P states to the Rydberg states and the "blue" beam of lambda = 389 nm connects the metastable 2 3S state atoms emitted by our source to the 33 P states. By varying the relative position of these beams we can vary both the order and the overlap encountered by the atoms. We vary either the dc electric field and fix the " red " laser frequency or vary the "red" laser frequency and fix the dc electric field to sweep across Stark states of the Rydberg manifolds. Several mm downstream of the interaction region we apply the very strong bichromatic force on the 23S → 2 3P transition at lambda = 1083 nm. It deflects the remaining 23S atoms out of the beam and the ratio of this signal measured with STIRAP beam on and off provides an absolute measure of the fraction of the atoms remaining in the 23 S state. Simple three-level models of STIRAP all predict 100% excitation probability, but our raw measurements are typically around half of this, and vary with both n and l of the Rydberg states selected for excitation by the laser frequency and electric field tuning on our Stark maps. For states with high enough Rabi frequency, after correction for the decay back to the metastable state before the deflection, the highest efficiencies are around 70%. An ion detector readily detects the presence of Rydberg atoms. We believe that the observed signals are produced by black-body ionization at a very low rate, but

  18. CaH Rydberg series, oscillator strengths and photoionization cross sections from Molecular Quantum Defect and Dyson Orbital theories

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    Velasco, A. M.; Lavín, C.; Díaz-Tinoco, Manuel; Ortiz, J. V.

    2017-01-01

    In this work, electron-propagator methods are applied to the calculation of the ionization potential and vertical excitation energies for several Rydberg series of the CaH molecule. The present calculations cover more highly excited states than those previously reported. In particular, excitation energies for ns (n>5), np (n>5), nd (n>4) and nf Rydberg states are given. Oscillator strengths for electronic transitions involving Rydberg states of CaH, as well as photoionization cross sections for Rydberg channels, also have been determined by using the Molecular Quantum Defect Orbital approach. Good agreement has been found with the scarce comparative data that are available for oscillator strengths. To our knowledge, predictions of photoionization cross sections from the outermost orbital of CaH are made here for the first time. A Cooper minimum and mixed atomic orbital character in some of the Dyson orbitals are among the novel features of these present calculations.

  19. 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.

  20. Optimizing the fast Rydberg quantum gate

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    Safronova, M.S.; Williams, Carl J.; Clark, Charles W.

    2003-04-01

    The fast phase gate scheme, in which the qubits are atoms confined in sites of an optical lattice, and gate operations are mediated by excitation of Rydberg states, was proposed by Jaksch et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 85, 2208 (2000)]. A potential source of decoherence in this system derives from motional heating, which occurs if the ground and Rydberg states of the atom move in different optical lattice potentials. We propose to minimize this effect by choosing the lattice photon frequency {omega}, so that the ground and Rydberg states have the same frequency-dependent polarizability {alpha}({omega}). The results are presented for the case of Rb.

  1. 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.

  2. Multi channel quantum defect theory calculations of the Rydberg spectra of HCO

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    Douguet, Nicolas; Orel, Ann

    2014-05-01

    We present a first-principles theoretical study of the photoionization spectra of vibrationally autoionizing Rydberg states converging to excited states of HCO+. The clamped-nuclei scattering matrix, quantum defects parameters and transition dipole moments are explicitly calculated using the complex variational Kohn technique. The multi-channel quantum defect theory and vibrational frame transformation are then used to calculate the absorption spectrum. The results are compared with experimental data on double-resonance spectroscopy of the high Rydberg states of formyl radical. This work is supported by the DOE Office of Basic Energy Science and the National Science Foundation, Grant No's PHY-10-68785 and PHY-11-60611.

  3. 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.

  4. Intracavity Rydberg-atom electromagnetically induced transparency using a high-finesse optical cavity

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

    2017-09-01

    We present an experimental study of cavity-assisted Rydberg-atom electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) using a high-finesse optical cavity (F ˜28 000 ). Rydberg atoms are excited via a two-photon transition in a ladder-type EIT configuration. A three-peak structure of the cavity transmission spectrum is observed when Rydberg EIT is generated inside the cavity. The two symmetrically spaced side peaks are caused by bright-state polaritons, while the central peak corresponds to a dark-state polariton. Anticrossing phenomena and the effects of mirror adsorbate electric fields are studied under different experimental conditions. We determine a lower bound on the coherence time for the system of 7.26 ±0.06 μ s , most likely limited by laser dephasing. 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 among many other applications.

  5. Enhanced spectral profile in the study of Doppler-broadened Rydberg ensembles.

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    Wu, Bo-Han; Chuang, Ya-Wen; Chen, Yi-Hsin; Yu, Jr-Chiun; Chang, Ming-Shien; Yu, Ite A

    2017-08-29

    Combination of the electromagnetically-induced-transparency (EIT) effect and Rydberg-state atoms has attracted great attention recently due to its potential application in the photon-photon interaction or qubit operation. In this work, we studied the Rydberg-EIT spectra with room-temperature (87)Rb atoms. Spectroscopic data under various experimental parameters all showed that the contrast of EIT transparency as a function of the probe field intensity is initially enhanced, reaches a maximum value and then decays gradually. The contrast of spectral profile at the optimum probe field intensity is enhanced by 2-4 times as compared with that at weakest intensity. Moreover, the signal-to-noise ratio of the spectrum can potentially be improved by 1 to 2 orders of magnitude. We provided a theoretical model to explain this behavior and clarified its underlying mechanism. Our work overcomes the obstacle of weak signal in the Rydberg-EIT spectrum caused by an apparent relaxation rate of the Rydberg polariton and weak coupling transition strength, and provides the useful knowledge for the Rydberg-EIT study.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Role of Rydberg states in the photostability of heterocyclic dimers: the case of pyrazole dimer.

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    Zilberg, Shmuel; Haas, Yehuda

    2012-11-26

    A new route for the nonradiative decay of photoexcited, H-bonded, nitrogen-containing, heterocyclic dimers is offered and exemplified by a study of the pyrazole dimer. In some of these systems the N(3s) Rydberg state is the lowest excited singlet state. This state is formed by direct light absorption or by nonradiative transition from the allowed ππ* state. An isomer of this Rydberg state is formed by H atom transfer to the other component of the dimer. The newly formed H-bonded radical pair is composed of two radicals (a H-adduct of pyrazole, a heterocyclic analogue of the NH(4) radical) and the pyrazolium π-radical. It is calculated to have a shallow local minimum and is the lowest point on the PES of the H-pyrazole/pyrazolium radical pair. This species can cross back to the ground state of the original dimer through a relatively small energy gap and compete with the H-atom loss channel, known for the monomer. In both Rydberg dimers, an electron occupies a Rydberg orbital centered mostly on one of the two components of the dimer. This Rydberg Center Shift (RCS) mechanism, proposed earlier (Zilberg, S.; Kahan, A.; Haas, Y. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2012, 14, 8836), leads to deactivation of the electronically excited dimer while keeping it intact. It, thus, may explain the high photostability of the pyrazole dimer as well as other heterocyclic dimers.

  9. Controlling the interactions between cold Rydberg atoms by a time-varying electric field

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

    2017-01-01

    Long-range interactions between cold Rydberg atoms are being investigated for neutral-atom quantum computing, quantum simulations, phase transitions in cold Rydberg gases and other applications. Fine tuning of the interaction strength can be implemented using Förster resonances between Rydberg atoms controlled by an electric field. The observation of the Stark-tuned Förster resonances between Rydberg atoms excited by narrowband cw laser radiation requires usage of a Stark-switching technique in order to excite the atoms first in a fixed electric field and then to induce the interactions in a varied electric field, which is scanned across the Förster resonance. The application of the radio-frequency field causes additional Förster resonances between collective states, whose line shape depends on the interaction strengths and time. Spatial averaging over the atom positions in a single interaction volume yields a cusped line shape of the Förster resonance. We present a detailed experimental and theoretical analysis of the line shape and time dynamics of the Stark-tuned Förster resonances Rb(nP 3/2) + Rb(nP 3/2) → Rb(nS 1/2) + Rb([n + 1]S 1/2) for two Rb Rydberg atoms interacting in a time-varying electric field.

  10. 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.

  11. Resonant ionization spectroscopy of autoionizing Rydberg states in cobalt and redetermination of its ionization potential

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    Liu, Yuan; Gottwald, T.; Mattolat, C.; ...

    2017-03-20

    We obtained multi-step resonance ionization spectroscopy of cobalt using a hot-cavity laser ion source and three Ti:Sapphire lasers. Furthermore, the photoionization spectra revealed members of five new autoionizing Rydberg series that originate from three different lower levels of 3d74s5s h4F9/2, 3d74s4d f4G11/2, and 3d74s4d f4H13/2 and converge to the first four excited states of singly ionized Co. Our analyses of the Rydberg series yield 63564.689 0.036 cm-1 as the first ionization potential of Co, which is an order of magnitude more accurate than the previous estimation. Using a three-step resonance ionization scheme that employs an autoinizing Rydberg state in themore » last transition, we obtained an overall ionization efficiency of about 18% for Co.« less

  12. Rydberg spectroscopy of a Rb MOT in the presence of applied or ion created electric fields.

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    Viteau, M; Radogostowicz, J; Bason, M G; Malossi, N; Ciampini, D; Morsch, O; Arimondo, E

    2011-03-28

    Rydberg spectroscopy of rubidium cold atoms trapped in a magneto-optical trap (MOT) was performed in a quartz cell. When electric fields acting on the atoms generated by a plate external to the cell were continuously applied, electric charges on the cell walls were created, as monitored on the Rydberg spectra. Avoiding accumulation of the charges and realizing good control over the applied electric field was instead obtained when the fields were applied only for a short time, typically a few microseconds. In a two-photon excitation via the 62P state to the Rydberg state, the laser resonant with the 52S-62P transition photoionizes the excited state. The photoionization-created ions produce an internal electric field which deforms the excitation spectra, as monitored on the Autler-Townes absorption spectra.

  13. Probing interactions between Rydberg atoms with large electric dipole moments in amplitude-modulated electric fields

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    Zhelyazkova, V.; Hogan, S. D.

    2015-07-01

    Dipole-dipole interactions between helium atoms in Rydberg-Stark states with principal quantum number n =53 and approximately linear Stark energy shifts, resulting from induced electric dipole moments of approximately 7900 D, have been investigated experimentally. The experiments were performed in pulsed supersonic metastable helium beams, with particle number densities of up to ˜109cm-3 . In the presence of amplitude-modulated, radio-frequency electric fields, changes in the spectral intensity distributions associated with the transitions to these states that are attributed to dipole-dipole interactions within the ensembles of excited atoms have been observed. The experimental results are in excellent agreement with calculations of the Rydberg energy level structure carried out using Floquet methods, and excitations shared by up to four atoms. The use of these Rydberg-Stark states as sensors for nonresonant broadband radio-frequency electrical noise is also discussed.

  14. Two-dimensional Rydberg gases and the quantum hard-squares model.

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    Ji, S; Ates, C; Lesanovsky, I

    2011-08-05

    We study a two-dimensional lattice gas of atoms that are photoexcited to Rydberg states in which they interact via the van der Waals interaction. We explore the regime of dominant nearest-neighbor interaction where this system is intimately connected with a quantum version of Baxter's hard-squares model. We show that the strongly correlated ground state of the Rydberg gas can be analytically described by a projected entangled pair state that constitutes the ground state of the quantum hard-squares model. This correspondence allows us to identify a phase boundary where the Rydberg gas undergoes a transition from a disordered (liquid) phase to an ordered (solid) phase.

  15. Laser optogalvanic spectroscopy of the even-parity Rydberg states of atomic mercury

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    Zia, M. A.; Baig, M. A.

    2005-12-01

    We present new experimental data on the highly excited levels in mercury using the optogalvanic detection technique in conjunction with a dc discharge cell. The collisionally populated 6s6p 3P2 metastable level has been used as an intermediate level to access the Rydberg states using a frequency-doubled dye laser covering the wavelength region between 370 and 249 nm. The optogalvanic data reveal 6sns 3S1(13<=n<=50), 6snd 1D2(6<=n<=18), 6snp 3D1(6<=n<=14), 6snd 3D2(6<=n<=15), and 6snd 3D3(6<=n<=59) Rydberg series. The 6sns 3S1 and 6snd 3D3 Rydberg series to such a high n value have been reported for the first time. In addition, collisionally induced parity-forbidden transitions 6snp 3P1(44<=n<=50) have been detected.

  16. Resonant ionization spectroscopy of autoionizing Rydberg states in cobalt and redetermination of its ionization potential

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    Liu, Y.; Gottwald, T.; Mattolat, C.; Wendt, K.

    2017-04-01

    Multi-step resonance ionization spectroscopy of cobalt has been performed using a hot-cavity laser ion source and three Ti:Sapphire lasers. The photoionization spectra revealed members of five new autoionizing Rydberg series that originate from three different lower levels of 3d 74s5s h 4F9/2, 3d 74s4d f 4G11/2, and 3d 74s4d f 4H13/2 and converge to the first four excited states of singly ionized Co. The analyses of the Rydberg series yield 63 564.689 ± 0.036 cm‑1 as the first ionization potential of Co, which is an order of magnitude more accurate than the previous estimation. Using a three-step resonance ionization scheme that employs an autoinizing Rydberg state in the last transition, we obtained an overall ionization efficiency of about 18% for Co. ).

  17. Detrimental adsorbate fields in experiments with cold Rydberg gases near surfaces

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    Hattermann, H.; Mack, M.; Karlewski, F.; Jessen, F.; Cano, D.; Fortágh, J.

    2012-08-01

    We observe the shift of Rydberg levels of rubidium close to a copper surface when atomic clouds are repeatedly deposited on it. We measure transition frequencies of rubidium to S and D Rydberg states with principal quantum numbers n between 31 and 48 using the technique of electromagnetically induced transparency. The spectroscopic measurement shows a strong increase of electric fields towards the surface that evolves with the deposition of atoms. Starting with a clean surface, we measure the evolution of electrostatic fields in the range between 30 and 300 μm from the surface. We find that after the deposition of a few hundred atomic clouds, each containing ˜106 atoms, the field of adsorbates reaches 1 V/cm for a distance of 30 μm from the surface. This evolution of the electrostatic field sets serious limitations on cavity QED experiments proposed for Rydberg atoms on atom chips.

  18. Effect of dispersion forces on squeezing with Rydberg atoms

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    Ng, S. K.; Muhamad, M. R.; Wahiddin, M. R. B.

    1994-01-01

    We report exact results concerning the effect of dipole-dipole interaction (dispersion forces) on dynamic and steady-state characteristics of squeezing in the emitted fluorescent field from two identical coherently driven two-level atoms. The atomic system is subjected to three different damping baths in particular the normal vacuum, a broad band thermal field and a broad band squeezed vacuum. The atomic model is the Dicke model, hence possible experiments are most likely to agree with theory when performed on systems of Rydberg atoms making microwave transitions. The presence of dipole-dipole interaction can enhance squeezing for realizable values of the various parameters involved.

  19. Determination fo the Rydberg constant by direct frequency measurement

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    Nez, F.; Plimmer, M.D.; Bourzeix, S.

    1994-12-31

    We have performed a pure frequency measurement of the 2S-8S/D two photon transition in atomic hydrogen, without any interferometry. The hydrogen frequencies are compared with the difference of two optical standards, the methane stabilized He-Ne laser and the iodine stabilized He-Ne laser. In this way, an optical frequency of atomic hydrogen is directly linked for the first time to the cesium clock. We deduce a new value for the Rydberg constant with an uncertainty of 2.2 parts in 10{sup 11}. This value is currently the most precise available.

  20. Coherent manipulation of Rydberg helium atoms in inhomogeneous electric fields

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    Lee, Seung Hyun

    Coherent manipulation of atomic motion has been a subject of increased interest in atomic physics because it provides the opportunity to perform precision spectroscopy. Since the first demonstration of laser cooling techniques, exerting controlled optical forces on neutral atoms has made it possible to develop new tools for working on the near-atomic scale. While most of these tools are based on manipulating atoms with laser light, a different method which exploits the interaction of Rydberg atoms with inhomogeneous electrostatic fields to control the atomic motion was proposed in 1981. Atoms in Rydberg states have a large dipole moment because their outer electrons are located far from the core. Due to the relatively strong dipole interaction, therefore, the motion of Rydberg atoms can be affected even by weak and moderate field gradients. Ultimately, it is desirable to maximize the population in the Rydberg states to increase the intensity of the beam focused by an electrostatic lens. In a new approach to achieve a highly efficient population transfer, we take advantage of the highly efficient Stimulated Raman Adiabatic Passage (STIRAP) excitation technique. In this thesis, we first present an investigation of the Stark-shifted atomic energy levels and compare our observations to numerical calculations. Once the state with the highest transition efficiency has been identified we employ the coherent STIRAP excitation technique in order to achieve a complete population transfer from the metastable ground state to the target state via an intermediate state in the three-level ladder system 23S1 → 33 P2 → nLj of triplet helium. In order to fulfill the strict conditions for STIRAP, we also need to know the Rabi frequencies of the laser fields. For this purpose, the Autler-Townes effect is also examined. Finally, we demonstrate an example of atom optics by focusing the atomic beam with our electrostatic lens after preparing the metastable helium atoms in one of the

  1. Perturbations in the Spectra of High Rydberg States: Channel Interactions, Stark and Zeeman Effects

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    Haase, Christa; Schäfer, Martin; Hogan, Stephen D.; Merkt, Frédéric

    2011-06-01

    Rydberg states of principal quantum number n≫50 have been prepared by irradiation of an atomic beam of xenon with vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) radiation. Narrowband submillimeter-wave (THz) radiation was then used to record spectra of transitions from these Rydberg states to higher or lower-lying Rydberg states. The transitions were detected by selective field ionization and recording either the electrons or the ions, the latter offering the advantage of mass selection. Rydberg states of high principal quantum number are extremely sensitive to their environment, which can be exploited to characterize the experimental conditions under which the spectroscopic measurements are carried out. The high resolution achieved in the experiments (better than 100 kHz) enabled the study of the spectral lineshapes and line positions in dependence of weak electric (down to below 100μV/cm) and magnetic fields (down to a few μT), and of the density of Rydberg atoms and ions generated in the experimental volume. The experiments rely on the use of a pulsed, broadly tunable, laser-based source of THz radiation for survey scans, and of a phase- and frequency-stabilized submillimeter-wave backward-wave oscillator-based radiation source for precision measurements. To illustrate the use of these sources, we present the results of the spectroscopic investigations of the hyperfine structure of 129Xe Rydberg states in spectral regions where s-d interactions are expected to play a role. F. Merkt and A. Osterwalder Int. Rev. Phys. Chem. 21, 385, (2002). J. Liu and F. Merkt Appl. Phys. Lett. 93, 131105, (2008). M. Schäfer, M. Andrist, H. Schmutz, F. Lewen, G. Winnewisser and F. Merkt J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 39, 831, (2006).

  2. Anisotropic Interactions between Cold Rydberg Atoms

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    2015-09-28

    AFRL-AFOSR-CL-TR-2015-0002 Anisotropic interactions between cold Rydberg atoms Luis Marcassa INSTITUTO DE FISICA DE SAO CARLOS Final Report 09/28...34Anisotropic Interactions Between Cold Rydberg Atoms " 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER FA9550-12-1-0434 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 6...processes in an atomic sample trapped in a CO2 optical dipole trap. The process was investigated as a function of: i) atomic density; ii) dc electric

  3. Theoretical Studies of Rydberg Atom Collisions.

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    1984-11-28

    capture cross section shoved considerable enhancement if the Rydberg electron was oriented in a plane parallel to the direction of the incident...Astronomy Rice Univesity Theoretical approaches to low-energy collisions of Rydberg atoms with atoms and Ions A. P. HICKMAN, R. E. OLSON, AND J. PASCALE... parallel to the direction of the incident projectile. Laser-assisted charge-transfer collisions: K~ + Na T. P. an. K. Kimura ad 1. E. Olson Dept. of

  4. Production of high-n strontium Rydberg atoms

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    Ye, S.; Zhang, X.; Killian, T. C.; Dunning, F. B.; Hiller, M.; Yoshida, S.; Burgdörfer, J.

    2014-04-01

    The photoexcitation of strontium Rydberg atoms with n ~ 300 is being examined using a crossed laser-atom beam approach to enable study of quasi-stable two-electron excited states and of strongly-coupled Rydberg systems.

  5. 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.

  6. Electrically tuned Förster resonances in collisions of NH3 with Rydberg He atoms

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    Zhelyazkova, V.; Hogan, S. D.

    2017-04-01

    The effects of weak electric fields on resonant energy transfer between NH3 in the X 1A1 ground electronic state and Rydberg He atoms in triplet states with principal quantum numbers n =36 -41 have been studied in a crossed-beam apparatus. For these values of n , electric dipole transitions between the Rydberg states that evolve adiabatically to the |n s > and |n p > states in zero electric field can be tuned into resonance with the ground-state inversion transitions in NH3 using electric fields, with energy transfer occurring via Förster resonance. In the experiments the Rydberg He atoms, traveling in pulsed supersonic beams, were prepared by resonant two-photon excitation from the metastable 1 s 2 s 3S1 level and crossed an effusive beam of NH3 before being detected by state-selective pulsed-electric-field ionization. The resonant-energy-transfer process was identified by monitoring changes in the ionization signal from the |n s > and |n p > Rydberg states for each value of n . The electric-field dependence of the experimental data is in good agreement with the results of calculations in which the resonant dipole-dipole coupling between the collision partners was accounted for.

  7. Correlated Photon Dynamics in Dissipative Rydberg Media

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    Zeuthen, Emil; Gullans, Michael J.; Maghrebi, Mohammad F.; Gorshkov, Alexey V.

    2017-07-01

    Rydberg blockade physics in optically dense atomic media under the conditions of electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) leads to strong dissipative interactions between single photons. We introduce a new approach to analyzing this challenging many-body problem in the limit of a large optical depth per blockade radius. In our approach, we separate the single-polariton EIT physics from Rydberg-Rydberg interactions in a serialized manner while using a hard-sphere model for the latter, thus capturing the dualistic particle-wave nature of light as it manifests itself in dissipative Rydberg-EIT media. Using this approach, we analyze the saturation behavior of the transmission through one-dimensional Rydberg-EIT media in the regime of nonperturbative dissipative interactions relevant to current experiments. Our model is able to capture the many-body dynamics of bright, coherent pulses through these strongly interacting media. We compare our model with available experimental data in this regime and find good agreement. We also analyze a scheme for generating regular trains of single photons from continuous-wave input and derive its scaling behavior in the presence of imperfect single-photon EIT.

  8. Suppression of multiphoton intrashell resonances in Li Rydberg atoms

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    Waheed, A.; Fregenal, D.; Frette, O.; Foerre, M.; Hjertaker, B. T.; Preclikova, J.; Horsdal, E.; Pilskog, I.

    2011-06-15

    Multiphoton intrashell transitions in strongly driven Li (n=25) Rydberg atoms are studied experimentally. Orthogonal dc electric and magnetic fields lift the degeneracy of the n shell and define the eccentricity e of the initial coherent elliptic states, which are formed by laser excitation and subsequent adiabatic transformation. The intrashell transitions are driven by a time-harmonic electric field linearly polarized parallel to the major axis of the ellipse. N-photon resonances with N=1-9 are studied as a function of e. All resonances with N{>=}3 are suppressed at certain e values in between 0 and 1. A similar system was analyzed by Yabuzaki et al. [Phys. Rev. A 10, 1955 (1974)] who found a simple pattern of suppressions that applies also for the present experiments. The results of these experimentally confirm that each time N is increased by two, an additional suppression is observed.

  9. Signatures of Quantum Coherences in Rydberg Excitons

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    Grünwald, P.; Aßmann, M.; Heckötter, J.; Fröhlich, D.; Bayer, M.; Stolz, H.; Scheel, S.

    2016-09-01

    Coherent optical control of individual particles has been demonstrated both for atoms and semiconductor quantum dots. Here we demonstrate the emergence of quantum coherent effects in semiconductor Rydberg excitons in bulk Cu2O . Because of the spectral proximity between two adjacent Rydberg exciton states, a single-frequency laser may pump both resonances with little dissipation from the detuning. As a consequence, additional resonances appear in the absorption spectrum that correspond to dressed states consisting of two Rydberg exciton levels coupled to the excitonic vacuum, forming a V -type three-level system, but driven only by one laser light source. We show that the level of pure dephasing in this system is extremely low. These observations are a crucial step towards coherently controlled quantum technologies in a bulk semiconductor.

  10. Effects of high three pro-nuclei (3PN) proportion incidence on clinical outcomes in the fresh cleavage-stage and blastocyst-stage embryo transfer (ET) cycles.

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    Li, Mingzhao; Xue, Xia; Zhao, Wanqiu; Li, Wei; Shi, Juanzi

    2017-01-01

    The aim of this study was to explore the effect of three pro-nuclei (3PN) incidence on clinical outcomes in the fresh cleavage-stage embryo transfer (CSET) and blastocyst-stage embryo transfer (BSET) cycles. This retrospective cohort study included 1427 CSET cycles, 632 BSET cycles, and 313 elective single BSET cycles from January 2013 to June 2015. The patients were divided into two groups as follows: Group 1 included patients with no 3PN zygotes and Group 2 included patients with >20% 3PN zygotes. We observed that the fertilization rate was significantly lower in 3PN = 0% than 3PN > 20% group (p < 0.05), but the day-3 grade I + II embryo and day-3 grade I + II + III embryo rates were not significantly different between 3PN = 0% and 3PN > 20% group (p > 0.05). Interestingly, in the CSET, the implantation (42.87% and 41.76%, p = 0.585) and clinical pregnancy (59.94% and 58.25%, p = 0.538) rates were not significantly different between two groups. In the BSET, the implantation (61.93% and 49.62%, p < 0.001) and clinical pregnancy rates (69.45% and 61.02%, p = 0.043) were significantly higher in 3PN = 0% than 3PN > 20% group. In the elective single BSET, the implantation (68.91% and 61.33%, p = 0.223) and clinical pregnancy rates (68.48% and 61.33%, p = 0.251) were higher in 3PN = 0% than 3PN > 20% group, but there was no significant difference. We concluded that a high 3PN incidence may predict poor outcomes in BSET but not CSET cleavage-stage.

  11. 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.

  12. Quantum interference in the field ionization of Rydberg atoms

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    Feynman, Rachel; Hollingsworth, Jacob; Vennettilli, Michael; Budner, Tamas; Zmiewski, Ryan; Fahey, Donald P.; Carroll, Thomas J.; Noel, Michael W.

    2015-10-01

    We excite ultracold rubidium atoms in a magneto-optical trap to a coherent superposition of the three | mj| sublevels of the 37 d5 /2 Rydberg state. After some delay, during which the relative phases of the superposition components can evolve, we apply an electric field pulse to ionize the Rydberg electron and send it to a detector. The electron traverses many avoided crossings in the Stark levels as it ionizes. The net effect of the transitions at these crossings is to mix the amplitudes of the initial superposition into the same final states at ionization. Similar to a Mach-Zehnder interferometer, the three initial superposition components have multiple paths by which they can arrive at ionization and, since the phases of those paths differ, we observe quantum beats as a function of the delay time between excitation and initiation of the ionization pulse. We present a fully quantum-mechanical calculation of the electron's path to ionization and the resulting interference pattern.

  13. Interaction of Helium Rydberg State Molecules with Dense Helium.

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    Bonifaci, Nelly; Li, Zhiling; Eloranta, Jussi; Fiedler, Steven L

    2016-11-17

    The interaction potentials of the He2(*) excimer, in the a(3)Σu, b(3)Πg, c(3)Σg, and d(3)Σu electronic states with a ground state helium atom are presented. The symmetry of the interaction potentials closely follows the excimer Rydberg electron density with pronounced short-range minima appearing along the nodal planes of the Rydberg orbital. In such cases, a combination of the electrostatic short-range attraction combined with Pauli repulsion leads to the appearance of unusual long-range maxima in the potentials. Bosonic density functional calculations show that the (3)d state excimer resides in a localized solvation bubble in dense helium at 4.5 K, with radii varying from 12.7 Å at 0.1 MPa to 10.8 Å at 2.4 MPa. The calculated (3)d → (3)b pressure-induced fluorescence band shifts are in good agreement with experimental results determined by application of corona discharge. The magnitude of the spectral shifts indicate that the observed He2(*) molecules emit from dense helium whereas the corresponding fluorescence signal from the discharge zone appears quenched. This implies that fluorescence spectroscopy involving this electronic transition can only be used to probe the state of the surrounding medium rather than the discharge zone itself.

  14. 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.

  15. Magnetic trapping of ultracold Rydberg atoms.

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    Lesanovsky, Igor; Schmelcher, Peter

    2005-07-29

    We investigate the quantum dynamics of ultracold Rydberg atoms being exposed to a magnetic quadrupole field. A Hamiltonian describing the coupled dynamics of the electronic and center of mass motion is derived. Employing an adiabatic approach, the potential energy surfaces for intra-n-manifold mixing are computed. By determining the quantum states of the center of mass motion, we demonstrate that trapped states can be achieved if the total angular momentum of the atom is sufficiently large. This holds even if the extension of the electronic Rydberg state becomes equal to or even exceeds that of the ultracold center of mass motion.

  16. Modeling a ``Snap-shot'' of Cold Rydberg Atoms in the Field of a Charged Wire

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    Goodsell, Anne; Nawarat, Poomirat; Harper, Colleen

    2014-05-01

    We propose to cool a cloud of Rb atoms and to launch the cloud at 12 m/s toward a charge suspended wire with a cylindrically-symmetric electric field. The cloud expands slightly as it moves upward and will be illuminated by excitation light to promote these atoms into the desired Rydberg state (30S) in mid-flight. This requires de-tuning the excitation laser from the zero-field n = 30 transition to excite atoms in a region where the field causes a significant shift of the Rydberg energy levels (if the wire is charged to +10 V, the field is less than 1 / 3n5 a.u., without mixing Stark-shifted states yet). Immediately after excitation, the Rydberg atoms are located in a ring around the wire. Later studies will probe the dynamics of this ring of excited slow-moving atoms. As a method of detection, we model the effect of pulsing the wire potential to ionize the atoms. A ramp time of roughly 0.2 μs for increasing the wire potential will ``freeze'' the motion of the slow atoms; for example, a speed of 12 m/s corresponds to a distance of 2.4 μm traveled during this ramp time. This ``snap-shot'' technique may be used later to study the dynamics of Rydberg atoms around a charged wire, like previous experiments with ground-state atoms.

  17. Improved efficiency of selective photoionization of palladium isotopes via autoionizing Rydberg states

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    Locke, Clayton R.; Kobayashi, Tohru; Midorikawa, Katsumi

    2017-01-01

    Odd-mass-selective ionization of palladium for purposes of resource recycling and management of long-lived fission products can be achieved by exploiting transition selection rules in a well-established three-step excitation process. In this conventional scheme, circularly polarized lasers of the same handedness excite isotopes via two intermediate 2D5/2 core states, and a third laser is then used for ionization via autoionizing Rydberg states. We propose an alternative excitation scheme via intermediate 2D3/2 core states before the autoionizing Rydberg state, improving ionization efficiency by over 130 times. We confirm high selectivity and measure odd-mass isotopes of >99.7(3)% of the total ionized product. We have identified and measured the relative ionization efficiency of the series of Rydberg states that converge to upper ionization limit of the 4 d 9(2D3/2) level, and identify the most efficient excitation is via the Rydberg state at 67668.18(10) cm-1.

  18. Linear Atom Guides: Guiding Rydberg Atoms and Progress Toward an Atom Laser

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    Traxler, Mallory A.

    In this thesis, I explore a variety of experiments within linear, two-wire, magnetic atom guides. Experiments include guiding of Rydberg atoms; transferring between states while keeping the atoms contained within the guide; and designing, constructing, and testing a new experimental apparatus. The ultimate goal of the atom guiding experiments is to develop a continuous atom laser. The guiding of 87Rb 59D5/2 Rydberg atoms is demonstrated. The evolution of the atoms is driven by the combined effects of dipole forces acting on the center-of-mass degree of freedom as well as internal-state transitions. Time delayed microwave and state-selective field ionization, along with ion detection, are used to investigate the evolution of the internal-state distribution as well as the Rydberg atom motion while traversing the guide. The observed decay time of the guided-atom signal is about five times that of the initial state. A population transfer between Rydberg states contributes to this lengthened lifetime, and also broadens the observed field ionization spectrum. The population transfer is attributed to thermal transitions and, to a lesser extent, initial state-mixing due to Rydberg-Rydberg collisions. Characteristic signatures in ion time-of-flight signals and spatially resolved images of ion distributions, which result from the coupled internal-state and center-of-mass dynamics, are discussed. Some groups have used a scheme to make BECs where atoms are optically pumped from one reservoir trap to a final state trap, irreversibly transferring those atoms from one trap to the other. In this context, transfer from one guided ground state to another is studied. In our setup, before the atoms enter the guide, they are pumped into the | F = 1, mF = --1> state. Using two repumpers, one tuned to the F = 1 → F' = 0 transition (R10) and the other tuned to the F = 1 → F' = 2 transition (R12), the atoms are pumped between these guided states. Magnetic reflections within the guide

  19. A spectroscopic study of the 3(1) pi g Rydberg state of 7Li2.

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    Song, Min; Yi, Peng; Dai, Xing-can; Liu, Yao-ming; Li, Li

    2002-06-01

    With pulsed optical-optical double resonance (OODR) fluorescence excitation spectroscopy Rydberg states of 7Li2 in the energy region of 35,500-38,000 cm-1 were studied and 146 transitions into the 3(1) pi g state of 7Li2 were measured. They were assigned to 10 vibrational levels of the 3(1) pi g state. A new set of Dunham constants, RKR potential curve, and Franck-Condon factors for the transitions form the A 1 sigma u+ state are derived. The perturbations between the 4(F)1 sigma g+, 5 (1) sigma g+, 6 (1) sigma g+, 2 (G) 1 pi g Rydberg states with the 3 (1) pi g state are discussed. The lambda-doubling splitting of the observed levels can be ignored with our accuracy (0.2 cm-1).

  20. 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.

  1. Coherent Rydberg Excitation in Thermal Microcells

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    Loew, Robert

    2011-05-01

    In order to create quantum devices based on the Rydberg blockade mechanism, it is necessary to have a confinement of the excitation volume to less than the blockade radius in a frozen gas of atoms; i.e. the excitation times need to be shorter than the timescales of the respective dephasing mechanisms. While ultracold gases seem to be the obvious choice, our approach utilizes thermal atomic vapor in small glass cells which offer multiple advantages like good optical access and scalability. Such a system can be realized by confining the atoms to geometries in the micron regime. Decoherence effects like resonant interactions of the Rydberg atoms with polaritonic excitations in the glass have been studied and can be minimized by the appropriate choice of Rydberg states. Using a bandwidth-limited pulsed laser system for the Rydberg excitation we observe coherent Rabi oscillations on the nanosecond timescale. In collaboration with Renate Daschner, Harald Kuebler, Bernhard Huber, Thomas Baluktsian, Andreas Koelle, James Shaffer, and Tilman Pfau.

  2. Collisions of Rydberg Atoms with Charged Particles

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    MacAdam, Keith B.

    2000-10-01

    The long range of Coulomb interactions, together with the large size, long radiative lifetimes and high state densities of highly excited Rydberg atoms, results in inelastic collision cross sections of prodigious size -- often large enough to outweigh small number densities in astrophysica and cool laboratory plasmas -- and in other unusual features. This talk will provide: (a) a brief survey of the significant features of collisions between electron or positive ions and state-selected Rydberg atoms and of recent experiments( O. Makarov and K.B. MacAdam, Phys. Rev. A 60), 2131-8 (1999); and K.B. MacAdam, J.C. Day and D.M. Homan, Comm. At. Mol. Phys./Comm. Mod. Phys. 1(2), Part D, 57-73 (1999). to investigate them; (b) an introduction to some of the special techniques that have been developed(J.L. Horn, D.M. Homan, C.S. Hwang, W.L. Fuqua III and K.B. MacAdam, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 69), 4086-93 (1998). for preparation, manipulation and detection of Rydberg atoms; and (c) a glimpse at new directions in Rydberg atom collision research.

  3. Similarities in the Rydberg spectra of the isovalent radicals CH3 and SiH3

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    Martín, I.; Velasco, A. M.; Lavín, C.

    In the present study of the Rydberg spectra of the methyl and silyl radicals, with the molecule-adapted Quantum Defect Orbital (QDO) method, we have sought and found important analogies between the spectral intensities of analogous transitions in these isovalent molecules. Further similarities with the spectra of their isolated central atoms and their united atom limits has not only served the purpose of assessing the quality of our calculations, but may also offer some relevant practical use.

  4. Storage Enhanced Nonlinearities in a Cold Atomic Rydberg Ensemble

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    Distante, E.; Padrón-Brito, A.; Cristiani, M.; Paredes-Barato, D.; de Riedmatten, H.

    2016-09-01

    The combination of electromagnetically induced transparency with the nonlinear interaction between Rydberg atoms provides an effective interaction between photons. In this Letter, we investigate the storage of optical pulses as collective Rydberg atomic excitations in a cold atomic ensemble. By measuring the dynamics of the 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. At short storage times, we observe a strong enhancement of the interaction due to the reduction of the Rydberg polariton group velocity down to 0. For longer storage times, we observe a further, weaker enhancement dominated by Rydberg induced dephasing of the multiparticle components of the state. In this regime, we observe a nonlinear dependence of the Rydberg polariton coherence time with the input photon number. Our results have direct consequences in Rydberg quantum optics and may enable the test of new theories of strongly interacting Rydberg systems.

  5. 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}.

  6. 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.

  7. Symmetry and symmetry breaking in Rydberg-atom intrashell dynamics

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    Pilskog, I.; Fregenal, D.; Frette, O.; Foerre, M.; Horsdal, E.; Waheed, A.

    2011-04-15

    We have investigated experimentally and theoretically the dynamics of Stark-Zeeman split states in Li(n=25) Rydberg atoms when they are exposed to a superposition of a slowly varying field and a harmonic RF field. Regular oscillatory structures are observed in the intrashell transitions. By solving the time-dependent Schroedinger equation for the problem it is shown that the dynamics is strongly influenced by the nonhydrogenic core which breaks the dynamical symmetry of the Coulomb problem. It is also shown that the dynamics effectively reduces to that of a two-level atom. The oscillations are remnants of interferences that arise partly due to a phase difference which develops between the two levels when they go through two consecutive one-photon resonances, and partly due to an effective change of the carrier-envelope phase of the coupling field.

  8. Preparation of Entangled and Antiferromagnetic States by Dissipative Rydberg Pumping

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    Carr, A. W.; Saffman, M.

    2013-07-01

    We propose and analyze an approach for preparation of high fidelity entanglement and antiferromagnetic states using Rydberg mediated interactions with dissipation. Using asymmetric Rydberg interactions the two-atom Bell singlet is a dark state of the Rydberg pumping process. Master equation simulations demonstrate Bell singlet preparation fidelity F=0.998. Antiferromagnetic states are generated on a four-spin plaquette in agreement with results found from diagonalization of the transverse field Ising Hamiltonian.

  9. A Laser Stabilization System for Rydberg Atom Physics

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    2015-09-06

    A Laser Stabilization System for Rydberg Atom Physics We purchased 2 dual wavelength ultrastable ultralow expansion glass cavities along with optics...Rydberg Atom Physics Report Title We purchased 2 dual wavelength ultrastable ultralow expansion glass cavities along with optics and electronics to...Interactions,” J. Sedlacek and J.P Shaffer, 2nd International Conference on Rydberg Atom Physics , Recife, Brazil (2014). “Production of a 2-D Electron

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Condensate losses and oscillations induced by Rydberg atoms

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    Karpiuk, Tomasz; Brewczyk, Mirosław; Rzążewski, Kazimierz; Gaj, Anita; Krupp, Alexander T.; Löw, Robert; Hofferberth, Sebastian; Pfau, Tilman

    2017-03-01

    We numerically analyze the impact of a single Rydberg electron onto a Bose–Einstein condensate. Both S- and D-Rydberg states are studied. The radial size of S- and D-states are comparable, hence the only difference is due to the angular dependence of the wavefunctions. We find the atom losses in the condensate after the excitation of a sequence of Rydberg atoms. Additionally, we investigate the mechanical effect in which the Rydberg atoms force the condensate to oscillate. Our numerical analysis is based on the classical fields approximation. Finally, we compare numerical results to experimental data.

  14. 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

  15. Rydberg Blockade Effects on Autler-Townes Spectra in a Dense Gas of 84Sr

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    Desalvo, B. J.; Aman, J. A.; Dunning, F. B.; Killian, T. C.

    2015-05-01

    We study two-photon spectroscopy of the 5s2 1S0 - 5 s 5p3P1 - ns3S1 transition for n = 24 in the Autler-Townes regime in an ultracold gas of 84Sr. These studies are performed on thermal samples (~1012 cm-3) and on a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) (~ 5 ×1013 cm-3). Both cases exhibit spectra that are significantly modified from the usual Autler-Townes picture. In the case of thermal atoms, we observe a broadening and shift of the two loss features consistent with Rydberg-Rydberg interactions. However in the case of a BEC, a third feature develops between the two peaks due to light scatter from the 5s2 1S0 - 5 s 5p3P1 transition for heavily blockaded atoms. Implications of these effects for the creation of Rydberg dressed BEC will be discussed. This research was supported by the AFOSR under grant no. FA9550-12-1-0267, the NSF under grants nos. 1301773 and 1205946, and the Robert A. Welch Foundation under grants nos. C-0734 and C-1844.

  16. Rydberg blockade in a hot atomic beam

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

    2017-04-01

    The dipole blockade of very-high-n , n ˜300 , strontium 5 s n f 1F3 Rydberg atoms in a hot atomic beam is studied. For such high n , the blockade radius can exceed the linear dimensions of the excitation volume. Rydberg atoms formed inside the excitation volume can, upon leaving the region, continue to suppress excitation until they have moved farther away than the blockade radius. Moreover, the high density of states originating from the many magnetic sublevels associated with the F states results in a small but finite probability of excitation of L =3 n 1F3 atom pairs at small internuclear separations below the blockade radius. We demonstrate that these effects can be distinguished from one another by the distinct features they imprint on the Mandel Q parameter as a function of the duration of the exciting laser.

  17. Observation of pendular butterfly Rydberg molecules.

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    Niederprüm, Thomas; Thomas, Oliver; Eichert, Tanita; Lippe, Carsten; Pérez-Ríos, Jesús; Greene, Chris H; Ott, Herwig

    2016-10-05

    Engineering molecules with a tunable bond length and defined quantum states lies at the heart of quantum chemistry. The unconventional binding mechanism of Rydberg molecules makes them a promising candidate to implement such tunable molecules. A very peculiar type of Rydberg molecules are the so-called butterfly molecules, which are bound by a shape resonance in the electron-perturber scattering. Here we report the observation of these exotic molecules and employ their exceptional properties to engineer their bond length, vibrational state, angular momentum and orientation in a small electric field. Combining the variable bond length with their giant dipole moment of several hundred Debye, we observe counter-intuitive molecules which locate the average electron position beyond the internuclear distance.

  18. 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.

  19. Observation of pendular butterfly Rydberg molecules

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    Niederprüm, Thomas; Thomas, Oliver; Eichert, Tanita; Lippe, Carsten; Pérez-Ríos, Jesús; Greene, Chris H.; Ott, Herwig

    2016-10-01

    Engineering molecules with a tunable bond length and defined quantum states lies at the heart of quantum chemistry. The unconventional binding mechanism of Rydberg molecules makes them a promising candidate to implement such tunable molecules. A very peculiar type of Rydberg molecules are the so-called butterfly molecules, which are bound by a shape resonance in the electron-perturber scattering. Here we report the observation of these exotic molecules and employ their exceptional properties to engineer their bond length, vibrational state, angular momentum and orientation in a small electric field. Combining the variable bond length with their giant dipole moment of several hundred Debye, we observe counter-intuitive molecules which locate the average electron position beyond the internuclear distance.

  20. Observation of pendular butterfly Rydberg molecules

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    Niederprüm, Thomas; Thomas, Oliver; Eichert, Tanita; Lippe, Carsten; Pérez-Ríos, Jesús; Greene, Chris H.; Ott, Herwig

    2016-01-01

    Engineering molecules with a tunable bond length and defined quantum states lies at the heart of quantum chemistry. The unconventional binding mechanism of Rydberg molecules makes them a promising candidate to implement such tunable molecules. A very peculiar type of Rydberg molecules are the so-called butterfly molecules, which are bound by a shape resonance in the electron–perturber scattering. Here we report the observation of these exotic molecules and employ their exceptional properties to engineer their bond length, vibrational state, angular momentum and orientation in a small electric field. Combining the variable bond length with their giant dipole moment of several hundred Debye, we observe counter-intuitive molecules which locate the average electron position beyond the internuclear distance. PMID:27703143

  1. Natural widths and blackbody radiation induced shift and broadening of Rydberg levels in magnesium ions

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    Glukhov, Igor L.; Mokhnenko, Sergey N.; Nikitina, Elizaveta A.; Ovsiannikov, Vitaly D.

    2015-01-01

    Theoretical analysis is presented of the natural lifetimes and blackbody-radiation (BBR)-induced shifts and widths of Rydberg states with small and large angular momenta l. Asymptotic presentations in elementary functions are derived for matrix elements of bound-bound, bound-free and threshold radiative transitions from hydrogenic-type states with large angular momenta, applicable to both hydrogen-like and many-electron atoms and ions. For states with small angular momenta two numerical methods based on the quantum defects were used and corresponding data are compared with one another and with the most reliable data of the literature. Asymptotic approximations are derived for natural lifetimes, thermal shifts and broadening of Rydberg states of small and high l and principal quantum numbers n ≫ 1.

  2. MHz few-body frequency shift detected in a cold {sup 85}Rb Rydberg gas

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    Han Jianing

    2011-11-15

    We have observed a density-dependent frequency shift of more than 4 MHz in a cold {sup 85}Rb Rydberg gas trapped in a magneto-optical trap. A one-dimensional linearly aligned four-body model is proposed to explain the experimental data, and the calculation matches the experimental data. The calculation also shows that if the energy detuning between the two coupled states, the nsnsns(n+1)s and nsnsnpnp states in this case, is small, the lowest level of the nsnsnpnp manifold has the maximum mixing probability, causing a frequency shift instead of line broadening. The results reported may be used for few-body blockade, Rydberg single-atom imaging, studying few-body to many-body transitions and interactions, and few-body ionization as well as quantum metrology.

  3. Investigation of short-time many-body dynamics in multilevel Rydberg systems.

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    Bracamontes, Carlos; Young, Jeremy; Goldschmidt, Elizabeth; Boulier, Thomas; Gorshkov, Alexey; Rolston, Steve; Porto, James

    2016-05-01

    We present follow-up work to previous results in which we observe anomalous broadening in a driven-dissipative system of Rydberg atoms. We address rubidium atoms in a 3D optical lattice on 5s-18s transition and see substantial broadening of this line with increasing excitation strength and atomic density. We attribute the broadening mechanism to dipole-dipole interactions with spontaneously populated nearby Rydberg states. This mechanism implies complex dynamics at early times as the contaminant population is built up. A full microscopic model of this many-body multilevel system has proved elusive, but initial experiments to study these dynamics using single photon counting provided qualitative information that was consistent with simple theoretical estimates. We implement optical heterodyne detection for short probe pulses to study this dynamics in depth and gain further understanding of the system.

  4. Quantum Manybody Physics with Rydberg Polaritons

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    2016-06-22

    physics , manybody physics , atomic physics , cold atoms , cavity QED, FPGA U U U UU Julia F. Stewart 973.656.9062 DISTRIBUTION A: Distribution approved...Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Physics 929 East 57th Street GCIS E207 Chicago, Illinois 60637 773.702.9661 simonjon@uchicago.edu Atomic and...we have built a cold atom machine combining the challenges of Rydberg physics with the challenges of cavity quantum electrodynamics. The apparatus

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. A coherent quantum annealer with Rydberg atoms.

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    Glaetzle, A W; van Bijnen, R M W; Zoller, P; Lechner, W

    2017-06-22

    There is a significant ongoing effort in realizing quantum annealing with different physical platforms. The challenge is to achieve a fully programmable quantum device featuring coherent adiabatic quantum dynamics. Here we show that combining the well-developed quantum simulation toolbox for Rydberg atoms with the recently proposed Lechner-Hauke-Zoller (LHZ) architecture allows one to build a prototype for a coherent adiabatic quantum computer with all-to-all Ising interactions and, therefore, a platform for quantum annealing. In LHZ an infinite-range spin-glass is mapped onto the low energy subspace of a spin-1/2 lattice gauge model with quasi-local four-body parity constraints. This spin model can be emulated in a natural way with Rubidium and Caesium atoms in a bipartite optical lattice involving laser-dressed Rydberg-Rydberg interactions, which are several orders of magnitude larger than the relevant decoherence rates. This makes the exploration of coherent quantum enhanced optimization protocols accessible with state-of-the-art atomic physics experiments.

  8. A coherent quantum annealer with Rydberg atoms

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    Glaetzle, A. W.; van Bijnen, R. M. W.; Zoller, P.; Lechner, W.

    2017-06-01

    There is a significant ongoing effort in realizing quantum annealing with different physical platforms. The challenge is to achieve a fully programmable quantum device featuring coherent adiabatic quantum dynamics. Here we show that combining the well-developed quantum simulation toolbox for Rydberg atoms with the recently proposed Lechner-Hauke-Zoller (LHZ) architecture allows one to build a prototype for a coherent adiabatic quantum computer with all-to-all Ising interactions and, therefore, a platform for quantum annealing. In LHZ an infinite-range spin-glass is mapped onto the low energy subspace of a spin-1/2 lattice gauge model with quasi-local four-body parity constraints. This spin model can be emulated in a natural way with Rubidium and Caesium atoms in a bipartite optical lattice involving laser-dressed Rydberg-Rydberg interactions, which are several orders of magnitude larger than the relevant decoherence rates. This makes the exploration of coherent quantum enhanced optimization protocols accessible with state-of-the-art atomic physics experiments.

  9. Where Millimeter Wave Spectra are Sensitive to Small Electric Fields: High Rydberg States of Xenon and Their Hyperfine Structures

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    Schäfer, Martin; Raunhardt, Matthias; Merkt, Frédéric

    2009-06-01

    In the range 0-45 cm^{-1} below the ionization limit, the separation between adjacent electronic states (Rydberg states with principal quantum number n>50) of atoms and molecules is smaller than 2 cm^{-1}. In order to resolve the fine or hyperfine structure of these states, it is necessary to combine high-resolution vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) laser radiation, which is required to access the Rydberg states from the ground state, with millimeter wave radiation. Such double-resonance experiments have been used to study the hyperfine structure of high Rydberg states of ^{83}Kr, H_2 or D_2. Millimeter wave transitions (240-350 GHz) between nℓ (52≤ n≤64, ℓ≤3) Rydberg states of different xenon isotopes were detected by pulsed field ionization followed by mass-selective detection of the cations. Because of the high polarizability of high-n Rydberg states (∝ n^7, ˜10^4 MHz cm^{2} V^{-2} for n≈ 50), it is necessary to reduce the electric stray fields to values of the order of mV/cm (or less) in order to minimize the (quadratic) Stark shift of the millimeter wave transitions. Some p and d Rydberg states of Xe are nearly degenerate and efficiently mixed by small stray fields, making it possible to observe transitions forbidden by the Δℓ=±1 selection rule or transitions exhibiting a linear Stark effect, which is typical for the degenerate high-ℓ Rydberg states. Multichannel quantum defect theory (MQDT) was used to analyze the millimeter wave data and to determine the hyperfine structures of the ^2P_{3/2} ground electronic states of ^{129}Xe^+ and ^{131}Xe^+. C. Fabre, P. Goy, S. Haroche, J. Phys. B: Atom. Mol. Phys. 10, L183-189 (1977). F. Merkt, A. Osterwalder, Int. Rev. Phys. Chem. 21, 385-403 (2002). M. Schäfer, M. Andrist, H. Schmutz, F. Lewen, G. Winnewisser, F. Merkt, J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 39, 831-845 (2006) M. Schäfer, F. Merkt, Phys. Rev. A, 74, 062506 (2006). A. Osterwalder, A. Wüest, F. Merkt, Ch. Jungen, J. Chem. Phys., 121, 11810

  10. Double-resonance spectroscopy of the high Rydberg states of HCO. I. A precise determination of the adiabatic ionization potential

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    Mayer, Eric; Grant, Edward R.

    1995-12-01

    We report the first spectroscopic observation of the high Rydberg states of HCO. Individual lines in a system of vibrationally autoionizing Rydberg series converging to the (010) state of HCO+ are rotationally labeled in a double-resonance excitation scheme that uses resolved levels in the (010) A' vibronic component of the 3pπ 2Π Rydberg state as intermediates. Observed high-Rydberg structure extends from the adiabatic ionization threshold—which falls just below the principal quantum number of 12 in the vibrationally excited series—to the (010) vertical threshold. Elements of a single series extending from n=12 to 50, for which the total angular momentumless spin can be assigned as N=1, are extrapolated to obtain a vertical convergence limit with respect to the 3pπ 2Π(010)A' N'=0 intermediate state of 20 296.9±0.3 cm-1. Referring this transition energy to the ground state, and subtracting the precisely known fundamental bending frequency of the cation, establishes the adiabatic ionization potential corresponding to the transition from HCO 2A'(000) J″=0, K″=0 to HCO+ J+=0 1Σ+(000). The result is 65 735.9±0.5 cm-1 or 8.150 22±0.000 06 eV.

  11. 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

  12. Millimetre Wave Spectroscopy and MQDT Calculations of High Rydberg States

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    Schaefer, Martin; Merkt, Frederic

    2007-09-19

    Millimetre wave sources have been combined with high resolution VUV laser systems to study the hyperfine structure of high n Rydberg states at sub-MHz resolution. Multichannel quantum defect theory has been used to analyse the hyperfine structure of the Rydberg states and to derive the hyperfine structure of the corresponding ionic states.

  13. 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.

  14. Imaging spatial correlations of Rydberg excitations in cold atom clouds

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    Schwarzkopf, Andrew; Sapiro, Rachel; Raithel, Georg

    2011-05-01

    Previously, Rydberg excitation blockades have been shown to cause a saturation of Rydberg excitation numbers in atom samples and a narrowing of the excitation number statistics, and they have been employed in quantum information experiments. In the experiment described in this talk, we present measurements of structures in the Rydberg pair correlation function similar to those predicted in. To achieve sufficient spatial magnification, we use the principle of field ion microscopy. A tungsten tip is placed close to a cold atom cloud in which several Rydberg excitations are prepared using a narrow-linewidth laser. To read out the sample, the tip voltage is suddenly switched to a high value. The Rydberg atoms are field-ionized, and the resultant ions are projected onto a nearby position-sensitive detector. We present the dependence of the pair correlation function on the principle quantum number and other parameters. We gratefully acknowledge support from AFOSR and NSF-FOCUS.

  15. Ionization of Rydberg atoms embedded in an ultracold plasma

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    Vanhaecke, Nicolas; Comparat, Daniel; Tate, Duncan A.; Pillet, Pierre

    2005-01-01

    We have studied the behavior of cold Rydberg atoms embedded in an ultracold plasma. We demonstrate that even deeply bound Rydberg atoms are completely ionized in such an environment, due to electron collisions. Using a fast pulse extraction of the electrons from the plasma we found that the number of excess positive charges, which is directly related to the electron temperature T{sub e}, is not strongly affected by the ionization of the Rydberg atoms. Assuming a Michie-King equilibrium distribution, in analogy with globular star cluster dynamics, we estimate T{sub e}. Without concluding on heating or cooling of the plasma by the Rydberg atoms, we discuss the range for changing the plasma temperature by adding Rydberg atoms.

  16. Rydberg atom interactions from 300 K to 300 K

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    Pillet, P.; Gallagher, T. F.

    2016-09-01

    Cold Rydberg atoms provide novel approaches to many-body problems and quantum simulation. To introduce the recent work presented in this special issue, we present here a quick history of a half-century research activity in the Rydberg-atom field, focusing our attention on the giant interactions between Rydberg atoms and other atoms. These interactions are the origin of many effects observed with Rydberg atoms: pressure shifts, dipole-dipole energy transfer, and avalanche-ionization. These effects have led to evidence of new bound chemical states, such as trilobites states, many-body effects in frozen Rydberg gases, and the spontaneous formation of ultra-cold plasmas. They open exciting new prospects at the intersection of atomic physics, condensed matter physics, and plasma physics.

  17. Electromagnetically induced transparency and fluorescence in blockaded Rydberg atomic system.

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    Li, Cheng; Zheng, Huaibin; Zhang, Zhaoyang; Yao, Xin; Zhang, Yunzhe; Zhang, Yiqi; Zhang, Yanpeng

    2013-10-28

    We investigate the interaction between dark states and Rydberg excitation blockade by using electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT), fluorescence, and four-wave mixing (FWM) signals both theoretically and experimentally. By scanning the frequency detunings of the probe and dressing fields, respectively, we first observe these signals (three coexisting EIT windows, two fluorescence signals, and two FWM signals) under Rydberg excitation blockade. Next, frequency detuning dependences of these signals are obtained, in which the modulated results are well explained by introducing the dressing effects (leading to the dark states) with the corrected factor of the Rydberg excitation blockade. In addition, the variations by changing the principal quantum number n of Rydberg state shown some interesting phenomena resulting from Rydberg blockade are observed. The unique nature of such blockaded signals can have potential application in the demonstration of quantum computing.

  18. Blockade involving high- n, n ~ 300 , strontium Rydberg atoms

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    Yoshida, Shuhei; Burgdörfer, Joachim; Zhang, Xinyue; Dunning, F. Barry

    2016-05-01

    The blockade of high- n strontium n1F3 Rydberg states contained in a hot atomic beam is investigated both theoretically and experimentally. One difficulty in such experiments is that, once created, Rydberg atoms move out of the excitation volume reducing blockade effects. While the effects of such motion are apparent, the data provide strong evidence of blockade, consistent with theoretical predictions. Because of their relatively high angular momentum (L = 3) , a pair of n1F3 Rydberg atoms have many degenerate states whose degeneracy is removed by Rydberg-Rydberg interactions yielding a high density of states near the target energy. To evaluate the effect of blockade not only the energy shifts but also the modification of the oscillator strengths for excitation have to be taken into account. The n-scaling of the interactions and the importance of high-order multipoles will also be discussed. Research supported by the NSF and Robert A. Welch Foundation.

  19. Trap losses induced by Rydberg dressing of cold atomic gases

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    Aman, J. A.; Desalvo, B. J.; Dunning, F. B.; Killian, T. C.

    2015-05-01

    The near-resonant dressing of ultracold strontium gases and BECs contained in an optical dipole trap (ODT) with the n = 303S1 Rydberg state is investigated as a function of the effective two-photon Rabi frequency, detuning, and dressing time. The measurements demonstrate that, even when well detuned from resonance, such dressing can lead to a rapid decrease in the ground-state atom population in the ODT. This decrease is attributed to Rydberg atom excitation which can lead to direct escape from the trap and/or population of very-long-lived metastable states. The large Rydberg atom production rates are explained using a reaction model in which the initial excitation of a Rydberg atom triggers the excitation of neighboring atoms leading to rapid avalanche-like growth in the Rydberg population. Research supported by the AFOSR, the NSF and the Robert A Welch Foundation.

  20. Coherent Excitation of Lithium to Rydberg States and Application to Rydberg Atom Optics

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    Stevens, G.; Widmer, M.; Tudorica, F.; Iu, C.-H.; Metcalf, H.

    1996-05-01

    We present a theoretical analysis of several schemes for coherently exciting lithium atoms in a thermal beam to Rydberg states in a four level/three laser system, previously discussed by Oreg et al.(J. Oreg et al.), Phys. Rev. A 45, 4888 (1992). The time evolution of the dressed states and their populations are calculated numerically, solving the optical Bloch equations by a fourth order Runge-Kutta integration. Our code closely models actual experimental conditions, including spontaneous decay, beam profiles, intensities and detunings. Large Rydberg populations (50%) around n=15 may be obtained by non-adiabatic excitation, with each laser power on the order of 1 mW. We discuss the effects of an externally controlled time dependent detuning in the Rydberg state, for example as produced by atoms traversing an inhomogeneous electric field. An understanding of this excitation mechanism is important for large angle reflection of coherently excited atoms using field gradients. Some primitive ideas of Stark-Rydberg atom optics are presented.

  1. 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

    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.

  2. Two-step laser optogalvanic spectroscopy of the odd-parity Rydberg states of atomic mercury

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    Zia, M. A.; Baig, M. A.

    2004-03-01

    We present new experimental data on the highly excited levels in mercury using the two-step laser excitation and optogalvanic detection technique in conjunction with a RF discharge cell. The 6 s7 s 3S1 intermediate level has been accessed from the 6 s6 p 3P2 metastable level that is collisionally populated in the mercury discharge in the presence of a buffer gas at a pressure of about 1 Torr. Two beams fromtwo different dye lasers pumped with a common excimer laser were passed through the discharge cell containing mercury vapors. The first laser was tuned to 6 s7 s 3S1 level whereas the second laser was scanned covering the wavelength region between 544-458 nm. We have observed the 6 snp 3P0 (10le nle 18), 6 snp 3P1(10 le n le 41), 6 snp 3P2 (10 le n le 70) and 6 snp 1P1 (10 le n le 42) Rydberg series. The 6 snp 3P2 Rydberg series to such high n-value has been reported for the first time. The first ionization potential of mercury is determined from the 6 snp 3P2 Rydberg series as 84184.15± 0.05 cm-1. Some collisionally induced parity forbidden transitions have also been located that are identified as 6 sns 1S0 (40 le n le 58) series.

  3. Emergence of stationary many-body entanglement in driven-dissipative Rydberg lattice gases

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    Lee, Sun Kyung; Cho, Jaeyoon; Choi, K. S.

    2015-11-01

    Non-equilibrium quantum dynamics represents an emerging paradigm for condensed matter physics, quantum information science, and statistical mechanics. Strongly interacting Rydberg atoms offer an attractive platform to examine driven-dissipative dynamics of quantum spin models with long-range order. Here, we explore the conditions under which stationary many-body entanglement persists with near-unit fidelity and high scalability. In our approach, coherent many-body dynamics is driven by Rydberg-mediated laser transitions, while atoms at the lattice boundary locally reduce the entropy of the many-body system. Surprisingly, the many-body entanglement is established by continuously evolving a locally dissipative Rydberg system towards the steady state, precisely as with optical pumping. We characterize the dynamics of multipartite entanglement in an one-dimensional lattice by way of quantum uncertainty relations, and demonstrate the long-range behavior of the stationary entanglement with finite-size scaling. Our work opens a route towards dissipative preparation of many-body entanglement with unprecedented scaling behavior.

  4. Investigation of some Rydberg states of ketene by two-photon resonance-enhanced multiphoton ionization spectroscopy

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    Wang, Shiliang; Shi, Yujun; Dénommée, Stéphane; Simard, Benoit; Lee, Yuan-Pern

    2003-10-01

    Rydberg states of CH2CO and CD2CO in the 54 000-72 000 cm-1 spectral range have been reinvestigated using two-photon resonance-enhanced multiphoton-ionization spectroscopy. Improved resolution and sensitivity has allowed for identifications of more Rydberg states than in previous work. Based on an analysis of rotational structures and quantum defects and a comparison with the results of theoretical calculations, transitions to the 3pz, 4py, 4pz, and 5py, three components of 4d, and two components of 4f Rydberg states with a ground-state ionic core (X˜ 2B1) are identified. Several transitions have been reassigned. Vibrational wave numbers indicate that the geometry of the [X˜ 2B1]3py(1A2) state is almost identical to that of the corresponding cation in its ground electronic state, with C2v symmetry, whereas that of the [X˜ 2B1]3px(1A1) state differs significantly from those of the neutral molecule and the cation in their ground states, consistent with previous quantum chemical calculations that indicated that the [X˜ 2B1]3px(1A1) state has Cs symmetry. The energy ordering of the three components of the 3p Rydberg states is found to be 3px<3py<3pz, in agreement with a previous theoretical prediction using the equation-of-motion coupled-cluster singles and doubles polarized basis set methods and a first-principles vibronic model simulation. Excitations of the vibrational modes of b1 (e.g., C=C=O out-of-plane bending, CH2 or CD2 wagging) and b2 symmetries (e.g., C=C=O in-plane bending) are observed in several Rydberg states of CH2CO and CD2CO.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Optimal control of Rydberg lattice gases

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    Cui, Jian; van Bijnen, Rick; Pohl, Thomas; Montangero, Simone; Calarco, Tommaso

    2017-09-01

    We present optimal control protocols to prepare different many-body quantum states of Rydberg atoms in optical lattices. Specifically, we show how to prepare highly ordered many-body ground states, GHZ states as well as some superposition of symmetric excitation number Fock states, that inherit the translational symmetry from the Hamiltonian, within sufficiently short excitation times minimising detrimental decoherence effects. For the GHZ states, we propose a two-step detection protocol to experimentally verify the optimised preparation of the target state based only on standard measurement techniques. Realistic experimental constraints and imperfections are taken into account by our optimisation procedure making it applicable to ongoing experiments.

  8. Nonequilibrium Kinetics of Rydberg Atomic States

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    Bureyeva, L. A.; Kadomtsev, M. B.; Levashova, M. G.; Lisitsa, V. S.

    2008-10-22

    Two-dimensional quasi-classical model of the radiative-collisional cascade for hydrogen-like systems is developed. The model establishes the correspondence between the quantum and classical approaches. Our calculations of the two-dimensional populations of highly excited atomic hydrogen states for three-body and photorecombination sources of population allow the data of one-dimensional kinetic models to be refined. The calculated intensities of recombination lines demonstrate the degree of nonequilibrium of the Rydberg state populations under typical astrophysical plasma conditions.

  9. Applications of molecular Rydberg states in chemical dynamics and spectroscopy

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    Softley, T. P.

    Molecules in high Rydberg states, in which one electron has been excited into a hydrogenic orbital of large mean radius, have many unusual properties compared to ground state molecules. These properties, which are reviewed in this article, make them suitable for a diverse and growing number of applications in chemical dynamics. The most recent methods for studying molecular Rydberg states using high-resolution spectroscopy and theory, including effects of electric fields, are described here. An important feature is the high susceptibility of Rydberg states to external field perturbation which not only has a profound effect on the observable energy levels, spectroscopic intensities and lifetimes, but is also useful for state-selective detection through field ionization. The large dipole moment that can be created in a field is also useful for controlling the motion of molecules in Rydberg states. The applications reviewed here include: ZEKE (zero kinetic energy), MATI (mass-analyzed threshold ionization) and PIRI (photo-induced Rydberg ionization) spectroscopy; pulsed-field recombination of ions and electrons; the state selection and reaction of molecular ions; collisions of Rydberg states with neutrals, ions and metallic surfaces; Rydberg tagging and imaging of products of photodissociation; and the control of translational motion and orientation via the use of inhomogeneous fields.

  10. Vacuum Ultraviolet Laser Photoion and Pulsed Field Ionization-Photoion Study of Rydberg Series of Chlorine Atoms Prepared in the 2PJ (J = 3/2 and 1/2) Fine-structure States

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    Yang, Lei; Gao, Hong; Zhou, Jingang; Ng, C. Y.

    2015-09-01

    We have measured the high-resolution vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) photoion (VUV-PI) and VUV pulsed-field ionization-photoion (VUV-PFI-PI) spectra of chlorine atoms (Cl) in the VUV energy range 103,580-105,600 cm-1 (12.842-13.093 eV) using a tunable VUV laser as the photoexcitation and photoionization source. Here, Cl atoms are prepared in the Cl(2P3/2) and Cl(2P1/2) fine-structure states by 193.3 nm laser photodissociation of chlorobenzene. The employment of VUV-PFI-PI detection has allowed the identification of Rydberg transitions that are not observed in VUV-PI measurements. More than 180 new Rydberg transition lines with principal quantum number up to n = 61 have been identified and assigned to members of nine Rydberg series originating from the neutral Cl(2P3/2) and Cl(2P1/2) fine-structure states. Two of these Rydberg series are found to converge to the Cl+(3P2), four to the Cl+(3P1), and three to the Cl+(3P0) ionization limits. Based on the convergence limits determined by least-squares fits of the observed Rydberg transitions to the modified Ritz formula, we have obtained a more precise ionization energy (IE) for the formation of the ionic Cl+(3P2) from the ground Cl(2P3/2) state to be 104,591.01 ± 0.13 cm-1. This is consistent with previous IE measurements, but has a smaller uncertainty. The analysis of the quantum defects obtained for the Rydberg transitions reveals that many high-n Rydberg transitions are perturbed.

  11. 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).

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

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    Eiles, Matthew T.; Greene, Chris H.

    2015-11-01

    A generalized class of ultralong-range Rydberg molecules is predicted which consist of a multichannel Rydberg atom whose outermost electron creates a chemical bond with a distant ground state atom. Such multichannel Rydberg molecules exhibit favorable properties for laser excitation, because states exist where the quantum defect varies strongly with the principal quantum number. The resulting occurrence of near degeneracies with states of high orbital angular momentum promotes the admixture of low l into the high l deeply bound "trilobite" molecule states, thereby circumventing the usual difficulty posed by electric dipole selection rules. Such states also can exhibit multiscale binding possibilities that could present novel options for quantum manipulation.

  13. Anomalous excitation facilitation in inhomogeneously broadened Rydberg gases

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    Letscher, F.; Thomas, O.; Niederprüm, T.; Ott, H.; Fleischhauer, M.

    2017-02-01

    When atomic gases are laser driven to Rydberg states in an off-resonant way, a single Rydberg atom may enhance the excitation rate of surrounding atoms. This leads to a facilitated excitation referred to as Rydberg antiblockade. In the usual facilitation scenario, the detuning of the laser from resonance compensates the interaction shift. Here, we discuss a different excitation mechanism, which we call anomalous facilitation. This occurs on the "wrong side" of the resonance and originates from inhomogeneous broadening. The anomalous facilitation may be seen in experiments of attractively interacting atoms on the blue detuned side, where facilitation is not expected to appear.

  14. Very strong Rydberg atom scattering in K(12p)-CH3NO2 collisions: Role of transient ion pair formation

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    Kelley, M.; Buathong, S.; Dunning, F. B.

    2017-05-01

    Collisions between K(12p) Rydberg atoms and CH3NO2 target molecules are studied. Whereas CH3NO2 can form long-lived valence-bound CH3NO2-ions, the data provide no evidence for production of long-lived K+⋯ CH3NO2 - ion pair states. Rather, the data show that collisions result in unusually strong Rydberg atom scattering. This behavior is attributed to ion-ion scattering resulting from formation of transient ion pair states through transitions between the covalent K(12p) + CH3NO2 and ionic K+ + (dipole bound) CH3NO2-terms in the quasimolecule formed during collisions. The ion-pair states are destroyed through rapid dissociation of the CH3NO2 - ions induced by the field of the K+ core ion, the detached electron remaining bound to the K+ ion in a Rydberg state. Analysis of the experimental data shows that ion pair lifetimes ≳10 ps are sufficient to account for the present observations. The present results are consistent with recent theoretical predictions that Rydberg collisions with CH3NO2 will result in strong collisional quenching. The work highlights a new mechanism for Rydberg atom scattering that could be important for collisions with other polar targets. For purposes of comparison, results obtained following K(12p)-SF6 collisions are also included.

  15. 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.

  16. Coupled electronic and structural relaxation pathways in the postexcitation dynamics of Rydberg states of BaArN clusters.

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    Masson, A; Heitz, M-C; Mestdagh, J-M; Gaveau, M-A; Poisson, L; Spiegelman, F

    2014-09-19

    We investigate, theoretically, the joint relaxation of orbital and structure in postexcitation dynamics of Rydberg states of cluster BaArN (N=250). Mixed quantum-classical dynamics is used to account for the nonadiabatic transitions among more than 160 electronic states, represented via a diatomics-in-molecules Hamiltonian. The simulation illustrates the complex multistep relaxation processes and provides detailed insight in the mechanisms contributing to the final-time experimental photoelectron spectrum.

  17. Coupled Electronic and Structural Relaxation Pathways in the Postexcitation Dynamics of Rydberg States of BaArN Clusters

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    Masson, A.; Heitz, M.-C.; Mestdagh, J.-M.; Gaveau, M.-A.; Poisson, L.; Spiegelman, F.

    2014-09-01

    We investigate, theoretically, the joint relaxation of orbital and structure in postexcitation dynamics of Rydberg states of cluster BaArN (N =250). Mixed quantum-classical dynamics is used to account for the nonadiabatic transitions among more than 160 electronic states, represented via a diatomics-in-molecules Hamiltonian. The simulation illustrates the complex multistep relaxation processes and provides detailed insight in the mechanisms contributing to the final-time experimental photoelectron spectrum.

  18. Heavy-Rydberg ion-pair formation in Rydberg atom collisions: Probing dissociative electron attachment

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

    2015-05-01

    While electron transfer in Rydberg atom collisions with attaching targets forms a valuable technique with which to create heavy-Rydberg ion pairs to examine their properties, we demonstrate here that measurements of their velocity distributions can also provide insights into the behavior of the excited intermediates formed through initial electron transfer. The experimental results are analyzed with the aid of a Monte Carlo collision code that models the details of electron transfer reactions. Results for a variety of targets are presented that demonstrate the use of this approach to examine the dynamics of dissociative electron attachment, the lifetimes of the intermediates created, and the channels by which they decay. Research supported by the Robert A. Welch Foundation under Grant C-0734.

  19. Blackbody-radiation-induced shifts and the broadening of Rydberg states in the ions of group IIa elements

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

    2016-02-01

    The rates of blackbody-radiation(BBR)-induced transitions from excited nS, nP, nD and nF states into bound states and into continua of the group IIa ions Ca+, Sr+, Ba+ at temperatures from T = 100 K to T = 3000 K are calculated in consecutive comparison of the Fues model potential (FMP) with quantum defect method (QDM). The temperature and binding-energy dependencies are determined and analytical asymptotic approximations are proposed for evaluating numerically the contributions of the bound states and continua to the Rydberg-level widths and positions. The general properties of n-dependence at the threshold and regularities of above-threshold ionization cross sections for states with high principal quantum numbers n are used for determining the rates of BBR-induced ionization. Relations are determined between deviations from general regularities for the sum rules of oscillator- strengths and specific non-local dependence of the FMP on optical-electron angular momentum. The QDM appears preferable in comparison with the FMP approach for calculating the amplitudes of radiation transitions from Rydberg states, and specifically sums of matrix-element-dependent terms over very large (in particular, infinite) numbers of discrete states. The fractional (related to natural decay) rates of BBR-induced decay into lower bound states, excitation into upper bound states and ionization transitions into the continuum are presented asymptotically with parameters tabulated for the S, P, D and F Rydberg states.

  20. 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

  1. Polarization spectra of Zeeman sublevels in Rydberg electromagnetically induced transparency

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    Bao, Shanxia; Zhang, Hao; Zhou, Jian; Zhang, Linjie; Zhao, Jianming; Xiao, Liantuan; Jia, Suotang

    2016-10-01

    The polarization spectra of electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) for Zeeman sublevels in a cascade system with Rydberg state are demonstrated. The magnitude dependence of Rydberg-EIT on the polarizations of probe and coupling laser fields is studied, and shown mainly due to the strengths of relative dipole matrix elements between degenerate Zeeman sublevels. We further investigate the polarization spectra of Rydberg-EIT in the optimal polarization combinations of left-handed and right-handed circularly polarized fields when an external magnetic field is applied. The existence of nondegenerate Zeeman sublevels in an external magnetic field results in the splitting of Rydberg-EIT. The theoretical calculations are very consistent with the experimental spectra.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Rydberg atoms in hollow-core photonic crystal fibres

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    Epple, G.; Kleinbach, K. S.; Euser, T. G.; Joly, N. Y.; Pfau, T.; Russell, P. St. J.; Löw, R.

    2014-01-01

    The exceptionally large polarizability of highly excited Rydberg atoms—six orders of magnitude higher than ground-state atoms—makes them of great interest in fields such as quantum optics, quantum computing, quantum simulation and metrology. However, if they are to be used routinely in applications, a major requirement is their integration into technically feasible, miniaturized devices. Here we show that a Rydberg medium based on room temperature caesium vapour can be confined in broadband-guiding kagome-style hollow-core photonic crystal fibres. Three-photon spectroscopy performed on a caesium-filled fibre detects Rydberg states up to a principal quantum number of n=40. Besides small energy-level shifts we observe narrow lines confirming the coherence of the Rydberg excitation. Using different Rydberg states and core diameters we study the influence of confinement within the fibre core after different exposure times. Understanding these effects is essential for the successful future development of novel applications based on integrated room temperature Rydberg systems. PMID:24942281

  6. Above-threshold ionization through Rydberg state population

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    Xin, Pei Pei; Yuan, Ming Hu; Wang, Han Mu; Yang, Hai Feng; Liu, Hong Ping

    2017-04-01

    We present a theoretical scenario for the atomic above-threshold ionization (ATI) in an intense laser field by investigating the Rydberg state population in real time. Rather than merely viewing the final distribution of photoelectron yield directly, we monitor the Rydberg state population by projecting the time-dependent wave function onto the bound eigen-states. The calculation shows that the population of resonant Rydberg states is closely related to the peaks in photoelectron kinetic energy spectrum (PKES). For a hydrogen atom, the highest populated Rydberg states are degenerated, exactly corresponding to the first ATI peak if one additional photon is absorbed. While for non-hydrogen atoms, e.g., Ar, the highest Rydberg states are mainly populated on specific states, e.g., 3 d (5 s) and 4f in our case, also giving exact peak positions in PKES, where the state identification is obtained by the angular momentum resolved distribution of excited Rydberg states. This method provides an easy to understand picture for the resonance-enhanced effects in ATI as well as the role of atomic core potential in strong-field ionization.

  7. Production of very-high-n strontium Rydberg atoms

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    Ye, S.; Zhang, X.; Killian, T. C.; Dunning, F. B.; Hiller, M.; Yoshida, S.; Nagele, S.; Burgdörfer, J.

    2013-10-01

    The production of very-high-n (n˜300-500) strontium Rydberg atoms is explored using a crossed-laser-atom-beam geometry. n1S0 and n1D2 states are created by two-photon excitation via the 5s5p 1P1 intermediate state using radiation with wavelengths of ˜461 and ˜413 nm. Rydberg atom densities as high as ˜3×105 cm-3 have been achieved, sufficient that Rydberg-Rydberg interactions can become important. The isotope shifts in the Rydberg series limits are determined by tuning the 461-nm light to preferentially excite the different strontium isotopes. Photoexcitation in the presence of an applied electric field is examined. The initially quadratic Stark shift of the n1P1 and n1D2 states becomes near-linear at higher fields and the possible use of n1D2 states to create strongly polarized, quasi-one-dimensional electronic states in strontium is discussed. The data are analyzed with the aid of a two-active-electron (TAE) approximation. The two-electron Hamiltonian, within which the Sr2+ core is represented by a semi-empirical potential, is numerically diagonalized allowing the calculation of the energies of high-n Rydberg states and their photoexcitation probabilities.

  8. Magnetic field effects of Rydberg Excitons in Cu2O

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    Thewes, J.; Heckötter, J.; Aßmann, M.; Fröhlich, D.; Grünwald, P.; Scheel, S.; Bayer, M.

    2016-02-01

    Rydberg excitons are semiconductor analogues to Rydberg atoms, where one electron is promoted to an energy level of large principal quantum number η and which behave in a manner similar to hydrogen. Their huge spatial extent results in giant dipole moments and interaction effects, which can be used to create nonlinearities at the single excitation level. In contrast to hydrogen, the effective masses and Rydberg energies involved are moderately small, so that in contrast to Rydberg atoms the high field limit of Rydberg physics can be studied using fields strengths that can be realized in the lab. Here we investigate the effects of external magnetic fields of up to 7T on Rydberg excitons both in Faraday and Voigt geometry. In both cases complicated splitting patterns emerge. We investigate the differences between the two geometries and highlight spectroscopic features that are especially easy to access using them. We show that the large number of resonances in the spectrum renders a microscopic treatment of each individual resonance implausible. We instead demonstrate general effects introduced by the field like avoided crossings and discuss alternative approaches to the level structure in terms of collective descriptions.

  9. 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.

  10. Lifetimes of Rydberg states of Eu atoms

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    Jing, Hua; Ye, Shi-Wei; Dai, Chang-Jian

    2015-01-01

    The radiative lifetimes of the Eu 4f76snp (8PJ or 10PJ) Rydberg states with J = 5/2 and 11/2 are investigated with a combination of multi-step laser excitation and pulsed electric field ionization, from which their dependence on the effective principal quantum number is observed. The lifetimes of 21 states are reported along with an evaluation of their experimental uncertainty. The influence of blackbody radiation, due to the oven temperature, on the lifetime of the higher-n states is detected. The non-hydrogen behavior of the investigated states is also observed. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11174218).

  11. 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

  12. Structure and predissociation of the 3psigma(u)D (3)Sigma(u) (+) Rydberg state of N(2): first extreme-ultraviolet and new near-infrared observations, with coupled-channels analysis.

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    Lewis, B R; Baldwin, K G H; Heays, A N; Gibson, S T; Sprengers, J P; Ubachs, W; Fujitake, M

    2008-11-28

    The 3psigma(u)D (3)Sigma(u) (+) Rydberg state of N(2) is studied experimentally using two high-resolution spectroscopic techniques. First, the forbidden D (3)Sigma(u) (+)-X (1)Sigma(g) (+) transition is observed for the first time via the (0,0) band of (14)N(2) and the (1,0) band of (15)N(2), using 1 extreme-ultraviolet +1 ultraviolet two-photon-ionization laser spectroscopy. Second, the Rydberg-Rydberg transition D (3)Sigma(u) (+)-E (3)Sigma(g) (+) is studied using near-infrared diode-laser photoabsorption spectroscopy, thus extending the previous measurements of Kanamori et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 95, 80 (1991)], to higher transition energies, and thereby revealing the (2,2) and (3,3) bands. The combined results show that the D(v=0-3) levels exhibit rapidly increasing rotational predissociation as v increases, spanning nearly four orders of magnitude. The D-state level structure and rotational predissociation signature are explained by means of a coupled-channels model which considers the electrostatically coupled (3)Pi(u) Rydberg-valence manifold, together with a pure-precession L-uncoupling rotational interaction between the 3psigma(u)D (3)Sigma(u) (+) and 3ppi(u)G (3)Pi(u) Rydberg p-complex components.

  13. Non-equilibrium physics of Rydberg lattices in the presence of noise and dissipative processes

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    Abdussalam, Wildan; Gil, Laura I. R.

    2016-12-01

    We study the non-equilibrium dynamics of driven spin lattices in the presence of decoherence caused by either laser phase noise or strong decay. In the first case, we discriminate between correlated and uncorrelated noise and explore their effect on the mean density of Rydberg states and the full counting statistics (FCS). We find that while the mean density is almost identical in both cases, the FCS differ considerably. The main method employed is the Langevin equation (LE) but for the sake of efficiency in certain regimes, we use a Markovian master equation and Monte Carlo rate equations, respectively. In the second case, we consider dissipative systems with more general power-law interactions. We determine the phase diagram in the steady state and analyse its generation dynamics using Monte Carlo rate equations. In contrast to nearest-neighbour models, there is no transition to long-range-ordered phases for realistic interactions and resonant driving. Yet, for finite laser detunings, we show that Rydberg lattices can undergo a dissipative phase transition to a long-range-ordered antiferromagnetic (AF) phase. We identify the advantages of Monte Carlo rate equations over mean field (MF) predictions.

  14. High-gradient Magnetic Guide for Rydberg Atoms

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    Mhaskar, R.; Hempel, C.; Traxler, M.; Vaidya, V.; Raithel, G.

    2008-05-01

    The theory of guided Rydberg atoms and one-dimensional systems of Rydberg atoms has attracted immense interest recently in context of spin chains and one dimensional quantum random walks. Here we describe an experimental setup to guide Rydberg atoms in a high-gradient magnetic trap and provide an outlook toward implementing traps for Rydberg atoms with a very large aspect ratio of 1:1000. The magnetic guide consists of a two-dimensional quadrupole field generated by two parallel wires carrying parallel currents, producing a magnetic-field gradient at the guide center of 2.7 kGauss-cm-1. The magnetic guiding of cold, dense beams of ^87Rb atoms is described in [1]. In the guide, the atoms are subjected to a two-step excitation 5S1/2->5P3/2->nD5/2 process, where n is the principal quantum number of the Rydberg state. For detection, the Rydberg atoms are field-ionized, and the ions are imaged onto a spatially resolving Multi-Channel Plate detector. Due to the high density of the guided atomic beam, the density of the Rydberg atoms is expected to be high, leading to state-mixing collisions. These will populate high angular momentum states having a large magnetic moment and long lifetimes. It is expected that a fraction of the atoms will become trapped and magnetically guided. [1] S. E. Olson, R. R. Mhaskar, and G. Raithel, Phys. Rev. A 73, 033622 (2006).

  15. [Prevent postnatal urinary incontinence by prenatal pelvic floor exercise? Rationale and protocol of the multicenter randomized study PreNatal Pelvic floor Prevention (3PN)].

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    Fritel, X; Fauconnier, A; de Tayrac, R; Amblard, J; Cotte, L; Fernandez, H

    2008-09-01

    Female urinary incontinence (UI) is a frequent affection that generates handicap and expenses. There is a link between UI and pregnancy; onset of UI during pregnancy is a risk factor for permanent UI. Postnatal pelvic floor exercise has shown efficacy to improve postnatal UI. However, it remains uncertain if benefits last more than few months. Publication of our rationale for prenatal pelvic floor exercise is an opportunity to expose our pre-specified hypotheses and help health professionals' awareness. The purpose of PreNatal Pelvic floor Prevention (3PN) is to compare the effects of prenatal pelvic floor exercise versus sole written instructions on UI one year after delivery. It is a multicenter, randomized, single blind study. Main inclusion criteria are first, single and non-complicated pregnancy over 18 years. Women randomized in pelvic floor exercise group will undergo eight sessions with a physiotherapist between six and eight months of pregnancy. Our principal criterion is UI score (International Consultation on Incontinence Questionnaire Short Form [ICIQ-SF]) one year after delivery. We plan to include 280 pregnant women in five centers over a 12-month screening period to show a one-point difference on UI score. ETHIC AND FINANCING: The study was approved by the IRB Comité de protection des personnes Sud-Ouest et Outre-Mer. It was registered by French Health Products Safety Agency (AFSSAPS) and Clinical Trials.gov. It is supported by the French Ministry of Health through the 2007 Hospital Plan for Clinical Research (PHRC). We plan to assess if prenatal pelvic floor exercise reduces postnatal medical consultations or physiotherapy sessions.

  16. Integral Cross Sections for Electron Impact Excitation of Rydberg and Valence States of Molecular Nitrogen

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    Malone, C. P.; Johnson, P. V.; Kanik, I.; Liu, X.; Ajdari, B.; Khakoo, M. A.

    2012-06-01

    We present integral cross sections (ICSs) for electron impact excitation of N2 out of the ground state X (v=0), to the b, c3, o3, b', c'4, G, and F electronic states at incident energies ranging between 17.5 eV and 100 eV. The ICSs were derived from the differential cross sections (DCSs) of Khakoo et al. [Phys. Rev. A 77, 012704 (2008)], which were obtained by unfolding energy loss spectra in the ˜12-13.82 eV range. Recently, Heays et al. [Phys. Rev. A 85, 012705 (2012)] measured comparable higher resolution energy loss spectra, with a significantly different apparatus configuration, but in agreement with the Khakoo et al. (2008) spectra. This latter additional effort provided further confidence in the accuracy of the DCSs upon which the present ICS results are based. Of the higher-lying states studied, five are singlet states that radiate to the ground state via dipole allowed transitions. These include the b and b' valence states and the c'4 Rydberg state that give rise to the Birge-Hopfield I, II, and Carroll-Yoshino bands, respectively, all of which are observed in the atmospheres of Earth, Titan, and Triton. The c3 and o3 Rydberg states give rise to the Worley-Jenkins and Worley series of Rydberg bands, respectively. However, these emissions are not readily observed since predissociation for the c3 and o3 states approaches 100%. As such, direct electron excitation measurements, such as those presented here are superior to standard (spontaneous) emission based measurements in this case.

  17. 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.

  18. Controlling Rydberg atom excitations in dense background gases

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    Cubel Liebisch, Tara; Schlagmüller, Michael; Engel, Felix; Nguyen, Huan; Balewski, Jonathan; Lochead, Graham; Böttcher, Fabian; Westphal, Karl M.; Kleinbach, Kathrin S.; Schmid, Thomas; Gaj, Anita; Löw, Robert; Hofferberth, Sebastian; Pfau, Tilman; Pérez-Ríos, Jesús; Greene, Chris H.

    2016-09-01

    We discuss the density shift and broadening of Rydberg spectra measured in cold, dense atom clouds in the context of Rydberg atom spectroscopy done at room temperature, dating back to the experiments of Amaldi and Segrè in 1934. We discuss the theory first developed in 1934 by Fermi to model the mean-field density shift and subsequent developments of the theoretical understanding since then. In particular, we present a model whereby the density shift is calculated using a microscopic model in which the configurations of the perturber atoms within the Rydberg orbit are considered. We present spectroscopic measurements of a Rydberg atom, taken in a Bose-Einstein condensate and thermal clouds with densities varying from 5 × 1014 to 9 × 1012 cm-3. The density shift measured via the spectrum’s center of gravity is compared with the mean-field energy shift expected for the effective atom cloud density determined via a time of flight image. Lastly, we present calculations and data demonstrating the ability of localizing the Rydberg excitation via the density shift within a particular density shell for high principal quantum numbers.

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

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

    2016-02-01

    The lifetimes of the lower-lying vibrational states of ultra-long-range strontium Rydberg molecules comprising one ground-state 5 s2 1S0 atom and one Rydberg atom in the 5 s 38 s 3S1 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 of theories of molecular formation and decay.

  20. 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.

  1. Exotic Chemistry with Ultracold Rydberg Atoms.

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    Saßmannshausen, Heiner; Deiglmayr, Johannes; Merkt, Frédéric

    2016-01-01

    We review recent experiments carried out with dense (10(12) cm(-3)) ultracold (T = 40 μK) samples of Cs atoms which have the goal to characterize, by high-resolution spectroscopy, the interactions between Cs atoms, Cs(+) ions and electrons that lead to the formation of metastable long-range molecules. The types of molecules observed in these experiments and the mechanisms leading to the aggregation of atoms in weakly bound molecules are very different from those encountered in warmer samples. In particular, we present results on molecules with binding energies of less than 0.05 J/mol and discuss their properties in the context of a new category of molecular states arising from slow-electron-atom scattering and their relation to atomic and molecular Rydberg states. One of the astonishing aspects of these types of molecules is that they can still be treated in good approximation in the realm of the Born-Oppenheimer approximation despite a huge electronic-state density. Non-Born-Oppenheimer effects are revealed by the decay of the molecules into neutral and charged fragments.

  2. Simulation study of Rydberg atomic states interacting with electromagnetic radiation for use in future technological applications

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    Zou, Yi

    The present work involves the study of a simplified atomic system to gain better understanding of controlling and manipulating Rydberg-like systems. Detailed simulations of the classical hydrogen atom have been carried out using, first, the nonrelativistic Lorentz-Dirac classical equation of motion for a charged point particle under the action of a Coulombic binding force, plus applied radiation, then progressing to include the effects of the classical electromagnetic zero-point (ZP) radiation spectrum. This work has been carried out under the guide of the theory called stochastic electrodynamics (SED). Many applications involving atoms in excited Rydberg states can be developed, based on the work described here, to aid in carefully controlled thin film deposition, ion implantation, etching, and sputtering in micro and nanoelectronics, as well as optical instrumentation related applications, via applied electromagnetic fields. The improved simulation code for the long-term numerical integration of non-linear differential equations for tracking particles, should be helpful for a number of other closely related areas. Specifically, investigations into astronomy, including the Kepler problem treated in satellite and planetary orbit simulations in celestial mechanics, as well as problems in such areas as atomic and molecular dynamic studies, may well find benefit from the investigations here. As shown in the present study, very nonlinear behavior occurs for such Rydberg-like system, making a numerical study of the system nearly essential. Little of this work has been explored before in the literature. Resonances, rapid transitions, very long decay times, all influenced by applied radiation, are described and analyzed in detail here. Such results are expected to have significant bearing on recent experiments reported in the literature on "kicked Rydberg" atoms. Moreover, as reported here, the ZP field was included in very lengthy numerical simulations, resulting in a

  3. Enhanced electron attachment to Rydberg states in molecular hydrogen volume discharges

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    Pinnaduwage, L. A.; Ding, W. X.; McCorkle, D. L.; Lin, S. H.; Mebel, A. M.; Garscadden, A.

    1999-05-01

    We review recent studies on negative ion formation and studies in other areas that are relevant to the role of high-Rydberg states of H2 and H3 in hydrogen negative ion sources. Possible mechanisms for the formation of these excited states are discussed, including the formation of long-lived superexcited (core-excited) Rydberg states. Experimental evidence for negative ion formation via electron attachment to core-excited Rydberg states in a glow discharge apparatus is presented. An expression for the dissociative electron attachment rate constant for Rydberg molecules is derived based on electron capture by a Rydberg molecule due to polarization interaction.

  4. Inelastic Photon Scattering via the Intracavity Rydberg Blockade.

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    Grankin, A; Brion, E; Boddeda, R; Ćuk, S; Usmani, I; Ourjoumtsev, A; Grangier, P

    2016-12-16

    Electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) in a ladder system involving a Rydberg level is known to yield giant optical nonlinearities for the probe field, even in the few-photon regime. This enhancement is due to the strong dipole-dipole interactions between Rydberg atoms and the resulting excitation blockade phenomenon. In order to study such highly correlated media, ad hoc models or low-excitation assumptions are generally used to tackle their dynamical response to optical fields. Here, we study the behavior of a cavity Rydberg-EIT setup in the nonequilibrium quantum field formalism, and we obtain analytic expressions for elastic and inelastic components of the cavity transmission spectrum, valid up to higher excitation numbers than previously achieved. This allows us to identify and interpret a polaritonic resonance structure, to our knowledge unreported so far.

  5. Contactless nonlinear optics mediated by long-range Rydberg interactions

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    Busche, Hannes; Huillery, Paul; Ball, Simon W.; Ilieva, Teodora; Jones, Matthew P. A.; Adams, Charles S.

    2017-07-01

    In conventional nonlinear optics, linear quantum optics, and cavity quantum electrodynamics to create effective photon-photon interactions photons must have, at one time, interacted with matter inside a common medium. In contrast, in Rydberg quantum optics, optical photons are coherently and reversibly mapped onto collective atomic Rydberg excitations, giving rise to dipole-mediated effective photon-photon interactions that are long range. Consequently, a spatial overlap between the light modes is no longer required. We demonstrate such a contactless coupling between photons stored as collective Rydberg excitations in spatially separate optical media. The potential induced by each photon modifies the retrieval mode of its neighbour, leading to correlations between them. We measure these correlations as a function of interaction strength, distance and storage time, demonstrating an effective interaction between photons separated by 15 times their wavelength. Contactless effective photon-photon interactions are relevant for scalable multichannel photonic devices and the study of strongly correlated many-body dynamics using light.

  6. Double Resonance Spectroscopy of BaF Autoionizing Rydberg States

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

    2015-06-01

    We have studied the ν=1 Rydberg states of BaF in the energy region E=38800-39100 wn (n*=15-25) via optical-optical double resonance spectroscopy. Rydberg states excited above the first ionization potential spontaneously autoionize and 138Ba19F+ ions are detected by TOF-MS. In addition, BaF possesses a particularly low ionization potential, which allows for the study of autoionization dynamics in the absence of predissociative decay. This work extends the assignments of core-penetrating Rydberg states of BaF (Jakubek and Field, 2000) for applications to state-selective ion production schemes. Polarization and Stark spectroscopy techniques will be discussed in the context of accurate and efficient assignment of spectra.

  7. Charge-induced optical bistability in thermal Rydberg vapor

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    Weller, Daniel; Urvoy, Alban; Rico, Andy; Löw, Robert; Kübler, Harald

    2016-12-01

    We investigate the phenomenon of optical bistability in a driven ensemble of Rydberg atoms. By performing two experiments with thermal vapors of rubidium and cesium, we are able to shed light on the underlying interaction mechanisms causing such a nonlinear behavior. Due to the different properties of these two atomic species, we conclude that the large polarizability of Rydberg states in combination with electric fields of spontaneously ionized Rydberg atoms is the relevant interaction mechanism. In the case of rubidium, we directly measure the electric field in a bistable situation via two-species spectroscopy. In cesium, we make use of the different sign of the polarizability for different l states and the possibility of applying electric fields. Both these experiments allow us to rule out dipole-dipole interactions and support our hypothesis of a charge-induced bistability.

  8. Inelastic Photon Scattering via the Intracavity Rydberg Blockade

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

    2016-12-01

    Electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) in a ladder system involving a Rydberg level is known to yield giant optical nonlinearities for the probe field, even in the few-photon regime. This enhancement is due to the strong dipole-dipole interactions between Rydberg atoms and the resulting excitation blockade phenomenon. In order to study such highly correlated media, ad hoc models or low-excitation assumptions are generally used to tackle their dynamical response to optical fields. Here, we study the behavior of a cavity Rydberg-EIT setup in the nonequilibrium quantum field formalism, and we obtain analytic expressions for elastic and inelastic components of the cavity transmission spectrum, valid up to higher excitation numbers than previously achieved. This allows us to identify and interpret a polaritonic resonance structure, to our knowledge unreported so far.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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)

  16. Transitions.

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    Agnew, Jeanne L.; Choike, James R.

    1987-01-01

    Mathematical observations are made about some continuous curves, called transitions, encountered in well-known experiences. The transition parabola, the transition spiral, and the sidestep maneuver are presented. (MNS)

  17. Preparation of circular Rydberg states in helium using the crossed-fields method

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    Zhelyazkova, V.; Hogan, S. D.

    2016-08-01

    Helium atoms have been prepared in the circular |n =55 ,ℓ =54 , mℓ=+54 > Rydberg state using the crossed electric and magnetic fields method. The atoms, initially traveling in pulsed supersonic beams, were photoexcited from the metastable 1 s 2 s S31 level to the outermost, mℓ=0 Rydberg-Stark state with n =55 in the presence of a strong electric field and weak perpendicular magnetic field. Following excitation, the electric field was adiabatically switched off causing the atoms to evolve into the circular state with mℓ=+54 defined with respect to the magnetic-field quantization axis. The circular states were detected by ramped electric-field ionization along the magnetic-field axis. The dependence of the circular state production efficiency on the strength of the excitation electric field, and the electric-field switch-off time was studied, and microwave spectroscopy of the circular-to-circular |55 ,54 ,+54 >→|56 ,55 ,+55 > transition at ˜38.5 GHz was performed.

  18. Anisotropic blockade using pendular long-range Rydberg molecules

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    Eiles, Matthew T.; Lee, Hyunwoo; Pérez-Ríos, Jesús; Greene, Chris H.

    2017-05-01

    We propose an experiment to demonstrate a blockade mechanism caused by long-range anisotropic interactions in an ultracold dipolar gas composed of the recently observed "butterfly" Rydberg molecules. At the blockade radius, the strong intermolecular interaction between two adjacent molecules shifts their molecular states out of resonance with the photoassociation laser, preventing their simultaneous excitation. When the molecules are prepared in a quasi-one-dimensional (Q1D) trap, the interaction's strength can be tuned via a weak external field. The molecular density thus depends strongly on the angle between the trap axis and the field. The available Rydberg and internal molecular states provide a wide range of tunability.

  19. State-selective generation of molecular ions via Rydberg states

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    Grimes, David; Zhou, Yan; Barnum, Timothy; Coy, Stephen; Kay, Jeffrey; Field, Robert

    2014-05-01

    Autoionizing Rydberg states of molecules in the range n = 30-50 have the potential to enable the production of single quantum state selected ensembles of molecular ions, which have uses from spectroscopy to high precision measurements of fundamental constants. Multichannel Quantum Defect Theory (MQDT) fully describes the Rydberg states of molecules and the dynamics of autoionization. We have used our full MQDT description of CaF to determine optimal autoionizing resonances for producing a variety of selected rotation-vibration states of the ion. Progress towards experimental demonstrations in BaF will also be discussed. This work was supported by the NSF and an NDSEG Fellowship

  20. Formation of Antihydrogen Rydberg atoms in strong magnetic field traps

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    Pohl, T.; Sadeghpour, H. R.

    2008-08-08

    It is shown that several features of antihydrogen production in nested Penning traps can be described with accurate and efficient Monte Carlo simulations. It is found that cold deeply-bound Rydberg states of antihydrogen (H-bar) are produced in three-body capture in the ATRAP experiments and an additional formation mechanism -Rydberg charge transfer-, particular to the nested Penning trap geometry, is responsible for the observed fast (hot) H-bar atoms. Detailed description of the numerical propagation technique for following extreme close encounters is given. An analytic derivation of the power law behavior of the field ionization spectrum is provided.

  1. 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.

  2. A note on the assignments of Rydberg states of COS

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    Wu, C. Y. R.

    1982-01-01

    Assignments of the Rydberg states which converge to the respective X-tilde and B-tilde ion states of the COS(+) ion are reported. The assignments were made based on previously established orderings for the quantum defects of isoelectronic molecules. The Rydberg series I and II, which converge to the X-tilde 2 Pi state of COS(+), and the series III, IV, V, VI and VII, which converge to the B-tilde 2 Sigma + state, are assigned to molecular orbitals characterized by predominant sulfur orbitals, in contrast to those converging to the C-tilde states, which are characterized by oxygen atomic orbitals.

  3. Spatial Patterns in Rydberg Excitations from Logarithmic Pair Interactions

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    Lechner, Wolfgang; Zoller, Peter

    2015-09-01

    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.

  4. Anisotropic blockade using pendular long-range Rydberg molecules

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    Eiles, M. T.; Lee, H.; Pérez-Ríos, J.; Greene, C. H.

    2017-07-01

    We propose an experiment to demonstrate a novel blockade mechanism caused by long-range anisotropic interactions in an ultracold dipolar gas composed of the recently observed "butterfly" Rydberg molecules. At the blockade radius, the strong intermolecular interaction between two adjacent molecules shifts their molecular states out of resonance with the photoassociation laser, preventing their simultaneous excitation. When the molecules are prepared in a quasi-one-dimensional (Q1D) trap, the interaction's strength can be tuned via a weak external field. The molecular density thus depends strongly on the angle between the trap axis and the field. The available Rydberg and molecular states provide a wide range of tunability.

  5. Arbitrary Dicke-State Control of Symmetric Rydberg Ensembles

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    Keating, Tyler; Baldwin, Charles H.; Jau, Yuan-Yu; Lee, Jongmin; Biedermann, Grant W.; Deutsch, Ivan H.

    2016-11-01

    We study the production of arbitrary superpositions of Dicke states via optimal control. We show that N atomic hyperfine qubits, interacting symmetrically via the Rydberg blockade, are well described by the Jaynes-Cummings Hamiltonian and fully controllable by phase-modulated microwaves driving Rydberg-dressed states. With currently feasible parameters, it is possible to generate states of ˜ten hyperfine qubits in ˜1 μ s , assuming a fast microwave phase switching time. The same control can be achieved with a "dressed-ground control" scheme, which reduces the demands for fast phase switching at the expense of increased total control time.

  6. Interaction Enhanced Imaging of Rydberg P states. Preparation and detection of Rydberg atoms for engineering long-range interactions

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    Gavryusev, Vladislav; Ferreira-Cao, Miguel; Kekić, Armin; Zürn, Gerhard; Signoles, Adrien

    2016-12-01

    The Interaction Enhanced Imaging technique allows to detect the spatial distribution of strongly interacting impurities embedded within a gas of background atoms used as a contrast medium [1]. Here we present a detailed study of this technique, applied to detect Rydberg P states. We experimentally realize fast and efficient three-photon excitation of P states, optimized according to the results of a theoretical effective two-level model. Few Rydberg P-state atoms, prepared in a small cloud with dimensions comparable to the blockade radius, are detected with a good sensitivity by averaging over 50 shots. The main aspects of the technique are described with a hard-sphere model, finding good agreement with experimental data. This work paves the way to a non-destructive optical detection of single Rydberg atoms with high spatial and temporal resolution.

  7. 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)

  8. Rydberg-to-M -shell x-ray emission of hollow Xeq+ (q =27 - 30 ) atoms or ions above metallic surfaces

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    Song, Z. Y.; Yang, Z. H.; Zhang, H. Q.; Shao, J. X.; Cui, Y.; Zhang, Y. P.; Zhang, X. A.; Zhao, Y. T.; Chen, X. M.; Xiao, G. Q.

    2015-04-01

    X rays originating from transitions from high Rydberg states to the M shell (here called Rydberg-to-M -shell x rays) have been measured in the interaction of Xeq+ (q =27 - 30 ) ions with aluminum, molybdenum, and beryllium surfaces in the energy range of 350-600 keV, by using a Si(Li) detector. The transition energy calculation by Cowan's program with relativistic correlation indicates that such x rays are mainly from the transition of the higher quantum states, with the principal quantum number from 6 up to 30, directly to M shell of xenon. The yield of the x ray per vacancy in M shell decreases slightly with increasing the projectile energies and is inversely proportional to the work functions of metallic surfaces used. However, it increases rapidly with the increase of the projectile charge states. All of these experimental facts combined with the transition rate calculations indicate that the measured Rydberg-to-M -shell x rays come from the "above the surface" hollow Xe atoms or ions deexcitation, when the inner shells such as N and O have not been filled.

  9. 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…

  10. Single atom Rydberg excitation in a small dipole trap.

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    Zuo, Zhanchun; Fukusen, Miho; Tamaki, Yoshihito; Watanabe, Tomoki; Nakagawa, Yusuke; Nakagawa, Ken'ichi

    2009-12-07

    We have realized a single atom trap using a magneto-optical trap (MOT) with a high magnetic field gradient and a small optical dipole trap. Using this trap, we demonstrate the excitation to a highly excited Rydberg state (n=43) with a single Rubidium atom.

  11. Quantum Spin-Ice and Dimer Models with Rydberg Atoms

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    Glaetzle, A. W.; Dalmonte, M.; Nath, R.; Rousochatzakis, I.; Moessner, R.; Zoller, P.

    2014-10-01

    Quantum spin-ice represents a paradigmatic example of how the physics of frustrated magnets is related to gauge theories. In the present work, we address the problem of approximately realizing quantum spin ice in two dimensions with cold atoms in optical lattices. The relevant interactions are obtained by weakly laser-admixing Rydberg states to the atomic ground-states, exploiting the strong angular dependence of van der Waals interactions between Rydberg p states together with the possibility of designing steplike potentials. This allows us to implement Abelian gauge theories in a series of geometries, which could be demonstrated within state-of-the-art atomic Rydberg experiments. We numerically analyze the family of resulting microscopic Hamiltonians and find that they exhibit both classical and quantum order by disorder, the latter yielding a quantum plaquette valence bond solid. We also present strategies to implement Abelian gauge theories using both s - and p -Rydberg states in exotic geometries, e.g., on a 4-8 lattice.

  12. Production of very-high- n strontium Rydberg atoms

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    Ye, Shuzhen; Zhang, Xinyue; Killian, Thomas; Dunning, F.; Hiller, Moritz; Yoshida, Shuhei; Burgdoerfer, Joachim

    2013-05-01

    The production of very-high- n, n ~ 300, strontium Rydberg atoms is explored using a crossed laser-atom beam geometry. n1S0 and n1D2 states are created by two-photon excitation via the 5s5p 1P1 intermediate state using radiation at 461 and 413 nm. Rydberg series in the different strontium isotopes present in the beam can be selectively excited by tuning the 461 nm light allowing measurements of the isotope shifts in the series limits, that for 88Sr-86Sr being ~ + 210MHz, and that for 88Sr-84Sr being ~ + 440 MHz. Well-resolved Rydberg series can be seen for values of n approaching ~ 500. Photoexcitation spectra calculated using a two-active-electron model reproduce the relative strengths of the measured 1S0 and 1D2 lines. The surprisingly large photoexcitation rates provide new opportunities to study quasi-stable two-electron excited states and to explore the behavior of strongly coupled Rydberg systems at high n. Research supported by the NSF, the Robert A. Welch Foundation and the FWF (Austria).

  13. 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.

  14. Observation of Heavy Rydberg States in H_2 and HD

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    Beyer, Maximilian; Merkt, Frederic

    2017-06-01

    The binding energies of the hydrogen atom are given by the Rydberg formula E_n = - {{R}_∞μ/m_e}/{(n-δ)^2}, where the quantum defect δ vanishes in the case of a pure Coulomb potential. Heavy Rydberg systems can be realized when the electron is replaced by an anion, which leads in the case of H^+H^- to an almost 1000 times larger Rydberg constant and to an infinite number of vibrational states. In the diabatic molecular basis, these ion-pair states are described by long-range Coulomb potentials with ^1Σ_g^+ and ^1Σ_u^+ symmetry. In this basis, the level energies are described by an almost energy-independent, nonzero quantum defect, reflecting the finite size of H^-. Strong interactions at small internuclear distances lead to strong variation of δ with n. Gerade [2] and ungerade [3] ion-pair states have been observed in H_2 with principal quantum numbers up to n=240. The quantum defects in this range were found to vary with energy, indicating the inadequacy of a pure diabatic picture. Spectra of ungerade heavy Rydberg states of H_2 with n=160-520 showing that the quantum defect only becomes energy independent for n>350 will be presented, supporting the description using a diabatic basis. I will also present first observations of ion-pair states in HD, showing two series of heavy Rydberg states, H^+D^- and H^-D^+, which have different series limits. The experimental results will be discussed and compared with calculations using both an adiabatic and a diabatic basis. [1] S. Pan, and F. H. Mies, J. Chem. Phys. 89, 3096 (1988). [2] M. O. Vieitez, T. I. Ivanov, E. Reinhold, C. A. de Lange, and W. Ubachs, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 163001 (2008). [3] R. C. Ekey, and E. F. McCormack, Phys. Rev. A 84, 020501(R) (2011).

  15. 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)

  16. Deuteron charge radius and Rydberg constant from spectroscopy data in atomic deuterium

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    Pohl, Randolf; Nez, François; Udem, Thomas; Antognini, Aldo; Beyer, Axel; Fleurbaey, Hélène; Grinin, Alexey; Hänsch, Theodor W.; Julien, Lucile; Kottmann, Franz; Krauth, Julian J.; Maisenbacher, Lothar; Matveev, Arthur; Biraben, François

    2017-04-01

    We give a pedagogical description of the method to extract the charge radii and Rydberg constant from laser spectroscopy in regular hydrogen (H) and deuterium (D) atoms, that is part of the CODATA least-squares adjustment (LSA) of the fundamental physical constants. We give a deuteron charge radius {{r}\\text{d}} from D spectroscopy alone of 2.1415(45) fm. This value is independent of the measurements that lead to the proton charge radius, and five times more accurate than the value found in the CODATA Adjustment 10. The improvement is due to the use of a value for the 1S\\to 2S transition in atomic deuterium which can be inferred from published data or found in a PhD thesis.

  17. Prospects of charged-oscillator quantum-state generation with Rydberg atoms

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    Stevenson, Robin; Minář, Jiří; Hofferberth, Sebastian; Lesanovsky, Igor

    2016-10-01

    We explore the possibility of engineering quantum states of a charged mechanical oscillator by coupling it to a stream of atoms in superpositions of high-lying Rydberg states. Our scheme relies on the driving of a two-phonon resonance within the oscillator by coupling it to an atomic two-photon transition. This approach effectuates a controllable open system dynamics on the oscillator that in principle permits versatile dissipative creation of squeezed and other nonclassical states which are central to sensing applications or for studies of fundamental questions concerning the boundary between classical and quantum-mechanical descriptions of macroscopic objects. We show that these features survive thermal coupling of the oscillator with the environment. We perform a detailed feasibility study finding that current state-of-the-art parameters result in atom-oscillator couplings which are too weak to efficiently implement the proposed oscillator state preparation protocol. Finally, we comment on ways to circumvent the present limitations.

  18. Exciton Binding Energy and Nonhydrogenic Rydberg Series in Monolayer WS2

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    Chernikov, Alexey; Berkelbach, Timothy C.; Hill, Heather M.; Rigosi, Albert; Li, Yilei; Aslan, Ozgur Burak; Reichman, David R.; Hybertsen, Mark S.; Heinz, Tony F.

    2014-08-01

    We have experimentally determined the energies of the ground and first four excited excitonic states of the fundamental optical transition in monolayer WS2, a model system for the growing class of atomically thin two-dimensional semiconductor crystals. From the spectra, we establish a large exciton binding energy of 0.32 eV and a pronounced deviation from the usual hydrogenic Rydberg series of energy levels of the excitonic states. We explain both of these results using a microscopic theory in which the nonlocal nature of the effective dielectric screening modifies the functional form of the Coulomb interaction. These strong but unconventional electron-hole interactions are expected to be ubiquitous in atomically thin materials.

  19. The electronic spectrum of SiH4: Jahn-Teller Rydberg series

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    Velasco, A. M.; Lavín, C.; Sánchez de Merás, A. M. J.; Sánchez Marín, J.

    2011-12-01

    The aim of the present theoretical work is to provide data necessary for a better understanding of the electronic spectrum of the silane molecule, which is affected by the Jahn-Teller effect. By selecting an adequate distorted C2v geometry of SiH4, the three lower Koopmans ionization potentials are evaluated with the equation of motion coupled cluster of singles and doubles method. Vertical excitation energies for the different Rydberg series converging to the three Jahn-Teller components are inferred from ab initio coupled cluster linear response calculations. Absorption oscillator strengths for dipole-allowed electronic transitions are also determined with the molecular-adapted quantum defect orbital methodology. Predictions of new spectroscopic data on SiH4 are reported.

  20. Optical Control of the Resonant Dipole-Dipole Interaction between Rydberg Atoms

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    de Léséleuc, Sylvain; Barredo, Daniel; Lienhard, Vincent; Browaeys, Antoine; Lahaye, Thierry

    2017-08-01

    We report on the local control of the transition frequency of a spin 1 /2 encoded in two Rydberg levels of an individual atom by applying a state-selective light shift using an addressing beam. With this tool, we first study the spectrum of an elementary system of two spins, tuning it from a nonresonant to a resonant regime, where "bright" (super-radiant) and "dark" (subradiant) states emerge. We observe the collective enhancement of the microwave coupling to the bright state. We then show that after preparing an initial single spin excitation and letting it hop due to the spin-exchange interaction, we can freeze the dynamics at will with the addressing laser, while preserving the coherence of the system. In the context of quantum simulation, this scheme opens exciting prospects for engineering inhomogeneous X Y spin Hamiltonians or preparing spin-imbalanced initial states.

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. Dissipative stabilization of quantum-feedback-based multipartite entanglement with Rydberg atoms

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    Shao, Xiao-Qiang; Wu, Jin-Hui; Yi, Xue-Xi

    2017-02-01

    A quantum-feedback-based scheme is proposed for generating multipartite entanglements of Rydberg atoms in a dissipative optical cavity. The Rydberg blockade mechanism efficiently prevents double excitations of the system, which is further exploited to speed up the stabilization of an entangled state with a single Rydberg state excitation. The corresponding feedback operations are greatly simplified, since only one regular atom needs to be controlled during the whole process, irrespective of the number of particles. The form of the entangled state is also adjustable via regulating the Rabi frequencies of driving fields. Moreover, a relatively long lifetime of the high-lying Rydberg level guarantees a high fidelity in a realistic situation.

  4. 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 .

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

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    Schlagmüller, Michael; Liebisch, Tara Cubel; Engel, Felix; ...

    2016-08-10

    Within a dense environment (ρ ≈ 1014 atoms/cm3) at ultracold temperatures (T < 1 μK), 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 nS 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 x 1014 cm-3), the lifetime of a Rydberg atom exceeds 10 μs at n > 140 compared to 1 μs at n = 90. In addition, a second observed reaction mechanism, namely, Rbmore » $$+\\atop{2}$$ molecule formation, was studied. Both reaction products are equally probable for n = 40, but the fraction of Rb+2 created drops to below 10% for n ≥ 90.« less

  6. Quantum signature for laser-driven correlated excitation of Rydberg atoms

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    Wu, Huaizhi; Li, Yong; Yang, Zhen-Biao; Zheng, Shi-Biao

    2017-01-01

    The excitation dynamics of a laser-driven Rydberg-atom system exhibits a cooperative effect due to the interatomic Rydberg-Rydberg interaction, but the large many-body system with inhomogeneous Rydberg coupling is hard to exactly solve or numerically study by density-matrix equations. In this paper, we find that the laser-driven Rydberg-atom system with most of the atoms being in the ground state can be described by a simplified interaction model resembling the optical Kerr effect if the distance-dependent Rydberg-Rydberg interaction is replaced by an infinite-range coupling. We can then quantitatively study the effect of the quantum fluctuations on the Rydberg excitation with the interatomic correlation involved and analytically calculate the statistical characteristics of the excitation dynamics in the steady state, revealing the quantum signature of the driven-dissipative Rydberg-atom system. The results obtained here will be of great interest for other spin-1/2 systems with spin-spin coupling.

  7. Rydberg series for quartet states of Li-like sulfur ion

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    Sun, Yan; Sang, CuiCui; Hu, Feng; Qian, XinYu; Liu, DongDong; Mei, MaoFei; Gou, BingCong

    2017-01-01

    The energy levels and transition parameters of Li-like quartet states 1s2snl and 1s2pnl‧ (l=s, p, d; l‧=s, p, d, f; n=2-7) pertaining to 4Po and 4Le (L=S, P, D) Rydberg series in S13+ ion are calculated using a multi-configuration Rayleigh-Ritz variation method. Relativistic effects and mass polarization contributions are taken into account by using the first-order perturbation theory. The quantum electrodynamics (QED) effects and higher-order relativistic corrections are considered to obtain accurate energy levels by the screened hydrogenic formula. The transition oscillator strengths, transition rates, and wavelengths of electric-dipole transitions for 1s2sns4Se-1s2lnl‧ 4Po and 1s2snp+1s2pns+1s2pnd4Po-1s2lnl‧ 4Le (L=S, P, D) in S13+ ion are systematically calculated and compared with available reference data. Our calculated results will provide valuable data for related experiments in the future.

  8. 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.

  9. A combined theoretical and experimental study of the valence and Rydberg states of iodopentafluorobenzene

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    Palmer, Michael H.; Hoffmann, Søren Vrønning; Jones, Nykola C.; Coreno, Marcello; de Simone, Monica; Grazioli, Cesare; Peterson, Kirk A.; Baiardi, Alberto; Zhang, Teng; Biczysko, Malgorzata

    2017-05-01

    A new ultraviolet (UV) and vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) spectrum for iodopentafluorobenzene (C6F5I) using synchrotron radiation is reported. The measurements have been combined with those from a recent high-resolution photoelectron spectroscopic study. A major theoretical study, which includes both Franck-Condon (FC) and Herzberg-Teller (HT) analyses, leads to conclusions, which are compatible with both experimental studies. Our observation that the VUV multiplet at 7.926 eV in the VUV spectrum is a Rydberg state rather than a valence state leads to a fundamental reassignment of the VUV Rydberg spectrum over previous studies and removes an anomaly where some previously assigned Rydberg states were to optically forbidden states. Adiabatic excitation energies (AEEs) were determined from equations-of-motion coupled cluster with singles and doubles excitation; these were combined with time dependent density functional theoretical methods. Frequencies from these two methods are very similar, and this enabled the evaluation of both FC and HT contributions in the lower valence states. Multi-reference multi-root configuration interaction gave a satisfactory account of the principal UV+VUV spectral profile of C6F5I, with vertical band positions and intensities. The UV spectral onset consists of two very weak transitions assigned to 11B1 (πσ*) and 11B2 (σσ*) symmetries. The lowest unoccupied molecular orbital of a σ*(a1) symmetry has a significant C-I* antibonding character. This results in considerable lengthening of the C-I bond for both these excited states. The vibrational intensity of the lowest 11B1 state is dominated by HT contributions; the 11B2 state contains both HT and FC contributions; the third band, which contains three states, two ππ*(11A1, 21B2) and one πσ*(21B1), is dominated by FC contributions in the 1A1 state. In this 1A1 state, and the spectrally dominant bands near 6.7 (1A1) and 7.3 eV (1A1 + 1B2), the C-I bond length is in the normal range, and FC

  10. Entanglement of two individual neutral atoms using Rydberg blockade.

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

    2010-01-08

    We report the generation of entanglement between two individual 87Rb atoms in hyperfine ground states |F=1,M=1> and |F=2,M=2> which are held in two optical tweezers separated by 4 microm. 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.

  11. Rydberg atom spectroscopy enabled by blackbody radiation ionization

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    Lu Xiaoxu; Sun Yuan; Metcalf, Harold

    2011-09-15

    We have excited helium atoms from their metastable 2 {sup 3} S state to Rydberg states in the range 13Rydberg atoms and room temperature blackbody radiation is important for experiments.

  12. Creation and detection of photonic molecules in Rydberg gases

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    Moos, Matthias; Unanyan, Razmik; Fleischhauer, Michael

    2017-08-01

    We consider the propagation of photons in a gas of Rydberg atoms under conditions of electromagnetically induced transparency, where they form strongly interacting massive particles, termed Rydberg polaritons. Depending on the strength of the van der Waals-type interactions of the atoms either bunching or antibunching of photons can be observed when driving the atoms off-resonantly. The bunching is associated with the formation of bound states. We employ a Green's function approach and numerical wave-function simulations to analyze the conditions for the creation and the dynamics of these photonic molecules and their interplay with the scattering continuum which can also show photon bunching. Analytic solutions of the pair-propagation problem obtained from a pseudopotential approximation and verified numerically provide a detailed understanding of bound and scattering states. We find that the scattering contributions acquire asymptotically a robust relative phase which can be employed to separate bound state and scattering contributions by a homodyne detection scheme.

  13. Quantum memory with strong and controllable Rydberg-level interactions

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    Li, Lin; Kuzmich, A

    2016-01-01

    Realization of distributed quantum systems requires fast generation and long-term storage of quantum states. Ground atomic states enable memories with storage times in the range of a minute, however their relatively weak interactions do not allow fast creation of non-classical collective states. Rydberg atomic systems feature fast preparation of singly excited collective states and their efficient mapping into light, but storage times in these approaches have not yet exceeded a few microseconds. Here we demonstrate a system that combines fast quantum state generation and long-term storage. An initially prepared coherent state of an atomic memory is transformed into a non-classical collective atomic state by Rydberg-level interactions in less than a microsecond. By sheltering the quantum state in the ground atomic levels, the storage time is increased by almost two orders of magnitude. This advance opens a door to a number of quantum protocols for scalable generation and distribution of entanglement. PMID:27869195

  14. Few-body quantum physics with strongly interacting Rydberg polaritons

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    Bienias, Przemyslaw

    2016-12-01

    We present an extension of our recent paper [Bienias et al., Phys. Rev. A 90, 053804 (2014)] in which we demonstrated the scattering properties and bound-state structure of two Rydberg polaritons, as well as the derivation of the effective low-energy many-body Hamiltonian. Here, we derive a microscopic Hamiltonian describing the propagation of Rydberg slow light polaritons in one dimension. We describe possible decoherence processes within a Master equation approach, and derive equations of motion in a Schroedinger picture by using an effective non-Hermitian Hamiltonian. We illustrate diagrammatic methods on two examples: First, we show the solution for a single polariton in an external potential by exact summation of Feynman diagrams. Secondly, we solve the two body problem in a weakly interacting regime exactly.

  15. 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.

  16. Ionization spectra of highly Stark-shifted rubidium Rydberg states

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    Grimmel, Jens; Stecker, Markus; Kaiser, Manuel; Karlewski, Florian; Torralbo-Campo, Lara; Günther, Andreas; Fortágh, József

    2017-07-01

    We report on the observation and numerical calculation of ionization spectra of highly Stark-shifted Rydberg states of rubidium beyond the classical ionization threshold. In the numerical calculations, a complex absorbing potential (CAP) allows us to predict the energy levels and ionization rates of Rydberg states in this regime. Our approach of adjusting the CAP to the external electric field reduces the number of free parameters from one per resonance to a single one. Furthermore, we have measured the ionization spectra of magneto-optically trapped rubidium atoms which are excited to principal quantum numbers of 43 and 70 at various electric fields. The emerging ions are detected using an ion optics. We find good agreement between the numerically and experimentally obtained spectra.

  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. Lévy statistics of interacting Rydberg gases

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    Vogt, Thibault; Han, Jingshan; Thiery, Alexandre; Li, Wenhui

    2017-05-01

    A statistical analysis of the laser excitation of cold and randomly distributed atoms to Rydberg states is developed. We first demonstrate with a hard-ball model that the distribution of energy level shifts in an interacting gas obeys Lévy statistics in any dimension d and for any interaction -Cp/Rp under the condition d /p <1 . This result is confirmed with a Monte Carlo rate equations simulation of the actual laser excitation in the particular case p =6 and d =3 . With this finding, we develop a statistical approach for the modeling of probe light transmission through a cold atom gas driven under conditions of electromagnetically induced transparency involving a Rydberg state. The simulated results are in good agreement with experiment.

  19. Quantum memory with strong and controllable Rydberg-level interactions

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    Li, Lin; Kuzmich, A.

    2016-11-01

    Realization of distributed quantum systems requires fast generation and long-term storage of quantum states. Ground atomic states enable memories with storage times in the range of a minute, however their relatively weak interactions do not allow fast creation of non-classical collective states. Rydberg atomic systems feature fast preparation of singly excited collective states and their efficient mapping into light, but storage times in these approaches have not yet exceeded a few microseconds. Here we demonstrate a system that combines fast quantum state generation and long-term storage. An initially prepared coherent state of an atomic memory is transformed into a non-classical collective atomic state by Rydberg-level interactions in less than a microsecond. By sheltering the quantum state in the ground atomic levels, the storage time is increased by almost two orders of magnitude. This advance opens a door to a number of quantum protocols for scalable generation and distribution of entanglement.

  20. Two-photon laser optogalvanic studies of the 6s nf 3F 4 Rydberg states of mercury by RF discharge

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    Zia, M. A.; Baig, M. A.

    2005-12-01

    We present new experimental data on the energies and quantum defects of the highly excited states in mercury using the laser optogalvanic detection technique in conjunction with a RF discharge cell. The 6s np 3P 2 (12 ≤ n ≤ 25) and 6s nf 3F 4 (9 ≤ n ≤ 52) Rydberg series have been observed via two photon excitation from the 6s6p 3P 2 intermediate state, which is collisionally populated in the RF discharge. Three lines corresponding to transitions from the 6s6p 3P 0 metastable state to 6s8p 3P 0,2 and 6s5f 3F 2 states are also located. The 6s nf 3F 4 Rydberg series to such high n-values are reported for the first time.

  1. OH3- and O2H5- double Rydberg anions: Predictions and comparisons with NH4- and N2H7-

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    Melin, Junia; Ortiz, J. V.

    2007-07-01

    A low barrier in the reaction pathway between the double Rydberg isomer of OH3- and a hydride-water complex indicates that the former species is more difficult to isolate and characterize through anion photoelectron spectroscopy than the well known double Rydberg anion (DRA), tetrahedral NH4-. Electron propagator calculations of vertical electron detachment energies (VEDEs) and isosurface plots of the electron localization function disclose that the transition state's electronic structure more closely resembles that of the DRA than that of the hydride-water complex. Possible stabilization of the OH3- DRA through hydrogen bonding or ion-dipole interactions is examined through calculations on O2H5- species. Three O2H5- minima with H-(H2O)2, hydrogen-bridged, and DRA-molecule structures resemble previously discovered N2H7- species and have well separated VEDEs that may be observable in anion photoelectron spectra.

  2. 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…

  3. Collision Dynamics of Rydberg Atoms and Molecules at Ultralow Energies

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    2005-12-31

    parameter - the screening length R, or its inverse RSŕ = A known as the screening factor. For example, the Debye - HUckel (or Debye ) interaction of an...s), from Eq. (7), via one parameter s. 4 3. Classical analytical results for the Debye potential Application of the preceding general theory is now...electron orbit for circular Rydberg states (CRS). We have applied the general theory to a particular example of the Debye potential and derived even more

  4. 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.

  5. KAULAKYS: Inelastic collisions between hydrogen atoms and Rydberg atoms

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    Barklem, Paul S.

    2017-01-01

    KAULAKYS calculates cross sections and rate coefficients for inelastic collisions between Rydberg atoms and hydrogen atoms according to the free electron model of Kaulakys (1986, 1991). It is written in IDL and requires the code MSWAVEF (ascl:1701.006) to calculate momentum-space wavefunctions. KAULAKYS can be easily adapted to collisions with perturbers other than hydrogen atoms by providing the appropriate scattering amplitudes.

  6. Time-domain Ramsey interferometry with interacting Rydberg atoms

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    Sommer, Christian; Pupillo, Guido; Takei, Nobuyuki; Takeda, Shuntaro; Tanaka, Akira; Ohmori, Kenji; Genes, Claudiu

    2016-11-01

    We theoretically investigate the dynamics of a gas of strongly interacting Rydberg atoms subject to a time-domain Ramsey interferometry protocol. The many-body dynamics is governed by an Ising-type Hamiltonian with long-range interactions of tunable strength. We analyze and model the contrast degradation and phase accumulation of the Ramsey signal and identify scaling laws for varying interrogation times, ensemble densities, and ensemble dimensionalities.

  7. Interference stabilisation of Rydberg atoms in a strong laser field

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    Fedorov, Mikhail V

    1999-07-31

    A review is given of the published theoretical and experimental investigations of the interference stabilisation of Rydberg atoms by a strong optical field. The physical nature of the effect, the models used to describe it, the alternative stabilisation mechanisms, and the extent to which the theoretical results match the published experimental data are discussed. (this issue is dedicated to the memory of s a akhmanov)

  8. 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.

  9. Exploring dipole blockade using high- n strontium Rydberg atoms

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    Zhang, Xinyue; Ye, Shuzhen; Dunning, F. Barry; Hiller, Moritz; Yoshida, Shuhei; Burgdörfer, Joachim

    2014-05-01

    Studies of the production of strongly-polarized quasi-1D high- n, n ~ 300 , strontium `` nF'' Rydberg states in an atomic beam by three-photon excitation in a weak dc field suggest that (in the absence of blockade effects) densities of ~106 cm-3 might be achieved. At such densities the interparticle separation, ~ 100 μm , becomes comparable to that at which dipole blockade effects are expected to become important. Apparatus modifications are underway to allow the exploration of blockade at very high- n and the effects of the high energy level density. Blockade is also being examined through calculations of the energy spectrum for two interaction atoms. Access to the blockade regime promises creation of Rydberg atoms at well-defined separations whose interactions can be coherently controlled using electric field pulses thereby enabling study of the dynamics of strongly-coupled Rydberg systems. Research supported by the NSF, the Robert A. Welch Foundation, and the FWF (Austria).

  10. Electronic Structure of the X {^1σ^+} Ion Core of CaF Rydberg States

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    Coy, Stephen; Baraban, Joshua H.; Grimes, David; Barnum, Timothy J.; Field, Robert W.; Wong, Bryan M.

    2015-06-01

    We use ab-initio calculations to examine the electronic structure of CaF{^+},making comparison to the available experimental data and effective potential models. An electron-density-difference plot comparing isolated Ca{+2} and F{^-} ions with the CaF{^+} ab-initio density shows s-d mixing at Ca, and maintenance of near spherical symmetry at F. This unexpected result is interpreted in terms of the electronic states of Ca{^+}. Calculation of the effective charge on F spanning the region of the transition from ionic to dissociating Ca{^+} F{^0} locates the transition very near the crossing of the Ca{+2} F{^-} and Ca{^+} F{^0} curves and additionally determines the width of the ionic-bonding transition region. An accurate non-relativistic long or intermediate range effective potential for the CaF Rydberg electron is obtained by choice of origin at the center of polarizability, with inclusion of multipoles through octopole and the use of anisotropic polarizability. The estimates of CaF{^+} polarizability from ab-initio and effective potential models predict high anisotropy, with the parallel dipole polarizability, where the atomic dipoles are mutually enhancing, predicted to be about double the perpendicular polarizability, where the atomic dipoles are mutually antagonistic.

  11. 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.

  12. Ultrafast probing of ejection dynamics of Rydberg atoms and molecular fragments from electronically excited helium nanodroplets.

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    Bünermann, Oliver; Kornilov, Oleg; Haxton, Daniel J; Leone, Stephen R; Neumark, Daniel M; Gessner, Oliver

    2012-12-07

    The ejection dynamics of Rydberg atoms and molecular fragments from electronically excited helium nanodroplets are studied with time-resolved extreme ultraviolet ion imaging spectroscopy. At excitation energies of 23.6 ± 0.2 eV, Rydberg atoms in n = 3 and n = 4 states are ejected on different time scales and with significantly different kinetic energy distributions. Specifically, n = 3 Rydberg atoms are ejected with kinetic energies as high as 0.85 eV, but their appearance is delayed by approximately 200 fs. In contrast, n = 4 Rydberg atoms appear within the time resolution of the experiment with considerably lower kinetic energies. Major features in the Rydberg atom kinetic energy distributions for both principal quantum numbers can be described within a simple elastic scattering model of localized perturbed atomic Rydberg atoms that are expelled from the droplet due to their repulsive interaction with the surrounding helium bath. Time-dependent kinetic energy distributions of He(2) (+) and He(3) (+) ions are presented that support the formation of molecular ions in an indirect droplet ionization process and the ejection of neutral Rydberg dimers on a similar time scale as the n = 3 Rydberg atoms.

  13. Rydberg-blockade effects in Autler-Townes spectra of ultracold strontium

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    DeSalvo, B. J.; Aman, J. A.; Gaul, C.; Pohl, T.; Yoshida, S.; Burgdörfer, J.; Hazzard, K. R. A.; Dunning, F. B.; Killian, T. C.

    2016-02-01

    We present a combined experimental and theoretical study of the effects of Rydberg interactions on Autler-Townes spectra of ultracold gases of atomic strontium. Realizing two-photon Rydberg excitation via a long-lived triplet state allows us to probe the regime where Rydberg state decay presents the dominant decoherence mechanism. The effects of Rydberg interactions are observed in shifts, asymmetries, and broadening of the measured atom-loss spectra. The experiment is analyzed within a one-body density-matrix approach, accounting for interaction-induced level shifts and dephasing through nonlinear terms that approximately incorporate correlations due to the Rydberg blockade. This description yields good agreement with our experimental observations for short excitation times. For longer excitation times, the loss spectrum is altered qualitatively, suggesting additional dephasing mechanisms beyond the standard blockade mechanism based on pure van der Waals interactions.

  14. Localizing high-lying Rydberg wave packets with two-color laser fields

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    Larimian, Seyedreza; Lemell, Christoph; Stummer, Vinzenz; Geng, Ji-Wei; Roither, Stefan; Kartashov, Daniil; Zhang, Li; Wang, Mu-Xue; Gong, Qihuang; Peng, Liang-You; Yoshida, Shuhei; Burgdörfer, Joachim; Baltuška, Andrius; Kitzler, Markus; Xie, Xinhua

    2017-08-01

    We demonstrate control over the localization of high-lying Rydberg wave packets in argon atoms with phase-locked orthogonally polarized two-color laser fields. With a reaction microscope, we measure ionization signals of high-lying Rydberg states induced by a weak dc field and blackbody radiation as a function of the relative phase between the two-color fields. We find that the dc-field-ionization yield of high-lying Rydberg argon atoms oscillates with the relative two-color phase with a period of 2 π while the photoionization signal by blackbody radiation shows a period of π . Accompanying simulations show that these observations are a clear signature of the asymmetric localization of electrons recaptured into very elongated (low angular momentum) high-lying Rydberg states after conclusion of the laser pulse. Our findings thus open an effective pathway to control the localization of high-lying Rydberg wave packets.

  15. Stretching and bending dynamics in triatomic ultralong-range Rydberg molecules

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    Fey, Christian; Kurz, Markus; Schmelcher, Peter

    2016-07-01

    We investigate polyatomic ultralong-range Rydberg molecules consisting of three ground-state atoms bound to a Rydberg atom via s - and p -wave interactions. By employing the finite basis set representation of the unperturbed Rydberg electron Green's function we reduce the computational effort to solve the electronic problem substantially. This method is subsequently applied to determine the potential energy surfaces of triatomic systems in electronic s - and p -Rydberg states. Their molecular geometry and resulting vibrational structure are analyzed within an adiabatic approach that separates the vibrational bending and stretching dynamics. This procedure yields information on the radial and angular arrangement of the nuclei and indicates in particular that kinetic couplings between bending and stretching modes induce a linear structure in triatomic l =0 ultralong-range Rydberg molecules.

  16. Two-atom Rydberg blockade using direct 6S to nP excitation

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    Hankin, A. M.; Jau, Y.-Y.; Parazzoli, L. P.; Chou, C. W.; Armstrong, D. J.; Landahl, A. J.; Biedermann, G. W.

    2014-03-01

    We explore a single-photon approach to Rydberg state excitation and Rydberg blockade. Using detailed theoretical models, we show the feasibility of direct excitation, predict the effect of background electric fields, and calculate the required interatomic distance to observe Rydberg blockade. We then measure and control the electric field environment to enable coherent control of Rydberg states. With this coherent control, we demonstrate Rydberg blockade of two atoms separated by 6.6(3) μm. When compared with the more common two-photon excitation method, this single-photon approach is advantageous because it eliminates channels for decoherence through photon scattering and ac Stark shifts from the intermediate state while moderately increasing Doppler sensitivity.

  17. Toluene Valence and Rydberg Excitations as Studied by ab initio Calculations and Vacuum Ultraviolet (VUV) Synchrotron Radiation.

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    Serralheiro, C; Duflot, D; da Silva, F Ferreira; Hoffmann, S V; Jones, N C; Mason, N J; Mendes, B; Limão-Vieira, P

    2015-08-27

    The electronic spectroscopy of isolated toluene in the gas phase has been investigated using high-resolution photoabsorption spectroscopy in the 4.0-10.8 eV energy range, with absolute cross-section measurements derived. We present the first set of ab initio calculations (vertical energies and oscillator strengths), which we use in the assignment of valence and Rydberg transitions of the toluene molecule. The spectrum reveals several new features not previously reported in the literature, with particular relevance to 7.989 and 8.958 eV, which are here tentatively assigned to the π*(17a') ← σ(15a') and 1π*(10a″) ← 1π(14a') transitions, respectively. The measured absolute photoabsorption cross sections have been used to calculate the photolysis lifetime of toluene in the upper stratosphere (20-50 km).

  18. Line shapes and time dynamics of the Förster resonances between two Rydberg atoms in a time-varying electric field

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    Yakshina, E. A.; Tretyakov, D. B.; Beterov, I. I.; Entin, V. M.; Andreeva, C.; Cinins, A.; Markovski, A.; Iftikhar, Z.; Ekers, A.; Ryabtsev, I. I.

    2016-10-01

    The observation of the Stark-tuned Förster resonances between Rydberg atoms excited by narrowband cw laser radiation requires usage of a Stark-switching technique in order to excite the atoms first in a fixed electric field and then to induce the interactions in a varied electric field, which is scanned across the Förster resonance. In our experiments with a few cold Rb Rydberg atoms, we have found that the transients at the edges of the electric pulses strongly affect the line shapes of the Förster resonances, since the population transfer at the resonances occurs on a time scale of ˜100 ns, which is comparable with the duration of the transients. For example, a short-term ringing at a certain frequency causes additional radio-frequency-assisted Förster resonances, while nonsharp edges lead to asymmetry. The intentional application of the radio-frequency field induces transitions between collective states, whose line shape depends on the interaction strengths and time. Spatial averaging over the atom positions in a single interaction volume yields a cusped line shape of the Förster resonance. We present a detailed experimental and theoretical analysis of the line shape and time dynamics of the Stark-tuned Förster resonances Rb (n P3 /2) +Rb (n P3 /2) →Rb (n S1 /2) +Rb ([n +1 ] S1 /2) for two Rb Rydberg atoms interacting in a time-varying electric field.

  19. Sub-Doppler two-photon-excitation Rydberg spectroscopy of atomic xenon: mass-selective studies of isotopic and hyperfine structure

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    Kono, Mitsuhiko; He, Yabai; Baldwin, Kenneth G. H.; Orr, Brian J.

    2016-03-01

    Mass-selective sub-Doppler two-photon excitation (TPE) spectroscopy is employed to resolve isotopic contributions for transitions to high-energy Rydberg levels of xenon in an atomic beam, using narrowband pulses of coherent ultraviolet light at 205-213 nm generated by nonlinear-optical conversion processes. Previous research (Kono et al 2013 J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 46 35401), has determined isotope energy shifts and hyperfine structure for 33 high-energy Rydberg levels of gas-phase xenon and accessed Rydberg levels at TPE energies in the range of 94 100-97 300 cm-1 with unprecedented spectroscopic resolution. The new isotopic-mass-resolved results were obtained by adding a pulsed free-jet atomic-beam source and a mass-selective time-of-flight detector to the apparatus in order to discern individual xenon isotopes and extract previously unresolved spectroscopic information. Resulting isotope energy shifts and hyperfine-coupling parameters are examined with regard to trends in principal quantum number n and in atomic angular-momentum quantum numbers, together with empirical and theoretical precedents for such trends.

  20. Effects of three pro-nuclei (3PN) proportion incidence on clinical outcomes of patients with lower retrieved oocytes in the fresh cleavage-stage embryo transfer (ET) cycles.

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    Li, Mingzhao; Zhang, Silin; Shi, Wenhao; Ren, Wenjuan; Liu, Yanan; Tang, Qingqing; Shi, Juanzi

    2016-11-01

    To analyze the three pro-nuclei (3PN) incidence on clinical outcomes of patients with lower retrieved oocytes in the fresh cleavage-stage embryo transfer (ET) cycles. This study included 1200 fresh cleavage-stage ET cycles from January 2013 to June 2015. The patients were divided into 3PN = 0% (773 cycles) and 3PN > 0% (427 cycles) group. Main outcomes compared were fertilization, cleavage, normal fertilization, good quality embryo, implantation, clinical pregnancy, and early abortion rate. We observed that there was no significant difference in female's age, the number of retrieved oocytes, the number of transferred embryos, the number of good quality embryos, endometrial thickness, infertile time, basal serum follicle-stimulating hormone, and E2 value between two groups (p > 0.05). The fertilization (89.43 versus 83.90%, p < 0.001) and cleavage (98.34 versus 97.19%, p = 0.048) rates were significantly higher in 3PN > 0% than 3PN = 0% group. However, the normal fertilization (70.05 versus 50.67%, p < 0.001), good quality embryos (37.11 versus 26.47%, p < 0.001), and clinical pregnancy (49.81 versus 43.79%, p = 0.046) rates were significantly higher in 3PN = 0% than 3PN > 0% group. The implantation (35.88 versus 33.78%, p = 0.333) and early abortion (8.83 versus 10.70%, p = 0.474) rates were not significantly different between two groups. 3PN incidence might make a negative effect on clinical outcomes for patients with lower retrieved oocytes in the fresh cleavage-stage ET cycles.

  1. Transfer of a weakly bound electron in collisions of Rydberg atoms with neutral particles. II. Ion-pair formation and resonant quenching of the Rb(nl) and Ne(nl) States by Ca, Sr, and Ba atoms

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

    2013-10-15

    Electron-transfer processes are studied in thermal collisions of Rydberg atoms with alkaline-earth Ca(4s{sup 2}), Sr(5s{sup 2}), and Ba(6s{sup 2}) atoms capable of forming negative ions with a weakly bound outermost p-electron. We consider the ion-pair formation and resonant quenching of highly excited atomic states caused by transitions between Rydberg covalent and ionic terms of a quasi-molecule produced in collisions of particles. The contributions of these reaction channels to the total depopulation cross section of Rydberg states of Rb(nl) and Ne(nl) atoms as functions of the principal quantum number n are compared for selectively excited nl-levels with l Much-Less-Than n and for states with large orbital quantum numbers l = n - 1, n - 2. It is shown that the contribution from resonant quenching dominates at small values of n, and the ion-pair formation process begins to dominate with increasing n. The values and positions of the maxima of cross sections for both processes strongly depend on the electron affinity of an alkaline-earth atom and on the orbital angular momentum l of a highly excited atom. It is shown that in the case of Rydberg atoms in states with large l {approx} n - 1, the rate constants of ion-pair formation and collisional quenching are considerably lower than those for nl-levels with l Much-Less-Than n.

  2. Optical selection rules for excitonic Rydberg series in the massive Dirac cones of hexagonal two-dimensional materials

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    Gong, Pu; Yu, Hongyi; Wang, Yong; Yao, Wang

    2017-03-01

    We investigate the optical transition selection rules for excitonic Rydberg series formed in massive Dirac cones. The entanglement of the exciton envelop function with the pseudospin texture leads to anomalous selection rules for one-photon generation of excitons, where d orbitals can be excited with the opposite helicity selection rule from the s orbitals in a given valley. The trigonal warping effects in realistic hexagonal lattices further renders more excited states bright, where p orbitals can also be accessed by one-photon excitation with the opposite valley selection rules to the s orbitals. The one-photon generation of exciton in the various states and the intraexcitonic transition between these states are both dictated by the discrete in-plane rotational symmetry of the lattices, and our results show that in hexagonal 2D materials the symmetry allowed transitions are enabled when trigonal warping effects are included in the massive Dirac fermion model. In monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides where excitons can be generated by visible light and intraexcitonic transitions can be induced by infrared light, we give the strength of these optical transitions, estimated using modified hydrogenlike envelope functions combined with the optical transition matrix elements between the Bloch states calculated at various k points.

  3. State-to-state dynamics of elementary chemical reactions using Rydberg H-atom translational spectroscopy

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    Yang, Xueming

    In this review, a few examples of state-to-state dynamics studies of both unimolecular and bimolecular reactions using the H-atom Rydberg tagging TOF technique were presented. From the H2O photodissociation at 157 nm, a direction dissociation example is provided, while photodissociation of H2O at 121.6 has provided an excellent dynamical case of complicated, yet direct dissociation process through conical intersections. The studies of the O(1D) + H2 → OH + H reaction has also been reviewed here. A prototype example of state-to-state dynamics of pure insertion chemical reaction is provided. Effect of the reagent rotational excitation and the isotope effect on the dynamics of this reaction have also been investigated. The detailed mechanism for abstraction channel in this reaction has also been closely studied. The experimental investigations of the simplest chemical reaction, the H3 system, have also been described here. Through extensive collaborations between theory and experiment, the mechanism for forward scattering product at high collision energies for the H + HD reaction was clarified, which is attributed to a slow down mechanism on the top of a quantized barrier transition state. Oscillations in the product quantum state resolved different cross sections have also been observed in the H + D2 reaction, and were attributed to the interference of adiabatic transition state pathways from detailed theoretical analysis. The results reviewed here clearly show the significant advances we have made in the studies of the state-to-state molecular reaction dynamics.

  4. Storage and control of optical photons using Rydberg polaritons.

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    Maxwell, D; Szwer, D J; Paredes-Barato, D; Busche, H; Pritchard, J D; Gauguet, A; Weatherill, K J; Jones, M P A; Adams, C S

    2013-03-08

    We use a microwave field to control the quantum state of optical photons stored in a cold atomic cloud. The photons are stored in highly excited collective states (Rydberg polaritons) enabling both fast qubit rotations and control of photon-photon interactions. Through the collective read-out of these pseudospin rotations it is shown that the microwave field modifies the long-range interactions between polaritons. This technique provides a powerful interface between the microwave and optical domains, with applications in quantum simulations of spin liquids, quantum metrology and quantum networks.

  5. The kicked Rydberg atom: Regular and stochastic motion

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    Burgdoerfer, J.

    1988-01-01

    We have investigated the dynamics of a three-dimensional classical Rydberg atom driven by a sequence of pulses. Both the deterministic system with periodic pulses and the closely related ''noisy'' system with random pulses have been studied in parallel. The Lyapunov exponent is calculated as a function of pulse height and the angular momentum of the initial state. We find differences between noisy and deterministic perturbations to be most pronounced for small pulse heights. Low angular momentum orbits show enhanced diffusion in agreement with recent experimental data for ion-solid interaction. 22 refs., 6 figs.

  6. High-Rydberg Xenon Submillimeter-Wave Detector

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    Chutjian, Ara

    1987-01-01

    Proposed detector for infrared and submillimeter-wavelength radiation uses excited xenon atoms as Rydberg sensors instead of customary beams of sodium, potassium, or cesium. Chemically inert xenon easily stored in pressurized containers, whereas beams of dangerously reactive alkali metals must be generated in cumbersome, unreliable ovens. Xenon-based detector potential for infrared astronomy and for Earth-orbiter detection of terrestrial radiation sources. Xenon atoms excited to high energy states in two stages. Doubly excited atoms sensitive to photons in submillimeter wavelength range, further excited by these photons, then ionized and counted.

  7. Optimal control for Rydberg quantum technology building blocks

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    Müller, Matthias M.; Pichler, Thomas; Montangero, Simone; Calarco, Tommaso

    2016-04-01

    We consider a platform for quantum technology based on Rydberg atoms in optical lattices where each atom encodes one qubit of information and external lasers can manipulate their state. We demonstrate how optimal control theory enables the functioning of two specific building blocks on this platform: We engineer an optimal protocol to perform a two-qubit phase gate and to transfer the information within the lattice among specific sites. These two elementary operations allow to design very general operations like storage of atoms and entanglement purification as, for example, needed for quantum repeaters.

  8. Self-excitation of Rydberg atoms at a metal surface

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    Bordo, V. G.

    2017-08-01

    The novel effect of self-excitation of an atomic beam propagating above a metal surface is predicted and a theory is developed. Its underlying mechanism is positive feedback provided by the reflective surface for the atomic polarization. Under certain conditions the atomic beam flying in the near field of the metal surface acts as an active device that supports sustained atomic dipole oscillations, which generate, in their turn, an electromagnetic field. This phenomenon does not exploit stimulated emission and therefore does not require population inversion in atoms. An experiment with Rydberg atoms in which this effect should be most pronounced is proposed and the necessary estimates are given.

  9. Nondestructive detection of polar molecules via Rydberg atoms

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    Zeppenfeld, M.

    2017-04-01

    A highly sensitive, general, and preferably nondestructive technique to detect polar molecules would greatly advance a number of fields, in particular quantum science with cold and ultracold molecules. Here, we propose using resonant energy transfer between molecules and Rydberg atoms to detect molecules. Based on an energy transfer cross-section of > 10-6 cm2 for sufficiently low collision energies, a near unit efficiency non-destructive detection of basically any polar molecule species in a well-defined internal state should be possible.

  10. General theory for Rydberg states of atoms: The nonrelativistic case

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    Wang, Xiao-Feng; Yan, Zong-Chao

    2017-02-01

    We carry out a complete derivation on nonrelativistic energies of atomic Rydberg states, including finite nuclear mass corrections. Several missing terms are found and a discrepancy is confirmed in the works of Drachman [in Long Range Casimir Forces: Theory and Recent Experiments on Atomic Systems, edited by F. S. Levin and D. A. Micha (Plenum, New York, 1993)] and Drake [Adv. At., Mol., Opt. Phys. 31, 1 (1993)]., 10.1016/S1049-250X(08)60087-7 As a benchmark, we present a detailed tabulation of different energy levels.

  11. Relativistic, retardation, and radiative corrections in Rydberg states of lithium

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    Bhatia, A. K.; Drachman, Richard J.

    1997-03-01

    We have used third-order perturbation theory to calculate the effect of the Breit-Pauli relativistic interaction on the dipole polarizability of Li+ ions of order α2 . Results are in good agreement with the value obtained by Johnson and Cheng [Phys. Rev. A 53, 1375 (1996)]. In addition, the retardation (Casimir) corrections to singly excited (1s2 NL) states of neutral lithium have been computed. When both of these corrections are added to the previously calculated Rydberg state energies, 1σ agreement is found with experiment [N. E. Rothery et al., Phys. Rev. A 51, 2919 (1995)]. Addition of radiative (Lamb-shift) corrections produces essentially exact agreement.

  12. Fast Rydberg antiblockade regime and its applications in quantum logic gates

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    Su, Shi-Lei; Gao, Ya; Liang, Erjun; Zhang, Shou

    2017-02-01

    Unlike the Rydberg blockade regime, the Rydberg antiblockade regime (RABR) allows more than one Rydberg atom to be excited, which can bring other interesting phenomena and applications. We propose an alternative scheme to quickly achieve the RABR. The proposed RABR can be implemented by adjusting the detuning of the classical driving field, which is, in turn, based on the former numbers of the excited Rydberg atoms. In contrast to the former schemes, the current one enables more than two atoms to be excited to Rydberg states in a short period of time and thus is useful for large-scale quantum information processing. The proposed RABR can be used to construct two- and multiqubit quantum logic gates. In addition, a Rydberg excitation superatom, which can decrease the blockade error and enlarge the blockade radius for Rydberg blockade-based schemes, is constructed based on the suggested RABR and used to realize a more robust quantum logic gate. The mechanical effect and the ionization are discussed, and the performance is investigated using the master-equation method. Finally, other possible applications of the present RABR are also given.

  13. Hydrogenic Rydberg States of Molecular van der Waals Complexes: Resolved Rydberg Spectroscopy of DABCO-N2

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    Cockett, Martin C.; Watkins, Mark J.

    2004-01-01

    The complementary threshold ionization techniques of MATI and ZEKE spectroscopy have been used to reveal well-resolved, long-lived (>10 μs) hydrogenic Rydberg series (50≤n≤98) in a van der Waals complex formed between a polyatomic molecule and a diatomic molecule for the first time. The series are observed within 50 cm-1 of the adiabatic ionization threshold as well as two core-excited thresholds corresponding to excitation of up to two quanta in the van der Waals vibra­tional mode.

  14. Far infrared stimulated emission from the ns and nf Rydberg states of NO

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    Furukawa, Hiroki; Araki, Mitsunori; Umeki, Hiroya; Tsukiyama, Koichi

    2013-06-28

    We report directional far-infrared emission from the {upsilon}= 0 vibrational levels of the 9s{sigma}, 10s{sigma}, 11s{sigma}, 9f, and 10f Rydberg states of NO in the gas phase. The emission around 28 and 19 {mu}m from the 9f state was identified as the downward 9f{yields} 8g and subsequent 8g{yields} 7f cascade transitions, respectively. The emission around 38 and 40 {mu}m from the 10f state was identified as the 10f{yields} 9g and 10f{yields} 9d{sigma}{pi} transition, respectively. Following the excitation of the 9s{sigma}, 10s{sigma}, and 11s{sigma} states, the emission around 40, 60, and 83 {mu}m was assigned as the 9s{sigma}{yields} 8p{sigma}, 10s{sigma}{yields} 9p{sigma}, and 11s{sigma}{yields} 10p{sigma} transitions, respectively. In addition to these emission systems originated from the laser-prepared levels, we found the emission bands from the 8f, 9f, and 10f states which are located energetically above the 9s{sigma}, 10s{sigma}, and 11s{sigma} states, respectively. This observation suggests that the upward 8f Leftwards-Arrow 9s{sigma}, 9f Leftwards-Arrow 10s{sigma}, and 10f Leftwards-Arrow 11s{sigma} optical excitation occurs. Since the energy differences between nf and (n+ 1)s{sigma} states correspond to the wavelength longer than 100 {mu}m, the absorption of blackbody radiation is supposed to be essential for these upward transitions.

  15. Velocity selection of Rydberg positronium using a curved electrostatic guide

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

    2017-05-01

    We report experiments in which a slow Rydberg positronium (Ps) beam was produced by velocity selection using a curved electrostatic quadrupole guide. Ps atoms in Rydberg-Stark states with principal quantum number n =14 were prepared by a two-color optical excitation process in a uniform electric field. Low-field-seeking Stark states were produced at the entrance of a 0.6-m-long quadrupole guide that includes a 45∘ bend, and were detected at the end of the guide via their annihilation γ radiation. The mean speed (kinetic energy) of atoms entering the guide was estimated to be ≈180 km s-1 (185 meV), whereas the mean longitudinal speed of guided atoms was measured via time of flight and found to be ≈90 km s-1, equivalent to a kinetic energy of 45 meV. The measured transport data are in broad agreement with Monte Carlo simulations, which are also used to establish the efficacy with which the arrangement we describe could be used to perform Ps-atom scattering measurements.

  16. Entropic properties of D-dimensional Rydberg systems

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    Toranzo, I. V.; Puertas-Centeno, D.; Dehesa, J. S.

    2016-11-01

    The fundamental information-theoretic measures (the Rényi Rp [ ρ ] and Tsallis Tp [ ρ ] entropies, p > 0) of the highly-excited (Rydberg) quantum states of the D-dimensional (D > 1) hydrogenic systems, which include the Shannon entropy (p → 1) and the disequilibrium (p = 2), are analytically determined by use of the strong asymptotics of the Laguerre orthogonal polynomials which control the wavefunctions of these states. We first realize that these quantities are derived from the entropic moments of the quantum-mechanical probability ρ(r →) densities associated to the Rydberg hydrogenic wavefunctions Ψ n , l , { μ }(r →) , which are closely connected to the Lp-norms of the associated Laguerre polynomials. Then, we determine the (n → ∞)-asymptotics of these norms in terms of the basic parameters of our system (the dimensionality D, the nuclear charge and the hyperquantum numbers (n , l , { μ }) of the state) by use of recent techniques of approximation theory. Finally, these three entropic quantities are analytically and numerically discussed in terms of the basic parameters of the system for various particular states.

  17. Dipole-dipole interaction between rubidium Rydberg atoms

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    Altiere, Emily; Fahey, Donald P.; Noel, Michael W.; Smith, Rachel J.; Carroll, Thomas J.

    2011-11-15

    Ultracold Rydberg atoms in a static electric field can exchange energy via the dipole-dipole interaction. The Stark effect shifts the energy levels of the atoms which tunes the energy exchange into resonance at specific values of the electric field (Foerster resonances). We excite rubidium atoms to Rydberg states by focusing either a 480 nm beam from a tunable dye laser or a pair of diode lasers into a magneto-optical trap. The trap lies at the center of a configuration of electrodes. We scan the electric field by controlling the voltage on the electrodes while measuring the fraction of atoms that interact. Dipole-dipole interaction spectra are presented for initially excited rubidium nd states for n=31 to 46 and for four different pairs of initially excited rubidium ns states. We also present the dipole-dipole interaction spectra for individual rubidium 32d (j, m{sub j}) fine structure levels that have been selectively excited. The data are compared to calculated spectra.

  18. Robust quantum logic in neutral atoms via adiabatic Rydberg dressing

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    Keating, Tyler; Cook, Robert L.; Hankin, Aaron M.; Jau, Yuan -Yu; Biedermann, Grant W.; Deutsch, Ivan H.

    2015-01-28

    We study a scheme for implementing a controlled-Z (CZ) gate between two neutral-atom qubits based on the Rydberg blockade mechanism in a manner that is robust to errors caused by atomic motion. By employing adiabatic dressing of the ground electronic state, we can protect the gate from decoherence due to random phase errors that typically arise because of atomic thermal motion. In addition, the adiabatic protocol allows for a Doppler-free configuration that involves counterpropagating lasers in a σ+- orthogonal polarization geometry that further reduces motional errors due to Doppler shifts. The residual motional error is dominated by dipole-dipole forces acting on doubly-excited Rydberg atoms when the blockade is imperfect. As a result, for reasonable parameters, with qubits encoded into the clock states of 133Cs, we predict that our protocol could produce a CZ gate in < 10 μs with error probability on the order of 10-3.

  19. Resonance dispersion interaction of alkali metal atoms in Rydberg states

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    Kamenski, A. A.; Mokhnenko, S. N.; Ovsyannikov, V. D.

    2017-06-01

    With the use of second-order perturbation theory in the long-range interatomic interaction for the degenerate states of two Rydberg atoms we have obtained a general formula for the dependence of atomic interaction energy on the interatomic distance R in the presence of the Förster resonance. Inside of the ‘Förster sphere’ (R < RF) this dependence transforms to the formula for electric dipole interaction energy ΔEd - d = C3/R3 and for R > RF it transforms to the formula for the van der Waals interaction energy ΔEVdW = -C6/R6. The van der Waals constant C6 is represented as an expansion in terms of irreducible components which define the dependence on the interatomic axis orientation relative to the quantisation axis of projections M of the total angular momentum J. The numerical values of the irreducible components of tensor C6 were calculated for rubidium atoms in the same Rydberg states |nlJM> with large quantum numbers n. We present the calculated resonance interaction energy of two rubidium atoms in the states |43D5/2M>, whose total energy exceeds by only 8 MHz the total energy of one of the atoms in the state |45P3/2M> and of the other in the state |41F7/2M>.

  20. Controlled long-range interactions between Rydberg atoms and ions

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    Secker, T.; Gerritsma, R.; Glaetzle, A. W.; Negretti, A.

    2016-07-01

    We theoretically investigate trapped ions interacting with atoms that are coupled to Rydberg states. The strong polarizabilities of the Rydberg levels increase the interaction strength between atoms and ions by many orders of magnitude, as compared to the case of ground-state atoms, and may be mediated over micrometers. We calculate that such interactions can be used to generate entanglement between an atom and the motion or internal state of an ion. Furthermore, the ion could be used as a bus for mediating spin-spin interactions between atomic spins in analogy to much employed techniques in ion-trap quantum simulation. The proposed scheme comes with attractive features as it maps the benefits of the trapped-ion quantum system onto the atomic one without obviously impeding its intrinsic scalability. No ground-state cooling of the ion or atom is required and the setup allows for full dynamical control. Moreover, the scheme is to a large extent immune to the micromotion of the ion. Our findings are of interest for developing hybrid quantum information platforms and for implementing quantum simulations of solid-state physics.

  1. Fractal dynamics in the ionization of helium Rydberg atoms

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    Xu, Xiulan; Zhang, Yanhui; Cai, Xiangji; Zhao, Guopeng; Kang, Lisha

    2016-11-01

    We study the ionization of helium Rydberg atoms in an electric field above the classical ionization threshold within the semiclassical theory. By introducing a fractal approach to describe the chaotic dynamical behavior of the ionization, we identify the fractal self-similarity structure of the escape time versus the distribution of the initial launch angles of electrons, and find that the self-similarity region shifts toward larger initial launch angles with a decrease in the scaled energy. We connect the fractal structure of the escape time plot to the escape dynamics of ionized electrons. Of particular note is that the fractal dimensions are sensitively controlled by the scaled energy and magnetic field, and exhibit excellent agreement with the chaotic extent of the ionization systems for both helium and hydrogen Rydberg atoms. It is shown that, besides the electric and magnetic fields, core scattering is a primary factor in the fractal dynamics. Project supported by the Natural Science Foundation of Shandong Province, China (Grant No. ZR2014AM030).

  2. Robust quantum logic in neutral atoms via adiabatic Rydberg dressing

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    Keating, Tyler; Cook, Robert L.; Hankin, Aaron M.; ...

    2015-01-28

    We study a scheme for implementing a controlled-Z (CZ) gate between two neutral-atom qubits based on the Rydberg blockade mechanism in a manner that is robust to errors caused by atomic motion. By employing adiabatic dressing of the ground electronic state, we can protect the gate from decoherence due to random phase errors that typically arise because of atomic thermal motion. In addition, the adiabatic protocol allows for a Doppler-free configuration that involves counterpropagating lasers in a σ+/σ- orthogonal polarization geometry that further reduces motional errors due to Doppler shifts. The residual motional error is dominated by dipole-dipole forces actingmore » on doubly-excited Rydberg atoms when the blockade is imperfect. As a result, for reasonable parameters, with qubits encoded into the clock states of 133Cs, we predict that our protocol could produce a CZ gate in < 10 μs with error probability on the order of 10-3.« less

  3. Electrical readout for coherent phenomena involving Rydberg atoms in thermal vapor cells.

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    Barredo, D; Kübler, H; Daschner, R; Löw, R; Pfau, T

    2013-03-22

    We present a very sensitive and scalable method to measure the population of highly excited Rydberg states in a thermal vapor cell of rubidium atoms. We detect the Rydberg ionization current in a 5 mm electrically contacted cell. The measured current is found to be in qualitatively good agreement with a theory for the Rydberg population based on a master equation for the three-level problem, including an ionization channel and the full Doppler distributions at the corresponding temperatures. The signal-to-noise ratio of the current detection is substantially better than that of purely optical techniques.

  4. Microwaves Probe Dipole Blockade and van der Waals Forces in a Cold Rydberg Gas

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    Teixeira, R. Celistrino; Hermann-Avigliano, C.; Nguyen, T. L.; Cantat-Moltrecht, T.; Raimond, J. M.; Haroche, S.; Gleyzes, S.; Brune, M.

    2015-07-01

    We show that microwave spectroscopy of a dense Rydberg gas trapped on a superconducting atom chip in the dipole blockade regime reveals directly the dipole-dipole many-body interaction energy spectrum. We use this method to investigate the expansion of the Rydberg cloud under the effect of repulsive van der Waals forces and the breakdown of the frozen gas approximation. This study opens a promising route for quantum simulation of many-body systems and quantum information transport in chains of strongly interacting Rydberg atoms.

  5. Frequency control of tunable lasers using a frequency-calibrated λ-meter in an experiment on preparation of Rydberg atoms in a magneto-optical trap

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    Saakyan, S A; Vilshanskaya, E V; Zelener, B B; Zelener, B V; Sautenkov, V A; Vasiliev, V V

    2015-09-30

    A new technique is proposed and applied to study the frequency drift of an external-cavity semiconductor laser, locked to the transmission resonances of a thermally stabilised Fabry–Perot interferometer. The interferometer frequency drift is measured to be less than 2 MHz h{sup -1}. The laser frequency is measured using an Angstrom wavemeter, calibrated using an additional stabilised laser. It is shown that this system of laser frequency control can be used to identify Rydberg transitions in ultracold {sup 7}Li atoms. (control of laser radiation parameters)

  6. Core-to-Rydberg band shift and broadening of hydrogen bonded ammonia clusters studied with nitrogen K-edge excitation spectroscopy

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    Yamanaka, Takeshi; Takahashi, Osamu; Tabayashi, Kiyohiko; Namatame, Hirofumi; Taniguchi, Masaki; Tanaka, Kenichiro

    2012-01-07

    Nitrogen 1s (N ls) core-to-Rydberg excitation spectra of hydrogen-bonded clusters of ammonia (AM) have been studied in the small cluster regime of beam conditions with time-of-flight (TOF) fragment-mass spectroscopy. By monitoring partial-ion-yield spectra of cluster-origin products, ''cluster'' specific excitation spectra could be recorded. Comparison of the ''cluster'' band with ''monomer'' band revealed that the first resonance bands of clusters corresponding to N 1s{yields} 3sa{sub 1}/3pe of AM monomer are considerably broadened. The changes of the experimental core-to-Rydberg transitions {Delta}FWHM (N 1s{yields} 3sa{sub 1}/3pe) ={approx}0.20/{approx}0.50 eV compare well with the x ray absorption spectra of the clusters generated by using density functional theory (DFT) calculation. The broadening of the core-to-Rydberg bands in small clusters is interpreted as being primarily due to the splitting of non-equivalent core-hole N 1s states caused by both electrostatic core-hole and hydrogen-bonding (H{sub 3}N{center_dot}{center_dot}{center_dot}H-NH{sub 2}) interactions upon dimerization. Under Cs dimer configuration, core-electron binding energy of H-N (H-donor) is significantly decreased by the intermolecular core-hole interaction and causes notable redshifts of core-excitation energies, whereas that of lone-pair nitrogen (H-acceptor) is slightly increased and results in appreciable blueshifts in the core-excitation bands. The result of the hydrogen-bonding interaction strongly appears in the n-{sigma}* orbital correlation, destabilizing H-N donor Rydberg states in the direction opposite to the core-hole interaction, when excited N atom with H-N donor configuration strongly possesses the Rydberg component of anti-bonding {sigma}* (N-H) character. Contributions of other cyclic H-bonded clusters (AM){sub n} with n{>=} 3 to the spectral changes of the N 1s{yields} 3sa{sub 1}/3pe bands are also examined.

  7. Ultralong-Range Rb-KRb Rydberg Molecules: Selected Aspects of Electronic Structure, Orientation and Alignment

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    Aguilera-Fernández, Javier; Sadeghpour, H. R.; Schmelcher, Peter; González-Férez, Rosario

    2015-09-01

    We investigate the structure and features of an ultralong-range triatomic Rydberg molecule formed by a Rb Rydberg atom and a KRb diatomic molecule. In our numerical description, we perform a realistic treatment of the internal rotational motion of the diatomic molecule, and take into account the Rb(n, l ≥ 3) Rydberg degenerate manifold and the energetically closest neighboring levels with principal quantum numbers n' > n and orbital quantum number l ≤ 2. We focus here on the adiabatic electronic potentials evolving from the Rb(n,l ≥ 3) and Rb(n = 26, l = 2) manifolds. The directional properties of the KRb diatomic molecule within the Rb-KRb triatomic Rydberg molecule are also analyzed in detail.

  8. Accessing Rydberg-dressed interactions using many-body Ramsey dynamics

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    Mukherjee, Rick; Killian, Thomas C.; Hazzard, Kaden R. A.

    2016-11-01

    We demonstrate that Ramsey spectroscopy can be used to observe Rydberg-dressed interactions in a many-body system well within experimentally measured lifetimes, in contrast to previous research, which either focused on interactions near Förster resonances or on few-atom systems. We build a spin-1/2 from one level that is Rydberg-dressed and another that is not. These levels may be hyperfine or long-lived electronic states. An Ising spin model governs the Ramsey dynamics, which we demonstrate can be used to characterize the Rydberg-dressed interactions. Furthermore, the dynamics can differ significantly from that observed in other spin systems. As one example, spin echo can increase the rate at which coherence decays. The results also apply to bare (undressed) Rydberg states as a special case, for which we quantitatively reproduce recent ultrafast experiments without fitting.

  9. Probing interactions of thermal Sr Rydberg atoms using simultaneous optical and ion detection

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    Hanley, Ryan K.; Bounds, Alistair D.; Huillery, Paul; Keegan, Niamh C.; Faoro, Riccardo; Bridge, Elizabeth M.; Weatherill, Kevin J.; Jones, Matthew P. A.

    2017-06-01

    We demonstrate a method for probing interaction effects in a thermal beam of strontium atoms using simultaneous measurements of Rydberg EIT and spontaneously created ions or electrons. We present a Doppler-averaged optical Bloch equation model that reproduces the optical signals and allows us to connect the optical coherences and the populations. We use this to determine that the spontaneous ionization process in our system occurs due to collisions between Rydberg and ground state atoms in the EIT regime. We measure the cross section of this process to be 0.6+/- 0.2 {σ }{geo}, where {σ }{geo} is the geometrical cross section of the Rydberg atom. This result adds complementary insight to a range of recent studies of interacting thermal Rydberg ensembles.

  10. Back and Forth Transfer and Coherent Coupling in a Cold Rydberg Dipole Gas

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    Mudrich, Marcel; Zahzam, Nassim; Vogt, Thibault; Comparat, Daniel; Pillet, Pierre

    2005-12-02

    Coupling by the resonant dipole-dipole energy transfer between cold cesium Rydberg atoms is investigated using time-resolved narrow-band deexcitation spectroscopy. This technique combines the advantage of efficient Rydberg excitation with high-resolution spectroscopy at variable interaction times. Dipole-dipole interaction is observed spectroscopically as avoided level crossing. The coherent character of the process is linked to back and forth transfer in the np+np {r_reversible} ns+(n+1)s reaction. Decoherence in the ensemble has two different origins: the atom motion induced by dipole-dipole interaction and the migration of the s-Rydberg excitation in the environment of p-Rydberg atoms.

  11. Quantum controlled-phase-flip gate between a flying optical photon and a Rydberg atomic ensemble

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    Hao, Y. M.; Lin, G. W.; Xia, Keyu; Lin, X. M.; Niu, Y. P.; Gong, S. Q.

    2015-01-01

    Quantum controlled-phase-flip (CPF) gate between a flying photon qubit and a stationary atomic qubit could allow the linking of distant computational nodes in a quantum network. Here we present a scheme to realize quantum CPF gate between a flying optical photon and an atomic ensemble based on cavity input-output process and Rydberg blockade. When a flying single-photon pulse is reflected off the cavity containing a Rydberg atomic ensemble, the dark resonance and Rydberg blockade induce a conditional phase shift for the photon pulse, thus we can achieve the CPF gate between the photon and the atomic ensemble. Assisted by Rydberg blockade interaction, our scheme works in the N-atoms strong-coupling regime and significantly relaxes the requirement of strong coupling of single atom to photon in the optical cavity. PMID:25966448

  12. Controlling correlations in the Rydberg-dressing six-wave mixing process

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    Zhang, Zhaoyang; Ma, Danmeng; Liu, Junfeng; Ahmed, Irfan; Tian, Hao; Che, Junling; Tang, Haijun; Raza, Faizan; Zhang, Yanpeng

    2017-01-01

    We report the experimental observation of intensity noise correlation between six-wave mixing (SWM), fluorescence and probe transmission signal in a coherently prepared Rydberg atomic ensemble. With the assistance of the electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) technique, the Rydberg SWM is generated with high efficiency. Then the correlation between the probe transmission and SWM, the anti-correlation between the probe and fluorescence, and the anti-correlation between SWM and fluorescence occur, with these being caused by the enhanced dispersion and nonlinearity in the Rydberg-EIT medium. Such intensity correlation can be effectively controlled by the strong Rydberg-dressing effect. This investigation can potentially contribute to the further study of multi-field quantum correlations and anti-correlations via atomic spin coherence.

  13. Radio-frequency Electrometry Using Rydberg Atoms in Vapor Cells: Towards the Shot Noise Limit

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    Kumar, Santosh; Fan, Haoquan; Jahangiri, Akbar; Kuebler, Harald; Shaffer, James P.; 5. Physikalisches Institut, Universitat Stuttgart, Germany Collaboration

    2016-05-01

    Rydberg atoms are a promising candidate for radio frequency (RF) electric field sensing. Our method uses electromagnetically induced transparency with Rydberg atoms in vapor cells to read out the effect that the RF electric field has on the Rydberg atoms. The method has the potential for high sensitivity (pV cm-1 Hz- 1 / 2) and can be self-calibrated. Some of the main factors limiting the sensitivity of RF electric field sensing from reaching the shot noise limit are the residual Doppler effect and the sensitivity of the optical read-out using the probe laser. We present progress on overcoming the residual Doppler effect by using a new multi-photon scheme and reaching the shot noise detection limit using frequency modulated spectroscopy. Our experiments also show promise for studying quantum optical effects such as superradiance in vapor cells using Rydberg atoms. This work is supported by DARPA, ARO, and NRO.

  14. Two-dimensional crystals of Rydberg excitations in a resonantly driven lattice gas

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    Petrosyan, David

    2013-10-01

    The competition between resonant optical excitation of Rydberg states of atoms and their strong, long-range van der Waals interaction results in spatial ordering of Rydberg excitations in a two-dimensional lattice gas, as observed in a recent experiment of Schauß [Nature (London)NATUAS0028-083610.1038/nature11596 491, 87 (2012)]. Here we use semiclassical Monte Carlo simulations to obtain stationary states for hundreds of atoms in finite-size lattices. We show the formation of regular spatial structures of Rydberg excitations in a system of increasing size, and find highly sub-Poissonian distribution of the number of Rydberg excitations characterized by a large negative value of the Mandel Q parameter which is nearly independent of the system size.

  15. Investigation of Rydberg states of nitrogen dioxide with high-power laser

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    Zhang, GuiYin; Zhang, Lianshui; Han, Xiaofeng; Sun, Bo

    2005-01-01

    A survey of the Rydberg states of NO2 accessed in optical-optical two-color double-resonant (OODR) manner by the technique of multi-photon ionization (MPI) spectroscopy is presented. The pump laser is the double-frequency output of a Nd:YAG laser. While the probe laser is an optical parameter generator and optical parameter amplifier (OPG/OPA) pumped by the triple-frequency output 355nm of the former. The OODR-MPI spectrum of NO2 is obtained by scanning the probe laser in the range of 465-535nm under the condition that the pump laser is unfocused and the probe laser is focused on the center of the pump laser beam. The ionization peaks could be attributed to E2∑u<--A2B2<--X2A1(1+2) resonant transitions. This means that NO2 molecule is excited to the appropriate level of the first excited A2B2 state by absorbing one pump laser (ω1) photon. Then from the first excited state it should take three probe photons (ω2) and via final resonant E2∑u state for the ionization. The bending vibration frequency of NO2 E2∑u state obtained from above ionization spectrum is (608.6+/-2.2)cm-1. It is consistent with the literature.

  16. Exciton Rydberg series in mono- and few-layer WS2

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    Chernikov, Alexey; Berkelbach, Timothy C.; Hill, Heather M.; Rigosi, Albert; Li, Yilei; Aslan, Özgur B.; Hybertsen, Mark S.; Reichman, David R.; Heinz, Tony F.

    2014-03-01

    Considered a long-awaited semiconducting analogue to graphene, the family of atomically thin transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) attracted intense interest in the scientific community due to their remarkable physical properties resulting from the reduced dimensionality. A fundamental manifestation of the two-dimensional nature is a strong increase in the Coulomb interaction. The resulting formation of tightly bound excitons plays a crucial role for a majority of optical and transport phenomena. In our work, we investigate the excitons in atomically thin TMDs by optical micro-spectroscopy and apply a microscopic, ab-initio theoretical approach. We observe a full sequence of excited exciton states, i.e., the Rydberg series, in the monolayer WS2, identifying tightly bound excitons with energies exceeding 0.3 eV - almost an order of magnitude higher than in the corresponding, three-dimensional crystal. We also find significant deviations of the excitonic properties from the conventional hydrogenic physics - a direct evidence of a non-uniform dielectric environment. Finally, an excellent quantitative agreement is obtained between the experimental findings and the developed theoretical approach.

  17. Ultrafast terahertz snapshots of excitonic Rydberg states and electronic coherence in an organometal halide perovskite

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    Luo, Liang; Men, Long; Liu, Zhaoyu; ...

    2017-06-01

    How photoexcitations evolve into Coulomb-bound electron and hole pairs, called excitons, and unbound charge carriers is a key cross-cutting issue in photovoltaics and optoelectronics. Until now, the initial quantum dynamics following photoexcitation remains elusive in the hybrid perovskite system. Furthermore we reveal excitonic Rydberg states with distinct formation pathways by observing the multiple resonant, internal quantum transitions using ultrafast terahertz quasi-particle transport. Nonequilibrium emergent states evolve with a complex co-existence of excitons, carriers and phonons, where a delayed buildup of excitons under on- and off-resonant pumping conditions allows us to distinguish between the loss of electronic coherence and hot statemore » cooling processes. The nearly ~1 ps dephasing time, efficient electron scattering with discrete terahertz phonons and intermediate binding energy of ~13.5 meV in perovskites are distinct from conventional photovoltaic semiconductors. In addition to providing implications for coherent energy conversion, these are potentially relevant to the development of light-harvesting and electron-transport devices.« less

  18. Experimental progress towards a Rydberg atom-photon-superconductor quantum interface

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    Isaacs, J. A.; Pritchard, J. D.; Xia, T.; Beck, M. A.; McDermott, R.; Saffman, M.

    2015-05-01

    Hybrid quantum computation exploits the individual strengths of various quantum technologies, enabling realization of a scalable quantum device capable of both fast gates and long coherence times. Our method combines the long coherence times of neutral atoms with the fast gates of superconducting qubits. We discuss experimental progress towards single atom trapping close to a superconducting resonator, including optimization of the resonator to maximize the quality factor and coupling strength for preliminary experiments performed at 4 K. We use a new resonator design, incorporating 3D micro fabricated structures, that allows for strong electric field coupling to an atom trapped ~ 50 μ m above the resonator. Our scheme uses 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 significantly reduces the Doppler mismatch compared to previous two-photon excitation schemes to enable high fidelity operations. First spectroscopy and Rabi oscillation results will be shown. Work supported by NSF award PHY-1212448.

  19. Superconducting resonator and Rydberg atom hybrid system in the strong coupling regime

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    Yu, Deshui; Landra, Alessandro; Valado, María Martínez; Hufnagel, Christoph; Kwek, Leong Chuan; Amico, Luigi; Dumke, Rainer

    2016-12-01

    We propose a promising hybrid quantum system, where a highly excited atom strongly interacts with a superconducting L C oscillator via the electric field of capacitor. An external electrostatic field is applied to tune the energy spectrum of the atom. The atomic qubit is implemented by two eigenstates near an avoided-level crossing in the dc Stark map of a Rydberg atom. Varying the electrostatic field brings the atomic-qubit transition on or off resonance with respect to the microwave resonator, leading to a strong atom-resonator coupling with an extremely large cooperativity. Like the nonlinearity induced by Josephson junctions in superconducting circuits, the large atom-resonator interface disturbs the harmonic potential of the resonator, resulting in an artificial two-level particle. Different universal two-qubit logic gates can also be performed on our hybrid system within the space where an atomic qubit couples to a single photon with an interaction strength much larger than any relaxation rates, opening the door to the cavity-mediated state transmission.

  20. Ultrafast terahertz snapshots of excitonic Rydberg states and electronic coherence in an organometal halide perovskite

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    Luo, Liang; Men, Long; Liu, Zhaoyu; Mudryk, Yaroslav; Zhao, Xin; Yao, Yongxin; Park, Joong M.; Shinar, Ruth; Shinar, Joseph; Ho, Kai-Ming; Perakis, Ilias E.; Vela, Javier; Wang, Jigang

    2017-06-01

    How photoexcitations evolve into Coulomb-bound electron and hole pairs, called excitons, and unbound charge carriers is a key cross-cutting issue in photovoltaics and optoelectronics. Until now, the initial quantum dynamics following photoexcitation remains elusive in the hybrid perovskite system. Here we reveal excitonic Rydberg states with distinct formation pathways by observing the multiple resonant, internal quantum transitions using ultrafast terahertz quasi-particle transport. Nonequilibrium emergent states evolve with a complex co-existence of excitons, carriers and phonons, where a delayed buildup of excitons under on- and off-resonant pumping conditions allows us to distinguish between the loss of electronic coherence and hot state cooling processes. The nearly ~1 ps dephasing time, efficient electron scattering with discrete terahertz phonons and intermediate binding energy of ~13.5 meV in perovskites are distinct from conventional photovoltaic semiconductors. In addition to providing implications for coherent energy conversion, these are potentially relevant to the development of light-harvesting and electron-transport devices.

  1. Measurements of quantum defect in Rydberg D-states for lithium atoms

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    Murashkin, D. A.; Saakyan, S. A.; Sautenkov, V. A.; Zelener, B. B.

    2016-11-01

    We have developed an effective spectroscopic method for measure the energy spectra of highly excited ultracold atoms using the registration of resonance fluorescence of atoms in magneto-optical trap during two-step cw excitation of Rydberg states by uv laser. Using this method it was obtained the value of the quantum defect was determined for Rydberg states nD of lithium-7 atoms δ = 0.00192(17).

  2. Rubidium Atoms on Helium Droplets: Analysis of AN Exotic Rydberg Complex

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    Lackner, Florian; Krois, Günter; Koch, Markus; Ernst, Wolfgang E.

    2012-06-01

    Rubidium atoms on the surface of superfluid helium droplets have been excited into Rydberg states. The excitation spectrum of the Rb-He_N system has been recorded from the 5^2D state manifold up to the ionization threshold by resonant three-photon-ionization time-of-flight spectroscopy. The observation of droplet size dependent shifts of excited states with respect to bare atom states is explained by a decreased quantum defect and a lowered ionization threshold. Within the scope of a Rydberg model we demonstrate that quantum defects and ionization thresholds are constant for each specific Rydberg series, which confirms the Rydberg character of excited Rubidium states on helium droplets. A set of six Rydberg series could be identified. Individual Rydberg states are observed with effective principle quantum numbers up to n* ≈ 19 and l ≤ 3, for which the expectation value of the electron orbital radius is about ten times larger than the droplet radius. M. Theisen, F. Lackner, G. Krois, and W.E. Ernst, J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2, 2778-2782 (2011) F. Lackner, G. Krois, M. Theisen, M. Koch, and W.E. Ernst, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 13, 18781-18788 (2011) J.E. Murphy, J.M. Berg, A.J. Merer, N.A. Harris, and R.W. Field, Phys. Rev. Lett. 65, 1861 (1990)

  3. Self-interaction corrected density functional calculations of molecular Rydberg states

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    Gudmundsdóttir, Hildur; Zhang, Yao; Weber, Peter M.; Jónsson, Hannes

    2013-11-21

    A method is presented for calculating the wave function and energy of Rydberg excited states of molecules. A good estimate of the Rydberg state orbital is obtained using ground state density functional theory including Perdew-Zunger self-interaction correction and an optimized effective potential. The total energy of the excited molecule is obtained using the Delta Self-Consistent Field method where an electron is removed from the highest occupied orbital and placed in the Rydberg orbital. Results are presented for the first few Rydberg states of NH{sub 3}, H{sub 2}O, H{sub 2}CO, C{sub 2}H{sub 4}, and N(CH{sub 3}){sub 3}. The mean absolute error in the energy of the 33 molecular Rydberg states presented here is 0.18 eV. The orbitals are represented on a real space grid, avoiding the dependence on diffuse atomic basis sets. As in standard density functional theory calculations, the computational effort scales as NM{sup 2} where N is the number of orbitals and M is the number of grid points included in the calculation. Due to the slow scaling of the computational effort with system size and the high level of parallelism in the real space grid approach, the method presented here makes it possible to estimate Rydberg electron binding energy in large molecules.

  4. Investigation of cold rubidium Rydberg atoms in a magneto-optical trap

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    Tretyakov, D. B.; Beterov, I. I.; Entin, V. M.; Ryabtsev, I. I. Chapovsky, P. L.

    2009-03-15

    This paper reports on the results of experiments with cold rubidium Rydberg atoms in a magneto-optical trap. The specific feature of the experiments is the excitation of Rydberg atoms in a small volume within a cloud of cold atoms and the sorting of measured signals and spectra according to the number of detected Rydberg atoms. The effective lifetime of the 37P Rydberg state and its polarizability in a weak electric field are measured. The results obtained are in good agreement with theoretical calculations. It is demonstrated that the localization of the excitation volume in the vicinity of the zero-magnetic-field point makes it possible to improve the spectral resolution and to obtain narrow microwave resonances in Rydberg atoms without switching off the quadrupole magnetic field of the trap. The dependence of the amplitude of dipole-dipole interaction resonances in Rydberg atoms on the number of atoms is measured. This dependence exhibits a linear behavior and agrees with the theory for a weak dipole-dipole interaction.

  5. Simulating quantum spin models using Rydberg-excited atomic ensembles in magnetic microtrap arrays

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    Whitlock, Shannon; Glaetzle, Alexander W.; Hannaford, Peter

    2017-04-01

    We propose a scheme to simulate lattice spin models based on strong, long-range interacting Rydberg atoms stored in a large-spacing array of magnetic microtraps. Each spin is encoded in a collective spin state involving a single nS or (n+1)S Rydberg atom excited from an ensemble of ground-state alkali atoms prepared via Rydberg blockade. After the excitation laser is switched off, the Rydberg spin states on neighbouring lattice sites interact via general XXZ spin–spin interactions. To read out the collective spin states we propose a single Rydberg atom triggered avalanche scheme in which the presence of a single Rydberg atom conditionally transfers a large number of ground-state atoms in the trap to an untrapped state which can be readily detected by site-resolved absorption imaging. Such a quantum simulator should allow the study of quantum spin systems in almost arbitrary one-dimensional and two-dimensional configurations. This paves the way towards engineering exotic spin models, such as spin models based on triangular-symmetry lattices which can give rise to frustrated-spin magnetism.

  6. Probing a scattering resonance with Rydberg molecules inside a Bose-Einstein condensate

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    Perez-Rios, J.; Schlagmüller, M.; Liebisch, T. C.; Nguyen, H.; Lochead, G.; Engel, F.; Böottcher, F.; Westphal, K. M.; Kleinbach, K. S.; Löw, R.; Hofferberth, S.; Pfau, T.; Greene, C. H.

    2016-05-01

    The spectroscopy of a single Rydberg atom within a Bose-Einstein condensate is studied, and as a result a line shape dependence on the principal Rydberg quantum number n is observed, apart from the expected density shift due to the large number of neutrals inside the Rydberg orbit. The observed line broadening depends on the Rydberg electron-neutral interaction, in particular, it manifests the influence of the e-Rb(5S) p-wave scattering shape resonance, which dramatically affects the potential energy landscape for the neutrals embedded within the Rydberg orbit. The observed spectroscopic line shapes are reproduced with an overall good agreement by means of a microscopic model, in which the atoms overlapped with the Rydberg orbit are treated as zero-velocity point-like particles, with binding energies associated with the ion-neutral distance. We acknowledge support from Deutsche Forschungsge5 meinschaft (DFG) within the SFB/TRR21 and the project PF 381/13-1. This work has been supported by NSF under Grand Number PHY-130690.

  7. Ultrafast α -CC bond cleavage of acetone upon excitation to 3p and 3d Rydberg states by femtosecond time-resolved photoelectron imaging

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    Hüter, O.; Temps, F.

    2016-12-01

    The radiationless electronic relaxation and α -CC bond fission dynamics of jet-cooled acetone in the S1 (n π* ) state and in high-lying 3p and 3d Rydberg states have been investigated by femtosecond time-resolved mass spectrometry and photoelectron imaging. The S1 state was accessed by absorption of a UV pump photon at selected wavelengths between λ = 320 and 250 nm. The observed acetone mass signals and the S1 photoelectron band decayed on sub-picosecond time scales, consistent with a recently proposed ultrafast structural relaxation of the molecules in the S1 state away from the Franck-Condon probe window. No direct signatures could be observed by the experiments for CC dissociation on the S1 potential energy hypersurface in up to 1 ns. The observed acetyl mass signals at all pump wavelengths turned out to be associated with absorption by the molecules of one or more additional pump and/or probe photons. In particular, absorption of a second UV pump photon by the S1 (n π* ) state was found to populate a series of high-lying states belonging to the n = 3 Rydberg manifold. The respective transitions are favored by much larger cross sections compared to the S1 ← S0 transition. The characteristic energies revealed by the photoelectron images allowed for assignments to the 3p and 3dyz states. At two-photon excitation energies higher than 8.1 eV, an ultrafast reaction pathway for breaking the α -CC bond in 50-90 fs via the 3dyz Rydberg state and the elusive π π* state was observed, explaining the formation of acetyl radicals after femtosecond laser excitation of acetone at these wavelengths.

  8. Deterministic spin-wave interferometer based on the Rydberg blockade

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    Wei Ran; Deng Youjin; Pan Jianwei; Zhao Bo; Chen Yuao

    2011-06-15

    The spin-wave (SW) N-particle path-entangled |N,0>+|0,N> (NOON) state is an N-particle Fock state with two atomic spin-wave modes maximally entangled. Attributed to the property that the phase is sensitive to collective atomic motion, the SW NOON state can be utilized as an atomic interferometer and has promising application in quantum enhanced measurement. In this paper we propose an efficient protocol to deterministically produce the atomic SW NOON state by employing the Rydberg blockade. Possible errors in practical manipulations are analyzed. A feasible experimental scheme is suggested. Our scheme is far more efficient than the recent experimentally demonstrated one, which only creates a heralded second-order SW NOON state.

  9. Designing Frustrated Quantum Magnets with Laser-Dressed Rydberg Atoms

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    Glaetzle, Alexander W.; Dalmonte, Marcello; Nath, Rejish; Gross, Christian; Bloch, Immanuel; Zoller, Peter

    2015-05-01

    We show how a broad class of lattice spin-1 /2 models with angular- and distance-dependent couplings can be realized with cold alkali atoms stored in optical or magnetic trap arrays. The effective spin-1 /2 is represented by a pair of atomic ground states, and spin-spin interactions are obtained by admixing van der Waals interactions between fine-structure split Rydberg states with laser light. The strengths of the diagonal spin interactions as well as the "flip-flop," and "flip-flip" and "flop-flop" interactions can be tuned by exploiting quantum interference, thus realizing different spin symmetries. The resulting energy scales of interactions compare well with typical temperatures and decoherence time scales, making the exploration of exotic forms of quantum magnetism, including emergent gauge theories and compass models, accessible within state-of-the-art experiments.

  10. Characterizing high- n quasi-one-dimensional strontium Rydberg atoms

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    Hiller, Moritz; Yoshida, Shuhei; Burgdörfer, Joachim; Ye, Shuzhen; Zhang, Xinyue; Dunning, F. Barry

    2014-05-01

    The production of high- n, n ~ 300 , quasi-one-dimensional strontium Rydberg atoms by two-photon excitation of selected extreme Stark states in the presence of a weak dc field is examined using a crossed laser-atom beam geometry. The polarization of the product states is probed using three independent techniques which are analyzed with the aid of classical-trajectory Monte Carlo simulations that employ initial ensembles based on quantum calculations using a two-active-electron model. Comparisons between theory and experiment demonstrate that the product states have large dipole moments, ~ 1 . 0 - 1 . 2n2 a . u . and that they can be engineered using pulsed electric fields to create a wide variety of target states. Research supported by the NSF, the Robert A Welch Foundation, and the FWF (Austria).

  11. Correlated Exciton Transport in Rydberg-Dressed-Atom Spin Chains.

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    Schempp, H; Günter, G; Wüster, S; Weidemüller, M; Whitlock, S

    2015-08-28

    We investigate the transport of excitations through a chain of atoms with nonlocal dissipation introduced through coupling to additional short-lived states. The system is described by an effective spin-1/2 model where the ratio of the exchange interaction strength to the reservoir coupling strength determines the type of transport, including coherent exciton motion, incoherent hopping, and a regime in which an emergent length scale leads to a preferred hopping distance far beyond nearest neighbors. For multiple impurities, the dissipation gives rise to strong nearest-neighbor correlations and entanglement. These results highlight the importance of nontrivial dissipation, correlations, and many-body effects in recent experiments on the dipole-mediated transport of Rydberg excitations.

  12. Ultracold molecular Rydberg physics in a high density environment

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    Eiles, Matthew T.; Pérez-Ríos, Jesús; Robicheaux, F.; Greene, Chris H.

    2016-06-01

    Sufficiently high densities in Bose-Einstein condensates provide favorable conditions for the production of ultralong-range polyatomic molecules consisting of one Rydberg atom and a number of neutral ground state atoms. The chemical binding properties and electronic wave functions of these exotic molecules are investigated analytically via hybridized diatomic states. The effects of the molecular geometry on the system’s properties are studied through comparisons of the adiabatic potential curves and electronic structures for both symmetric and randomly configured molecular geometries. General properties of these molecules with increasing numbers of constituent atoms and in different geometries are presented. These polyatomic states have spectral signatures that lead to non-Lorentzian line-profiles.

  13. a Study of Low Energy Electron-Molecule and Ion - Collisions Using Rydberg Atoms

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    Zollars, Byron George

    Low energy collisions between Rydberg atoms and neutral molecules have been investigated over a wide range of principal quantum numbers n, and for several different neutral targets. The results have been used to validate the free-electron, independent particle model of Rydberg atom collisions. Comparison between theory and experiment show that at large values of n, ionization of Rb(nS,nD) Rydberg atoms in the reaction: (UNFORMATTED TABLE FOLLOWS). Rb(nS,nD) + SF(,6) (--->) Rb('+) = SF(,6)('-) (1). (TABLE ENDS). proceeds by electron transfer from the Rydberg atom to the SF(,6) molecule. The rate constants measured for this reaction are much the same as for the attachment of free, low-energy electrons to SF(,6). Thus, Rydberg collision studies can provide information about low-energy free electron interactions. Studies of the rate constants for free ion production in the reaction: (UNFORMATTED TABLE FOLLOWS). K(nD) + SF(,6) (--->) K('+) + SF(,6)('-) (2). (TABLE ENDS). showed these to decrease sharply at smaller n, falling far below the value expected on the basis of Rydberg electron attachment to SF(,6). This behavior is attributed not to breakdown of the free-electron model, but to post -attachment electrostatic interactions between the product ions, which are formed closer to each other at lower n. Model calculations that take this electrostatic interaction into account confirm this prediction. Other Rydberg atom collision processes, such as: (UNFORMATTED TABLE FOLLOWS). K(nD) + O(,2) (--->) K('+) + O(,2)('-) (3). K(nD) + H(,2)O (--->) KH(,2)O('+) + e('-) (4). (TABLE ENDS). have been studied, as they require both the Rydberg ion core and electron to participate in the collision. Since O(,2)('-) ions formed by free electron attachment have short lifetimes against autodetachment, the observation of long-lived O(,2)('-) reaction product suggests that the K('+) core ion plays a role in stabilizing the excited O(,2)('-) ions formed by Rydberg electron attachment. Stable

  14. Ground-state properties of one-dimensional matter and the Zel'dovich effect in Rydberg atoms

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    Timmins, Michael Anthony

    The following dissertation consists of three parts. The first two concern ground-state properties of one-dimensional matter, while the third describes an experimental realization of the Zel'dovich effect in Rydberg atoms. Motivated by emerging experimental possibilities to confine atoms and molecules in quasi-one-dimensional geometries, in Chapters 1 and 2 we analyze ground-state properties of strictly one-dimensional molecular matter comprised of identical particles of mass m interacting by a Morse potential between nearest neighbors. We find that due to zero-point motion, the system first undergoes a discontinuous evaporation transition into a diatomic gas followed by a continuous dissociation transition into a monoatomic gas. In particular we find that spin-polarized isotopes of hydrogen and 3He are monoatomic gases, 4He is a diatomic gas, while molecular hydrogen and heavier substances are Luttinger liquids. We also investigate the effect of finite pressure on the properties of the liquid and monoatomic gas phases. In particular we estimate a pressure at which molecular hydrogen undergoes an inverse Peierls transition into a metallic state which is a one-dimensional analog of the transition predicted by Wigner and Huntington in 1935. In Chapter 2, we show that dissociation of the Luttinger liquid is a process initiated at the system edge. The latter becomes unstable against quantum fluctuations at a value of De Boer's number which is smaller than that of the bulk instability which parallels the classical phenomenon of surface melting. In 1959 Ya. B. Zel'dovich predicted that the bound-state spectrum of the non-relativistic Coulomb problem distorted at small distances by a short-range potential undergoes a peculiar reconstruction whenever this potential alone supports a low-energy scattering resonance. However documented experimental evidence of this effect has been lacking. In Chapter 3 we demonstrate that along the Periodic Table of elements the Zel

  15. Density functional study of multiplicity-changing valence and Rydberg excitations of p-block elements: delta self-consistent field, collinear spin-flip time-dependent density functional theory (DFT), and conventional time-dependent DFT.

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    Yang, Ke; Peverati, Roberto; Truhlar, Donald G; Valero, Rosendo

    2011-07-28

    A database containing 17 multiplicity-changing valence and Rydberg excitation energies of p-block elements is used to test the performance of density functional theory (DFT) with approximate density functionals for calculating relative energies of spin states. We consider only systems where both the low-spin and high-spin state are well described by a single Slater determinant, thereby avoiding complications due to broken-symmetry solutions. Because the excitations studied involve a spin change, they require a balanced treatment of exchange and correlation, thus providing a hard test for approximate density functionals. We test three formalisms for predicting the multiplicity-changing transition energies. First is the ΔSCF method; we also test time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT), both in its conventional form starting from the low-spin state and in its collinear spin-flip form starting from the high-spin state. Very diffuse basis functions are needed to give a qualitatively correct description of the Rydberg excitations. The scalar relativistic effect needs to be considered when quantitative results are desired, and we include it in the comparisons. With the ΔSCF method, most of the tested functionals give mean unsigned errors (MUEs) larger than 6 kcal/mol for valence excitations and MUEs larger than 3 kcal/mol for Rydberg excitations, but the performance for the Rydberg states is much better than can be obtained with time-dependent DFT. It is surprising to see that the long-range corrected functionals, which have 100% Hartree-Fock exchange at large inter-electronic distance, do not improve the performance for Rydberg excitations. Among all tested density functionals, ΔSCF calculations with the O3LYP, M08-HX, and OLYP functionals give the best overall performance for both valence and Rydberg excitations, with MUEs of 2.1, 2.6, and 2.7 kcal/mol, respectively. This is very encouraging since the MUE of the CCSD(T) coupled cluster method with quintuple

  16. The Role of Rydberg-Valence Coupling in the Ultrafast Relaxation Dynamics of Acetone.

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    Koch, Markus; Thaler, Bernhard; Heim, Pascal; Ernst, Wolfgang E

    2017-08-31

    The electronic structure of excited states of acetone is represented by a Rydberg manifold that is coupled to valence states which provide very fast and efficient relaxation pathways. We observe and characterize the transfer of population from photoexcited Rydberg states (6p, 6d, 7s) to a whole series of lower Rydberg states (3p to 4d) and a simultaneous decay of population from these states. We obtain these results with time-resolved photoelectron-photoion coincidence (PEPICO) detection in combination with the application of Bayesian statistics for data analysis. Despite the expectedly complex relaxation behavior, we find that a simple sequential decay model is able to describe the observed PEPICO transients satisfactorily. We obtain a slower decay (∼320 fs) from photoexcited states compared to a faster decay (∼100 fs) of states that are populated by internal conversion, demonstrating that different relaxation dynamics are active. Within the series of Rydberg states populated by internal conversion, the decay dynamics seem to be similar, and a trend of slower decay from lower states indicates an increasingly higher energy barrier along the decay pathway for lower states. The presented results agree all in all with previous relaxation studies within the Rydberg manifold. The state-resolved observation of transient population ranging from 3p to 4d can serve as reference for time-dependent simulations.

  17. Spectroscopy of cesium Rydberg atoms in strong radio-frequency fields

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    Jiao, Yuechun; Han, Xiaoxuan; Yang, Zhiwei; Li, Jingkui; Raithel, Georg; Zhao, Jianming; Jia, Suotang

    2016-08-01

    We study Rydberg atoms modulated by strong radio-frequency (rf) fields with a frequency of 70 MHz. The Rydberg atoms are prepared in a room-temperature cesium cell, and their level structure is probed using electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT). As the rf field increases from the weak- into the strong-field regime, the range of observed rf-induced phenomena progresses from ac level shifts through increasingly pronounced and numerous rf modulation sidebands to complex state mixing and level crossings with high - l hydrogenlike states. Weak anharmonic admixtures in the rf field generate clearly visible modifications in the Rydberg EIT spectra. A Floquet analysis is employed to model the Rydberg spectra, and good agreement with the experimental observations is found. Our results show that all-optical spectroscopy of Rydberg atoms in vapor cells can serve as an antenna-free, atom-based, and calibration-free technique to measure rf electric fields and to analyze their higher-harmonic contents.

  18. Surface ionisation of molecular H2 and atomic H Rydberg states at doped silicon surfaces

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    Sashikesh, G.; So, E.; Ford, M. S.; Softley, T. P.

    2014-09-01

    The detection of ions or electrons from the surface ionisation of molecular H2 and atomic H Rydberg states incident at doped Si surfaces is investigated experimentally to analyse the effect of the dopant charge distribution on the surface-ionisation processes. In both experimental studies, the molecular H2 and atomic H Rydberg states are generated via two-colour vacuum ultraviolet--ultraviolet (VUV-UV) resonant excitation. For H2, various Stark states of the N+ = 2, n = 17 manifold are populated in the presence of an electric field. The variation of the observed surface-ionisation signal with surface dopant concentration and type, shows similar characteristics for all the Stark states. A comparison is made between these ion-detected surface-ionisation profiles and those obtained via electron detection. Different trends as a function of dopant concentration and type are observed for the two cases, explained by the greater effect of surface charges on the post-ionisation ion trajectory compared to the electron trajectory. For the atomic-H Rydberg states with principal quantum number ? populated in the absence of a Stark field, the observed behaviour is similar to the interaction of molecular H2 Rydberg states at the same surfaces, and these measurements confirm that the observed effects are attributable to the nature of the target surface rather than the specific atomic or molecular Rydberg species.

  19. Enhancement of Rydberg-mediated single-photon nonlinearities by electrically tuned Förster resonances

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    Gorniaczyk, H.; Tresp, C.; Bienias, P.; Paris-Mandoki, A.; Li, W.; Mirgorodskiy, I.; Büchler, H. P.; Lesanovsky, I.; Hofferberth, S.

    2016-08-01

    Mapping the strong interaction between Rydberg atoms onto single photons via electromagnetically induced transparency enables manipulation of light at the single-photon level and few-photon devices such as all-optical switches and transistors operated by individual photons. Here we demonstrate experimentally that Stark-tuned Förster resonances can substantially increase this effective interaction between individual photons. This technique boosts the gain of a single-photon transistor to over 100, enhances the non-destructive detection of single Rydberg atoms to a fidelity beyond 0.8, and enables high-precision spectroscopy on Rydberg pair states. On top, we achieve a gain larger than 2 with gate photon read-out after the transistor operation. Theory models for Rydberg polariton propagation on Förster resonance and for the projection of the stored spin-wave yield excellent agreement to our data and successfully identify the main decoherence mechanism of the Rydberg transistor, paving the way towards photonic quantum gates.

  20. Enhancement of Rydberg-mediated single-photon nonlinearities by electrically tuned Förster resonances

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    Gorniaczyk, H.; Tresp, C.; Bienias, P.; Paris-Mandoki, A.; Li, W.; Mirgorodskiy, I.; Büchler, H. P.; Lesanovsky, I.; Hofferberth, S.

    2016-01-01

    Mapping the strong interaction between Rydberg atoms onto single photons via electromagnetically induced transparency enables manipulation of light at the single-photon level and few-photon devices such as all-optical switches and transistors operated by individual photons. Here we demonstrate experimentally that Stark-tuned Förster resonances can substantially increase this effective interaction between individual photons. This technique boosts the gain of a single-photon transistor to over 100, enhances the non-destructive detection of single Rydberg atoms to a fidelity beyond 0.8, and enables high-precision spectroscopy on Rydberg pair states. On top, we achieve a gain larger than 2 with gate photon read-out after the transistor operation. Theory models for Rydberg polariton propagation on Förster resonance and for the projection of the stored spin-wave yield excellent agreement to our data and successfully identify the main decoherence mechanism of the Rydberg transistor, paving the way towards photonic quantum gates. PMID:27515278

  1. Observation and measurement of interaction-induced dispersive optical nonlinearities in an ensemble of cold Rydberg atoms.

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    Parigi, Valentina; Bimbard, Erwan; Stanojevic, Jovica; Hilliard, Andrew J; Nogrette, Florence; Tualle-Brouri, Rosa; Ourjoumtsev, Alexei; Grangier, Philippe

    2012-12-07

    We observe and measure dispersive optical nonlinearities in an ensemble of cold Rydberg atoms placed inside an optical cavity. The experimental results are in agreement with a simple model where the optical nonlinearities are due to the progressive appearance of a Rydberg blockaded volume within the medium. The measurements allow a direct estimation of the "blockaded fraction" of atoms within the atomic ensemble.

  2. Relativistic theory of excitation and ionization of Rydberg atomic systems in a Black-body radiation field

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    Buyadzhi, V. V.; Zaichko, P. A.; Gurskaya, M. Y.; Kuznetsova, A. A.; Ponomarenko, E. L.; Ternovsky, V. B.

    2017-02-01

    The combined relativistic energy approach and relativistic many-body perturbation theory with the zeroth model density functional approximation are used for computing the thermal Blackbody radiation ionization characteristics of the Rydberg atoms, in particular, the sodium and caesium in Rydberg states with n=40-100. The comparison of the calculated ionization rate values with available theoretical and experimental data is carried out.

  3. Long-range interactions between rubidium and potassium Rydberg atoms

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    Samboy, Nolan

    2017-03-01

    We investigate the long-range, two-body interactions between rubidium and potassium atoms in highly excited (n =70 ) Rydberg states. After establishing properly symmetrized asymptotic basis states, we diagonalize an interaction Hamiltonian consisting of the standard Coulombic potential expansion and atomic fine structure to calculate electronic potential energy curves. We find that when both atoms are excited to either the 70 s state or the 70 p state, both the Ω =0+ symmetry interactions and the Ω =0- symmetry interactions demonstrate a deep potential well capable of supporting many bound levels; the sizes of the corresponding dimer states are of the order of 2.25 μ m . We establish n -scaling relations for the equilibrium separation Re and the dissociation energy De and find these relations to be consistent with similar calculations involving the homonuclear interactions between rubidium and cesium. We discuss the specific effects of ℓ mixing and the exact composition of the calculated potential well via the expansion coefficients of the asymptotic basis states. Finally, we apply a Landau-Zener treatment to show that the dimer states are stable with respect to predissociation.

  4. High teleportation rates using Rydberg-based quantum repeaters

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    Solmeyer, Neal; Quraishi, Qudsia

    2015-05-01

    Quantum networking over long distances may be achieved using repeater protocols to generate entanglement between memory nodes. Typically, long-lived memories have low entanglement generation rates. Neutral atom memories can be long-lived, emit at visible wavelengths and can be collectively excited leading to directionally emitted entangled photons. Here, we propose a simplified Rydberg-based quantum repeater based on recent work, where we reduce the number of ground states used for entanglement generation and use only one ensemble at each node, reducing the required resources. The collective excitation allows for deterministic memory generation that is mapped into a directionally emitted photonic qubit without the use of a high finesse optical cavity. We demonstrate a protocol between multiple memories stored within a single ensemble to implement a two-qubit gate. Additionally, we predict teleportation rates of 1 Hz without the use of a high finesse optical cavity, which could be increased to kHz if efficiencies are improved over the currently realized values. We plan to explore these protocols in ultra-cold ensemble of neutral 87Rb atoms and are currently building this setup.

  5. Ionization distances of multiply charged Rydberg ions approaching solid surfaces

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    Nedeljkovic, Lj. D.; Nedeljkovic, N. N.; Bozanic, D. K.

    2006-09-15

    The ionization distances R{sub c}{sup I} as well as the ionization rates and eigenenergies of one-electron multiply charged Rydberg ions (core charge Z>>1, principal quantum number n>>1) approaching solid surfaces are calculated. Within the framework of a nonperturbative etalon equation method (EEM), these quantities are obtained simultaneously. The complex energy eigenvalue problem for the decaying eigenstates is solved within the critical region R{approx_equal}R{sub c}{approx_equal}R{sub c}{sup I} of the ion-surface distances R. This region is characterized by the energy terms localized in the vicinity of the top of an effective potential barrier, created between the ion and polarized solid. We take into account that the parabolic symmetry is preserved for R{approx_equal}R{sub c} and that the parabolic quantum numbers can be taken as approximate but sufficiently good quantum numbers. The parabolic rates, energies, and corresponding ionization distances are presented in relatively simple analytical forms. The ionization distances are compared with the results of a classical overbarrier model. Comparison of the obtained energies and rates with the available theoretical predictions of the coupled angular mode method shows good agreement. The use of the EEM for an estimation of the upper limit of the first neutralization distance in the subsequent neutralization cascade is briefly discussed.

  6. Strongly-coupled high- n Rydberg atom pairs

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    Yoshida, Shuhei; Burgdörfer, Joachim; Zhang, Xinyue; Dunning, F. B.

    2015-05-01

    Creation of pairs of high n, n ~ 300 , Rydberg atoms with well-defined initial separations enables study and control of their mutual interactions. If the atoms are initially well separated, their interactions are weak and they evolve independently. Their interactions can be dramatically increased, however, by transferring them to even higher levels using carefully-tailored sequences of one, or more, short electric field pulses, the degree of coupling being strongly influenced by the final target state. Since both atoms are subject to the same pulse(s), strongly-correlated macroscopic two-electron wave packets can be created whose subsequent dynamics can be monitored by application of further probe fields. Interest focuses on energy exchange and formation of long lived two-electron-excited states in which, due to their correlated motions, the electrons remain far apart. The production and properties of such states, which lie at the classical-quantum interface, are being explored experimentally and through classical and quantum simulations. Research supported by the NSF, the Robert A. Welch Foundation, and the FWF (Austria).

  7. Rydberg States of Na-doped Helium Nanodroplets

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    Drabbels, Marcel

    2008-03-01

    The dynamics of excited states of Na atoms deposited on the surface of helium nanodroplets has been investigated with velocity map ion imaging, photoelectron spectroscopy and time-of-flight mass-spectroscopy. For the first time, the excitation spectra of Na-doped helium nanodroplets corresponding to Rydberg states of Na atoms have been measured from the lowest excited 3p state up to the ionization threshold. All lines in the excitation spectra are shifted and broadened with respect to the corresponding atomic lines. In addition to bare Na* atoms also Na*HeN (N = 1-6) exciplexes are detected upon excitation. Photoelectron spectroscopy reveals the desorption of Na* not only in the initially excited states but also in lower lying states, indicating that relaxation plays an important role. The recorded velocity distributions show interesting characteristics: for the lowest states the mean kinetic energy of Na* increases linearly with excitation energy. The velocity distributions of Na*HeN exciplexes do not manifest such remarkable properties. The observations can be largely explained by assuming that the interaction of Na* with the helium nanodroplet can be described by the sum of Na*-He pair potentials.

  8. Incoherent time evolution of Rydberg level populations in a Landau-Zener grid

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    Price, P.N.; Harmin, D.A.

    1993-05-01

    The time evolution of two intersecting groups of parallel energy levels, E{sub m} ({tau}) = p{tau} - m{epsilon} and E{sub m {prime}({tau}) = p{tau} + m{prime}{epsilon} = 0,1,2,..., p and {epsilon} constants), is considered as a model of state mixing of interacting Rydberg manifolds by a ramped electric field. Each intersection [m,m{prime}] of the triangular grid of level crossings is treated as an isolated 2-level Landau-Zener anticrossing at energy {1/2} (m{prime}-m){epsilon} with probabilities D and A = 1-D for diabatic and adiabatic transitions, respectively (interference effects are ignored here.) Beginning on the upward-going m = 0 level and following successive time steps {tau}{sup N} = {1/2} N{epsilon}/p (N = 0,1,2,...), a path analysis leads to a distribution of probabilities for arriving at an intersection [m,m{prime}] after N = m +m{prime} previous steps via ({sub m}{sup n}) possible paths. The fastest ramp rates (D {r_arrow} 1} evolve purely diabatically, remaining on the m = 0 level with probability D{sup N}; the slowest ramps (A {r_arrow} 1) follow a purely adiabatic path that switches between mid-grid levels m, m{prime} {approx} {1/2}N with probability A{sup N}. For any but the fastest ramps, however, there is a broad single-humped distribution with average energy E{sup (N)}= {1/2} {epsilon} {Sigma}{sub k}{sup N}=1 (D-A){sup k}- population is always concentrated near the center of the interaction region. Its spread in energy grows as N{sup 1/2} at large N but is narrower the larger is A.

  9. Coherent time evolution of Rydberg level populations in a Landau-Zener grid

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    Harmin, D.A.

    1993-05-01

    The time evolution groups of parallel energy levels (m, m{prime} = 0, 1, 2,...) is considered as a model of dynamic state mixing of interacting Rydberg manifolds by ramped electric fields used in selective field ionization (SFI). Each intersection [m, m{prime}] of the triangular grid of level crossings is treated as an isolated 2-level Landau-Zener anticrossing with amplitudes d and a for diabatic and adiabatic transitions, respectively ({vert_bar}d{vert_bar}{sup 2} + {vert_bar}a{vert_bar}{sup 2} = 1). Beginning on the uppermost upward-going level (m = 0) and following successive time steps {tau}{sup (N)} (N = 0,1,2,...), a path analysis leads to complex interference patterns among the many paths arriving at an intersection [m, m{prime}] after passing through N = m + m{prime} previous ones. The relative phase between any two paths is a multiple of the unit of action {var_phi} defined by the two pairs of adiabatic levels connecting four neighboring anticrossings. Compared to results from an analysis neglecting interference effects, there occurs here a general {open_quotes}emptying out{close_quotes} of population at the center of the interaction region (where the majority of paths lead). Most striking are resonances at high ramp rates (d {yields} 1), which with high probability enhance upward-going levels whose index m is an integral multiple of 27{pi}/{var_phi}. Though {var_phi} is sensitive to ramp rate, it is nevertheless expected that observed diabatic SFI signals should exhibit sequences of secondary peaks traceable to such resonances, which should not be assigned to extraneous initial states.

  10. Valence and Rydberg Excitations of 2,4- and 2,6-Difluorotoluene as Studied by Vacuum Ultraviolet Synchrotron Radiation and ab Initio Calculations.

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    Barbosa, A Souza; da Silva, F Ferreira; Rebelo, A; Hoffmann, S V; Bettega, M H F; Limão-Vieira, P

    2016-11-17

    Here we report novel comprehensive investigations on the electronic state spectroscopies of isolated 2,4- and 2,6-difluorotoluene in the gas phase by high-resolution vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) photoabsorption measurements in the 4.4-10.8 eV energy range, with absolute cross-section values derived. We also present the first set of ab initio calculations (vertical energies and oscillator strengths), which we have used in the assignment of valence transitions of the difluorotoluene molecules, together with calculated ionization energies to obtain the Rydberg transitions for both molecules. The measured absolute photoabsorption cross sections have been used to estimate the photolysis lifetimes of 2,4- and 2,6-difluorotoluene in the Earth's atmosphere.

  11. Implementation of an experimentally feasible controlled-phase gate on two blockaded Rydberg atoms

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    Müller, Matthias M.; Murphy, Michael; Montangero, Simone; Calarco, Tommaso; Grangier, Philippe; Browaeys, Antoine

    2014-03-01

    We investigate the implementation of a controlled-Z gate on a pair of Rydberg atoms in spatially separated dipole traps where the joint excitation of both atoms into the Rydberg level is strongly suppressed (the Rydberg blockade). We follow the adiabatic gate scheme of Jaksch et al. [D. Jaksch, J. I. Cirac, P. Zoller, S. L. Rolston, R. Côté, and M. D. Lukin, Phys. Rev. Lett. 85, 2208 (2000), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.85.2208], where the pair of atoms is coherently excited using lasers, and apply it to the experimental setup outlined by Gaëtan et al. [A. Gaëtan, Y. Miroshnychenko, T. Wilk, A. Chotia, M. Viteau, D. Comparat, P. Pillet, A. Browaeys, and P. Grangier, Nat. Phys. 5, 115 (2009), 10.1038/nphys1183]. We apply optimization to the experimental parameters to improve gate fidelity and consider the impact of several experimental constraints on the gate success.

  12. Many-body interferometry of a Rydberg-dressed spin lattice

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

    2016-12-01

    Ultracold atoms in optical lattices are ideal to study fundamentally new quantum many-body systems including frustrated or topological magnetic phases and supersolids. However, the necessary control of strong long-range interactions between distant ground state atoms has remained a long-standing goal. Optical dressing of ground state atoms via off-resonant laser coupling to Rydberg states is one way to tailor such interactions. Here we report the realization of coherent Rydberg dressing to implement a two-dimensional synthetic spin lattice. Our single-atom-resolved interferometric measurements of the many-body dynamics enable the microscopic probing of the interactions and reveal their highly tunable range and anisotropy. Our work marks the first step towards the use of laser-controlled Rydberg interactions for the study of exotic quantum magnets in optical lattices.

  13. Rydberg-interaction gates via adiabatic passage and phase control of driving fields

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    Wu, Huaizhi; Huang, Xi-Rong; Hu, Chang-Sheng; Yang, Zhen-Biao; Zheng, Shi-Biao

    2017-08-01

    In this paper we propose two theoretical schemes for implementation of quantum phase gates by engineering the phase-sensitive dark state of two atoms subjected to Rydberg-Rydberg interaction. Combining the conventional adiabatic techniques and currently developed approaches of phase control, a feasible proposal for implementation of a geometric phase gate is presented, where the conditional phase shift (Berry phase) is achieved by adiabatically and cyclically changing the parameters of the driving fields. Here we find that the geometric phase acquired is related to the way how the relative phase is modulated. In the second scheme, the system Hamiltonian is adiabatically changed in a noncyclic manner, so that the acquired conditional phase is not a Berry phase. A detailed analysis of the experimental feasibility and the effect of decoherence is also given. The proposed schemes provide new perspectives for adiabatic manipulation of interacting Rydberg systems with tailored phase modulation.

  14. Observation of Rydberg-Atom Macrodimers: Micrometer-Sized Diatomic Molecules

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    Saßmannshausen, Heiner; Deiglmayr, Johannes

    2016-08-01

    Long-range metastable molecules consisting of two cesium atoms in high Rydberg states have been observed in an ultracold gas. A sequential three-photon two-color photoassociation scheme is employed to form these molecules in states, which correlate to n p (n +1 )s dissociation asymptotes. Spectral signatures of bound molecular states are clearly resolved at the positions of avoided crossings between long-range van der Waals potential curves. The experimental results are in agreement with simulations based on a detailed model of the long-range multipole-multipole interactions of Rydberg-atom pair states. We show that a full model is required to accurately predict the occurrence of bound Rydberg macrodimers. The macrodimers are distinguished from repulsive molecular states by their behavior with respect to spontaneous ionization and possible decay channels are discussed.

  15. Paschen-Back effects and Rydberg-state diamagnetism in vapor-cell electromagnetically induced transparency

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    Ma, L.; Anderson, D. A.; Raithel, G.

    2017-06-01

    We report on rubidium vapor-cell Rydberg electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) in a 0.7 T magnetic field where all involved levels are in the hyperfine Paschen-Back regime, and the Rydberg state exhibits a strong diamagnetic interaction. Signals from both 85Rb and 87Rb are present in the EIT spectra. Isotope-mixed Rb cells allow us to measure the field strength to within a ±0.12 % relative uncertainty. The measured spectra are in excellent agreement with the results of a Monte Carlo calculation and indicate unexpectedly large Rydberg-level dephasing rates. Line shifts and broadenings due to magnetic-field inhomogeneities are included in the model.

  16. Creation and transfer of nonclassical states of motion using Rydberg dressing of atoms in a lattice

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    Buchmann, L. F.; Mølmer, K.; Petrosyan, D.

    2017-01-01

    We theoretically investigate the manipulation of the motional states of trapped ground-state atoms using Rydberg dressing via nonresonant laser fields. The forces resulting from Rydberg state interaction between dressed neighboring atoms in an array of microtraps or an optical lattice can strongly couple their motion. We show that intensity modulation of the dressing field allows us to squeeze the relative motion of a pair of atoms and generate nonclassical mechanical states. Extending this pairwise scheme to one-dimensional chains provides flexible control over the mechanical degrees of freedom of the whole system. We illustrate our findings with protocols to manipulate all motional degrees of freedom of a pair of atoms and create entangled states. We also present a method to transfer nonclassical correlations along an atomic chain of nontrivial length. The long-lived nature of motional states, together with the high tunability of Rydberg dressing, makes our proposal feasible for current experimental setups.

  17. The role of high Rydberg states in enhanced O- formation in a pulsed O2 discharge

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    Ding, W. X.; Pinnaduwage, L. A.; Tav, C.; McCorkle, D. L.

    1999-08-01

    Formation of O- ions in a pulsed discharge of O2 was investigated in a Langmuir-probe-assisted photodetachment experiment. A large enhancement of negative ion formation was observed in the afterglow. Experimental results are consistent with O- formation via electron attachment to high Rydberg states of O2 that survive into the afterglow. Such excited states can be produced by high-energy electron impact during the discharge. The lifetime of high-Rydberg molecules is estimated to be longer than 10 microseconds. The efficient production of O- ion by electron attachment to high-Rydberg O2 molecules was further confirmed in a laser excitation experiment. The O- ions and O atoms produced via enhanced dissociative electron attachment to excited states of O2 may be important for the chemical processes that occur in pulsed plasma remediation of contaminated air.

  18. The Influence of Stray Fields on the Ionization of Rydberg atoms at Metallic Surfaces

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    Neufeld, Dennis; Pu, Yu; Dunning, F. Barry

    2010-03-01

    The effect of local surface electric (``patch'') fields on the ionization of xenon Rydberg atoms at metallic surfaces is examined. The patch fields are determined from measurements of the potential variations across the target surfaces using Kelvin probe force microscopy. These measurements are used in conjunction with a simple over-the-barrier model of ionization to predict the surface ionization characteristics for Rydberg atoms with a range of different n and angles of incidence. These predictions are in good agreement with experimental measurements demonstrating the important role that patch fields play during Rydberg atom-surface interactions and suggesting that such interactions can provide a sensitive probe of stray fields at surfaces. These techniques are extended to lithographically patterned structures comprising two sets of interleaved ``comb-like'' electrodes to which different potentials can be applied. This allows control of the surface patch fields and direct study of their effects.

  19. Dissipation-based entanglement via quantum Zeno dynamics and Rydberg antiblockade

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    Shao, X. Q.; Wu, J. H.; Yi, X. X.

    2017-06-01

    A scheme is proposed for dissipative generation of maximally entanglement between two Rydberg atoms in the context of cavity QED. The spontaneous emission of atoms combined with quantum Zeno dynamics and the Rydberg antiblockade guarantees a unique steady solution of the master equation of the system, which just corresponds to the antisymmetric Bell state |S > . The convergence rate can be accelerated by the ground-state blockade mechanism of Rydberg atoms. Meanwhile the effect of cavity decay is suppressed by the Zeno requirement, leading to a steady-state fidelity about 90 % as the single-atom cooperativity parameter C ≡g2/(κ γ ) =10 , and this restriction is further relaxed to C =5.2 once the quantum-jump-based feedback control is exploited.

  20. Vibrational autoionization and predissociation in high Rydberg states of nitric oxide

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    Pratt, S. T.

    1998-05-01

    New results on the competition between autoionization and predissociation in the high Rydberg states of nitric oxide are presented. These results provide insight into the earlier work of Park et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 76, 1591 (1996)] that shows evidence for substantial mixing between Rydberg series and ionization continua with even and odd orbital angular momenta (l). New data based on fluorescence-dip spectroscopy, detection of neutral predissociation products, and photoelectron spectroscopy suggest that the A' 2Σ+ and I 2Σ+ dissociative valence states play an important role in this l mixing. Zeeman splittings observed in a magnetic bottle electron spectrometer also result in an improvement in the assignment of these high Rydberg states.

  1. Vibrational Autoionization and Predissociation in High Rydberg States of Nitric Oxide

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    Pratt, S. T.

    1998-05-01

    New results on the competition between autoionization and predissociation in the high Rydberg states of NO are presented. These results provide insight into the earlier work of H. Park et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 76, 1591 (1996)] that show evidence for substantial mixing between Rydberg series and ionization continua with even and odd orbital angular momenta. New data based on fluorescence-dip spectroscopy, detection of neutral predissociation products, and photoelectron spectroscopy suggest that the A' ^2Σ ^+ and I ^2Σ ^+ dissociative valence states play an important role in this mixing. As an example, the ionization and dissociation efficiencies of the nf levels are found to depend strongly on whether the total angular momentum minus spin, N, is even or odd, indicating predissociation via a ^2Σ ^+ state. Zeeman splittings observed in a magnetic bottle electron spectrometer also result in an improvement in the assignment of these high Rydberg states.

  2. Possibility of triple magic trapping of clock and Rydberg states of divalent atoms in optical lattices

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    Topcu, T.; Derevianko, A.

    2016-07-01

    We predict the possibility of ‘triply magic’ optical lattice trapping of neutral divalent atoms. In such a lattice, the {}1{{{S}}}0 and {}3{{{P}}}0 clock states and an additional Rydberg state experience identical optical potentials, fully mitigating detrimental effects of the motional decoherence. In particular, we show that this triply magic trapping condition can be satisfied for Yb atom at optical wavelengths and for various other divalent systems (Ca, Mg, Hg and Sr) in the UV region. We assess the quality of triple magic trapping conditions by estimating the probability of excitation out of the motional ground state as a result of the excitations between the clock and the Rydberg states. We also calculate trapping laser-induced photoionization rates of divalent Rydberg atoms at magic frequencies. We find that such rates are below the radiative spontaneous-emission rates, due to the presence of Cooper minima in photoionization cross-sections.

  3. Mean-field energy-level shifts and dielectric properties of strongly polarized Rydberg gases

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    Zhelyazkova, V.; Jirschik, R.; Hogan, S. D.

    2016-11-01

    Mean-field energy-level shifts arising as a result of strong electrostatic dipole interactions within dilute gases of polarized helium Rydberg atoms have been probed by microwave spectroscopy. The Rydberg states studied had principal quantum numbers n =70 and 72, and electric dipole moments of up to 14 050 D, and were prepared in pulsed supersonic beams at particle number densities on the order of 108 cm-3. Comparisons of the experimental data with the results of Monte Carlo calculations highlight effects of the distribution of nearest-neighbor spacings in the pulsed supersonic beams, and the dielectric properties of the strongly polarized Rydberg gases, on the microwave spectra. These observations reflect the emergence of macroscopic electrical properties of the atomic samples when strongly polarized.

  4. Sub-Poissonian Statistics of Jamming Limits in Ultracold Rydberg Gases

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    Sanders, Jaron; Jonckheere, Matthieu; Kokkelmans, Servaas

    2015-07-01

    Several recent experiments have established by measuring the Mandel Q parameter that the number of Rydberg excitations in ultracold gases exhibits sub-Poissonian statistics. This effect is attributed to the Rydberg blockade that occurs due to the strong interatomic interactions between highly excited atoms. Because of this blockade effect, the system can end up in a state in which all particles are either excited or blocked: a jamming limit. We analyze appropriately constructed random-graph models that capture the blockade effect, and derive formulae for the mean and variance of the number of Rydberg excitations in jamming limits. This yields an explicit relationship between the Mandel Q parameter and the blockade effect, and comparison to measurement data shows strong agreement between theory and experiment.

  5. Hydrogen Balmer series measurements and determination of Rydberg's constant using two different spectrometers

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    Amrani, D.

    2014-07-01

    This paper investigates the use of two different methods, the optical and the computer-aided diffraction-grating spectrometer, to measure the wavelength of visible lines of Balmer series from the hydrogen atomic spectrum and estimate the value of Rydberg's constant. Analysis and interpretation of data showed that both methods, despite their difference in terms of the type of equipment used, displayed good performance in terms of precision of measurements of wavelengths of spectral lines. A comparison was carried out between the experimental value of Rydberg's constant obtained with both methods and the accepted value. The results of Rydberg's constant obtained with both the optical and computer-aided spectrometers were 1.099 28 × 10-7 m-1 and 1.095 13 × 10-7 m-1 with an error difference of 0.17% and 0.20% compared to the accepted value 1.097 373 × 10-7 m-1, respectively.

  6. Photofragmentations, state interactions, and energetics of Rydberg and ion-pair states: two-dimensional resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization of HBr via singlet-, triplet-, Ω = 0 and 2 states.

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    Long, Jingming; Hróðmarsson, Helgi Rafn; Wang, Huasheng; Kvaran, Ágúst

    2012-06-07

    Mass spectra were recorded for one-colour resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization (REMPI) of H(i)Br (i = 79, 81) for the two-photon resonance excitation region 79,040-80,300 cm(-1) to obtain two-dimensional REMPI data. The data were analysed in terms of rotational line positions, intensities, and line-widths. Quantitative analysis of the data relevant to near-resonance interactions between the F(1)Δ(2)(v' = 1) and V(1)Σ(+)(v' = m + 7) states gives interaction strengths, fractional state mixing, and parameters relevant to dissociation of the F state. Qualitative analysis further reveals the nature of state interactions between ion-pair states and the E(1)Σ(+) (v' = 1) and H(1)Σ(+)(v' = 0) Rydberg states in terms of relative strengths and J' dependences. Large variety in line-widths, depending on electronic states and J' quantum numbers, is indicative of number of different predissociation channels. The relationship between line-widths, line-shifts, and signal intensities reveals dissociation mechanisms involving ion-pair to Rydberg state interactions prior to direct or indirect predissociations of Rydberg states. Quantum interference effects are found to be important. Moreover, observed bromine atom (2 + 1) REMPI signals support the importance of Rydberg state predissociation channels. A band system, not previously observed in REMPI, was observed and assigned to the k(3)Π(0)(v' = 0) ←← X transition with band origin 80,038 cm(-1) and rotational parameter B(v('))=7.238 cm(-1).

  7. Double-resonance spectroscopy of the high Rydberg states of HCO. II. Mode specificity in the dynamics of vibrational autoionization via CO stretch versus bend

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    Mayer, Eric E.; Hedderich, Hartmut G.; Grant, Edward R.

    1998-02-01

    We report ionization-detected absorption spectra of vibrationally autoionizing high Rydberg states of formyl radical. Steps of uv-visible double resonance with selected rovibrational levels of the 3pπ 2Π Rydberg state of HCO promote Franck-Condon vertical transitions that isolate series converging to (010) (bend) and (001) (CO stretch) excited states of HCO+. Final state energies in these spectra exceed the threshold for production of the cation ground state. Intensities and linewidths of observed resonances convey information on the dynamics of electron ejection driven by the vibronic relaxation of specific normal modes of the linear triatomic core. Many resonances in (010) and (001) autoionization spectra exhibit widths that approach the resolution of our laser. Other resonances in series converging to both limits are noticeably broadened, with linewidths that display an inverse cubic dependence on principal quantum number. Among these broader resonances, those in series that decay by relaxation of CO stretch exhibit a scaled width that is about a factor of two larger than that of the broadest resonances in series that relax via the bending fundamental. This trend mirrors to some degree one which has been seen in similar experiments on NO2. We consider these dynamics in the light of a multichannel quantum defect theory picture for the autoionization of polyatomic molecules.

  8. Stabilization of circular Rydberg atoms by circularly polarized infrared laser fields

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    Askeland, S.; Soerngaard, S. A.; Nepstad, R.; Foerre, M.; Pilskog, I.

    2011-09-15

    The ionization dynamics of circular Rydberg states in strong circularly polarized infrared (800 nm) laser fields is studied by means of numerical simulations with the time-dependent Schroedinger equation. We find that at certain intensities, related to the radius of the Rydberg states, atomic stabilization sets in, and the ionization probability decreases as the intensity is further increased. Moreover, there is a strong dependence of the ionization probability on the rotational direction of the applied laser field, which can be understood from a simple classical analogy.

  9. Nonlinear Optical Studies of Rydberg Atoms Using Degenerate Four-Wave Mixing.

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    1984-08-01

    AD-Ai46 827 NONLINEAR OPTICAL STUDIES OF RYDBERG ATOMS USING 1/2 DEGENERATE FOUR -WAVE MIXING(U) HUGHES RESEARCH LABS MALIBU CA J F LAM ET AL. AUG 84...146 827 NONLINEAR OPTICAL STUDIES OF RYDBERG ATOMS USING DEGENERATE FOUR -WAVE MIXING J.F. Lam, R.A. McFarlane, and D.G. StMel Hughes Research...techniques were developed nearly degenerate four -wave mixing, polarization nearly degenerate four -wave mixing, fre- quency domain three-state

  10. Quantum computing with atomic qubits and Rydberg interactions: progress and challenges

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    Saffman, M.

    2016-10-01

    We present a review of quantum computation with neutral atom qubits. After an overview of architectural options and approaches to preparing large qubit arrays we examine Rydberg mediated gate protocols and fidelity for two- and multi-qubit interactions. Quantum simulation and Rydberg dressing are alternatives to circuit based quantum computing for exploring many body quantum dynamics. We review the properties of the dressing interaction and provide a quantitative figure of merit for the complexity of the coherent dynamics that can be accessed with dressing. We conclude with a summary of the current status and an outlook for future progress.

  11. Anisotropic emission of neutral atoms: evidence of an anisotropic Rydberg sheath in nanoplasma

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    Rajeev, R.; Madhu Trivikram, T.; Rishad, K. P. M.; Krishnamurthy, M.

    2015-02-01

    Intense laser-produced plasma is a complex amalgam of ions, electrons and atoms both in ground and excited states. Little is known about the spatial composition of the excited states that are an integral part of most gaseous or cluster plasma. In cluster-plasma, Rydberg excitations change the charge composition of the ions through charge transfer reactions and shape the angular distributions. Here, we demonstrate a non-invasive technique that reveals the anisotropic Rydberg excited cluster sheath by measuring anisotropy in fast neutral atoms. The sheath is stronger in the direction of light polarization and the enhanced charge transfer by the excited clusters results in larger neutralization.

  12. Optical techniques for Rydberg physics in lattice geometries. A technical guide

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    Naber, Julian B.; Vos, Jannie; Rengelink, Robert J.; Nusselder, Rosanne J.; Davtyan, David

    2016-12-01

    We address the technical challenges when performing quantum information experiments with ultracold Rydberg atoms in lattice geometries. We discuss the following key aspects: (i) the coherent manipulation of atomic ground states, (ii) the coherent excitation of Rydberg states, and (iii) spatial addressing of individual lattice sites. We briefly review methods and solutions which have been successfully implemented, and give examples based on our experimental apparatus. This includes an optical phase-locked loop, an intensity and frequency stabilization setup for lasers, and a nematic liquid-crystal spatial light modulator.

  13. Spin-charge separation of dark-state polaritons in a Rydberg medium

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    Shi, Xiao-Feng; Svetlichnyy, P.; Kennedy, T. A. B.

    2016-04-01

    The propagation of light fields through a quasi one-dimensional cold atomic gas, exciting atomic Rydberg levels of large principal quantum number under conditions of electromagnetically induced transparency, can lead to a stable two-mode Luttinger liquid system. Atomic van der Waals interactions induce a coupling of bosonic field modes that display both photonic and atomic character, the Rydberg dark-state polaritons (RDPs). It is shown that by tunable control of the van der Waals coupling, the RDP may decouple into independent ‘spin’ and ‘charge’ fields which propagate at different speeds, analogous to spin-charge separation of electrons in a one-dimensional metal.

  14. Absolute cross-section measurements for ionization of He Rydberg atoms in collisions with K

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    Deng, F.; Renwick, S.; Martínez, H.; Morgan, T. J.

    1995-11-01

    Absolute cross sections for ionization of 1.5-10.0 keV/amu Rydberg helium atoms in principal quantum states 12<=n<=15 due to collisions with potassium have been measured. The data are compared with the free-electron cross section at equal velocity. Our results for the collisional ionization cross sections (σi) agree both in shape and absolute magnitude with the data available for the total electron-scattering cross sections (σe) and support recent theoretical models for ionization of Rydberg atoms with neutral perturbers.

  15. Orbital alignment effects in near-resonant Rydberg atoms-rare gas collisions

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    Isaacs, W.A.; Morrison, M.A.

    1993-05-01

    Recent experimental and theoretical studies of near-resonant energy transfer collisions involving rare-gas atoms and alkali or alkaline earth atoms which have been initially excited to an aligned state via one or more linearly polarized rasters have yielded a wealth of insight into orbital alignment and related effects. We have extended this inquiry to initially aligned Rydberg states, examining state-to-state and alignment-selected cross sections using quantum collision theory augmented by approximations appropriate to the special characteristics of the Rydberg state (e.g., the quasi-free-electron model and the impulse approximation).

  16. Rydberg Excitation of Single Atoms for Applications in Quantum Information and Metrology

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    Hankin, Aaron Michael

    2014-08-01

    With the advent of laser cooling and trapping, neutral atoms have become a foundational source of accuracy for applications in metrology and are showing great potential for their use as qubits in quantum information. In metrology, neutral atoms provide the most accurate references for the measurement of time and acceleration. The unsurpassed stability provided by these systems make neutral atoms an attractive avenue to explore applications in quantum information and computing. However, to fully investigate the eld of quantum information, we require a method to generate entangling interactions between neutral-atom qubits. Recent progress in the use of highly-excited Rydberg states for strong dipolar interactions has shown great promise for controlled entanglement using the Rydberg blockade phenomenon. I report the use of singly-trapped 133Cs atoms as qubits for applications in metrology and quantum information. Each atom provides a physical basis for a single qubit by encoding the required information into the ground-state hyper ne structure of 133Cs. Through the manipulation of these qubits with microwave and optical frequency sources, we demonstrate the capacity for arbitrary single-qubit control by driving qubit rotations in three orthogonal directions on the Bloch sphere. With this control, we develop an atom interferometer that far surpasses the force sensitivity of other approaches by applying the well-established technique of lightpulsed atom-matterwave interferometry to single atoms. Following this, we focus on two-qubit interactions using highly-excited Rydberg states. Through the development of a unique single-photon approach to Rydberg excitation using an ultraviolet laser at 319 nm, we observe the Rydberg blockade interaction between atoms separated by 6.6(3) m. Motivated by the observation of Rydberg blockade, we study the application of Rydberg-dressed states for a quantum controlled-phase gate. Using a realistic simulation of the

  17. Demonstration of the Jaynes-Cummings ladder with Rydberg-dressed atoms

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    Lee, Jongmin; Martin, Michael J.; Jau, Yuan-Yu; ...

    2017-04-06

    Here, we observe the nonlinearity of the Jaynes-Cummings (JC) ladder in the Autler-Townes spectroscopy of the hyperfine ground states for a Rydberg-dressed two-atom system. The role of the two-level system in the JC model is played by the presence or absence of a collective Rydberg excitation, and the bosonic mode manifests as the number n of single-atom spin flips, symmetrically distributed between the atoms. We also measure the normal-mode splitting and √ n nonlinearity as a function of detuning and Rabi frequency, thereby experimentally establishing the isomorphism with the JC model.

  18. Quantum defect description of H[sub 3] Rydberg state dynamics

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    Stephens, J.A.; Greene, C.H. )

    1994-03-14

    We develop a multichannel quantum defect formulation to describe the collision of a Rydberg or continuum electron with a vibrating and rotating polyatomic ion. We formulate a full rovibronic frame transformation which accounts simultaneously for vibrationally and rotationally inelastic collisions (preionization) and [ital l] uncoupling. Interactions among degenerate Rydberg series, arising from Jahn-Teller disortions of molecular geometry, play an important role in the formulation. An application to the 1[ital s][sup 2]3[ital sA][sub 1][sup [prime

  19. Survival of Rydberg atoms in intense laser fields and the role of nondipole effects

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    Klaiber, Michael; Dimitrovski, Darko

    2015-02-01

    We consider the interaction of Rydberg atoms with strong infrared laser pulses using an approach based on the Magnus expansion of the time evolution operator. First-order corrections beyond the electric dipole approximation are also included in the theory. We illustrate the dynamics of the interaction at the parameters of the experiment [Eichmann et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 203002 (2013), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.203002]. It emerges that the depletion of Rydberg atoms in this regime comes predominantly from the nondipole effects.

  20. Collective excitation of Rydberg-atom ensembles beyond the superatom model.

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    Gärttner, Martin; Whitlock, Shannon; Schönleber, David W; Evers, Jörg

    2014-12-05

    In an ensemble of laser-driven atoms involving strongly interacting Rydberg states, the steady-state excitation probability is usually substantially suppressed. In contrast, here we identify a regime in which the Rydberg excited fraction is enhanced by the interaction. This effect is associated with the buildup of many-body coherences induced by coherent multiphoton excitations between collective states. The excitation enhancement should be observable under currently existing experimental conditions and may serve as a direct probe for the presence of coherent multiphoton dynamics involving collective quantum states.

  1. Transition state in atomic physics

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    Jaffé, Charles; Farrelly, David; Uzer, T.

    1999-11-01

    The transition state is fundamental to modern theories of reaction dynamics: essentially, the transition state is a structure in phase space that all reactive trajectories must cross. While transition-state theory (TST) has been used mainly in chemical physics, it is possible to apply the theory to considerable advantage in any collision problem that involves some form of reaction. Of special interest are systems in which chaotic scattering or half-scattering occurs such as the ionization of Rydberg atoms in external fields. In this paper the ionization dynamics of a hydrogen atom in crossed electric and magnetic fields are shown to possess a transition state: We compute the periodic orbit dividing surface (PODS) which is found not to be a dividing surface when projected into configuration space. Although the possibility of a PODS occurring in phase space rather than configuration space has been recognized before, to our knowledge this is the first actual example: its origin is traced directly to the presence of velocity-dependent terms in the Hamiltonian. Our findings establish TST as the method of choice for understanding ionization of Rydberg atoms in the presence of velocity-dependent forces. To demonstrate this TST is used to (i) uncover a multiple-scattering mechanism for ionization and (ii) compute ionization rates. In the process we also develop a method of computing surfaces of section that uses periodic orbits to define the surface, and examine the fractal nature of the dynamics.

  2. Resonant inelastic x-ray scattering and photoemission measurement of O2: Direct evidence for dependence of Rydberg-valence mixing on vibrational states in O 1s → Rydberg states

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    Gejo, T.; Oura, M.; Tokushima, T.; Horikawa, Y.; Arai, H.; Shin, S.; Kimberg, V.; Kosugi, N.

    2017-07-01

    High-resolution resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) and low-energy photoemission spectra of oxygen molecules have been measured for investigating the electronic structure of Rydberg states in the O 1s → σ* energy region. The electronic characteristics of each Rydberg state have been successfully observed, and new assignments are made for several states. The RIXS spectra clearly show that vibrational excitation is very sensitive to the electronic characteristics because of Rydberg-valence mixing and vibronic coupling in O2. This observation constitutes direct experimental evidence that the Rydberg-valence mixing characteristic depends on the vibrational excitation near the avoided crossing of potential surfaces. We also measured the photoemission spectra of metastable oxygen atoms (O*) from O2 excited to 1s → Rydberg states. The broadening of the 4p Rydberg states of O* has been found with isotropic behavior, implying that excited oxygen molecules undergo dissociation with a lifetime of the order of 10 fs in 1s → Rydberg states.

  3. Few-body interactions in frozen Rydberg gases

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    Faoro, Riccardo; Pelle, Bruno; Zuliani, Alexandre

    2016-12-01

    The strong dipole-dipole coupling and the Stark tunability make Förster resonances an attractive tool for the implementation of quantum gates. In this direction a generalization to a N-body process would be a powerful instrument to implement multi-qubit gate and it will also path the way to the understanding of many-body physics. In this review, we give a general introduction on Förster resonances, also known as two-body FRET, giving an overview of the different application in quantum engineering and quantum simulation. Then we will describe an analogous process, the quasi-forbidden FRET, which is related to the Stark mixing due to the presence of an external electric field. We will then focus on its use in a peculiar four-body FRET. The second part of this review is focused on our study of few-body interactions in a cold gas of Cs Rydberg atoms. After a detailed description of a series of quasi-forbidden resonances detected in the proximity of an allowed two-body FRET we will show our most promising result: the observation of a three-body FRET. This process corresponds to a generalization of the usual two-body FRET, where a third atom serves as a relay for the energy transport. This relay also compensates for the energy mismatch which prevents a direct two-body FRET between the donor and the acceptor, but on the other side allowed a three-body process; for this reason, the three-body FRET observed is a "Borromean" process. It can be generalized for any quantum system displaying two-body FRET from quasi-degenerate levels. We also predict N-body FRET, based on the same interaction scheme. Three-body FRET thus promises important applications in the formation of macro-trimers, implementation of few-body quantum gates, few-body entanglement or heralded entanglement.

  4. Measuring the dispersive frequency shift of a rectangular microwave cavity induced by an ensemble of Rydberg atoms

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    Stammeier, M.; Garcia, S.; Thiele, T.; Deiglmayr, J.; Agner, J. A.; Schmutz, H.; Merkt, F.; Wallraff, A.

    2017-05-01

    In recent years the interest in studying interactions of Rydberg atoms or ensembles thereof with optical and microwave frequency fields has steadily increased, both in the context of basic research and for potential applications in quantum information processing. We present measurements of the dispersive interaction between an ensemble of helium atoms in the 37 s Rydberg state and a single resonator mode by extracting the amplitude and phase change of a weak microwave probe tone transmitted through the cavity. The results are in quantitative agreement with predictions made on the basis of the dispersive Tavis-Cummings Hamiltonian. We study this system with the goal of realizing a hybrid between superconducting circuits and Rydberg atoms. We measure maximal collective coupling strengths of 1 MHz, corresponding to 3 ×103 Rydberg atoms coupled to the cavity. As expected, the dispersive shift is found to be inversely proportional to the atom-cavity detuning and proportional to the number of Rydberg atoms. This possibility of measuring the number of Rydberg atoms in a nondestructive manner is relevant for quantitatively evaluating scattering cross sections in experiments with Rydberg atoms.

  5. Two-Photon Excited State Dynamics of Dark Valence, Rydberg, and Superexcited States in 1,3-Butadiene.

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    Schalk, Oliver; Boguslavskiy, Andrey E; Stolow, Albert

    2014-02-06

    Two-photon absorption in systems with parity permits access to states that cannot be prepared by one-photon absorption. Here we present the first time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy study using this technique, applied to 1,3-butadiene, in which we investigated the dynamics of its dark valence, Rydberg, and superexcited states. The dark valence state dynamics are accessed via the Rydberg manifold, excited by two photons of 400 nm. We find that the 'dark' 2(1)Ag state populated in this manner has a much longer lifetime than when accesses via the 1(1)Bu 'bright' valence state when populated by one photon of 200 nm. In addition, we compared the dynamics of the 3sπ- and 3dπ-Rydberg states. These Rydberg states relax to the valence manifold on a subpicosecond time scale, with the 3sπ-Rydberg state decay rate being larger due to a stronger valence-Rydberg mixing. Finally, we investigated superexcited valence states that fragment or autoionize within 200 fs, likely without involving Rydberg states.

  6. Anomalies in radiation-collisional kinetics of Rydberg atoms induced by the effects of dynamical chaos and the double Stark resonance

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    Bezuglov, N. N.; Klyucharev, A. N.; Mihajlov, A. A.; Srećković, V. A.

    2014-10-01

    Radiative and collisional constants of excited atoms contain the matrix elements of the dipole transitions and when they are blocked one can expect occurring a number of interesting phenomena in radiation-collisional kinetics. In recent astrophysical studies of IR emission spectra it was revealed a gap in the radiation emitted by Rydberg atoms (RA) with values of the principal quantum number of n≈10. Under the presence of external electric fields a rearrangement of RA emission spectra is possible to associate with manifestations of the Stark effect. The threshold for electric field ionization of RA is E≈3·104 V/cm for states with n>10. This means that the emission of RA with n≥10 is effectively blocked for such fields. In the region of lower electric field intensities the double Stark resonance (or Förster resonance) becomes a key player. On this basis it is established the fact that the static magnetic or electric fields may strongly affect the radiative constants of optical transitions in the vicinity of the Föster resonance resulting, for instance, in an order of magnitude reduction of the intensity in some lines. Then, it is shown in this work that in the atmospheres of celestial objects lifetimes of comparatively long-lived RA states and intensities of corresponding radiative transitions can be associated with the effects of dynamic chaos via collisional ionization. The Föster resonance allows us to manipulate the random walk of the Rydberg electron (RE) in the manifold of quantum levels and hence change the excitation energies of RA, which lead to anomalies in the IR spectra.

  7. Nonlinear modifications of photon correlations via controlled single and double Rydberg blockade

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    Liu, Yi-Mou; Tian, Xue-Dong; Yan, Dong; Zhang, Yan; Cui, Cui-Li; Wu, Jin-Hui

    2015-04-01

    We study the optical response of cold rubidium atoms driven into the four-level Y configuration exhibiting two high Rydberg levels in the regime of electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT). Atoms excited to either Rydberg level interact with each other just via self-blockade potentials (I) or also via cross blockade potentials (II). Numerical results show a few interesting quantum phenomena on the transmitted properties of a weak probe field owing to controlled single and double Rydberg blockade. In case (I), it is viable to switch between single-photon outputs with vanishing (invariable) two-photon (three-photon) correlation and photon-pair outputs with vanishing (invariable) three-photon (two-photon) correlation. Such output switch can be easily done by modulating frequencies and intensities of two strong coupling fields to create a degenerate EIT window or two separated EIT windows. In case (II), we find that two-photon and three-photon correlations decrease together at a degenerate EIT window center while increasing together between two separated EIT windows. Such consistent changes are observed because both correlations are modified by the identical polarizability degradation though depending on single and double Rydberg blockade, respectively.

  8. Probing an Electron Scattering Resonance using Rydberg Molecules within a Dense and Ultracold Gas

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    Schlagmüller, Michael; Liebisch, Tara Cubel; Nguyen, Huan; Lochead, Graham; Engel, Felix; Böttcher, Fabian; Westphal, Karl M.; Kleinbach, Kathrin S.; Löw, Robert; Hofferberth, Sebastian; Pfau, Tilman; Pérez-Ríos, Jesús; Greene, Chris H.

    2016-02-01

    We present spectroscopy of a single Rydberg atom excited within a Bose-Einstein condensate. We not only observe the density shift as discovered by Amaldi and Segrè in 1934, but a line shape that changes with the principal quantum number n . The line broadening depends precisely on the interaction potential energy curves of the Rydberg electron with the neutral atom perturbers. In particular, we show the relevance of the triplet p -wave shape resonance in the e--Rb (5 S ) scattering, which significantly modifies the interaction potential. With a peak density of 5.5 ×1014 cm-3 , and therefore an interparticle spacing of 1300 a0 within a Bose-Einstein condensate, the potential energy curves can be probed at these Rydberg ion-neutral atom separations. We present a simple microscopic model for the spectroscopic line shape by treating the atoms overlapped with the Rydberg orbit as zero-velocity, uncorrelated, pointlike particles, with binding energies associated with their ion-neutral separation, and good agreement is found.

  9. Large-area field-ionization detector for the study of Rydberg atoms

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    Jones, A. C. L.; Piñeiro, A. M.; Roeder, E. E.; Rutbeck-Goldman, H. J.; Tom, H. W. K.; Mills, A. P.

    2016-11-01

    We describe here the development and characterization of a micro-channel plate (MCP) based detector designed for the efficient collection and detection of Rydberg positronium (Ps) atoms for use in a time-of-flight apparatus. The designed detector collects Rydberg atoms over a large area (˜4 times greater than the active area of the MCP), ionizing incident atoms and then collecting and focusing the freed positrons onto the MCP. Here we discuss the function, design, and optimization of the device. The detector has an efficiency for Rydberg Ps that is two times larger than that of the γ-ray scintillation detector based scheme it has been designed to replace, with half the background signal. In principle, detectors of the type described here could be readily employed for the detection of any Rydberg atom species, provided a sufficient field can be applied to achieve an ionization rate of ≥108/s. In such cases, the best time resolution would be achieved by collecting ionized electrons rather than the positive ions.

  10. Toward the Use of Rydberg States for State-Selective Production of Molecular Ions

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    Grimes, David; Barnum, Timothy J.; Coy, Stephen; Field, Robert W.

    2014-06-01

    The usual simplified view of Rydberg states of molecules as consisting of a single Rydberg electron loosely bound to a molecular ion core in a well-defined rotation-vibration state suggests an attractive possibility for state-selective production of molecular ions. A Rydberg electron excited above the energy of the ground state of the ion core will spontaneously autoionize, leaving behind a molecular ion. The autoionizing states are of strongly mixed character due to the ubiquitous nonadiabatic interactions between Rydberg series associated with different states of the ion core. Using our complete Multichannel Quantum Defect Theory (MQDT) fit model for CaF, we have predicted the locations and strengths of special autoionizing resonances that decay into a single rotation-vibration state of a molecular ion. Few molecules are as well characterized as CaF, nor as elegantly simple. We additionally describe the use of core nonpenetrating states as a general method to produce an ensemble of molecular ions in a single, selectable quantum state.

  11. Effects of transverse photon exchange in helium Rydberg states - Corrections beyond the Coulomb-Breit interaction

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    Au, C. K.

    1989-01-01

    The Breit correction only accounts for part of the transverse photon exchange correction in the calculation of the energy levels in helium Rydberg states. The remaining leading corrections are identified and each is expressed in an effective potential form. The relevance to the Casimir correction potential in various limits is also discussed.

  12. FUSE Measurements of Rydberg Bands of Interstellar CO between 925 and 1150 Å

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    Sheffer, Y.; Federman, S. R.; Andersson, B.-G.

    2003-11-01

    We report the detection of 11 Rydberg bands of CO in FUSE spectra of the sight line toward HD 203374A. Eight of these electronic bands are seen in the interstellar medium for the first time. Our simultaneous fit of five non-Rydberg A-X bands together with the strongest Rydberg band of CO, C-X (0-0), yields a four-component cloud structure toward the stellar target. With this model we synthesize the other Rydberg bands in order to derive their oscillator strengths. We find that the strength of some bands was underestimated in previously published results from laboratory measurements. The implication is important for theoretical calculations of the abundance of interstellar CO, because its dissociation and self-shielding depend on oscillator strengths for these bands. Based on observations made with the NASA-CNES-CSA Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE), which is operated for NASA by the Johns Hopkins University under NASA contract NAS5-32985.

  13. Density matrix reconstruction of three-level atoms via Rydberg electromagnetically induced transparency

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    Gavryusev, V.; Signoles, A.; Ferreira-Cao, M.; Zürn, G.; Hofmann, C. S.; Günter, G.; Schempp, H.; Robert-de-Saint-Vincent, M.; Whitlock, S.; Weidemüller, M.

    2016-08-01

    We present combined measurements of the spatially resolved optical spectrum and the total excited-atom number in an ultracold gas of three-level atoms under electromagnetically induced transparency conditions involving high-lying Rydberg states. The observed optical transmission of a weak probe laser at the center of the coupling region exhibits a double peaked spectrum as a function of detuning, while the Rydberg atom number shows a comparatively narrow single resonance. By imaging the transmitted light onto a charge-coupled-device camera, we record hundreds of spectra in parallel, which are used to map out the spatial profile of Rabi frequencies of the coupling laser. Using all the information available we can reconstruct the full one-body density matrix of the three-level system, which provides the optical susceptibility and the Rydberg density as a function of spatial position. These results help elucidate the connection between three-level interference phenomena, including the interplay of matter and light degrees of freedom and will facilitate new studies of many-body effects in optically driven Rydberg gases.

  14. Molecular Structure and Dynamics Probed by Photoionization Out of Rydberg States

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    Rudakov, Fedor

    2017-06-01

    Probing the structure of a molecule as a chemical reaction unfolds has been a long standing goal in chemical physics. Most spectroscopic and diffraction techniques work well when the molecules are cold and thus vibrational motion is minimized. Yet, the very ability of a molecule to undergo structural changes implies that a significant amount of energy resides within the molecule. In order to probe structures of even medium sized molecules on an ultrafast time scale a technique that is sensitive to the molecular structure, yet insensitive to the vibrational motion is required. In our research we demonstrated that Rydberg electrons are remarkably sensitive to the molecular structure. Photoionization of a molecule out of Rydberg states reveals a purely electronic spectrum which is largely insensitive to vibrational motion. The talk illustrates how Rydberg electrons can serve as a probe for ultrafast structural dynamics in polyatomic molecules. The talk also demonstrates that photoionization through Rydberg states can be utilized for non-intrusive detection of polyatomic combustion intermediates in flames.

  15. Population transfer collisions involving nD Rydberg atoms in a CO2 optical dipole trap

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    Kondo, Jorge M.; Goncalves, Luis F.; Tallant, Jonathan E.; Marcassa, Luis G.

    2014-05-01

    There has been an increasing interest in cold Rydberg atoms over the last several years. The primary reason for this attention is that interactions between Rydberg atoms are strong and lead to many interesting and useful phenomena, which require high atomic density samples. In this work, we have loaded Rb atoms into a CO2 optical dipole trap. After the loading, we turn off the dipole trap and excite the Rydberg state using a combination of two cw laser beams at 780 nm and 480 nm respectively. Finally, the Rydberg atoms are detected using pulsed field ionization technique. By analyzing the electrons signal, we can study the population transfer from the nD state to the (n + 2)P as a function of the atomic density for 37 <= n <= 45. As the atomic density increases, the excitation of the nD state saturates, suggesting the occurrence of dipole blockade. Nevertheless, the (n + 2)P is quadratically proportional to the nD population. We have also investigated the role of a dc electrical field in such process. This work was supported by Fapesp and INCT-IQ.

  16. Comparative study on atomic and molecular Rydberg-state excitation in strong infrared laser fields

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    Lv, Hang; Zuo, Wanlong; Zhao, Lei; Xu, Haifeng; Jin, Mingxing; Ding, Dajun; Hu, Shilin; Chen, Jing

    2016-03-01

    Rydberg-state excitation of atoms in strong infrared laser fields provides a new complementary aspect of the perspective of atom-strong field interactions. In this article, we perform an experimental and theoretical study on the corresponding process of diatomic molecules, N2 and O2. We show that neutral molecules can also survive strong 800-nm laser fields in high Rydberg states, while their behavior is remarkably different in comparison with their companion atoms, Ar and Xe. The Rydberg excitation of N2 generally behaves similarly to Ar, while that of O2 is more significantly suppressed than the ionization compared to Xe in a high intensity region, which can be understood in the frame of a semiclassical picture, together with their different structures of molecular orbitals. However, distinct quantum features in the Rydberg excitation processes that are apparently beyond the semiclassical picture have been identified, i.e., the less suppressed probability of O2 at low intensity and the oscillation behavior of the ratio between N2 and Ar, indicating that our understanding of the relevant physics is still far from complete.

  17. A high repetition rate experimental setup for quantum non-linear optics with cold Rydberg atoms

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    Busche, Hannes; Ball, Simon W.; Huillery, Paul

    2016-12-01

    Using electromagnetically induced transparency and photon storage, the strong dipolar interactions between Rydberg atoms and the resulting dipole blockade can be mapped onto light fields to realise optical non-linearities and interactions at the single photon level. We report on the realisation of an experimental apparatus designed to study interactions between single photons stored as Rydberg excitations in optically trapped microscopic ensembles of ultracold 87Rb atoms. A pair of in-vacuum high numerical aperture lenses focus excitation and trapping beams down to 1 μm, well below the Rydberg blockade. Thanks to efficient magneto-optical trap (MOT) loading from an atomic beam generated by a 2D MOT and the ability to recycle the microscopic ensembles more than 20000 times without significant atom loss, we achieve effective repetition rates exceeding 110 kHz to obtain good photon counting statistics on reasonable time scales. To demonstrate the functionality of the setup, we present evidence of strong photon interactions including saturation of photon storage and the retrieval of non-classical light. Using in-vacuum antennae operating at up to 40 GHz, we perform microwave spectroscopy on photons stored as Rydberg excitations and observe an interaction induced change in lineshape depending on the number of stored photons.

  18. Phase dependent excitation of Rydberg atoms in non-zero average fields

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    Magnuson, Eric; Carrat, Vincent; Gallagher, Tom

    2016-05-01

    The final energy of an electron excited to a high lying Rydberg state in the presence of a microwave (MW) field shows a dependence on the phase of the field at which the excitation occurs. This phase dependence is comparable to that seen in strong field experiments using attosecond pulses to probe systems perturbed by intense infrared (IR) fields. In zero average field, final energies exhibit a phase dependence at twice the frequency of the MW field. We show a phase dependence at the same frequency as the MW field emerges in the presence of a non-zero average field, parallel to the MW polarization. To isolate phase dependence at the MW frequency, we amplitude modulate the IR excitation laser and phase lock this modulation to the MW field. Li atoms are excited to states near the ionization limit in the presence of a MW field, and bound Rydberg states (n>150) are detected. In an applied average field, we observe modulation of the Rydberg signal at the MW frequency. This modulation vanishes as the average field is zeroed, but persists even in fields large enough to ionize most of the population. We compare these results to symmetry arguments and a model of classical Rydberg orbits. An experiment to determine the absolute phase of the modulation relative the MW field is discussed. This work is supported by the US Department of Energy.

  19. Evolution from Rydberg gas to ultracold plasma in a supersonic atomic beam of Xe

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    Hung, J.; Sadeghi, H.; Schulz-Weiling, M.; Grant, E. R.

    2014-08-01

    A Rydberg gas of xenon, entrained in a supersonic atomic beam, evolves slowly to form an ultracold plasma. In the early stages of this evolution, when the free-electron density is low, Rydberg atoms undergo long-range \\ell -mixing collisions, yielding states of high orbital angular momentum. The development of high-\\ell states promotes dipole-dipole interactions that help to drive Penning ionization. The electron density increases until it reaches the threshold for avalanche. Ninety μs after the production of a Rydberg gas with the initial state, {{n}_{0}}{{\\ell }_{0}}=42d, a 432 V cm-1 electrostatic pulse fails to separate charge in the excited volume, an effect which is ascribed to screening by free electrons. Photoexcitation cross sections, observed rates of \\ell -mixing, and a coupled-rate-equation model simulating the onset of the electron-impact avalanche point consistently to an initial Rydberg gas density of 5\\times {{10}^{8}}\\;c{{m}^{-3}}.

  20. High-order-harmonic generation from Rydberg atoms driven by plasmon-enhanced laser fields

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    Tikman, Y.; Yavuz, I.; Ciappina, M. F.; Chacón, A.; Altun, Z.; Lewenstein, M.

    2016-02-01

    We theoretically investigate high-order-harmonic generation (HHG) in Rydberg atoms driven by spatially inhomogeneous laser fields, induced, for instance, by plasmonic enhancement. It is well known that the laser intensity should exceed a certain threshold in order to stimulate HHG when noble gas atoms in their ground state are used as an active medium. One way to enhance the coherent light coming from a conventional laser oscillator is to take advantage of the amplification obtained by the so-called surface plasmon polaritons, created when a low-intensity laser field is focused onto a metallic nanostructure. The main limitation of this scheme is the low damage threshold of the materials employed in the nanostructure engineering. In this work we propose the use of Rydberg atoms, driven by spatially inhomogeneous, plasmon-enhanced laser fields, for HHG. We exhaustively discuss the behavior and efficiency of these systems in the generation of coherent harmonic emission. Toward this aim we numerically solve the time-dependent Schrödinger equation for an atom, with an electron initially in a highly excited n th Rydberg state, located in the vicinity of a metallic nanostructure. In this zone the electric field changes spatially on scales relevant for the dynamics of the laser-ionized electron. We first use a one-dimensional model to investigate systematically the phenomena. We then employ a more realistic situation, in which the interaction of a plasmon-enhanced laser field with a three-dimensional hydrogen atom is modeled. We discuss the scaling of the relevant input parameters with the principal quantum number n of the Rydberg state in question and demonstrate that harmonic emission can be achieved from Rydberg atoms well below the damage threshold, thus without deterioration of the geometry and properties of the metallic nanostructure.

  1. Energy of van der Waals and dipole-dipole interactions between atoms in Rydberg states

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    Kamenski, A. A.; Manakov, N. L.; Mokhnenko, S. N.; Ovsiannikov, V. D.

    2017-09-01

    The van der Waals coefficient C6(θ ;n l J M ) of two like Rydberg atoms in their identical Rydberg states |n l J M 〉 is resolved into four irreducible components called scalar Rs s, axial (vector) Ra a, scalar-tensor Rs T=RT s , and tensor-tensor RT T parts in analogy with the components of dipole polarizabilities. The irreducible components determine the dependence of C6(θ ;n l J M ) on the angle θ between the interatomic and the quantization axes of atoms. The spectral resolution for the biatomic Green's function with account of the most contributing terms is used for evaluating the components Rα β of atoms in their Rydberg series of doublet states of the low angular momenta (2S , 2P , 2D , 2F ). The polynomial presentations in powers of the Rydberg-state principal quantum number n taking into account the asymptotic dependence C6(θ ;n l J M ) ∝n11 are derived for simplified evaluations of irreducible components. Numerical values of the polynomial coefficients are determined for Rb atoms in their n 2S1 /2 , n 2P1 /2 ,3 /2 , n 2D3 /2 ,5 /2 , and n 2F5 /2 ,7 /2 Rydberg states of arbitrary high n . The transformation of the van der Waals interaction law -C6/R6 into the dipole-dipole law C3/R3 in the case of close dipole-connected two-atomic states (the Förster resonance) is considered and the dependencies on the magnetic quantum numbers M and on the angle θ of the constant C3(θ ;n l J M ) are determined together with the ranges of interatomic distances R , where the transformation appears.

  2. Dipole-dipole resonance line shapes in a cold Rydberg gas

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

    2016-04-01

    We have explored the dipole-dipole mediated, resonant energy transfer reaction, 32 p3 /2+32 p3 /2→32 s +33 s , in an ensemble of cold 85Rb Rydberg atoms. Stark tuning is employed to measure the population transfer probability as a function of the total electronic energy difference between the initial and final atom-pair states over a range of Rydberg densities, 2 ×108≤ρ ≤3 ×109 cm-3. The observed line shapes provide information on the role of beyond nearest-neighbor interactions, the range of Rydberg atom separations, and the electric field inhomogeneity in the sample. The widths of the resonance line shapes increase approximately linearly with the Rydberg density and are only a factor of 2 larger than expected for two-body, nearest-neighbor interactions alone. These results are in agreement with the prediction [B. Sun and F. Robicheaux, Phys. Rev. A 78, 040701(R) (2008), 10.1103/PhysRevA.78.040701] that beyond nearest-neighbor exchange interactions should not influence the population transfer process to the degree once thought. At low densities, Gaussian rather than Lorentzian line shapes are observed due to electric field inhomogeneities, allowing us to set an upper limit for the field variation across the Rydberg sample. At higher densities, non-Lorentzian, cusplike line shapes characterized by sharp central peaks and broad wings reflect the random distribution of interatomic distances within the magneto-optical trap (MOT). These line shapes are well reproduced by an analytic expression derived from a nearest-neighbor interaction model and may serve as a useful fingerprint for characterizing the position correlation function for atoms within the MOT.

  3. High-resolution spectroscopy of He2+ using Rydberg-series extrapolation and Zeeman-decelerated supersonic beams of metastable He2

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    Jansen, Paul; Semeria, Luca; Merkt, Frédéric

    2016-04-01

    Recently, high-resolution spectroscopy of slow beams of metastable helium molecules (He2∗) generated by multistage Zeeman deceleration was used in combination with Rydberg-series extrapolation techniques to obtain the lowest rotational interval in the molecular helium ion at a precision of 18 MHz (Jansen et al., 2015), limited by the temporal width of the Fourier-transform-limited laser pulses used to record the spectra. We present here an extension of these measurements in which we have (1) measured higher rotational intervals of He2+, (2) replaced the pulsed UV laser by a cw UV laser and improved the resolution of the spectra by a factor of more than five, and (3) studied MJ redistribution processes in regions of low magnetic fields of the Zeeman decelerator and shown how these processes can be exploited to assign transitions originating from specific spin-rotational levels (N″,J″) of He2∗ .

  4. Using frequency detuning to improve the sensitivity of electric field measurements via electromagnetically induced transparency and Autler-Townes splitting in Rydberg atoms

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    Simons, Matt T.; Gordon, Joshua A.; Holloway, Christopher L.; Anderson, David A.; Miller, Stephanie A.; Raithel, Georg

    2016-04-25

    In this work, we demonstrate an approach for improved sensitivity in weak radio frequency (RF) electric-field strength measurements using Rydberg electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) in an atomic vapor. This is accomplished by varying the RF frequency around a resonant atomic transition and extrapolating the weak on-resonant field strength from the resulting off-resonant Autler-Townes (AT) splittings. This measurement remains directly traceable to SI compared to previous techniques, precluding any knowledge of experimental parameters such as optical beam powers as is the case when using the curvature of the EIT line shape to measure weak fields. We use this approach to measure weak RF fields at 182 GHz and 208 GHz demonstrating improvement greater than a factor of 2 in the measurement sensitivity compared to on-resonant AT splitting RF electric field measurements.

  5. Measurements of the ion velocity distribution in an ultracold neutral plasma derived from a cold, dense Rydberg gas

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    Bergeson, Scott; Lyon, Mary

    2016-05-01

    We report measurements of the ion velocity distribution in an ultracold neutral plasma derived from a dense, cold Rydberg gas in a MOT. The Rydberg atoms are excited using a resonant two-step excitation pathway with lasers of 4 ns duration. The plasma forms spontaneously and rapidly. The rms width of the ion velocity distribution is determined by measuring laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) of the ions. The measured excitation efficiency is compared with a Monte-Carlo wavefunction calculation, and significant differences are observed. We discuss the conditions for blockaded Rydberg excitation and the subsequent spatial ordering of Rydberg atom domains. While the blockade interaction is greater than the Rabi frequency in portions of the atomic sample, no evidence for spatial ordering is observed. This research is supported in part by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (Grant No. FA9950-12- 0308) and by the National Science Foundation (Grant No. PHY-1404488).

  6. Condensation versus long-range interaction: Competing quantum phases in bosonic optical lattice systems at near-resonant Rydberg dressing

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    Geißler, Andreas; Vasić, Ivana; Hofstetter, Walter

    2017-06-01

    Recent experiments have shown that (quasi)crystalline phases of Rydberg-dressed quantum many-body systems in optical lattices (OL) are within reach. Rydberg systems naturally possess strong long-range interactions due to the large polarizability of Rydberg atoms. Thus a wide range of quantum phases has been predicted, such as a devil's staircase of lattice-incommensurate density wave phases as well as the more exotic lattice supersolid order for bosonic systems, as considered in our work. Guided by results in the "frozen"-gas limit, we study the ground-state phase diagram at finite hopping amplitudes and in the vicinity of resonant Rydberg driving while fully including the long-range tail of the van der Waals interaction. Simulations within real-space bosonic dynamical mean-field theory yield an extension of the devil's staircase into the supersolid regime where the competition of condensation and interaction leads to a sequence of crystalline phases.

  7. Dynamical phases in a one-dimensional chain of heterospecies Rydberg atoms with next-nearest-neighbor interactions

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    Qian, Jing; Zhang, Lu; Zhai, Jingjing; Zhang, Weiping

    2015-12-01

    We theoretically investigate the dynamical phase diagram of a one-dimensional chain of laser-excited two-species Rydberg atoms. The existence of a variety of unique dynamical phases in the experimentally achievable parameter region is predicted under the mean-field approximation, and the change in those phases when the effect of the next-nearest-neighbor interaction is included is further discussed. In particular, we find that the com-petition of the strong Rydberg-Rydberg interactions and the optical excitation imbalance can lead to the presence of complex multiple chaotic phases, which are highly sensitive to the initial Rydberg-state population and the strength of the next-nearest-neighbor interactions.

  8. Rydberg and valence state excitation dynamics: a velocity map imaging study involving the E-V state interaction in HBr.

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    Zaouris, Dimitris; Kartakoullis, Andreas; Glodic, Pavle; Samartzis, Peter C; Rafn Hróðmarsson, Helgi; Kvaran, Ágúst

    2015-04-28

    Photoexcitation dynamics of the E((1)Σ(+)) (v' = 0) Rydberg state and the V((1)Σ(+)) (v') ion-pair vibrational states of HBr are investigated by velocity map imaging (VMI). H(+) photoions, produced through a number of vibrational and rotational levels of the two states were imaged and kinetic energy release (KER) and angular distributions were extracted from the data. In agreement with previous work, we found the photodissociation channels forming H*(n = 2) + Br((2)P3/2)/Br*((2)P1/2) to be dominant. Autoionization pathways leading to H(+) + Br((2)P3/2)/Br*((2)P1/2) via either HBr(+)((2)Π3/2) or HBr(+)*((2)Π1/2) formation were also present. The analysis of KER and angular distributions and comparison with rotationally and mass resolved resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization (REMPI) spectra revealed the excitation transition mechanisms and characteristics of states involved as well as the involvement of the E-V state interactions and their v' and J' dependence.

  9. First-principles investigation on Rydberg and resonance excitations: A case study of the firefly luciferin anion

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    Noguchi, Yoshifumi Hiyama, Miyabi; Akiyama, Hidefumi; Koga, Nobuaki

    2014-07-28

    The optical properties of an isolated firefly luciferin anion are investigated by using first-principles calculations, employing the many-body perturbation theory to take into account the excitonic effect. The calculated photoabsorption spectra are compared with the results obtained using the time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) employing the localized atomic orbital (AO) basis sets and a recent experiment in vacuum. The present method well reproduces the line shape at the photon energy corresponding to the Rydberg and resonance excitations but overestimates the peak positions by about 0.5 eV. However, the TDDFT-calculated positions of some peaks are closer to those of the experiment. We also investigate the basis set dependency in describing the free electron states above vacuum level and the excitons involving the transitions to the free electron states and conclude that AO-only basis sets are inaccurate for free electron states and the use of a plane wave basis set is required.

  10. Heavy Rydberg behaviour in high vibrational levels of some ion-pair states of the halogens and inter-halogens

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    Donovan, Robert J. E-mail: tr01@staffmail.ed.ac.uk; Lawley, Kenneth P. Ridley, Trevor E-mail: tr01@staffmail.ed.ac.uk

    2015-05-28

    We report the identification of heavy Rydberg resonances in the ion-pair spectra of I{sub 2}, Cl{sub 2}, ICl, and IBr. Extensive vibrational progressions are analysed in terms of the energy dependence of the quantum defect δ(E{sub b}) rather than as Dunham expansions. This is shown to define the heavy Rydberg region, providing a more revealing fit to the data with fewer coefficients and leads just as easily to numbering data sets separated by gaps in the observed vibrational progressions. Interaction of heavy Rydberg states with electronic Rydberg states at avoided crossings on the inner wall of the ion-pair potential is shown to produce distinctive changes in the energy dependence of δ(E{sub b}), with weak and strong interactions readily distinguished. Heavy Rydberg behaviour is found to extend well below near-dissociation states, down to vibrational levels ∼18 000-20 000 cm{sup −1} below dissociation. The rapid semi-classical calculation of δ(E{sub b}) for heavy Rydberg states is emphasised and shows their absolute magnitude to be essentially the volume of phase space excluded from the vibrational motion by avoiding core-core penetration of the ions.

  11. Heavy Rydberg behaviour in high vibrational levels of some ion-pair states of the halogens and inter-halogens.

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    Donovan, Robert J; Lawley, Kenneth P; Ridley, Trevor

    2015-05-28

    We report the identification of heavy Rydberg resonances in the ion-pair spectra of I2, Cl2, ICl, and IBr. Extensive vibrational progressions are analysed in terms of the energy dependence of the quantum defect δ(Eb) rather than as Dunham expansions. This is shown to define the heavy Rydberg region, providing a more revealing fit to the data with fewer coefficients and leads just as easily to numbering data sets separated by gaps in the observed vibrational progressions. Interaction of heavy Rydberg states with electronic Rydberg states at avoided crossings on the inner wall of the ion-pair potential is shown to produce distinctive changes in the energy dependence of δ(Eb), with weak and strong interactions readily distinguished. Heavy Rydberg behaviour is found to extend well below near-dissociation states, down to vibrational levels ∼18,000-20,000 cm(-1) below dissociation. The rapid semi-classical calculation of δ(Eb) for heavy Rydberg states is emphasised and shows their absolute magnitude to be essentially the volume of phase space excluded from the vibrational motion by avoiding core-core penetration of the ions.

  12. Observation of Rydberg blockade effects at very high n, n ~ 300 , using strontium n1F3 states

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    Zhang, Xinyue; Dunning, F. B.; Yoshida, Shuhei; Burgdörfer, Joachim

    2015-05-01

    Rydberg blockade at very high n, n ~ 300 , is examined using strontium n1F3 Rydberg atoms excited in a small volume defined by two tightly-focused crossed laser beams. Measurements of the number distribution of Rydberg atoms created show deviations from a Poisson distribution revealing sizeable blockade effects. The statistics of the number distribution are studied using a Monte Carlo method in which the interaction between strontium Rydberg atoms is evaluated by solving the Schrödinger equation within a two-active-electron model. The strength of blockade is analyzed in detail with respect to the alignment of two atoms relative to the laser polarizations. With careful control of the experimental parameters the probability for creating one, and only one, Rydberg atom, P(1) , in the excitation volume can be sufficiently large, P(1) > 0 . 6 , as to enable detailed studies of strongly-coupled Rydberg atom pairs. Research supported by the NSF, the Robert A. Welch Foundation, and the FWF (Austria).

  13. Long-lived Electronic Coherence of Rydberg States in the Strong-Field Ionization of a Polyatomic Molecule

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    Konar, Arkaprabha; Shu, Yinan; Levine, Benjamin; Lozovoy, Vadim; Dantus, Marcos

    2015-05-01

    Here, we report on quantum coherent control of a large (>20 atoms) polyatomic molecule. In particular, we explore the time resolved dynamics of dicyclopentadiene when excited by a pair of phase-locked intense 800nm femtosecond pulses by monitoring changes in ion yield of the parent and fragments. Long-lived oscillations are observed for ~ 500 fs in the parent ion yield indicating the presence of long lived-electronic states. We take advantage of the long-lived electronic coherence to control the yield of different fragment ions. The presence of Rydberg states is further supported by ab initio calculations at the EOM-CCSD/6-31 +G** level of theory which identified five low-lying electronic states of neutral DCPD in the regions between 6.4 and 7.0 eV in vertical excitation energy. States of both pure Rydberg and mixed π --> π */Rydberg character are observed in this low energy region and are known to originate from ethylene. The multiphoton excitation of two or more Rydberg states, separated by the photon energy is the key to the observed long-lived electronic coherence in DCPD with a quantum beat at the difference frequency. Rydberg states are expected to have very similar potential energy surfaces and the Rydberg electron is relatively uncoupled to the nuclear dynamics, therefore supporting long electronic coherence time.

  14. Optical Measurements of Strong Radio-Frequency Fields Using Rydberg Atoms

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    Miller, Stephanie Anne

    There has recently been an initiative toward establishing atomic measurement standards for field quantities, including radio-frequency, millimeter-wave, and micro-wave electric fields. Current measurement standards are obtained using dipole antennas, which are fundamentally limited in frequency bandwidth (set by the physical size of the antenna) and accuracy (due to the metal perturbing the field during the measurement). Establishing an atomic standard rectifies these problems. My thesis work contributes to an ongoing effort towards establishing the viability of using Rydberg electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) to perform atom-based measurements of radio-frequency (RF) fields over a wide range of frequencies and field strengths, focusing on strong-field measurements. Rydberg atoms are atoms with an electron excited to a high principal quantum number, resulting in a high sensitivity to an applied field. A model based on Floquet theory is implemented to accurately describe the observed atomic energy level shifts from which information about the field is extracted. Additionally, the effects due to the different electric field domains within the measurement volume are accurately modeled. Absolute atomic measurements of fields up to 296 V/m within a +/-0.35% relative uncertainty are demonstrated. This is the strongest field measured at the time of data publication. Moreover, the uncertainty is over an order of magnitude better than that of current standards. A vacuum chamber setup that I implemented during my graduate studies is presented and its unique components are detailed. In this chamber, cold-atom samples are generated and Rydberg atoms are optically excited within the ground-state sample. The Rydberg ion detection and imaging procedure are discussed, particularly the high magnification that the system provides. By analyzing the position of the ions, the spatial correlation g(2) (r) of Rydberg-atom distributions can be extracted. Aside from ion

  15. Predissociation of high-lying Rydberg states of molecular iodine via ion-pair states

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    Bogomolov, Alexandr S.; Grüner, Barbara; Mudrich, Marcel; Kochubei, Sergei A.; Baklanov, Alexey V.

    2014-03-28

    Velocity map imaging of the photofragments arising from two-photon photoexcitation of molecular iodine in the energy range 73 500–74 500 cm{sup −1} covering the bands of high-lying gerade Rydberg states [{sup 2}Π{sub 1/2}]{sub c}6d;0{sub g}{sup +} and [{sup 2}Π{sub 1/2}]{sub c}6d;2{sub g} has been applied. The ion signal was dominated by the atomic fragment ion I{sup +}. Up to 5 dissociation channels yielding I{sup +} ions with different kinetic energies were observed when the I{sub 2} molecule was excited within discrete peaks of Rydberg states and their satellites in this region. One of these channels gives rise to images of I{sup +} and I{sup −} ions with equal kinetic energy indicating predissociation of I{sub 2} via ion-pair states. The contribution of this channel was up to about 50% of the total I{sup +} signal. The four other channels correspond to predissociation via lower lying Rydberg states giving rise to excited iodine atoms providing I{sup +} ions by subsequent one-photon ionization by the same laser pulse. The ratio of these channels varied from peak to peak in the spectrum but their total ionic signal was always much higher than the signal of (2 + 1) resonance enhanced multi-photon ionization of I{sub 2}, which was previously considered to be the origin of ionic signal in this spectral range. The first-tier E0{sub g}{sup +} and D{sup ′}2{sub g} ion-pair states are concluded to be responsible for predissociation of Rydberg states [{sup 2}Π{sub 1/2}]{sub c}6d;0{sub g}{sup +} and [{sup 2}Π{sub 1/2}]{sub c}6d;2{sub g}, respectively. Further predissociation of these ion-pair states via lower lying Rydberg states gives rise to excited I(5s{sup 2}5p{sup 4}6s{sup 1}) atoms responsible for major part of ion signal. The isotropic angular distribution of the photofragment recoil directions observed for all channels indicates that the studied Rydberg states are long-lived compared with the rotational period of the I{sub 2} molecule.

  16. Hamiltonian for the inclusion of spin effects in long-range Rydberg molecules

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    Eiles, Matthew T.; Greene, Chris H.

    2017-04-01

    The interaction between a Rydberg electron and a neutral atom situated inside its extended orbit is described via contact interactions for each atom-electron scattering channel. In ultracold environments, these interactions lead to long-range molecules with binding energies typically ranging from 10 to 1 ×104 MHz. These energies are comparable to the relativistic and hyperfine structure of the separate atomic components. Studies of molecular formation aiming to reproduce observations with spectroscopic accuracy must therefore include the hyperfine splitting of the neutral atom and the spin-orbit splittings of both the Rydberg atom and the electron-atom interaction. Adiabatic potential energy curves and permanent electric dipole moments are presented for Rb2 and Cs2. The influence of spin degrees of freedom on the potential energy curves and multipole moments probed in recent experimental work is elucidated, and the observed dipole moments of butterfly molecules are explained by the generalized P3J pseudopotential derived here.

  17. Exotic topological density waves in cold atomic Rydberg-dressed fermions.

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    Li, Xiaopeng; Sarma, S Das

    2015-05-14

    Versatile controllability of interactions in ultracold atomic and molecular gases has now reached an era where quantum correlations and unconventional many-body phases can be studied with no corresponding analogues in solid-state systems. Recent experiments in Rydberg atomic gases have achieved exquisite control over non-local interactions, allowing novel quantum phases unreachable with the usual local interactions in atomic systems. Here we study Rydberg-dressed atomic fermions in a three-dimensional optical lattice predicting the existence of hitherto unheard-of exotic mixed topological density wave phases. By varying the spatial range of the non-local interaction, we find various chiral density waves with spontaneous time-reversal symmetry breaking, whose quasiparticles form three-dimensional quantum Hall and Weyl semimetal states. Remarkably, certain density waves even exhibit mixed topologies beyond the existing topological classification. Our results suggest gapless fermionic states could exhibit far richer topology than previously expected.

  18. Rydberg and autoionizing triplet states in Helium up to the N = 5 threshold

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    Argenti, L.

    2008-11-01

    Energy levels of highly excited bound Rydberg states, the position and widths of autoionizing states, and oscillator strengths are calculated for He 3S, 3P e, 3P o, 3D e and 3D o symmetries up to the N = 5 He + excitation threshold. The calculations are performed with the K-matrix B-spline method with maximum orbital angular momentum ℓ max = 8. Reliable doubly excited-state parameters up to the n = 20 multiplet below each ionization threshold are presented. One thousand and six hundred newly identified bound and metastable states, seven times those available in literature, fill many gaps, reveal a dozen intruder states, and allow new speculations on propensity rules and radiative decays of triplet Rydberg states.

  19. Quantum control via a genetic algorithm of the field ionization pathway of a Rydberg electron

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    Gregoric, Vincent C.; Kang, Xinyue; Liu, Zhimin Cheryl; Rowley, Zoe A.; Carroll, Thomas J.; Noel, Michael W.

    2017-08-01

    Quantum control of the pathway along which a Rydberg electron field ionizes is experimentally and computationally demonstrated. Selective field ionization is typically done with a slowly rising electric field pulse. The (1/n*)4 scaling of the classical ionization threshold leads to a rough mapping between arrival time of the electron signal and principal quantum number of the Rydberg electron. This is complicated by the many avoided level crossings that the electron must traverse on the way to ionization, which in general leads to broadening of the time-resolved field ionization signal. In order to control the ionization pathway, thus directing the signal to the desired arrival time, a perturbing electric field produced by an arbitrary wave-form generator is added to a slowly rising electric field. A genetic algorithm evolves the perturbing field in an effort to achieve the target time-resolved field ionization signal.

  20. Dipole-quadrupole Förster resonance in cesium Rydberg gas

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    Maineult, Wilfried; Pelle, Bruno; Faoro, Riccardo; Arimondo, Ennio; Pillet, Pierre; Cheinet, Patrick

    2016-11-01

    The resonant energy transfer between two close particles, also known as Förster resonance in atomic or biological systems, is usually associated with dipole-dipole interaction. In Rydberg atoms, it is a widely used tool to enhance the interactions between particles. Here, we observe a resonant energy transfer between Rydberg atoms that cannot be attributed to a dipole-dipole interaction, owing to selection rules, and comes instead from an efficient dipole-quadrupole process. We compare the measured probability transfer with a theoretical model including quadrupolar terms and find very good agreement with our measurement. Further studies of those multipolar resonances should probe their dependences on various parameters (quantum numbers, relative orientation of the atoms), and may find some applications in quantum procedures where dipole-dipole resonance cannot be used, for instance where the states of interest have a difference in angular momentum of two.

  1. Simulations of the angular dependence of the dipole-dipole interaction among Rydberg atoms

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    Bigelow, Jacob L.; Hollingsworth, Jacob; Paul, Jacob T.; Peleg, Matan; Sanford, Veronica L.; Carroll, Thomas J.; Noel, Michael W.

    2016-05-01

    The dipole-dipole interaction between two Rydberg atoms depends on the relative orientation of the atoms and on the change in the magnetic quantum number. We simulate the effect of this anisotropy on the energy transport in an amorphous many atom system of ultracold Rydberg atoms subject to a homogeneous applied electric field. We consider two experimentally feasible geometries and find that the effects should be measurable in current generation imaging experiments. We also examine evidence for Anderson localization. This work was supported by the National Science Foundation under Grants No. 1205895 and No. 1205897 and used the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), which is supported by National Science Foundation Grant Number OCI-1053575.

  2. Storing single photons emitted by a quantum memory on a highly excited Rydberg state.

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    Distante, Emanuele; Farrera, Pau; Padrón-Brito, Auxiliadora; Paredes-Barato, David; Heinze, Georg; de Riedmatten, Hugues

    2017-01-19

    Strong interaction between two single photons is a long standing and important goal in quantum photonics. This would enable a new regime of nonlinear optics and unlock several applications in quantum information science, including photonic quantum gates and deterministic Bell-state measurements. In the context of quantum networks, it would be important to achieve interactions between single photons from independent photon pairs storable in quantum memories. So far, most experiments showing nonlinearities at the single-photon level have used weak classical input light. Here we demonstrate the storage and retrieval of a paired single photon emitted by an ensemble quantum memory in a strongly nonlinear medium based on highly excited Rydberg atoms. We show that nonclassical correlations between the two photons persist after retrieval from the Rydberg ensemble. Our result is an important step towards deterministic photon-photon interactions, and may enable deterministic Bell-state measurements with multimode quantum memories.

  3. Storing single photons emitted by a quantum memory on a highly excited Rydberg state

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    Distante, Emanuele; Farrera, Pau; Padrón-Brito, Auxiliadora; Paredes-Barato, David; Heinze, Georg; de Riedmatten, Hugues

    2017-01-01

    Strong interaction between two single photons is a long standing and important goal in quantum photonics. This would enable a new regime of nonlinear optics and unlock several applications in quantum information science, including photonic quantum gates and deterministic Bell-state measurements. In the context of quantum networks, it would be important to achieve interactions between single photons from independent photon pairs storable in quantum memories. So far, most experiments showing nonlinearities at the single-photon level have used weak classical input light. Here we demonstrate the storage and retrieval of a paired single photon emitted by an ensemble quantum memory in a strongly nonlinear medium based on highly excited Rydberg atoms. We show that nonclassical correlations between the two photons persist after retrieval from the Rydberg ensemble. Our result is an important step towards deterministic photon–photon interactions, and may enable deterministic Bell-state measurements with multimode quantum memories. PMID:28102203

  4. Exotic topological density waves in cold atomic Rydberg-dressed fermions

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    Li, Xiaopeng; Sarma, S Das

    2015-01-01

    Versatile controllability of interactions in ultracold atomic and molecular gases has now reached an era where quantum correlations and unconventional many-body phases can be studied with no corresponding analogues in solid-state systems. Recent experiments in Rydberg atomic gases have achieved exquisite control over non-local interactions, allowing novel quantum phases unreachable with the usual local interactions in atomic systems. Here we study Rydberg-dressed atomic fermions in a three-dimensional optical lattice predicting the existence of hitherto unheard-of exotic mixed topological density wave phases. By varying the spatial range of the non-local interaction, we find various chiral density waves with spontaneous time-reversal symmetry breaking, whose quasiparticles form three-dimensional quantum Hall and Weyl semimetal states. Remarkably, certain density waves even exhibit mixed topologies beyond the existing topological classification. Our results suggest gapless fermionic states could exhibit far richer topology than previously expected. PMID:25972134

  5. Deterministic entanglement generation between a pair of atoms on different Rydberg states via chirped adiabatic passage

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    Qian, Jing; Zhang, Weiping

    2017-03-01

    We develop a scheme for deterministic generation of an entangled state between two atoms on different Rydberg states via a chirped adiabatic passage, which directly connects the initial ground and target entangled states and also does not request the normally needed blockade effect. The occupancy of intermediate states suffers from a strong reduction via two pulses with proper time-dependent detunings and the electromagnetically induced transparency condition. By solving the analytical expressions of eigenvalues and eigenstates of a two-atom system, we investigate the optimal parameters for guaranteeing the adiabatic condition. We present a detailed study for the effect of pulse duration, changing rate, different Rydberg interactions on the fidelity of the prepared entangled state with experimentally feasible parameters, which reveals a good agreement between the analytic and full numerical results.

  6. Negative ion formation by Rydberg electron transfer: Isotope-dependent rate constants

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    Carman, H.S. Jr.; Klots, C.E.; Compton, R.N.

    1991-01-01

    The formation of negative ions during collisions of rubidium atoms in selected ns and nd Rydberg states with carbon disulfide molecules has been studied for a range of effective principal quantum numbers (10 {le} n* {le} 25). For a narrow range of n* near n* = 17, rate constants for CS{sub 2}{sup {minus}} formation are found to depend upon the isotopic composition of the molecule, producing a negative ion isotope ratio (mass 78 to mass 76, amu) up to 10.5 times larger than the natural abundance ratio of CS{sub 2} isotopes in the reagent. The isotope ratio is found to depend strongly upon the initial quantum state of the Rydberg atom and perhaps upon the collision energy and CS{sub 2} temperature. 32 refs., 5 figs., 1 tab.

  7. Imaging electric fields in the vicinity of cryogenic surfaces using Rydberg atoms

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    Thiele, T.; Deiglmayr, J.; Stammeier, M.; Agner, J.-A.; Schmutz, H.; Merkt, F.; Wallraff, A.

    2015-12-01

    The ability to characterize static and time-dependent electric fields in situ is an important prerequisite for quantum-optics experiments with atoms close to surfaces. Especially in experiments which aim at coupling Rydberg atoms to the near field of superconducting circuits, the identification and subsequent elimination of sources of stray fields are crucial. We present a technique that allows the determination of stray-electric-field distributions [Fxstr(r ⃗) ,Fystr(r ⃗) ,Fzstr(r ⃗) ] at distances of less than 2 mm from (cryogenic) surfaces using coherent Rydberg-Stark spectroscopy in a pulsed supersonic beam of metastable 1 s12 s11S0 helium atoms. We demonstrate the capabilities of this technique by characterizing the electric stray field emanating from a structured superconducting surface. Exploiting coherent population transfer with microwave radiation from a coplanar waveguide, the same technique allows the characterization of the microwave-field distribution above the surface.

  8. Photoassociation of Trilobite Rydberg Molecules via Resonant Spin-Orbit Coupling

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    Kleinbach, K. S.; Meinert, F.; Engel, F.; Kwon, W. J.; Löw, R.; Pfau, T.; Raithel, G.

    2017-06-01

    We report on a novel method for the photoassociation of strongly polar trilobite Rydberg molecules. This exotic ultralong-range dimer, consisting of a ground-state atom bound to the Rydberg electron via electron-neutral scattering, inherits its polar character from the admixture of high-angular-momentum electronic orbitals. The absence of low-L character hinders standard photoassociation techniques. Here, we show that for suitable principal quantum numbers the resonant coupling of the orbital motion with the nuclear spin of the perturber, mediated by electron-neutral scattering, hybridizes the trilobite molecular potential with the more conventional S -type molecular state. This provides a general path to associate trilobite molecules with large electric dipole moments, as demonstrated via high-resolution spectroscopy. We find a dipole moment of 135(45) D for the trilobite state. Our results are compared to theoretical predictions based on a Fermi model.

  9. Storing single photons emitted by a quantum memory on a highly excited Rydberg state

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    Distante, Emanuele; Farrera, Pau; Padrón-Brito, Auxiliadora; Paredes-Barato, David; Heinze, Georg; de Riedmatten, Hugues

    2017-01-01

    Strong interaction between two single photons is a long standing and important goal in quantum photonics. This would enable a new regime of nonlinear optics and unlock several applications in quantum information science, including photonic quantum gates and deterministic Bell-state measurements. In the context of quantum networks, it would be important to achieve interactions between single photons from independent photon pairs storable in quantum memories. So far, most experiments showing nonlinearities at the single-photon level have used weak classical input light. Here we demonstrate the storage and retrieval of a paired single photon emitted by an ensemble quantum memory in a strongly nonlinear medium based on highly excited Rydberg atoms. We show that nonclassical correlations between the two photons persist after retrieval from the Rydberg ensemble. Our result is an important step towards deterministic photon-photon interactions, and may enable deterministic Bell-state measurements with multimode quantum memories.

  10. Studying dissociative electron attachment through formation of heavy-Rydberg ion-pair states

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

    2016-05-01

    Following dissociative electron transfer in collisions between Rydberg atoms and electron-attaching targets, it is possible for the resulting pair of ions to remain electrostatically bound, forming heavy-Rydberg ion-pair states. Precise measurement of the velocity distributions of such ion-pair states provides information concerning the dissociation dynamics of the excited intermediates initially created by electron transfer. Here, electric-field-induced dissociation is used to detect the product ion pairs and observe their velocity distributions. These distributions are analyzed with the aid of a Monte Carlo collision code that models the electron transfer. Measurements with a number of different target species show that through this analysis, dissociation energetics, the branching ratios into different dissociation products, and the lifetimes of the excited intermediates can be examined. Research supported by the Robert A. Welch Foundation.

  11. Towards a controlled-phase gate using Rydberg-dressed atoms

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    Hankin, Aaron; Jau, Yuan-Yu; Biedermann, Grant

    2014-05-01

    We are implementing a controlled-phase gate based on singly trapped neutral atoms whose coupling is mediated by the dipole-dipole interaction of Rydberg states. An off-resonant laser field dresses ground state cesium atoms in a manner conditional on the Rydberg blockade mechanism, providing the required entangling interaction. We will present our progress toward implementing the controlled-phase gate with an analysis of possible sources of decoherence such as RF radiation from wireless communication devices. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  12. Involvement of a low-lying Rydberg state in the ultrafast relaxation dynamics of ethylene

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    Champenois, Elio G.; Shivaram, Niranjan H.; Belkacem, Ali; Wright, Travis W.; Yang, Chan-Shan; Cryan, James P.

    2016-01-07

    We present a measurement of the time-resolved photoelectron kinetic energy spectrum of ethylene using 156 nm and 260 nm laser pulses. The 156 nm pulse first excites ethylene to the {sup 1}B{sub 1u} (ππ{sup ∗}) electronic state where 260 nm light photoionizes the system to probe the relaxation dynamics with sub-30 fs resolution. Recent ab initio calculations by Mori et al. [J. Phys. Chem. A 116, 2808-2818 (2012)] have predicted an ultrafast population transfer from the initially excited state to a low-lying Rydberg state during the relaxation of photoexcited ethylene. The measured photoelectron kinetic energy spectrum reveals wave packet motion on the valence state and shows indications that the low-lying π3s Rydberg state is indeed transiently populated via internal conversion following excitation to the ππ{sup ∗} state, supporting the theoretical predictions.

  13. Molecular physics. Production of trilobite Rydberg molecule dimers with kilo-Debye permanent electric dipole moments.

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    Booth, D; Rittenhouse, S T; Yang, J; Sadeghpour, H R; Shaffer, J P

    2015-04-03

    Permanent electric dipole moments are important for understanding symmetry breaking in molecular physics, control of chemical reactions, and realization of strongly correlated many-body quantum systems. However, large molecular permanent electric dipole moments are challenging to realize experimentally. We report the observation of ultralong-range Rydberg molecules with bond lengths of ~100 nanometers and kilo-Debye permanent electric dipole moments that form when an ultracold ground-state cesium (Cs) atom becomes bound within the electronic cloud of an extended Cs electronic orbit. The electronic character of this hybrid class of "trilobite" molecules is dominated by degenerate Rydberg manifolds, making them difficult to produce by conventional photoassociation. We used detailed coupled-channel calculations to reproduce their properties quantitatively. Our findings may lead to progress in ultracold chemistry and strongly correlated many-body physics.

  14. Control of Diabatic versus Adiabatic Field Dissociation in a Heavy Rydberg System

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    Shiell, R.C.; Reinhold, E.; Ubachs, W.; Magnus, F.

    2005-11-18

    A novel phenomenon is observed in the dynamics of laser-prepared coherent wave packets, bound by the Coulombic 1/r potential of an ion-pair system. After exciting weakly bound ({approx_equal}3 meV) H{sup +}F{sup -} wave packets in a Stark field, and permitting them to evolve in time, control of field dissociation via adiabatic and diabatic routes is demonstrated by applying delayed pulsed-electric fields, involving a zero-field crossing. Control manifests itself through the production of ions from each pathway at a different instant in time. This phenomenon is applied to map the oscillatory behavior of an angular momentum wave packet in a heavy Rydberg system. The characteristic frequencies of the observed Stark oscillations verify predicted mass-scaling laws for heavy Rydberg systems.

  15. Continuity of heavy Rydberg behaviour in the ungerade ion-pair states of H2

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    Chartrand, Alexander M.; Donovan, Robert J.; Lawley, Kenneth P.; McCormack, Elizabeth F.

    2017-05-01

    Heavy Rydberg behaviour and absolute quantum defects are reported for resonances in the ungerade manifold of H2 above the (1 s, 3 l) dissociation limit. The continuity of the vibrational progression of the B″ B bar state through the crossing with the 3 p asymptote is demonstrated and a predominantly diabatic picture of the vibrational motion emerges, indicating that the ion-pair resonances possess little 61 Σu+ state character.

  16. Secular motion of three-dimensional Rydberg states in a microwave field

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    Buchleitner, A.; Delande, D.

    1997-03-01

    We study the spectral properties of three-dimensional Rydberg states of atomic hydrogen in a microwave field of linear polarization. We identify a novel structure in the Floquet spectrum as the {open_quotes}backbone{close_quotes} of the experimentally observed ionization process. Localization properties, energies, {ital and lifetimes} of the individual Floquet states are shown to faithfully reflect the structure of classical phase space, which can be described by a perturbative approach. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  17. High-resolution study of oscillator strengths and predissociation rates for 13C18O . W-X bands and Rydberg complexes between 92.9 and 93.5 nm

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    Eidelsberg, M.; Lemaire, J. L.; Federman, S. R.; Heays, A. N.; Stark, G.; Lyons, J. R.; Gavilan, L.; de Oliveira, N.

    2017-06-01

    We carried out experiments at the SOLEIL synchrotron facility to acquire data for modelling CO photochemistry in the vacuum ultraviolet. We report oscillator strengths and predissociation rates for four vibrational bands associated with transitions from the v = 0 level of the X1Σ+ ground state to the v = 0-3 vibrational levels of the core excited W1Π Rydberg state, and for three overlapping bands associated with the 4pπ, 5pπ, and 5pσ Rydberg states between 92.9 and 93.4 nm in 13C18O. These results complete those obtained in the same conditions for 12C16O, 13C16O, and 12C18O recently published by us, and extend the development of a comprehensive database of line positions, oscillator strengths, and linewidths of photodissociating transitions for CO isotopologues. Absorption spectra were recorded using the Vacuum UltraViolet Fourier Transform Spectrometer (VUV-FTS) installed on the Dichroïsme Et Spectroscopie par Interaction avec le Rayonnement Synchrotron (DESIRS) beamline at SOLEIL. The resolving power of the measurements, R = 300 000 to 400 000, allows the analysis of individual line strengths and widths within the bands. Gas column densities in the differentially pumped system were calibrated using the B-X (0-0) band at 115.1 nm in 13C18O.

  18. Characterizing the local vectorial electric field near an atom chip using Rydberg-state spectroscopy

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    Cisternas, N.; de Hond, Julius; Lochead, G.; Spreeuw, R. J. C.; van den Heuvell, H. B. van Linden; van Druten, N. J.

    2017-07-01

    We use the sensitive response to electric fields of Rydberg atoms to characterize all three vector components of the local electric field close to an atom-chip surface. We measured Stark-Zeeman maps of S and D Rydberg states using an elongated cloud of ultracold rubidium atoms (temperature T ˜2.5 μ K ) trapped magnetically 100 μ m from the chip surface. The spectroscopy of S states yields a calibration for the generated local electric field at the position of the atoms. The values for different components of the field are extracted from the more complex response of D states to the combined electric and magnetic fields. From the analysis we find residual fields in the two uncompensated directions of 0.0 ±0.2 and 1.98 ±0.09 V/cm. This method also allows us to extract a value for the relevant field gradient along the long axis of the cloud. The manipulation of electric fields and the magnetic trapping are both done using on-chip wires, making this setup a promising candidate to observe Rydberg-mediated interactions on a chip.

  19. Electron capture into large-l Rydberg states of multiply charged ions escaping from solid surfaces

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    Nedeljković, N.; Nedeljković, Lj.; Mirković, M.

    2003-07-01

    We have investigated the electron capture into large-l Rydberg states of multiply charged ionic projectiles (e.g., the core charges Z=6, 7, and 8) escaping solid surfaces with intermediate velocities (v≈1 a.u.) in the normal emergence geometry. A model of the nonresonant electron capture from the solid conduction band into the moving large angular-momentum Rydberg states of the ions is developed through a generalization of our results obtained previously for the low-l cases (l=0, 1, and 2). The model is based on the two-wave-function dynamics of the Demkov-Ostrovskii type. The electron exchange process is described by a mixed flux through a moving plane (“Firsov plane”), placed between the solid surface and the ionic projectile. Due to low eccentricities of the large-l Rydberg systems, the mixed flux must be evaluated through the whole Firsov plane. It is for this purpose that a suitable asymptotic method is developed. For intermediate ionic velocities and for all relevant values of the principal quantum number n≈Z, the population probability Pnl is obtained as a nonlinear l distribution. The theoretical predictions concerning the ions S VI, Cl VII, and Ar VIII are compared with the available results of the beam-foil experiments.

  20. Direct observation of ultrafast many-body electron dynamics in an ultracold Rydberg gas

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    Takei, Nobuyuki; Sommer, Christian; Genes, Claudiu; Pupillo, Guido; Goto, Haruka; Koyasu, Kuniaki; Chiba, Hisashi; Weidemüller, Matthias; Ohmori, Kenji

    2016-11-01

    Many-body correlations govern a variety of important quantum phenomena such as the emergence of superconductivity and magnetism. Understanding quantum many-body systems is thus one of the central goals of modern sciences. Here we demonstrate an experimental approach towards this goal by utilizing an ultracold Rydberg gas generated with a broadband picosecond laser pulse. We follow the ultrafast evolution of its electronic coherence by time-domain Ramsey interferometry with attosecond precision. The observed electronic coherence shows an ultrafast oscillation with a period of 1 femtosecond, whose phase shift on the attosecond timescale is consistent with many-body correlations among Rydberg atoms beyond mean-field approximations. This coherent and ultrafast many-body dynamics is actively controlled by tuning the orbital size and population of the Rydberg state, as well as the mean atomic distance. Our approach will offer a versatile platform to observe and manipulate non-equilibrium dynamics of quantum many-body systems on the ultrafast timescale.

  1. Direct observation of ultrafast many-body electron dynamics in an ultracold Rydberg gas.

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    Takei, Nobuyuki; Sommer, Christian; Genes, Claudiu; Pupillo, Guido; Goto, Haruka; Koyasu, Kuniaki; Chiba, Hisashi; Weidemüller, Matthias; Ohmori, Kenji

    2016-11-16

    Many-body correlations govern a variety of important quantum phenomena such as the emergence of superconductivity and magnetism. Understanding quantum many-body systems is thus one of the central goals of modern sciences. Here we demonstrate an experimental approach towards this goal by utilizing an ultracold Rydberg gas generated with a broadband picosecond laser pulse. We follow the ultrafast evolution of its electronic coherence by time-domain Ramsey interferometry with attosecond precision. The observed electronic coherence shows an ultrafast oscillation with a period of 1 femtosecond, whose phase shift on the attosecond timescale is consistent with many-body correlations among Rydberg atoms beyond mean-field approximations. This coherent and ultrafast many-body dynamics is actively controlled by tuning the orbital size and population of the Rydberg state, as well as the mean atomic distance. Our approach will offer a versatile platform to observe and manipulate non-equilibrium dynamics of quantum many-body systems on the ultrafast timescale.

  2. Dynamics of Rydberg electron transfer to CH{sub 3}CN: Velocity dependent studies

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    Suess, L.; Liu, Y.; Parthasarathy, R.; Dunning, F.B.

    2004-10-15

    The dynamics of free-ion production through electron transfer in K(np)/CH{sub 3}CN collisions are examined through measurements using velocity-selected Rydberg atoms. The data show that Rydberg electron transfer leads to the creation of two groups of dipole-bound CH{sub 3}CN{sup -} ions, one long lived ({tau}>85 {mu}s), the other short lived ({tau}<1 {mu}s). The velocity dependences associated with the production of both groups of ions are similar, the ion formation rate decreasing markedly with decreasing Rydberg atom velocity, principally as a consequence of postattachment electrostatic interactions between the product ions. The results are in reasonable accord with the predictions of a Monte Carlo collision model that considers the effect of crossings between the diabatic potential curves for the covalent K(np)/CH{sub 3}CN system and the K{sup +}/CH{sub 3}CN{sup -} ion pair. This model also accounts for the relatively small reaction rate constants, {approx}0.5-1.0x10{sup -8} cm{sup 3} s{sup -1}, associated with the formation of long-lived CH{sub 3}CN{sup -} ions. No velocity dependence in the lifetime of the CH{sub 3}CN{sup -} ions is observed.

  3. Ultrafast non-adiabatic dynamics of methyl substituted ethylenes: The π3s Rydberg state

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    Wu, Guorong; Boguslavskiy, Andrey E.; Schalk, Oliver; Schuurman, Michael S.; Stolow, Albert

    2011-10-01

    Excited state unimolecular reactions of some polyenes exhibit localization of their dynamics at a single ethylenic double bond. Here we present studies of the fundamental photophysical processes in the ethylene unit itself. Combined femtosecond time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (TRPES) and ab initio quantum chemical calculations was applied to the study of excited state dynamics in cis-butene, trans-butene, trimethylethylene, and tetramethylethylene, following initial excitation to their respective π3s Rydberg states. The wavelength dependence of the π3s Rydberg state dynamics of tetramethylethylene was investigated in more detail. The π3s Rydberg to ππ* valence state decay rate varies greatly with substituent: the 1,2-di- and tri-methyl substituted ethylenes (cis-butene, trans-butene, and trimethylethylene) show an ultrafast decay (˜20 fs), whereas the fully methylated tetramethylethylene shows a decay rate of 2 to 4 orders of magnitude slower. These observations are rationalized in terms of topographical trends in the relevant potential energy surfaces, as found from ab initio calculations: (1) the barrier between the π3s state and the ππ* state increases with increasing methylation, and (2) the π3s/ππ* minimum energy conical intersection displaces monotonically away from the π3s Franck-Condon region with increasing methylation. The use of systematic methylation in combination with TRPES and ab initio computation is emerging as an important tool in discerning the excited state dynamics of unsaturated hydrocarbons.

  4. Ultrafast relaxation dynamics of electronically excited piperidine: ionization signatures of Rydberg/valence evolution.

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    Klein, Liv B; Thompson, James O F; Crane, Stuart W; Saalbach, Lisa; Sølling, Theis I; Paterson, Martin J; Townsend, Dave

    2016-09-14

    We have investigated the electronic relaxation dynamics of gas-phase piperidine (a secondary aliphatic amine) using time-resolved photoelectron imaging. Following 200 nm excitation, spectrally sharp and highly anisotropic photoelectron data reveal ultrafast (60 fs) internal conversion between the initially excited 3px Rydberg state and the lower-lying 3s Rydberg state, mediated by the evolution of nσ* valence character along the 3px N-C bond. This behaviour is in good agreement with previously reported findings for several tertiary aliphatic amines. In contrast to the these systems, however, much broader photoelectron signals exhibiting only very small angular anisotropy and two distinct decay timescales (180 fs and 1.7 ps) were also observed. As confirmed by our supporting calculations, this is attributable to nσ* valence character now evolving along the N-H stretching coordinate within the 3s Rydberg state as the molecule starts dissociating to yield H atom photoproducts in conjunction with ground state piperidinyl radicals. By analogy with systems such as ammonia and morpholine, we conclude this event may occur either promptly or, alternatively, via a "frustrated" process where the system repeatedly traverses the upper cone of a conical intersection with the ground state until the required region of phase space is sampled to facilitate non-adiabatic population transfer. Our findings reveal the role of several different nuclear coordinate motions in driving stepwise internal conversion across multiple potential energy surfaces and the distinct photoionization signatures that are associated with these processes.

  5. Creation of two-photon states via interactions between Rydberg atoms during light storage

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    Ruseckas, J.; Yu, I. A.; Juzeliūnas, G.

    2017-02-01

    We propose a method to create two-photon states in a controllable way using interaction between the Rydberg atoms during the storage and retrieval of slow light. A distinctive feature of the suggested procedure is that the slow light is stored into a superposition of two atomic coherences under conditions of electromagnetically induced transparency. Interaction between the atoms during the storage period creates entangled pairs of atoms in a superposition state that is orthogonal to the initially stored state. Restoring the slow light from this new atomic state one can produce a two-photon state with a second-order correlation function determined by the atom-atom interaction and the storage time. Therefore the measurement of the restored light allows one to probe the atom-atom coupling by optical means with a sensitivity that can be increased by extending the storage time. As a realization of this idea we consider a many-body Ramsey-type technique which involves π /2 pulses creating a superposition of Rydberg states at the beginning and the end of the storage period. In that case the regenerated light is due to the resonance dipole-dipole interaction between the atoms in the Rydberg states.

  6. Classical Monte-Carlo simulation for Rydberg states ionization in strong field

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    Carrat, Vincent; Magnuson, Eric; Gallagher, Thomas

    2016-05-01

    The resilience of Rydberg states against ionization has fascinated physicists for a long time. One might expect that the loosely bound electron would be ionized by modest electromagnetic field. However, experiments show that a notable fraction of neutral atoms survive in Rydberg states when exposed to strong microwave or laser fields. Energy transfer between the field and the photoelectron occurs when the electron is close to the ionic core and depends on the phase of the field. Since those states have orbital times that can be larger than the field pulse duration, these energy exchanges will only occur a few times. While we can experimentally control the initial time when we create the Rydberg states and as a consequence the initial energy transfer from the field, our classical calculation suggests that the phase when the electron is returning to the ionic core on the next orbit is chaotic. Statistically the electron only has a 50% chance to gain energy which may lead to ionization. Additionally the population tends to accumulate in very high n states where ionization is less likely due to fewer rescattering events. Though incomplete, this classical Monte­-Carlo simulation provides useful insights for understanding the experimental observations. This work has been entirely performed at University of Virginia and is supported by the U. S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic energy Sciences.

  7. Direct observation of ultrafast many-body electron dynamics in an ultracold Rydberg gas

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    Takei, Nobuyuki; Sommer, Christian; Genes, Claudiu; Pupillo, Guido; Goto, Haruka; Koyasu, Kuniaki; Chiba, Hisashi; Weidemüller, Matthias; Ohmori, Kenji

    2016-01-01

    Many-body correlations govern a variety of important quantum phenomena such as the emergence of superconductivity and magnetism. Understanding quantum many-body systems is thus one of the central goals of modern sciences. Here we demonstrate an experimental approach towards this goal by utilizing an ultracold Rydberg gas generated with a broadband picosecond laser pulse. We follow the ultrafast evolution of its electronic coherence by time-domain Ramsey interferometry with attosecond precision. The observed electronic coherence shows an ultrafast oscillation with a period of 1 femtosecond, whose phase shift on the attosecond timescale is consistent with many-body correlations among Rydberg atoms beyond mean-field approximations. This coherent and ultrafast many-body dynamics is actively controlled by tuning the orbital size and population of the Rydberg state, as well as the mean atomic distance. Our approach will offer a versatile platform to observe and manipulate non-equilibrium dynamics of quantum many-body systems on the ultrafast timescale. PMID:27849054

  8. The importance of multi-level Rydberg interaction in electric field tuned Förster resonances

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    Kondo, Jorge; Booth, Donald; Gonçalves, Luis; Shaffer, James; Marcassa, Luis

    2016-05-01

    Many-body physics has been investigated in ultracold Rydberg atom systems, mainly because important parameters, such as density and interaction strength, can be controlled. Several puzzling experimental observations on Förster resonances have been associated to many-body effects, usually by comparison to complex theoretical models. In this work, we investigate the dc electric field dependence of 2 Förster resonant processes in ultracold 85 Rb, 37D5 / 2 + 37D5 / 2 --> 35 L(L = O , Q) + 39P3 / 2 , as a function of the atomic density in an optical dipole trap. At low densities, the 39 P yield as a function of electric field exhibits resonances. With increasing density, the linewidths increase until the peaks merge. Even under these extreme conditions, where many-body effects were expected to play a role, the 39 P population depends quadratically on the total Rydberg atom population. In order to explain our results, we implement a theoretical model which takes into account the multi-level character of the interactions and Rydberg atom blockade process using only atom pair interactions. The comparison between the experimental data and the model is very good, suggesting that the Förster resonant processes are dominated by 2-body interactions. This work is supported by FAPESP, AFOSR, NSF, INCT-IQ and CNPq.

  9. Even-parity Rydberg and autoionizing states of lutetium by laser resonance-ionization spectroscopy

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    Li, R.; Lassen, J.; Zhong, Z. P.; Jia, F. D.; Mostamand, M.; Li, X. K.; Reich, B. B.; Teigelhöfer, A.; Yan, H.

    2017-05-01

    Multistep laser resonance ionization spectroscopy of lutetium (Lu) has been performed at TRIUMF's off-line laser ion source test stand. The even-parity Rydberg series 6 s2n d 2D3 /2 , 6 s2n d 2D5 /2 , and 6 s2n s 2S1 /2 were observed converging to the 6 s2 ionization potential. The experimental results have been compared to those of previous work. Fifty-one levels of Rydberg series 6 s2n d 2D5 /2 and 52 levels of Rydberg series 6 s2n s 2S1 /2 were reported. Additionally, six even-parity autoionization (AI) series converging to Lu ionic states 5 d 6 s 3D1 and 5 d 6 s 3D2 were observed. The level energies of these AI states were measured. The configurations of the AI states were assigned by relativistic multichannel theory within the framework of multichannel quantum defect theory.

  10. Strong field radio-frequency measurements using Rydberg states in a vapor cell

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    Miller, Stephanie; Anderson, David; Raithel, Georg

    2016-05-01

    There has been a growing interest in using electromagnetically induced transparency with Rydberg atoms in a room-temperature vapor cell as an all-optical readout method for measuring microwave electric fields. We present results from RF-modulating the 60S1 / 2 and 58D5 / 2 Rydberg states of rubidium with 50 MHz and 100 MHz fields, respectively. Weak RF fields AC Stark-shifts the Rydberg states. As the field strength is increased, sidebands appear at even multiples of the driving frequency. When strong fields are applied, the nearby hydrogenic manifold begins to intersect with the shifted levels. Similar investigations have been performed in cesium. Due to the significant amount of state mixing and level structure, Floquet theory is required to describe the level shifts and mixing. By comparing the calculation with the experimental data, we obtain an absolute determination of the RF electric field reaching a maximum field of 296 V/m to within +/- 0 . 35 % . Additionally, we estimate the shielding of DC fields within the vapor cell.

  11. Imaging the photodissociation dynamics of the methyl radical from the 3s and 3pz Rydberg states

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    Marggi Poullain, Sonia; Chicharro, David V.; Zanchet, Alexandre; González, Marta G.; Rubio-Lago, Luis; Senent, María L.; García-Vela, Alberto; Bañares, Luis

    2016-01-01

    The photodissociation dynamics of the methyl radical from the 3s and 3pz Rydberg states have been studied using velocity map and slice ion imaging in combination with pump-probe nanosecond laser pulses. The reported translational energy and angular distributions of the H(2S) photofragment detected by (2+1) REMPI highlight different dissociation mechanisms for the 3s and 3pz Rydberg states. A narrow peak in the translational energy distribution and an anisotropic angular distribution characterizes the fast 3s photodissociation, while for the 3pz state Boltzmann-type translational energy and isotropic angular distributions are found. High level ab initio calculations have been performed in order to elucidate the photodissociation mechanisms from the two Rydberg states and to rationalize the experimental results. The calculated potential energy curves highlight a typical predissociation mechanism for the 3s state, characterized by the coupling between the 3s Rydberg state and a valence repulsive state. On the other hand, the photodissociation on the 3pz state is initiated by a predissociation process due to the coupling between the 3pz Rydberg state and a valence repulsive state and constrained, later on, by two conical intersections that allow the system to relax to lower electronic states. Such mechanism opens different reaction pathways leading to CH2 photofragments in different electronic states and inducing a transfer of energy between translational and internal modes. PMID:27296907

  12. Imaging the photodissociation dynamics of the methyl radical from the 3s and 3pz Rydberg states.

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    Marggi Poullain, Sonia; Chicharro, David V; Zanchet, Alexandre; González, Marta G; Rubio-Lago, Luis; Senent, María L; García-Vela, Alberto; Bañares, Luis

    2016-06-22

    The photodissociation dynamics of the methyl radical from the 3s and 3pz Rydberg states have been studied using the velocity map and slice ion imaging in combination with pump-probe nanosecond laser pulses. The reported translational energy and angular distributions of the H((2)S) photofragment detected by (2+1) REMPI highlight different dissociation mechanisms for the 3s and 3pz Rydberg states. A narrow peak in the translational energy distribution and an anisotropic angular distribution characterize the fast 3s photodissociation, while for the 3pz state Boltzmann-type translational energy and isotropic angular distributions are found. High level ab initio calculations have been performed in order to elucidate the photodissociation mechanisms from the two Rydberg states and to rationalize the experimental results. The calculated potential energy curves highlight a typical predissociation mechanism for the 3s state, characterized by the coupling between the 3s Rydberg state and a valence repulsive state. On the other hand, the photodissociation on the 3pz state is initiated by a predissociation process due to the coupling between the 3pz Rydberg state and a valence repulsive state and constrained, later on, by two conical intersections that allow the system to relax to lower electronic states. Such a mechanism opens up different reaction pathways leading to CH2 photofragments in different electronic states and inducing a transfer of energy between translational and internal modes.

  13. The electronically excited states of helium clusters: an unusual example for the presence of Rydberg states in condensed matter

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    von Haeften, Klaus; Laarmann, Tim; Wabnitz, Hubertus; Möller, Thomas

    2005-01-01

    The nature of the electronically excited states of He clusters and their relaxation mechanisms are investigated by spectroscopy using monochromatized synchrotron radiation. Time correlated fluorescence excitation and energy resolved luminescence spectra of the clusters are recorded in separate wavelength ranges. The size of the clusters and the isotopic constitution is also varied. The spectral features are analysed and discussed particularly with regard to the high lying states and their possible Rydberg nature. While Rydberg states seem not to exist in the interior region of large clusters there is experimental evidence that sharp lines in the spectrum are either due to He Rydberg atoms or excimer molecules in high vibrational states bound at the surface of large clusters or due to very small positively charged clusters with the Rydberg electron outside. The spectra of large 3He clusters exhibit a larger contribution of Rydberg lines than 4He clusters. He clusters also emit fluorescence at energies above the ionization energy of He atoms. This is attributed to the barrier for the injection of electrons into the conduction band which was found to be 1.35 eV for 4He and 0.95 eV for 3He clusters, respectively.

  14. Ab initio calculation of Hubbard parameters for Rydberg-dressed atoms in a one-dimensional optical lattice

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    Chougale, Yashwant; Nath, Rejish

    2016-07-01

    We obtain ab initio the Hubbard parameters for Rydberg-dressed atoms in a one-dimensional (1D) sinusoidal optical lattice on the basis of maximally-localized Wannier states. Finite range, soft-core interatomic interactions become the trait of Rydberg admixed atoms, which can be extended over many neighboring lattice sites. In contrast to dipolar gases, where the interactions follow an inverse cubic law, the key feature of Rydberg-dressed interactions is the possibility of making neighboring couplings to the same magnitude as that of the onsite ones. The maximally-localized Wannier functions (MLWFs) are typically calculated via a spread-minimization procedure (Marzari N and Vanderbilt D 1997 Phys. Rev. B 56 12847) and are always found to be real functions apart from a trivial global phase when an isolated set of Bloch bands are considered. For an isolated single Bloch band, the above procedure reduces to a simple quasi-momentum-dependent unitary phase transformation. Here, instead of minimizing the spread, we employ a diagonal phase transformation which eliminates the imaginary part of the Wannier functions. The resulting Wannier states are found to be maximally localized and in exact agreement with those obtained via a spread-minimization procedure. Using these findings, we calculate the Hubbard couplings from the Rydberg admixed interactions, including dominant density-assisted tunneling (DAT) coefficients. Finally, we provide realistic lattice parameters for the state-of-the-art experimental Rydberg-dressed rubidium setup.

  15. Rotationally resolved photoelectron spectra in resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization of HCl via the F 1Δ2 Rydberg state

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    Wang, Kwanghsi; McKoy, V.

    1991-12-01

    Results of studies of rotational ion distributions in the X 2Π3/2 and X 2Π1/2 spin-orbit states of HCl+ resulting from (2+1') resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization (REMPI) via the S(0) branch of the F 1Δ2 Rydberg state are reported and compared with measured threshold-field-ionization zero-kinetic-energy spectra reported recently [K. S. Haber, Y. Jiang, G. Bryant, H. Lefebvre-Brion, and E. R. Grant, Phys. Rev. A (in press)]. These results show comparable intensities for J+=3/2 of the X 2Π3/2 ion and J+=1/2 of the X 2Π1/2 ion. Both transitions require an angular momentum change of ΔN=-1 upon photoionization. To provide further insight into the near-threshold dynamics of this process, we also show rotationally resolved photoelectron angular distributions, alignment of the ion rotational levels, and rotational distributions for the parity components of the ion rotational levels. About 18% population is predicted to occur in the (+) parity component, which would arise from odd partial-wave contributions to the photoelectron matrix element. This behavior is similar to that in (2+1) REMPI via the S(2) branch of the F 1Δ2 state of HBr and was shown to arise from significant l mixing in the electronic continuum due to the nonspherical molecular ion potential. Rotational ion distributions resulting from (2+1) REMPI via the S(10) branch of the F 1Δ2 state are also shown.

  16. Ultrafast dynamics of the ns (n = 3,4) and 3d Rydberg states of O2.

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    Peralta Conde, A; Montero, R; Ovejas, V; Fernández-Fernández, M; Castaño, F; Longarte, A

    2013-04-14

    The ultrafast dynamics of the lowest optically accessible Rydberg states of molecular oxygen (O2) has been studied by time resolved transient ionization. The process was triggered by the absorption of two pump photons in the 304 nm-220 nm range which corresponds to an energy range of 8.2 eV-11.3 eV, and probed by ionization with photons at 800 nm. From the analysis of the experimental data different time constants ranging from a few femtoseconds to hundreds of picoseconds were found. The identification of the states responsible for the measured lifetimes revealed important facts about the dynamics of the Rydberg states in this energy range, underlying the importance of the coupling between Rydberg and valence states in the relaxation mechanisms of the molecule.

  17. Direct Electron Impact Excitation of Rydberg-Valence States of Molecular Nitrogen

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    Malone, C. P.; Johnson, P. V.; Liu, X.; Ajdari, B.; Muleady, S.; Kanik, I.; Khakoo, M. A.

    2012-12-01

    Collisions between electrons and neutral N2 molecules result in emissions that provide an important diagnostic probe for understanding the ionospheric energy balance and the effects of space weather in upper atmospheres. Also, transitions to singlet ungerade states cause N2 to be a strong absorber of solar radiation in the EUV spectral range where many ro-vibrational levels of these Rydberg-valence (RV) states are predissociative. Thus, their respective excitation and emission cross sections are important parameters for understanding the [N]/[N2] ratio in the thermosphere of nitrogen dominated atmospheres. The following work provides improved constraints on absolute and relative excitation cross sections of numerous RV states of N2, enabling more physically accurate atmospheric modeling. Here, we present recent integral cross sections (ICSs) for electron impact excitation of RV states of N2 [6], which were based on the differential cross sections (DCSs) derived from electron energy-loss (EEL) spectra of [5]. This work resulted in electronic excitation cross sections over the following measured vibrational levels: b 1Πu (v‧=0-14), c3 1Πu (v‧=0-3), o3 1Πu (v‧=0-3), b‧ 1Σu+ (v‧=0-10), c‧4 1Σu+ (v‧=0-3), G 3Πu (v‧=0-3), and F 3Πu (v‧=0-3). We further adjusted the cross sections of the RV states by extending the vibronic contributions to unmeasured v‧-levels via the relative excitation probabilities (REPs) as discussed in [6]. This resulted in REP-scaled ICSs over the following vibrational levels for the singlet ungerade states: b(0-19), c3(0-4), o3(0-4), b‧(0-16), and c‧4(0-8). Comparison of the ICSs of [6] with available EEL based measurements, theoretical calculations, and emission based work generally shows good agreement within error estimations, except with the recent reevaluation provided by [1]. Further, we have extended these results, using the recent EEL data of [3], to include the unfolding of better resolved features above ~13

  18. Screening constant by unit nuclear charge calculations of resonance energies and widths of the 3pns 1,3P° and 3pnd 1P° Rydberg series of Mg-like (Z=13-26) ions

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    Khatri, Indu; Goyal, Arun; Diouldé Ba, Mamadou; Faye, Maurice; Sow, Malick; Sakho, Ibrahima; Singh, A. K.; Mohan, Man; Wagué, Ahmadou

    2017-01-01

    Resonance energies and total natural width of the 3pns 1P° and 3pnd 1P° Rydberg series of Mg-like (Z=13-26) ions are reported. Resonance energies of the Mg-like Al+ belonging to the 3pns 3P°→ 2 p63 p 1/2 0 2P and 3pns 3P°→ 2 p63 p3/2 0 3P transitions are also tabulated. The calculations are made in the framework of the Screening constant by unit nuclear charge (SCUNC) formalism. Excellent agreements between experiments at ALS and R-matrix calculations are obtained for both 3pns 1,3P° and 3pnd 1P° Rydberg series of the Mg-like Al+ ions. The present results for Mg-like Si2+, S4+, Cl5+, and Ar6+, compared with the only existing R-matrix calculations indicate lack of accuracy in the Mg-like Si2+ data obtained from noniterative formulation of the eigenchannel R-matrix method. New precise data for Mg-like P3+, K7+, Ca8+, Sc9+, Ti10+, V11+, Cr12+, Mn13+, and Fe14+ ions are presented as useful guidelines for investigators focusing their challenge on the Photoionization of Mg-like heavy charged ions in connection with their application in laboratory, astrophysics, and plasma physics.

  19. Photofragmentation, state interaction, and energetics of Rydberg and ion-pair states: Resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization of HI

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    Hróðmarsson, Helgi Rafn; Wang, Huasheng; Kvaran, Ágúst

    2014-06-28

    Mass resolved resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization data for hydrogen iodide (HI), for two-photon resonance excitation to Rydberg and ion-pair states in the 69 600–72 400 cm{sup −1} region were recorded and analyzed. Spectral perturbations due to homogeneous and heterogeneous interactions between Rydberg and ion-pair states, showing as deformations in line-positions, line-intensities, and line-widths, were focused on. Parameters relevant to photodissociation processes, state interaction strengths and spectroscopic parameters for deperturbed states were derived. Overall interaction and dynamical schemes to describe the observations are proposed.

  20. Unexpectedly broad photoelectron spectrum as a signature of ultrafast electronic relaxation of Rydberg states of carbon dioxide

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    Adachi, Shunsuke; Sato, Motoki; Suzuki, Toshinori; Grebenshchikov, Sergy Yu.

    2017-03-01

    The dynamics of CO2 excited into Rydberg states lying 0.2 eV below the ionization threshold is studied by means of time resolved photoelectron imaging. Over 3 eV broad photoelectron spectra are measured for all pump-probe delay times. Quantum mechanical calculations demonstrate that the spectral broadening is due to ultrafast electronic relaxation of Rydberg states and identify the likely relaxation pathways. Experiment and theory bracket the relaxation time between 15 and 65 fs. A weak time independent ionization signal is attributed to CO2 trapped in near-threshold triplet states.

  1. Applications of the modified Rydberg-Vinet equation-of-state to the lower mantle and core

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    Fang, Zheng-Hua

    2016-01-01

    A modified Rydberg-Vinet equation-of-state (mRV EOS) with an arbitrary nonzero-pressure reference point, as is derived strictly from the related Rydberg potential, has been applied to the mantle and the core. The tests and comparisons demonstrate that mRV EOS is superior to the reciprocal K-primed equation [see F. D. Stacey and P. M. Davis, Phys. Earth Planet. Inter. 142 (2004) 137] not only because of its higher fitting accuracy but also because it has fewer fitting parameters and is easier to use.

  2. Rydberg gas theory of a glow discharge plasma: III. Formation, occupied state distributions, free energy, and kinetic control.

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    Mason, Rod S; Douglas, Peter

    2010-04-21

    It has been suggested that Rydberg gas atoms are involved in conducting electricity through a steady state flowing afterglow (FAG) discharge plasma (R. S. Mason, D. J. Mitchell and P. M. Dickinson, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2010, DOI: ). From known properties of Rydberg atoms, a statistical model is developed here to find the distribution of levels (principal quantum number n) occupied in such a hypothetical Rydberg gas. It behaves non-ideally at positive column plasma densities, predicting 30 < n < 150, peaking at n approximately = 85. These values depend on assumptions concerning the power of n dependency of 'pressure ionization' and the free charge density. The occupied states are very long-lived and almost completely separated from the low n states by the low probability of intermediate levels. The effects of Rydberg gas (N(R)) and free charge densities are examined. The gas can exist in a deep free energy well (> 120 kJ mol(-1) below ionisation level when 10(10) < or = N(R) < or = 10(11) atoms cm(-3)) but this is approximately 11 kJ mol(-1) higher than that of the equivalent free ion-electron gas; therefore if it exists in preference to the classical form of the plasma, it is controlled by kinetic factors. A mechanism is suggested by which this could occur. Thus, whilst ionization by high energy electron impact occurs at the Cathode Fall-Negative Glow (NG) boundary as usual, excitation of Rydberg atoms becomes more probable, by electrons slowed by collision and deceleration at the opposite NG-Positive Column (PC) plasma boundary. The atoms become stabilized after passing into the PC, by collisionally induced (nlm) mixing of states and the removal of free charge by charge transfer (and hence the passage of electric current through the Rydberg gas). The coupling of Rydberg states with the ionization continuum is poor; therefore, if the rate of their charge transfer is greater than that of their ionization, the Rydberg gas will remain relatively charge free and

  3. Resonances and thresholds in the Rydberg-level population of multiply charged ions at solid surfaces

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    Nedeljković, Lj. D.; Nedeljković, N. N.

    1998-12-01

    We present a theoretical study of resonances and thresholds, two specific features of Rydberg-state formation of multiply charged ions (Z=6, 7, and 8) escaping a solid surface at intermediate velocities (v~1 a.u.) in the normal emergence geometry. The resonances are recognized in pronounced maxima of the experimentally observed population curves of Ar VIII ions for resonant values of the principal quantum number n=nres=11 and for the angular momentum quantum numbers l=1 and 2. Absence of optical signals in detectors of beam-foil experiments for n>nthr of S VI and Cl VII ions (with l=0, 1, and 2) and Ar VIII for l=0 is interpreted as a threshold phenomenon. An interplay between resonance and threshold effects is established within the framework of quantum dynamics of the low angular momentum Rydberg-state formation, based on a generalization of Demkov-Ostrovskii's charge-exchange model. In the model proposed, the Ar VIII resonances appear as a consequence of electron tunneling in the very vicinity of the ion-surface potential barrier top and at some critical ion-surface distances Rc. The observed thresholds are explained by means of a decay mechanism of ionic Rydberg states formed dominantly above the Fermi level EF of a solid conduction band. The theoretically predicted resonant and threshold values, nres and nthr of the principal quantum number n, as well as the obtained population probabilities Pnl=Pnl(v,Z), are in sufficiently good agreement with all available experimental findings.

  4. The 3d Rydberg (3A2) electronic state observed by Herzberg and Shoosmith for methylene

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    Yamaguchi, Yukio; Schaefer, Henry F., III

    1997-06-01

    In 1959 and 1961 Herzberg and Shoosmith reported the vacuum ultraviolet spectrum of the triplet state of CH2. The present study focuses on a characterization of the upper state, the 3d Rydberg (3A2) state, observed at 1415 Å. The theoretical interpretation of these experiments is greatly complicated by the presence of a lower-lying 3A2 valence state with a very small equilibrium bond angle. Ab initio electronic structure methods involving self-consistent-field (SCF), configuration interaction with single and double excitations (CISD), complete active space (CAS) SCF, state-averaged (SA) CASSCF, coupled cluster with single and double excitations (CCSD), CCSD with perturbative triple excitations [CCSD(T)], CASSCF second-order (SO) CI, and SACASSCF-SOCI have been employed with six distinct basis sets. With the largest basis set, triple zeta plus triple polarization with two sets of higher angular momentum functions and three sets of diffuse functions TZ3P(2 f,2d)+3diff, the CISD level of theory predicts the equilibrium geometry of the 3d Rydberg (3A2) state to be re=1.093 Å and θe=141.3 deg. With the same basis set the energy (Te value) of the 3d Rydberg state relative to the ground (X˜ 3B1) state has been determined to be 201.6 kcal mol-1 (70 500 cm-1) at the CCSD (T) level, 200.92kcal mol-1 (70 270 cm-1) at the CASSCF-SOCI level, and 200.89kcal mol-1 (70 260 cm-1) at the SACASSCF-SOCI level of theory. These predictions are in excellent agreement with the experimental T0 value of 201.95 kcalmol-1 (70 634 cm-1) reported by Herzberg.

  5. Magneto-optical properties of Rydberg excitons: Center-of-mass quantization approach

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

    2017-02-01

    We show how to compute the magneto-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, and the polaritonic effect. Using the real density-matrix approach the analytical expressions for magneto-optical functions are obtained and numerical calculations for Cu2O crystal are performed. The influence of the strength of applied external magnetic field on the resonance displacement of excitonic spectra is discussed. We report a good agreement with recently published experimental data.

  6. Observation of Superradiance in Mmwave Spectroscopy of Rydberg States: Bad is the New Good

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

    2016-06-01

    The 106 increase in spectral velocity allowed by the combination of chirped pulse millimeter-wave spectroscopy with a buffer gas cooled molecular beam source qualitatively expands the classes of possible experiments. As an example, it allows for investigation of cooperative radiation effects (such as superradiance and subradiance) in large samples of atoms in Rydberg states in a single shot. However, these same effects can present obstacles to the application of the full increase in spectral velocity to high-resolution spectroscopic experiments through both frequency (chirps, broadenings, and shifts) and intensity effects.

  7. Double photon excitation of high-Rydberg atoms as a long-lived submillimeter detector

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    Chutjian, A. N. (Inventor)

    1986-01-01

    A method and apparatus for detecting submillimeter or IR radiation is disclosed. A rare gas, such as xenon, is supplied at its ground state via a pressurized cylinder and an adjustable leak valve into a cryogenically cooled detection area. The ground state of xenon is double photon excited to a particularized level of the Rydberg series by a resonance lamp and a laser. The doubly excited gas is then further excited by the radiation to be measured. A field ionization and an ion measurement indicative of the radiation intensity is achieved.

  8. Rydberg, valence, and ion-pair quintet states of O2

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    Lefebvre-Brion, H.; Liebermann, H. P.; Amero, J. M.; Vázquez, G. J.

    2016-04-01

    We report an ab initio study of the quintet states of molecular oxygen. The calculations are carried out employing the multireference single and double excitation configuration interaction package. Potential energy curves of the six quintet valence states dissociating into ground state atoms and of the four quintet states dissociating to ion-pair atoms were computed. A number of bound quintet Rydberg series converging to the a4Πu and b 4 Σg - states of the O 2+ cation have been identified.

  9. Evolution of Rydberg states in half-cycle pulses: Classical, semiclassical, and quantum dynamics

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    Burgdoerfer, J.; Reinhold, C. |

    1994-12-31

    We summarize recent theoretical advances in the description of the evolution of Rydberg atoms subject to ultrashort pulses extending only a fraction of an optical cycle. We have performed classical. semiclassical and full quantum calculations in order to delineate the classical-quantum correspondence for impulsively perturbed atomic systems. We observe classical and quantum (or semiclassical) oscillations in excitation and ionization which depend on the initial state of atoms and on the strength of the perturbation. These predictions can be experimentally tested. 4 figs.

  10. Bilayers of Rydberg atoms as a quantum simulator for unconventional superconductors.

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    Hague, J P; MacCormick, C

    2012-11-30

    In condensed matter, it is often difficult to untangle the effects of competing interactions, and this is especially problematic for superconductors. Quantum simulators may help: here we show how exploiting the properties of highly excited Rydberg states of cold fermionic atoms in a bilayer lattice can simulate electron-phonon interactions in the presence of strong correlation--a scenario found in many unconventional superconductors. We discuss the core features of the simulator, and use numerics to compare with condensed matter analogues. Finally, we illustrate how to achieve a practical, tunable implementation of the simulation using "painted spot" potentials.

  11. Eliminating the dipole phase in attosecond pulse characterization using Rydberg wave packets

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    Pabst, Stefan; Dahlström, Jan Marcus

    2016-07-01

    We propose a technique to fully characterize the temporal structure of extreme ultraviolet pulses by ionizing a bound coherent electronic wave packet. The influence of the dipole phase, which is the main obstacle for state-of-the-art pulse characterization schemes, can be eliminated by angle integration of the photoelectron spectrum. We show that in particular, atomic Rydberg wave packets are ideal and that wave packets involving multiple electronic states provide redundant information that can be used to cross-check the consistency of the phase reconstruction.

  12. The Stark effect in atomic Rydberg states through a quantum defect approach

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    Menéndez, J. M.; Martín, I.; Velasco, A. M.

    A basis set of quantum defect orbitals (QDOs) has been adopted for the diagonalization of the Hamiltonian matrix of nonhydrogenic atoms in the presence of an external electric field, so that the Stark structure of the Rydberg states has been possible to determine. The presently obtained Stark maps are in excellent agreement with those resulting from theory and experiment, as reported in the literature for a few representative atoms. The adequacy of the Stark quantum defect orbital (SQDO) procedure for accurately dealing with properties related to the Stark effect in atoms is suggested.

  13. Rydberg-resolved resonant inelastic soft x-ray scattering: dynamics at core ionization thresholds.

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    Rubensson, J-E; Söderström, J; Binggeli, C; Gråsjö, J; Andersson, J; Såthe, C; Hennies, F; Bisogni, V; Huang, Y; Olalde, P; Schmitt, T; Strocov, V N; Föhlisch, A; Kennedy, B; Pietzsch, A

    2015-04-03

    Resonant inelastic x-ray scattering spectra excited in the immediate vicinity of the core-level ionization thresholds of N2 have been recorded. Final states of well-resolved symmetry-selected Rydberg series converging to valence-level ionization thresholds with vibrational excitations are observed. The results are well described by a quasi-two-step model which assumes that the excited electron is unaffected by the radiative decay. This threshold dynamics simplifies the interpretation of resonant inelastic x-ray scattering spectra considerably and facilitates characterization of low-energy excited final states in molecular systems.

  14. Rydberg, valence, and ion-pair quintet states of O2.

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    Lefebvre-Brion, H; Liebermann, H P; Amero, J M; Vázquez, G J

    2016-04-14

    We report an ab initio study of the quintet states of molecular oxygen. The calculations are carried out employing the multireference single and double excitation configuration interaction package. Potential energy curves of the six quintet valence states dissociating into ground state atoms and of the four quintet states dissociating to ion-pair atoms were computed. A number of bound quintet Rydberg series converging to the a(4)Πu and b(4)Σg(-) states of the O2(+) cation have been identified.

  15. Pulsed-field ionization spectroscopy of high Rydberg states (n=50-200) of bis(ɛ6-benzene)chromium

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    Choi, Kyo-Won; Choi, Sunyoung; Baek, Sun Jong; Kim, Sang Kyu

    2007-01-01

    The ionization behavior of the high Rydberg states of bis(η6-benzene)chromium in the presence of ac and/or dc fields has been explored. The application of an ac scrambling field at the time of laser excitation lengthens the lifetime of the Rydberg state by almost two orders of magnitude. The lifetime enhancement by the scrambling field is much more effective for n <100 than it is for n >100 Rydberg states. The pulsed-field ionization of Rydberg states of n <100 shows the typical diabatic ionization behavior for low n. The two distinct ionization behaviors observed for the relatively low (n=50-100) and high (n=100-200) Rydberg states suggest that the former originate from the optically accessed nf Rydberg series, whereas the latter are due to np Rydberg series. Based on the understanding of the ionization behavior of bis(η6-benzene)chromium, the accurate ionization potential is deduced to give IP =5.4665±0.0003eV. Optimization of the various electric field conditions greatly enhances the spectral sensitivity of the mass-analyzed threshold ionization (MATI) spectroscopy. The high-resolution MATI spectrum of the title molecule obtained here provides precise cationic vibrational frequencies for many skeletal and benzene ring modes. A number of vibrational modes are newly identified, and the ambiguity regarding to some mode assignments is now clearly resolved through the Frank-Condon analysis based on ab initio calculations.

  16. Formation rate for Rb 2 + molecular ions created in collisions of Rb Rydberg and ground-state atoms

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    Stanojevic, Jovica; Côté, Robin

    2016-05-01

    We calculate the formation rate of the molecular Rb2+ion in its various bound states produced in the associative ionization of a Rydberg and a ground-state atom. Before the formation takes place, the colliding atoms are accelerated by an attractive force between the collision partners. In this way the ground-state atom is first captured by the Rydberg electron and then guided towards the positive ion-core where a molecular ion is subsequently formed. As recently demonstrated, this process results in giant collisional cross sections for the molecular ion formation, with the cross sections essentially determined by the size of the Rydberg atom. For sufficient high principal quantum numbers and atomic densities, many ground-state atoms are already located inside the Rydberg atom and ready to participate in the associative ionization. The same process can occur between a Rydberg and a ground-state atom that form a long-range Rydberg molecule, possibly contributing to the shortening of the lifetimes of Rydberg atoms and molecules. Partial support from the US Army Research Office (ARO-MURI W911NF-14-1-0378), and from NSF (Grant No. PHY-1415560).

  17. Atomic loss and gain as a resource for nonequilibrium phase transitions in optical lattices

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    Everest, B.; Marcuzzi, M.; Lesanovsky, I.

    2016-02-01

    Recent breakthroughs in the experimental manipulation of strongly interacting atomic Rydberg gases in lattice potentials have opened an avenue for the study of many-body phenomena. Considerable efforts are currently being undertaken to achieve clean experimental settings that show a minimal amount of noise and disorder and are close to zero temperature. A complementary direction investigates the interplay between coherent and dissipative processes. Recent experiments have revealed a glimpse into the emergence of a rich nonequilibrium behavior stemming from the competition of laser excitation, strong interactions, and radiative decay of Rydberg atoms. The aim of the present theoretical work is to show that local incoherent loss and gain of atoms can in fact be the source of interesting out-of-equilibrium dynamics. This perspective opens up paths for the exploration of nonequilibrium critical phenomena and, more generally, phase transitions, some of which so far have been rather difficult to study. To demonstrate the richness of the encountered dynamical behavior we consider here three examples. The first two feature local atom loss and gain together with an incoherent excitation of Rydberg states. In this setting either a continuous or a discontinuous phase transition emerges with the former being reminiscent of genuine nonequilibrium transitions of stochastic processes with multiple absorbing states. The third example considers the regime of coherent laser excitation. Here the many-body dynamics is dominated by an equilibrium transition of the "model A" universality class.

  18. Influence of inelastic Rydberg atom-atom collisional process on kinetic and optical properties of low-temperature laboratory and astrophysical plasmas

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    Klyucharev, A. N.; Bezuglov, N. N.; Mihajlov, A. A.; Ignjatović, Lj M.

    2010-11-01

    Elementary processes in plasma phenomena traditionally attract physicist's attention. The channel of charged-particle formation in Rydberg atom-atom thermal and sub-thermal collisions (the low temperature plasmas conditions) leads to creation of the molecular ions - associative ionization (AI). atomic ions - Penning-like ionization (PI) and the pair of the negative and positive ions. In our universe the chemical composition of the primordial gas consists mainly of Hydrogen and Helium (H, H-, H+, H2, He,He+). Hydrogen-like alkali-metal Lithium (Li, Li+,Li-) and combinations (HeH+, LiH-, LiH+). There is a wide range of plasma parameters in which the Rydberg atoms of the elements mentioned above make the dominant contribution to ionization and that process may be regarded as a prototype of the elementary process of light excitation energy transformation into electric one. The latest stochastic version of chemi-ionisation (AI+PI) on Rydberg atom-atom collisions extends the treatment of the "dipole resonant" model by taking into account redistribution of population over a range of Rydberg states prior to ionization. This redistribution is modelled as diffusion within the frame of stochastic dynamic of the Rydberg electron in the Rydberg energy spectrum. This may lead to anomalies of Rydberg atom spectra. Another result obtained in recent time is understanding that experimental results on chemi-ionization relate to the group of mixed Rydberg atom closed to the primary selected one. The Rydberg atoms ionisation theory today makes a valuable contribution in the deterministic and stochastic approaches correlation in atomic physic.

  19. Measurement of time-varying electric fields near an atom chip using cold Rydberg atoms

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    Carter, J. D.; Martin, J. D. D.

    2013-05-01

    Inhomogeneous fluctuating electric fields near metal surfaces cause undesired heating or decoherence in devices which confine atoms or ions near such a surface (microfabricated ion traps or proposed gas-phase atom/solid-state hybrid quantum systems, for example). Heating of the motion of trapped ions has been used to measure the noise spectral density of these fields but the microscopic mechanism responsible is unknown. We have implemented a complementary measurement technique using cold atoms released from an atom chip and excited to Rydberg states. The dephasing of a coherent superposition of two Rydberg states is used to measure the inhomogeneous electric field, and spin-echo techniques are used to constrain the frequency scaling of the noise spectral density. Compared to ion trap measurements, this technique has the advantage of flexibility in varying parameters such as atom-surface distance since the atoms do not need to be trapped. Field noise at levels typical for room temperature ion traps is detectable in principle, though the frequency resolution and ultimate sensitivity are inferior to ion traps. Work performed in collaboration with O. Cherry and supported by NSERC.

  20. A sensitive electrometer based on a Rydberg atom in a Schrödinger-cat state.

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    Facon, Adrien; Dietsche, Eva-Katharina; Grosso, Dorian; Haroche, Serge; Raimond, Jean-Michel; Brune, Michel; Gleyzes, Sébastien

    2016-07-14

    Fundamental quantum fluctuations caused by the Heisenberg principle limit measurement precision. If the uncertainty is distributed equally between conjugate variables of the meter system, the measurement precision cannot exceed the standard quantum limit. When the meter is a large angular momentum, going beyond the standard quantum limit requires non-classical states such as squeezed states or Schrödinger-cat-like states. However, the metrological use of the latter has been so far restricted to meters with a relatively small total angular momentum because the experimental preparation of these non-classical states is very challenging. Here we report a measurement of an electric field based on an electrometer consisting of a large angular momentum (quantum number J ≈ 25) carried by a single atom in a high-energy Rydberg state. We show that the fundamental Heisenberg limit can be approached when the Rydberg atom undergoes a non-classical evolution through Schrödinger-cat states. Using this method, we reach a single-shot sensitivity of 1.2 millivolts per centimetre for a 100-nanosecond interaction time, corresponding to 30 microvolts per centimetre per square root hertz at our 3 kilohertz repetition rate. This highly sensitive, non-invasive space- and time-resolved field measurement extends the realm of electrometric techniques and could have important practical applications: detection of individual electrons in mesoscopic devices at a distance of about 100 micrometres with a megahertz bandwidth is within reach.