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Scaling Of Classically Stochastic Many-Photon Absorption Processes From The Microwave Region To Higher Frequencies
Author(s): James E Bayfield
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Paper Abstract

Both experiments and quantum calculations have revealed some validity of classical predictions for the classically stochastic or "diffusive" many-photon excitation and ionization of hydrogen atoms with principal quantum number n near 60 in an intense microwave field. These processes partially arise from the relatively dense number of excited atomic states present near the continuum, and from the large radiative couplings between these states. The classical scaling relations are supplemented to predict approximate threshold conditions for "diffusion" and ionization. Diffusion occurs when an electron orbit changes during one orbit time, while ionization requires adequate energy absorption from the the external field. Indicated are interesting experiments at ten micron wavelengths, intensities of tens of gigawatts per square cm, and bound electrons such as in the helium ion with n=6. These values are similar to those predicted for n=1 electrons in quantum well structures, where the situation is somewhat different because of the inverted anharmonicity of the ladders of field-free atom energy levels.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 October 1986
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0664, High Intensity Laser Processes, (21 October 1986); doi: 10.1117/12.938693
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James E Bayfield, University of Pittsburgh (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0664:
High Intensity Laser Processes
John A. Alcock, Editor(s)

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