Coherence and decay of Rydberg wave packets
Johathan Parker and C. R. Stroud, Jr.
Phys. Rev. Lett.56, 716 (1986).
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Calculations are presented that show the response of an atom to a
picosecond laser pulse which resonantly excites a manifold of Rydberg
states. The coherent atomic state that is produced is of the form of a
spatially localized wave packet. The motion, decay, and reformation of the
wave packet are described and related to the complicated quantum beat
pattern that appears in the subsequent spontaneous decay.
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