publication . Article . 1991

The dynamics of wave packets of highly-excited states of atoms and molecules

I Sh Averbukh; N.F. Perelman;
  • Published: 31 Jul 1991 Journal: Soviet Physics Uspekhi, volume 34, pages 572-591 (issn: 0038-5670, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: IOP Publishing
A review is presented of a new field in optical spectroscopy, in which the dynamics of wave packets composed of stationary states of atoms and molecules is studied. The time limits of applicability of the correspondence principle and wave packet collapse caused by nonlinear effects are considered. A new phenomenon is discussed, in which the wave packets are revived during their long-term post-classical evolution. Recent experiments on wave packet generation and detection in Rydberg atoms and molecules are reviewed. The experiments provide new opportunities for investigation of the transition region between classical and quantum physics of atomic particles. The r...
free text keywords: General Physics and Astronomy, Subatomic particle, Wave packet, Rydberg atom, Spectroscopy, Quantum mechanics, Atoms in molecules, Excited state, Physics, Correspondence principle, Stationary state, Atomic physics
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