Theoretical Dynamics of Heavy Rydberg States in Rb2

Adam Kirrander, Hossein Sadeghpour

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Abstract

Rydberg states, characterized by long-range Coulomb interactions, are normally associated with states consisting of an electron and a positively charged atomic or molecular ion, but can also occur as vibrational states in ionic bonds between atoms. In such heavy Rydberg states, the light electron is replaced by a much heavier negative ion. Compared to normal vibrational states these have unusual properties, including extremely large internuclear distances, large dipole moments, and an infinity of states below the ion-pair dissociation limit. Ion-pair states are difficult to observe in experiments, but recently detailed spectra of heavy Rydberg states in H2 and Cl2 have been reported. We collaborate with the experimental groups of E.\ E.\ Eyler and P.\ Gould (UConn) to find heavy Rydberg states in Rb2. Recent theoretical results are presented, and we discuss the potential application of Rb2 heavy Rydberg states in cold matter physics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBulletin of the American Physical Society
Subtitle of host publication43rd Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Volume57
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jun 2012
Event43rd Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics - , United States
Duration: 4 Jun 20128 Jun 2012

Conference

Conference43rd Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Country/TerritoryUnited States
Period4/06/128/06/12

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