Planetary atoms

  • W. E. Cooke
  • L. A. Bloomfield
  • R. R. Freeman
  • J. Bokor
Invited Lectures Part III: Laser Spectroscopy
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 229)


We have experimentally observed the systematic onset of strong mixing of confirugations in core-excited autoionization states of Ba as a function of excitation level of the ‘core’ electron relative to the Rydberg electron. This behavior was originally suggested by Percival in his discussion of ‘Planetary Atoms’.


Rydberg State Quantum Defect Rydberg Series Barium Atom Excitation Profile 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. E. Cooke
    • 1
  • L. A. Bloomfield
    • 2
  • R. R. Freeman
    • 2
  • J. Bokor
    • 3
  1. 1.Physics DepartmentUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos Angeles
  2. 2.AT&T Bell LaboratoriesMurray Hill
  3. 3.AT&T Bell LaboratoriesHolmdel

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