Photoionization and Autoionization of Excited Rare Gas Atoms
Recent developments in the technology of tunable lasers have provided great opportunity and challenge for experimenters. At the 3rd Atomic Physics Conference a comprehensive review of laser developments and applications was given by Hänsch1. This paper is concerned with one such application, namely the study of ionization resulting from the interaction of laser radiation with excited rare gas atoms. Such processes have considerable application to the understanding of astrophysical and laboratory plasmas and in the physics of planetary atmospheres. However the emphasis in this paper will be exclusively upon the fundamental processes themselves.
KeywordsOscillator Strength Photoionization Cross Section Quantum Defect Metastable Atom Metastable Level
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