Ionization due to the interaction between two Rydberg atoms

F Robicheaux
2005 Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics  
Using a classical trajectory Monte Carlo method, we have computed the ionization resulting from the interaction between two cold Rydberg atoms. We focus on the products resulting from close interaction between two highly excited atoms. We give information on the distribution of ejected electron energies, the distribution of internal atom energies and the velocity distribution of the atoms and ions after the ionization. If the potential for the atom is not purely Coulombic, the average
more » ... e average interaction between two atoms can change from attractive to repulsive giving a Van de Graaff-like mechanism for accelerating atoms. In a small fraction of ionization cases, we find that the ionization leads to a positive molecular ion where all of the distances are larger than 1000 Bohr radii.
doi:10.1088/0953-4075/38/2/024 fatcat:3jlvdu4f2rce7lzd7jp3oeib7e