Heating mechanisms in radio-frequency-driven ultracold plasmas

P. W. Smorenburg, L. P. J. Kamp, O. J. Luiten
2012 Physical Review A. Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics  
Several mechanisms by which an external electromagnetic field influences the temperature of a plasma are studied analytically and specialized to the system of an ultracold plasma (UCP) driven by a uniform radio frequency (RF) field. Heating through collisional absorption is reviewed and applied to UCPs. Furthermore, it is shown that the RF field modifies the three body recombination process by ionizing electrons from intermediate high-lying Rydberg states and upshifting the continuum threshold,
more » ... resulting in a suppression of three body recombination. Heating through collisionless absorption associated with the finite plasma size is calculated in detail, revealing a temperature threshold below which collisionless absorption is ineffective.
doi:10.1103/physreva.85.063413 fatcat:2naal37conegdlyvdwfebl5tqi