Chaotic enhancement in microwave ionization of Rydberg atoms

  title={Chaotic enhancement in microwave ionization of Rydberg atoms},
  author={Giuliano Benenti and Giulio Casati and Dima L. Shepelyansky},
  journal={The European Physical Journal D - Atomic, Molecular, Optical and Plasma Physics},
Abstract:The microwave ionization of internally chaotic Rydberg atoms is studied analytically and numerically. The internal chaos is induced by magnetic or static electric fields. This leads to a chaotic enhancement of microwave excitation. The dynamical localization theory gives a detailed description of the excitation process even in a regime where up to few thousands photons are required to ionize one atom. Possible laboratory experiments are also discussed. 
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