Sample records for helium rydberg states


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    Vanderveldt, T.; Vassen, W.; Hogervorst, W.


    In a CW laser-atomic beam experiment metastable helium atoms are excited to Rydberg states (n = 58) in a magnetic field (= 0.1 T) The observed l-mixing spectra are reproduced using the method of diagonalization of the energy matrix as well as semiclassical theories. Also the first anticrossing

  2. Preparation of circular Rydberg states in helium using the crossed fields method


    Zhelyazkova, V.; Hogan, S D


    Helium atoms have been prepared in the circular $|n=55,\\ell=54,m_{\\ell}=+54\\rangle$ Rydberg state using the crossed electric and magnetic fields method. The atoms, initially travelling in pulsed supersonic beams, were photoexcited from the metastable $1s2s\\,^3S_1$ level to the outermost, $m_{\\ell}=0$ Rydberg-Stark state with $n=55$ in the presence of a strong electric field and weak perpendicular magnetic field. Following excitation, the electric field was adiabatically switched off causing t...

  3. Rydberg States of Alkali Metal Atoms on Superfluid Helium Droplets - Theoretical Considerations (United States)

    Pototschnig, Johann V.; Lackner, Florian; Hauser, Andreas W.; Ernst, Wolfgang E.


    The bound states of electrons on the surface of superfluid helium have been a research topic for several decades. One of the first systems treated was an electron bound to an ionized helium cluster. Here, a similar system is considered, which consists of a helium droplet with an ionized dopant inside and an orbiting electron on the outside. In our theoretical investigation we select alkali metal atoms (AK) as central ions, stimulated by recent experimental studies of Rydberg states for Na, Rb, and Cs attached to superfluid helium nanodroplets. Experimental spectra , obtained by electronic excitation and subsequent ionization, showed blueshifts for low lying electronic states and redshifts for Rydberg states. In our theoretical treatment the diatomic AK^+-He potential energy curves are first computed with ab initio methods. These potentials are then used to calculate the solvation energy of the ion in a helium droplet as a function of the number of atoms. Additional potential terms, derived from the obtained helium density distribution, are added to the undisturbed atomic pseudopotential in order to simulate a 'modified' potential felt by the outermost electron. This allows us to compute a new set of eigenstates and eigenenergies, which we compare to the experimentally observed energy shifts for highly excited alkali metal atoms on helium nanodroplets. A. Golov and S. Sekatskii, Physica B, 1994, 194, 555-556 E. Loginov, C. Callegari, F. Ancilotto, and M. Drabbels, J. Phys. Chem. A, 2011, 115, 6779-6788 F. Lackner, G. Krois, M. Koch, and W. E. Ernst, J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2012, 3, 1404-1408 F. Lackner, G. Krois, M. Theisen, M. Koch, and W. E. Ernst, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011, 13, 18781-18788

  4. Preparation of circular Rydberg states in helium using the crossed fields method

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    Zhelyazkova, V


    Helium atoms have been prepared in the circular $|n=55,\\ell=54,m_{\\ell}=+54\\rangle$ Rydberg state using the crossed electric and magnetic fields method. The atoms, initially travelling in pulsed supersonic beams, were photoexcited from the metastable $1s2s\\,^3S_1$ level to the outermost, $m_{\\ell}=0$ Rydberg-Stark state with $n=55$ in the presence of a strong electric field and weak perpendicular magnetic field. Following excitation, the electric field was adiabatically switched off causing the atoms to evolve into the circular state with $m_{\\ell}=+54$ defined with respect to the magnetic field quantization axis. The circular states were detected by ramped electric field ionization along the magnetic field axis. The dependence of the circular state production efficiency on the strength of the excitation electric field, and the electric-field switch-off time was studied, and microwave spectroscopy of the circular-to-circular $|55,54,+54\\rangle\\rightarrow|56,55,+55\\rangle$ transition at $\\sim38.5$~GHz was perf...


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    Vanderveldt, T.; Vassen, W.; Hogervorst, W.


    Diamagnetism in helium Rydberg atoms is studied near the ionisation threshold using constant scaled-energy laser spectroscopy. Quasi-Landau resonances in the Fouriertransform of the energy spectrum are explained using the classical periodic-orbit theory. Longlaser scans combined with a

  6. Probing double Rydberg wave packets in a helium atom with fast single-cycle pulses (United States)

    Wang, Xiao; Robicheaux, F.


    Fully quantum and classical calculations on a helium atom with two excited, radially localized Rydberg wave packets are performed. The differences between classical and quantum methods are compared for a wide range of principal quantum numbers to study the validity of the classical method for low-lying states. The effects of fast terahertz single-cycle pulses on an atomic system with one or two Rydberg wave packets are also studied using classical equations of motion. These results suggest that single-cycle pulses can be used as time-resolved probes to detect motion of the wave packets and to investigate autoionization properties.

  7. Entangled state fusion with Rydberg atoms (United States)

    Ji, Y. Q.; Dai, C. M.; Shao, X. Q.; Yi, X. X.


    We propose a scheme for preparation of large-scale entangled GHZ states and W states with neutral Rydberg atoms. The scheme mainly depends on Rydberg antiblockade effect, i.e., as the Rydberg-Rydberg interaction strength and the detuning between the atom transition frequency and the classical laser frequency satisfies some certain conditions, the effective Rabi oscillation between the two ground states and the two excitation Rydberg states would be generated. The prominent advantage is that both two multiparticle GHZ states and two multiparticle W states can be fused in this model, especially the success probability for fusion of GHZ states can reach unit. In addition, the imperfections induced by the spontaneous emission is also discussed through numerical simulation.

  8. Ignition and afterglow dynamics of a high pressure nanosecond pulsed helium micro-discharge: II. Rydberg molecules kinetics (United States)

    Carbone, Emile A. D.; Schregel, Christian-Georg; Czarnetzki, Uwe


    In this paper, we discuss the experimental results presented in Schregel et al (2016 Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 25 054003) on a high pressure micro-discharge operated in helium and driven by nanosecond voltage pulses. A simple global plasma chemistry model is developed to describe the ions, excited atomic and molecular species dynamics in the ignition and early afterglow regimes. The existing experimental data on high pressure helium kinetics is reviewed and critically discussed. It is highlighted that several inconsistencies in the branching ratio of neutral assisted associative and dissociative processes currently exist in the literature and need further clarification. The model allows to pinpoint the mechanisms responsible for the large amounts of Rydberg molecules produced in the discharge and for the helium triplet metastable state in the afterglow. The main losses of electrons are also identified. The fast quenching of excited He (n  >  3) states appears to be a significant source of Rydberg molecules which has been previously neglected. The plasma model finally draws a simplified, but still accurate description of high pressure helium discharges based on available experimental data for ion and neutral helium species.

  9. Probing resonant energy transfer in collisions of ammonia with Rydberg helium atoms by microwave spectroscopy (United States)

    Zhelyazkova, V.; Hogan, S. D.


    We present the results of experiments demonstrating the spectroscopic detection of Förster resonance energy transfer from NH3 in the X1A1 ground electronic state to helium atoms in 1sns 3S1 Rydberg levels, where n = 37 and n = 40. For these values of n, the 1sns 3S1 → 1snp 3PJ transitions in helium lie close to resonance with the ground-state inversion transitions in NH3 and can be tuned through resonance using electric fields of less than 10 V/cm. In the experiments, energy transfer was detected by direct state-selective electric field ionization of the 3S1 and 3PJ Rydberg levels and by monitoring the population of the 3DJ levels following pulsed microwave transfer from the 3PJ levels. Detection by microwave spectroscopic methods represents a highly state selective, low-background approach to probing the collisional energy transfer process and the environment in which the atom-molecule interactions occur. The experimentally observed electric-field dependence of the resonant energy transfer process, probed both by direct electric field ionization and by microwave transfer, agrees well with the results of calculations performed using a simple theoretical model of the energy transfer process. For measurements performed in zero electric field with atoms prepared in the 1s40s 3S1 level, the transition from a regime in which a single energy transfer channel can be isolated for detection to one in which multiple collision channels begin to play a role has been identified as the NH3 density was increased.

  10. Role of Rydberg States In High-order Harmonic Generation

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    Beaulieu, Samuel; Comby, Antoine; Wanie, Vincent; Petit, Stéphane; Légaré, François; Catoire, Fabrice; Mairesse, Yann


    The role of Rydberg states in strong field physics has known a renewed interest in the past few years with the study of resonant high-order harmonic generation. In addition to its fundamental in- terest, this process could create bright sources of coherent vacuum and extreme ultraviolet radiation with controlled polarization state. We investigate the spectral, spatial and temporal characteristics of the radiation produced near the ionization threshold of argon by few-cycle laser pulses. The intensity-dependence of the emission shows that two different pathways interfere to populate the Rydberg states. Furthermore, we show that the population of Rydberg states can lead to different emission mecanisms: either direct emission through XUV Free Induction Decay, or sequentially with absorption of additional photons, in processes similar to resonance-enhanced multiphoton above- threshold ionization. Last, using the attosecond lighthouse technique we show that the resonant emission from Rydberg states is not temporal...

  11. D-state Rydberg electrons interacting with ultracold atoms

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    Krupp, Alexander Thorsten


    This thesis was established in the field of ultracold atoms where the interaction of highly excited D-state electrons with rubidium atoms was examined. This work is divided into two main parts: In the first part we study D-state Rydberg molecules resulting from the binding of a D-state Rydberg electron to a ground state rubidium atom. We show that we can address specific rovibrational molecular states by changing our laser detuning and thus create perfectly aligned axial or antialigned toroidal molecules, in good agreement with our theoretical calculations. Furthermore the influence of the electric field on the Rydberg molecules was investigated, creating novel states which show a different angular dependence and alignment. In the second part of this thesis we excite single D-state Rydberg electrons in a Bose-Einstein condensate. We study the lifetime of these Rydberg electrons, the change of the shape of our condensate and the atom losses in the condensate due to this process. Moreover, we observe quadrupolar shape oscillations of the whole condensate created by the consecutive excitation of Rydberg atoms and compare all results to previous S-state measurements. In the outlook we propose a wide range of further experiments including the proposal of imaging a single electron wavefunction by the imprint of its orbit into the Bose-Einstein condensate.

  12. Atom optics with Rydberg states in inhomogeneous electric fields (United States)

    Kritsun, Oleg Anton

    Atom optics has become subject of intense investigation in recent years. Control of atomic motion is of great importance in atomic physics and applications like lithography or nanofabrication. Neutral atoms are not affected greatly by magnetic or electric field as they don't have a charge or large magnetic and electric moments. But by exciting a neutral atom to a high Rydberg state it is possible to increase its electric moment considerably. The purpose of this thesis is to demonstrate experimentally and theoretically the possibility of creating atom optical elements for the beam of neutral atoms based on the polarizability of highly excited states in an electric field. First this work will present a review of the basic concepts that are used for atom optics and also a discussion of the progress to date in realizations of the neutral atom manipulation techniques. In our earlier experiments deflection and beam-splitting was demonstrated for a beam of neutral Lithium atoms excited in a three-step scheme [3.5, 3.6]. In later experiments, metastable Helium was excited from 23S state to the 33P state using lambda = 389 nm light, and then to the 25--30 S or D states using lambda = 785--815 nm light. Because this was a two-step excitation and it had the higher laser power in the last step, this method increased the percentage of excited atoms by a factor close to 103 compared to the Lithium experiment. Furthermore coherent excitation technique, Stimulated Raman Adiabatic Population Transfer (STIRAP), is investigated in this system, which allows a complete transfer of the atoms from 23S to the Rydberg states. STIRAP is also very tolerant of experimental imperfections such as intensity and frequency fluctuations, Doppler shifts, etc. and can be done with modest laser power. Efficient excitation enables us to do the following atom manipulations in inhomogeneous electric field [3.6, 4.42]. (1) Deflection and reflection; (2) Beam-splitting; (3) Collimation and focusing. Since

  13. Entanglement of two ground state neutral atoms using Rydberg blockade

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    Miroshnychenko, Yevhen; Browaeys, Antoine; Evellin, Charles


    We report on our recent progress in trapping and manipulation of internal states of single neutral rubidium atoms in optical tweezers. We demonstrate the creation of an entangled state between two ground state atoms trapped in separate tweezers using the effect of Rydberg blockade. The quality...... of the entanglement is measured using global rotations of the internal states of both atoms....

  14. Correlated Photon Emission from Multiatom Rydberg Dark States

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    Pritchard, J.D.; Adams, C.S.; Mølmer, Klaus


    We consider three-level atoms driven by two resonant light fields in a ladder scheme where the upper level is a highly excited Rydberg state. We show that the dipole-dipole interactions between Rydberg excited atoms prevents the formation of single particle dark states and leads to strongly corre...... correlated photon pairs from atoms separated by distances large compared to the emission wavelength. For a pair of atoms, this enables realization of an efficient photon-pair source with on average one pair every 30 μs....

  15. Predissociation and autoionization of triplet Rydberg states in molecular hydrogen

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    Dinu, L.; Picard, Y.J.; Zande, W.J. van der


    We present single-photon spectroscopy in molecular hydrogen starting from the metastable c(3)Pi(u)(-) state to a number of triplet nd-Rydberg states (v=0-4, n=12-20). Using fast beam spectroscopy both the autoionization channel and the predissociation channel are quantified, field free, as well as

  16. Coherent excitation of a single atom to a Rydberg state

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    Miroshnychenko, Yevhen; Gaëtan, Alpha; Evellin, Charles


    We present the coherent excitation of a single Rubidium atom to the Rydberg state 58d3/2 using a two-photon transition. The experimental setup is described in detail, as are experimental techniques and procedures. The coherence of the excitation is revealed by observing Rabi oscillations between...

  17. Observation of Heavy Rydberg States in H_2 and HD (United States)

    Beyer, Maximilian; Merkt, Frederic


    The binding energies of the hydrogen atom are given by the Rydberg formula E_n = - {{R}_∞μ/m_e}/{(n-δ)^2}, where the quantum defect δ vanishes in the case of a pure Coulomb potential. Heavy Rydberg systems can be realized when the electron is replaced by an anion, which leads in the case of H^+H^- to an almost 1000 times larger Rydberg constant and to an infinite number of vibrational states. In the diabatic molecular basis, these ion-pair states are described by long-range Coulomb potentials with ^1Σ_g^+ and ^1Σ_u^+ symmetry. In this basis, the level energies are described by an almost energy-independent, nonzero quantum defect, reflecting the finite size of H^-. Strong interactions at small internuclear distances lead to strong variation of δ with n. Gerade [2] and ungerade [3] ion-pair states have been observed in H_2 with principal quantum numbers up to n=240. The quantum defects in this range were found to vary with energy, indicating the inadequacy of a pure diabatic picture. Spectra of ungerade heavy Rydberg states of H_2 with n=160-520 showing that the quantum defect only becomes energy independent for n>350 will be presented, supporting the description using a diabatic basis. I will also present first observations of ion-pair states in HD, showing two series of heavy Rydberg states, H^+D^- and H^-D^+, which have different series limits. The experimental results will be discussed and compared with calculations using both an adiabatic and a diabatic basis. [1] S. Pan, and F. H. Mies, J. Chem. Phys. 89, 3096 (1988). [2] M. O. Vieitez, T. I. Ivanov, E. Reinhold, C. A. de Lange, and W. Ubachs, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 163001 (2008). [3] R. C. Ekey, and E. F. McCormack, Phys. Rev. A 84, 020501(R) (2011).

  18. Asymptotics of Rydberg states for the hydrogen atom

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    Thomas, L.E. [Virginia Univ., Charlottesville, VA (United States). Dept. of Mathematics; Villegas-Blas, C. [Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Instituto de Matematicas, Unidad Cuernavaca, A. P. 273-3 Admon. 3, Cuernavaca Morelos 62251 (Mexico)


    The asymptotics of Rydberg states, i.e., highly excited bound states of the hydrogen atom Hamiltonian, and various expectations involving these states are investigated. We show that suitable linear combinations of these states, appropriately rescaled and regarded as functions either in momentum space or configuration space, are highly concentrated on classical momentum space or configuration space Kepler orbits respectively, for large quantum numbers. Expectations of momentum space or configuration space functions with respect to these states are related to time-averages of these functions over Kepler orbits. (orig.)

  19. High-fidelity Rydberg quantum gate via a two-atom dark state (United States)

    Petrosyan, David; Motzoi, Felix; Saffman, Mark; Mølmer, Klaus


    We propose a two-qubit gate for neutral atoms in which one of the logical state components adiabatically follows a two-atom dark state formed by the laser coupling to a Rydberg state and a strong resonant dipole-dipole exchange interaction between two Rydberg excited atoms. Our gate exhibits optimal scaling of the intrinsic error probability E ∝(Bτ ) -1 with the interatomic interaction strength B and the Rydberg state lifetime τ . Moreover, the gate is resilient to variations in the interaction strength, and even for finite probability of double Rydberg excitation the gate does not excite atomic motion and experiences no decoherence due to internal-translational entanglement.

  20. High-fidelity Rydberg quantum gate via a two-atom dark state

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    Petrosyan, David; Motzoi, Felix; Saffman, Mark


    optimal scaling of the intrinsic error probability $E \\propto (B\\tau)^{-1}$ with the interatomic interaction strength $B$ and the Rydberg state lifetime $\\tau$. Moreover, the gate is resilient to variations in the interaction strength, and even for finite probability of double Rydberg excitation, the gate...

  1. Coherent Transfer between Low-Angular-Momentum and Circular Rydberg States. (United States)

    Signoles, A; Dietsche, E K; Facon, A; Grosso, D; Haroche, S; Raimond, J M; Brune, M; Gleyzes, S


    We realize a coherent transfer between a laser-accessible low-angular-momentum Rydberg state and the circular Rydberg level with maximal angular momentum. It is induced by a radio frequency field with a high-purity σ^{+} polarization resonant on Stark transitions inside the hydrogenic Rydberg manifold. We observe over a few microseconds more than 20 coherent Rabi oscillations between the initial Rydberg state and the circular level. We characterize these many-Rydberg-level oscillations and find them in perfect agreement with a simple model. This coherent transfer opens the way to hybrid quantum gates bridging the gap between optical communication and quantum information manipulations with microwave cavity and circuit quantum electrodynamics.

  2. Tunable cw UV laser with spectroscopy of Sr Rydberg states. (United States)

    Bridge, Elizabeth M; Keegan, Niamh C; Bounds, Alistair D; Boddy, Danielle; Sadler, Daniel P; Jones, Matthew P A


    We present a solid-state laser system that generates over 200 mW of continuous-wave, narrowband light, tunable from 316.3 nm - 317.7 nm and 318.0 nm - 319.3 nm. The laser is based on commercially available fiber amplifiers and optical frequency doubling technology, along with sum frequency generation in a periodically poled stoichiometric lithium tantalate crystal. The laser frequency is stabilized to an atomic-referenced high finesse optical transfer cavity. Using a GPS-referenced optical frequency comb we measure a long term frequency instability of spectroscopy of Sr Rydberg states from n = 37 - 81, demonstrating mode-hop-free scans of 24 GHz. In a cold atomic sample we measure Doppler-limited linewidths of 350 kHz.

  3. Contaminant-State Broadening Mechanism in a Driven Dissipative Rydberg System (United States)

    Porto, J. V.


    The strong interactions in Rydberg atoms make them an ideal system for the study of correlated many-body physics, both in the presence and absence of dissipation. Using such highly excited atomic states requires addressing challenges posed by the dense spectrum of Rydberg levels, the detrimental effects of spontaneous emission, and strong interactions. A full understanding of the scope and limitations of many Rydberg-based proposals requires simultaneously including these effects, which typically cannot be described by a mean-field treatment due to correlations in the quantum coherent and dissipative processes. We study a driven, dissipative system of Rydberg atoms in a 3D optical lattice, and observe substantial deviation from single-particle excitation rates, both on and off resonance. The observed broadened spectra cannot be explained by van der Waals interactions or a mean-field treatment of the system. Based on the magnitude of the broadening and the scaling with density and two-photon Rabi frequency, we attribute these effects to unavoidable blackbody-induced transitions to nearby Rydberg states of opposite parity, which have large, resonant dipole-dipole interactions with the state of interest. Even at low densities of Rydberg atoms, uncontrolled production of atoms in other states significantly modifies the energy levels of the remaining atoms. These off-diagonal exchange interactions result in complex many-body states of the system and have implications for off-resonant Rydberg dressing proposals. This work was partially supported by the ARL-CDQI program.

  4. Femtosecond photoelectron imaging of transient electronic states and Rydberg atom emission from electronically excited he droplets. (United States)

    Kornilov, Oleg; Bünermann, Oliver; Haxton, Daniel J; Leone, Stephen R; Neumark, Daniel M; Gessner, Oliver


    Ultrafast relaxation of electronically excited pure He droplets is investigated by femtosecond time-resolved photoelectron imaging. Droplets are excited by extreme ultraviolet (EUV) pulses with photon energies below 24 eV. Excited states and relaxation products are probed by ionization with an infrared (IR) pulse with 1.6 eV photon energy. An initially excited droplet state decays on a time scale of 220 fs, leading predominantly to the emission of unaligned 1s3d Rydberg atoms. In a second relaxation channel, electronically aligned 1s4p Rydberg atoms are emitted from the droplet within less than 120 fs. The experimental results are described within a model that approximates electronically excited droplet states by localized, atomic Rydberg states perturbed by the local droplet environment in which the atom is embedded. The model suggests that, below 24 eV, EUV excitation preferentially leads to states that are localized in the surface region of the droplet. Electronically aligned 1s4p Rydberg atoms are expected to originate from excitations in the outermost surface regions, while nonaligned 1s3d Rydberg atoms emerge from a deeper surface region with higher local densities. The model is used to simulate the He droplet EUV absorption spectrum in good agreement with previously reported fluorescence excitation measurements.

  5. Possibility of triple magic trapping of clock and Rydberg states of divalent atoms in optical lattices

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    Topcu, T


    We predict the possibility of "triply-magic" optical lattice trapping of neutral divalent atoms. In such a lattice, the ${^1}\\!S_{0}$ and ${^3}\\!P_{0}$ clock states and an additional Rydberg state experience identical optical potentials, fully mitigating detrimental effects of the motional decoherence. In particular, we show that this triply magic trapping condition can be satisfied for Yb atom at optical wavelengths and for various other divalent systems (Ca, Mg, Hg and Sr) in the UV region. We assess the quality of triple magic trapping conditions by estimating the probability of excitation out of the motional ground state as a result of the excitations between the clock and the Rydberg states. We also calculate trapping laser-induced photoionization rates of divalent Rydberg atoms at magic frequencies. We find that such rates are below the radiative spontaneous-emission rates, due to the presence of Cooper minima in photoionization cross-sections.

  6. Optical frequency synthesizer for precision spectroscopy of Rydberg states of Rb atoms (United States)

    Watanabe, Naoto; Tamura, Hikaru; Musha, Mitsuru; Nakagawa, Ken'ichi


    We have developed an optical frequency synthesizer for the precision spectroscopy of highly excited Rydberg states of Rb atoms. This synthesizer can generate a widely tunable 480 nm laser light with an optical power of 150 mW and an absolute frequency uncertainty of less than 100 kHz using a high-repetition-rate (325 MHz) Er fiber-based optical frequency comb and a tunable frequency-doubled diode laser at 960 nm. We demonstrate the precision two-photon spectroscopy of the Rydberg states of 87Rb atoms by observing the electromagnetically induced transparency in a vapor cell, and measure the absolute transition frequencies of 87Rb to nD (n = 53-92) and nS (n = 60-90) Rydberg states with an uncertainty of less than 250 kHz. It is the first direct frequency measurements of these transitions using an optical frequency comb.

  7. Helium resources of the United States, 1989 (United States)

    Miller, Richard D.; Hamak, John E.

    The helium resources base of the United States was estimated by the Bureau of Mines to be 894.6 Bcf as of January 1, 1989. These resources are divided into four categories in decreasing degree of the assurance of their existence: (1) helium in storage and in proved natural gas reserves, 282.4 Bcf; (2) helium in probable natural gas resources, estimated at 237.7 Bcf; (3) helium in possible natural gas resources, estimated to be 263.2 Bcf; and (4) helium in speculative natural gas resources, 111.4 Bcf. These helium resources are further divided into depleting and nondepleting, with the helium in storage being in a separate classification. The depleting resources are those associated with natural gasfields that are, or will be, produced for the natural gas they contain. Almost all of the helium in potential (probable, possible, and speculative) natural gas resources is included in this classification. These depleting resources are estimated to contain 775 Bcf of the total helium resource base.

  8. Resonant ionization spectroscopy of autoionizing Rydberg states in cobalt and redetermination of its ionization potential (United States)

    Liu, Y.; Gottwald, T.; Mattolat, C.; Wendt, K.


    Multi-step resonance ionization spectroscopy of cobalt has been performed using a hot-cavity laser ion source and three Ti:Sapphire lasers. The photoionization spectra revealed members of five new autoionizing Rydberg series that originate from three different lower levels of 3d 74s5s h 4F9/2, 3d 74s4d f 4G11/2, and 3d 74s4d f 4H13/2 and converge to the first four excited states of singly ionized Co. The analyses of the Rydberg series yield 63 564.689 ± 0.036 cm-1 as the first ionization potential of Co, which is an order of magnitude more accurate than the previous estimation. Using a three-step resonance ionization scheme that employs an autoinizing Rydberg state in the last transition, we obtained an overall ionization efficiency of about 18% for Co. ).

  9. Paschen-Back effects and Rydberg-state diamagnetism in vapor-cell electromagnetically induced transparency (United States)

    Ma, L.; Anderson, D. A.; Raithel, G.


    We report on rubidium vapor-cell Rydberg electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) in a 0.7 T magnetic field where all involved levels are in the hyperfine Paschen-Back regime, and the Rydberg state exhibits a strong diamagnetic interaction. Signals from both 85Rb and 87Rb are present in the EIT spectra. Isotope-mixed Rb cells allow us to measure the field strength to within a ±0.12 % relative uncertainty. The measured spectra are in excellent agreement with the results of a Monte Carlo calculation and indicate unexpectedly large Rydberg-level dephasing rates. Line shifts and broadenings due to magnetic-field inhomogeneities are included in the model.

  10. Doppler- and recoil-free laser excitation of Rydberg states via three-photon transitions

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    Ryabtsev, I. I.; Beterov, I. I.; Tretyakov, D. B.; Entin, V. M.; Yakshina, E. A. [A. V. Rzhanov Institute of Semiconductor Physics SB RAS, Prospekt Lavrentyeva 13, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation)


    Three-photon laser excitation of Rydberg states by three different laser beams can be arranged in a starlike geometry that simultaneously eliminates the recoil effect and Doppler broadening. Our analytical and numerical calculations for a particular laser excitation scheme 5S{sub 1/2}{yields}5P{sub 3/2}{yields}6S{sub 1/2}{yields}nP in Rb atoms have shown that, compared to the one- and two-photon laser excitation, this approach provides much narrower linewidth and longer coherence time for both cold atom samples and hot vapors, if the intermediate one-photon resonances of the three-photon transition are detuned by more than respective single-photon Doppler widths. This method can be used to improve fidelity of Rydberg quantum gates and precision of spectroscopic measurements in Rydberg atoms.

  11. How Large Are Low-Lying Molecular Rydberg States? Comparisons Between Experiment and Theory (United States)

    Halpern, A. M.


    The "sizes" of low-lying molecular Rydberg states, estimated experimentally from the results of pressure perturbation spectroscopy, are compared with the results of ab initio molecular orbital calculations. Lennard-Jones 6-12 parameters associated with absorber-perturber pairs were assigned to the ground and excited states on the basis of pressure perturbation spectroscopy. These data are reported for the lowest Rydberg transitions of NH 3, acetone, and CH 3I, as well as for the first two transitions of 1-azabicyclo[2.2.2]octane (ABCO). Increases in the sizes of these excited states relative to the respective ground states were compared with the results of ab initio calculations of the root-mean-square values of the electronic displacement, RMS R. Excited state calculations using configuration interaction (singles) with the 6-31+ G* basis set (augmented in the case of CH 3I) were performed. Calculations are also reported for CH 2O, SO 2, CS 2, and 1,4-diazabicyclo[2.2.2]octane. Results show that increases in molecular size for intravalence transitions are nearly zero, while for the lower Rydberg transitions, Δ(RMS R) values range between 0.23 Å (for ABCO) and 0.95 Å (for NH 3). The calculations on ABCO and acetone indicate the involvement of C atom 3 s orbitals in the lowest excited (Rydberg) states. These findings are consistent with the experimental results obtained from pressure perturbation spectroscopy.

  12. Rydberg states in a microwave field: regularity and chaos; Atomes de rydberg en champ micro-onde: regularite et chaos

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    Buchleitner, A


    We develop a theoretical formalism which provides a powerful tool for the detailed numerical analysis of the interaction of three-dimensional hydrogen atoms with an intense radiation field. The application of this approach to the microwave ionization of Rydberg states of hydrogen provides the most realistic numerical experiments ever made in this area. A thorough analysis of ionization signals and thresholds, of level dynamics and of the phase space projections of associated wave functions is provided for a one-dimensional model of the atom. The comparison to the ionization of three-dimensional atoms confirms the validity of the one-dimensional model for extended initial states and, hence, dynamical localization theory, as far as the ionization threshold is concerned. Three classes of three-dimensional initial states with distinct symmetries are identified and they appear to be more or less adapted to the symmetries of the eigenstates of the microwave problem. 'Scarred' wavefunctions of the three-dimensional hydrogen atom exposed to microwave field are shown. Finally, the dynamics of a circular state in a microwave and in an intense laser field are compared. (author)

  13. Pulsed excitation of Rydberg-atom-pair states in an ultracold Cs gas

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    Saßmannshausen, Heiner; Deiglmayr, Johannes


    Pulsed laser excitation of a dense ultracold Cs vapor has been used to study the pairwise interactions between Cs atoms excited to $n$p$_{3/2}$ Rydberg states of principal quantum numbers in the range $n=22-36$. Molecular resonances were observed that correspond to excitation of Rydberg-atom-pair states correlated not only to the $n$p$_{3/2}+n$p$_{3/2}$ dissociation asymptotes, but also to $n$s$_{1/2}+(n+1)$s$_{1/2}$, $n$s$_{1/2}+n'$f$_{j}$, and $(n-4)$f$_{j}+(n-3)$f$_{j}$ $(j=5/2,7/2)$ dissociation asymptotes. These pair resonances are interpreted as arising from dipole-dipole, and higher long-range-interaction terms between the Rydberg atoms on the basis of i) their spectral positions, ii) their response to static and pulsed electric fields, and iii) millimeter-wave spectra between pair states correlated to different pair-dissociation asymptotes. The Rydberg-atom--pair states were found to spontaneously decay by Penning ionization and the dynamics of the ionization process were investigated during the first...

  14. Energy of van der Waals and dipole-dipole interactions between atoms in Rydberg states (United States)

    Kamenski, A. A.; Manakov, N. L.; Mokhnenko, S. N.; Ovsiannikov, V. D.


    The van der Waals coefficient C6(θ ;n l J M ) of two like Rydberg atoms in their identical Rydberg states |n l J M 〉 is resolved into four irreducible components called scalar Rs s, axial (vector) Ra a, scalar-tensor Rs T=RT s , and tensor-tensor RT T parts in analogy with the components of dipole polarizabilities. The irreducible components determine the dependence of C6(θ ;n l J M ) on the angle θ between the interatomic and the quantization axes of atoms. The spectral resolution for the biatomic Green's function with account of the most contributing terms is used for evaluating the components Rα β of atoms in their Rydberg series of doublet states of the low angular momenta (2S , 2P , 2D , 2F ). The polynomial presentations in powers of the Rydberg-state principal quantum number n taking into account the asymptotic dependence C6(θ ;n l J M ) ∝n11 are derived for simplified evaluations of irreducible components. Numerical values of the polynomial coefficients are determined for Rb atoms in their n 2S1 /2 , n 2P1 /2 ,3 /2 , n 2D3 /2 ,5 /2 , and n 2F5 /2 ,7 /2 Rydberg states of arbitrary high n . The transformation of the van der Waals interaction law -C6/R6 into the dipole-dipole law C3/R3 in the case of close dipole-connected two-atomic states (the Förster resonance) is considered and the dependencies on the magnetic quantum numbers M and on the angle θ of the constant C3(θ ;n l J M ) are determined together with the ranges of interatomic distances R , where the transformation appears.

  15. Molecular Structure and Dynamics Probed by Photoionization Out of Rydberg States (United States)

    Rudakov, Fedor


    Probing the structure of a molecule as a chemical reaction unfolds has been a long standing goal in chemical physics. Most spectroscopic and diffraction techniques work well when the molecules are cold and thus vibrational motion is minimized. Yet, the very ability of a molecule to undergo structural changes implies that a significant amount of energy resides within the molecule. In order to probe structures of even medium sized molecules on an ultrafast time scale a technique that is sensitive to the molecular structure, yet insensitive to the vibrational motion is required. In our research we demonstrated that Rydberg electrons are remarkably sensitive to the molecular structure. Photoionization of a molecule out of Rydberg states reveals a purely electronic spectrum which is largely insensitive to vibrational motion. The talk illustrates how Rydberg electrons can serve as a probe for ultrafast structural dynamics in polyatomic molecules. The talk also demonstrates that photoionization through Rydberg states can be utilized for non-intrusive detection of polyatomic combustion intermediates in flames.

  16. Ab initio study of valence and Rydberg states of CH3Br (United States)

    Escure, Christelle; Leininger, Thierry; Lepetit, Bruno


    We performed configuration interaction ab initio calculations on the valence and 5s, 5pa1, and 5pe Rydberg bands of the CH3Br molecule as a function of the methyl-bromide distance for frozen C3v geometries. The valence state potential energy curves are repulsive, the Rydberg state ones are similar to the one of the CH3Br+ ion with a minimum at short distance. One state emerging from the 5pe band has valence and ion-pair characters as distance increases and the corresponding potential curve has a second minimum at large distance. This state has a very strong parallel electric dipole transition moment with the ground state and plays a central role in UV photon absorption spectra. It is also responsible for the parallel character of the anisotropy parameters measured in ion-pair production experiments. In each band, there is a single state, which has a non-negligible transition moment with the ground state, corresponding to a transition perpendicular to the molecular axis of symmetry, except for the 5pe band where it is parallel. The perpendicular transition moments between ground and valence states increase sharply as methyl-bromide distance decreases due to a mixing between valence and 5s Rydberg band at short distance. In each band, spin orbit interaction produces a pair of states, which have significant transition moments with the ground one. In the valence band, the mixing between singlet and triplet states is weak and the perpendicular transition to the Q11 state is dominant. In each Rydberg band, however, spin-orbit interaction is larger than the exchange interaction and the two significant transition moments with the ground state have comparable strengths. The valence band has an additional state (Q10) with significant parallel transition moment induced by spin-orbit interaction with the ground state at large distance.

  17. Spectroscopy of an ultracold Rydberg gas and signatures of Rydberg-Rydberg interactions

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    Singer, Kilian; Reetz-Lamour, Markus; Amthor, Thomas; Foelling, Simon [Present address: Quantum, Johannes-Gutenberg-Universitaet Mainz, 55128 Mainz (Germany); Tscherneck, Michaela [Present address: Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627-0171 (United States); Weidemueller, Matthias


    We report on experiments on Rydberg-Rydberg interaction-induced effects in a gas of {sup 87}Rb Rydberg atoms. A compact setup for two-photon continuous-wave excitation of high-lying Rydberg states out of an ultracold atomic gas is presented. The performance of the apparatus is characterized by high-resolution spectroscopy of Rydberg states. Signatures of interaction-induced effects are identified by qualitatively analysing the dependence of Rydberg excitation spectra on the intensity and the duration of the second-step laser excitation.

  18. Formation of positron-atom bound states in collisions between Rydberg Ps and neutral atoms

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    Swann, A R; Deller, A; Gribakin, G F


    Predicted twenty years ago, positron binding to neutral atoms has not yet been observed experimentally. A new scheme is proposed to detect positron-atom bound states by colliding Rydberg positronium (Ps) with neutral atoms. Estimates of the charge-transfer-reaction cross section are obtained using the first Born approximation for a selection of neutral atom targets and a wide range of incident Ps energies and principal quantum numbers. We also estimate the corresponding Ps ionization cross section. The accuracy of the calculations is tested by comparison with earlier predictions for Ps charge transfer in collisions with hydrogen and antihydrogen. We describe an existing Rydberg Ps beam suitable for producing positron-atom bound states and estimate signal rates based on the calculated cross sections and realistic experimental parameters. We conclude that the proposed methodology is capable of producing such states and of testing theoretical predictions of their binding energies.

  19. Storing single photons emitted by a quantum memory on a highly excited Rydberg state. (United States)

    Distante, Emanuele; Farrera, Pau; Padrón-Brito, Auxiliadora; Paredes-Barato, David; Heinze, Georg; de Riedmatten, Hugues


    Strong interaction between two single photons is a long standing and important goal in quantum photonics. This would enable a new regime of nonlinear optics and unlock several applications in quantum information science, including photonic quantum gates and deterministic Bell-state measurements. In the context of quantum networks, it would be important to achieve interactions between single photons from independent photon pairs storable in quantum memories. So far, most experiments showing nonlinearities at the single-photon level have used weak classical input light. Here we demonstrate the storage and retrieval of a paired single photon emitted by an ensemble quantum memory in a strongly nonlinear medium based on highly excited Rydberg atoms. We show that nonclassical correlations between the two photons persist after retrieval from the Rydberg ensemble. Our result is an important step towards deterministic photon-photon interactions, and may enable deterministic Bell-state measurements with multimode quantum memories.

  20. Even-parity Rydberg and autoionizing states of lutetium by laser resonance-ionization spectroscopy (United States)

    Li, R.; Lassen, J.; Zhong, Z. P.; Jia, F. D.; Mostamand, M.; Li, X. K.; Reich, B. B.; Teigelhöfer, A.; Yan, H.


    Multistep laser resonance ionization spectroscopy of lutetium (Lu) has been performed at TRIUMF's off-line laser ion source test stand. The even-parity Rydberg series 6 s2n d 2D3 /2 , 6 s2n d 2D5 /2 , and 6 s2n s 2S1 /2 were observed converging to the 6 s2 ionization potential. The experimental results have been compared to those of previous work. Fifty-one levels of Rydberg series 6 s2n d 2D5 /2 and 52 levels of Rydberg series 6 s2n s 2S1 /2 were reported. Additionally, six even-parity autoionization (AI) series converging to Lu ionic states 5 d 6 s 3D1 and 5 d 6 s 3D2 were observed. The level energies of these AI states were measured. The configurations of the AI states were assigned by relativistic multichannel theory within the framework of multichannel quantum defect theory.

  1. Solvation effects on the molecular 3s Rydberg state: AZAB/CYCLO octanes clustered with argon (United States)

    Shang, Q. Y.; Moreno, P. O.; Li, S.; Bernstein, E. R.


    Two color, 1+1, mass resolved excitation spectroscopy (MRES) is used to obtain molecular Rydberg (3s←n) spectra of azabicyclo[2.2.2]octane (ABCO) and diazabicyclo[2.2.2]octane (DABCO) clustered with argon. Nozzle/laser timing delay studies are employed together with time-of-flight mass spectroscopy to identify cluster composition. Population depletion techniques are used to differentiate between clusters with the same mass, but different geometries. A Lennard-Jones 6-12 potential is used to model the intermolecular interactions and predict minimum energy cluster geometries and cluster binding energies. The experimental results are combined with the cluster geometry calculations to assign spectral features to specific cluster geometries. Three different excited state interactions are required to model the experimentally observed line shapes, spectral shifts, and cluster dissociation. The relationship between these model potentials and the cluster binding sites suggests that the form of the cluster intermolecular potential in the Rydberg excited state is dictated by the distance between the argon and chromophore atoms. A comparison of results for ABCO(Ar)1 and DABCO(Ar)1 leads to the conclusion that the nitrogen 3s Rydberg orbital in clusters of DABCO is delocalized.

  2. Rydberg gas theory of a glow discharge plasma: III. Formation, occupied state distributions, free energy, and kinetic control. (United States)

    Mason, Rod S; Douglas, Peter


    It has been suggested that Rydberg gas atoms are involved in conducting electricity through a steady state flowing afterglow (FAG) discharge plasma (R. S. Mason, D. J. Mitchell and P. M. Dickinson, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2010, DOI: ). From known properties of Rydberg atoms, a statistical model is developed here to find the distribution of levels (principal quantum number n) occupied in such a hypothetical Rydberg gas. It behaves non-ideally at positive column plasma densities, predicting 30 states are very long-lived and almost completely separated from the low n states by the low probability of intermediate levels. The effects of Rydberg gas (N(R)) and free charge densities are examined. The gas can exist in a deep free energy well (> 120 kJ mol(-1) below ionisation level when 10(10) collision and deceleration at the opposite NG-Positive Column (PC) plasma boundary. The atoms become stabilized after passing into the PC, by collisionally induced (nlm) mixing of states and the removal of free charge by charge transfer (and hence the passage of electric current through the Rydberg gas). The coupling of Rydberg states with the ionization continuum is poor; therefore, if the rate of their charge transfer is greater than that of their ionization, the Rydberg gas will remain relatively charge free and hence stable when it is conducting a current. When applied to the FAG plasma, the model provides a self-consistent interpretive framework for all its electrical, mass spectrometric and chemical behaviour. The effect on the optical spectroscopy of these plasmas is considered briefly.

  3. Three-photon Gaussian–Gaussian–Laguerre–Gaussian excitation of a localized atom to a highly excited Rydberg state (United States)

    Mashhadi, L.


    Optical vortices are currently one of the most intensively studied topics in light–matter interaction. In this work, a three-step axial Doppler- and recoil-free Gaussian–Gaussian-Laguerre–Gaussian (GGLG) excitation of a localized atom to the highly excited Rydberg state is presented. By assuming a large detuning for intermediate states, an effective quadrupole excitation related to the Laguerre–Gaussian (LG) excitation to the highly excited Rydberg state is obtained. This special excitation system radially confines the single highly excited Rydberg atom independently of the trapping system into a sharp potential landscape into the so-called ‘far-off-resonance optical dipole-quadrupole trap’ (FORDQT). The key parameters of the Rydberg excitation to the highly excited state, namely the effective Rabi frequency and the effective detuning including a position-dependent AC Stark shift, are calculated in terms of the basic parameters of the LG beam and of the polarization of the excitation lasers. It is shown that the obtained parameters can be tuned to have a precise excitation of a single atom to the desired Rydberg state as well. The features of transferring the optical orbital and spin angular momentum of the polarized LG beam to the atom via quadrupole Rydberg excitation offer a long-lived and controllable qudit quantum memory. In addition, in contrast to the Gaussian laser beam, the doughnut-shaped LG beam makes it possible to use a high intensity laser beam to increase the signal-to-noise ratio in quadrupole excitation with minimized perturbations coming from stray light broadening in the last Rydberg excitation process.

  4. Dark Entangled Steady States of Interacting Rydberg Atoms

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    Dasari, Durga; Mølmer, Klaus


    their short-lived excited states lead to rapid, dissipative formation of an entangled steady state. We show that for a wide range of physical parameters, this entangled state is formed on a time scale given by the strengths of coherent Raman and Rabi fields applied to the atoms, while it is only weakly...

  5. Optical observation of the 3s sigma F-g (3)Pi(u) Rydberg state of N-2


    Sprengers, J.P.; Reinhold, E.M.; Ubachs, W.M.G.; Baldwin, K.G.H.; Lewis, B.R.


    - X (1)Sigma(g)(+)(0,0) transition of N-2 has been optically observed for the first time, and the 3s sigma(g)F (3)Pi(u)(upsilon=0) Rydberg level fully characterized with rotational resolution. The experimental spectroscopic parameters and predissociation level widths suggest strong interactions between the F state and the 3p pi(u)G (3)Pi(u) Rydberg and C-' (3)Pi(u) valence states, analogous to those well known in the case of the isoconfigurational (1)Pi(u) states. (c) 2005 American Institute ...

  6. Doppler- and recoil-free laser excitation of Rydberg states via three-photon transitions


    Ryabtsev, I. I.; Beterov, I. I.; Tretyakov, D. B.; Entin, V. M.; Yakshina, E. A.


    Three-photon laser excitation of Rydberg states by three different laser beams can be arranged in a star-like geometry that simultaneously eliminates the recoil effect and Doppler broadening. Our analytical and numerical calculations for a particular laser excitation scheme 5S_{1/2}->5P_{3/2}->6S_{1/2}->nP in Rb atoms have shown that compared to the one- and two-photon laser excitation this approach provides much narrower line width and longer coherence time for both cold atom samples and hot...

  7. Evolution of Rydberg states in half-cycle pulses: Classical, semiclassical, and quantum dynamics

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    Burgdoerfer, J.; Reinhold, C. [Tennessee Univ., Knoxville, TN (United States). Dept. of Physics]|[Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)


    We summarize recent theoretical advances in the description of the evolution of Rydberg atoms subject to ultrashort pulses extending only a fraction of an optical cycle. We have performed classical. semiclassical and full quantum calculations in order to delineate the classical-quantum correspondence for impulsively perturbed atomic systems. We observe classical and quantum (or semiclassical) oscillations in excitation and ionization which depend on the initial state of atoms and on the strength of the perturbation. These predictions can be experimentally tested. 4 figs.

  8. Observation of interference effects via four photon excitation of highly excited Rydberg states in thermal cesium vapor

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    Kondo, Jorge M; Guttridge, Alex; Wade, Christopher G; De Melo, Natalia R; Adams, Charles S; Weatherill, Kevin J


    We report on the observation of Electromagnetically Induced Transparency (EIT) and Absorption (EIA) of highly-excited Rydberg states in thermal Cs vapor using a 4-step excitation scheme. The advantage of this 4-step scheme is that the final transition to the Rydberg state has a large dipole moment and one can achieve similar Rabi frequencies to 2 or 3 step excitation schemes using two orders of magnitude less laser power. Consequently each step is driven by a relatively low power infra-red diode laser opening up the prospect for new applications. The observed lineshapes are in good agreement with simulations based on multilevel optical Bloch equations.

  9. The spectroscopy of high Rydberg states of ammonia

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    Morgan, R.A.; Langford, S.R.; Orr-Ewing, A.J.; Western, C.M.; Ashfold, M.N.R.; Buma, W.J.; Rijkenberg, A.; de Lange, C.A.; Scheper, C.R.


    This paper extends our knowledge of the higher excited states of the ammonia molecule by presenting detailed measurements of the 2 + 1 resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization (REMPI) spectrum of both NH3 and ND3 obtained following excitation in the wavelength range 298-242 nm, i.e., at energies up

  10. A combined theoretical and experimental study of the valence and Rydberg states of iodopentafluorobenzene (United States)

    Palmer, Michael H.; Hoffmann, Søren Vrønning; Jones, Nykola C.; Coreno, Marcello; de Simone, Monica; Grazioli, Cesare; Peterson, Kirk A.; Baiardi, Alberto; Zhang, Teng; Biczysko, Malgorzata


    A new ultraviolet (UV) and vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) spectrum for iodopentafluorobenzene (C6F5I) using synchrotron radiation is reported. The measurements have been combined with those from a recent high-resolution photoelectron spectroscopic study. A major theoretical study, which includes both Franck-Condon (FC) and Herzberg-Teller (HT) analyses, leads to conclusions, which are compatible with both experimental studies. Our observation that the VUV multiplet at 7.926 eV in the VUV spectrum is a Rydberg state rather than a valence state leads to a fundamental reassignment of the VUV Rydberg spectrum over previous studies and removes an anomaly where some previously assigned Rydberg states were to optically forbidden states. Adiabatic excitation energies (AEEs) were determined from equations-of-motion coupled cluster with singles and doubles excitation; these were combined with time dependent density functional theoretical methods. Frequencies from these two methods are very similar, and this enabled the evaluation of both FC and HT contributions in the lower valence states. Multi-reference multi-root configuration interaction gave a satisfactory account of the principal UV+VUV spectral profile of C6F5I, with vertical band positions and intensities. The UV spectral onset consists of two very weak transitions assigned to 11B1 (πσ*) and 11B2 (σσ*) symmetries. The lowest unoccupied molecular orbital of a σ*(a1) symmetry has a significant C-I* antibonding character. This results in considerable lengthening of the C-I bond for both these excited states. The vibrational intensity of the lowest 11B1 state is dominated by HT contributions; the 11B2 state contains both HT and FC contributions; the third band, which contains three states, two ππ*(11A1, 21B2) and one πσ*(21B1), is dominated by FC contributions in the 1A1 state. In this 1A1 state, and the spectrally dominant bands near 6.7 (1A1) and 7.3 eV (1A1 + 1B2), the C-I bond length is in the normal range, and FC

  11. The effect of nonpolar solvents on Rydberg states: van der Waals complexes of azabicyclooctanes (United States)

    Shang, Q. Y.; Moreno, P. O.; Dion, C.; Bernstein, E. R.


    The effect of solvation by nonpolar solvents on the (n,3s) Rydberg states of 1,4-diazabicyclo[2.2.2]octane (DABCO) and azabicyclo[2.2.2]octane (ABCO) is investigated through mass resolved excitation spectroscopy of their van der Waals complexes. The solute/solvent clusters formed in a supersonic expansion include DABCO and ABCO with Ar, n-CmH2m+2 (m=1-7), and CF4 and C2F6. The resulting spectra are analyzed with the help of empirical potential energy calculations of the cluster binding energies, minimum energy structures, van der Waals modes, and potential barriers between the various cluster minimum energy structures. Good agreement is found between the calculated and experimental results for DABCO and ABCO clustered with argon and methane. The spectra of clusters with all other hydrocarbons can be ascribed to only one major geometry for each cluster stoichiometry, despite the fact that calculations yield many stable geometries for each cluster. This apparent lack of agreement between calculations and experiments can be rationalized based on cluster binding energy, zero point energy, and the potential energy barriers between the cluster minima. The observed blue shift of the cluster 000 transition energy as a function of the n-alkane chain length can be qualitatively modeled by a Lennard-Jones potential for the solute-solvent interaction for both the ground and excited states. The model reveals a strong repulsive interaction between the Rydberg state electronic distribution and the solvent molecule. This repulsion depends on the distance between the solvent molecule and the solute molecule nitrogen atom.

  12. Sub- and super-luminal light propagation using a Rydberg state

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    Bharti, Vineet


    We present a theoretical study to investigate sub- and super-luminal light propagation in a rubidium atomic system consisting of a Rydberg state by using density matrix formalism. The analysis is performed in a 4-level vee+ladder system interacting with a weak probe, and strong control and switching fields. The dispersion and absorption profiles are shown for stationary atoms as well as for moving atoms by carrying out Doppler averaging at room temperature. We also present the group index variation with control Rabi frequency and observe that a transparent medium can be switched from sub- to super-luminal propagation in the presence of switching field. Finally, the transient response of the medium is discussed, which shows that the considered 4-level scheme has potential applications in absorptive optical switching.

  13. High-resolution spectroscopy and quantum-defect model for the gerade triplet np and nf Rydberg states of He2. (United States)

    Sprecher, D; Liu, J; Krähenmann, T; Schäfer, M; Merkt, F


    Photoionization spectra and Rydberg-state-resolved threshold-ionization spectra of the gerade triplet np Rydberg states of (4)He2 located in the vicinity of the X(+) (2)Σ(u)(+) (ν(+) = 0) ionization threshold were recorded from the 2sσ a (3)Σ(u)(+) metastable state. An accuracy of 0.01 cm(-1) was achieved for the experimental term values of the observed Rydberg states. The data were combined with spectroscopic data on low-lying triplet np and nf Rydberg states from the literature to derive energy- and internuclear-distance-dependent eigenquantum-defect parameters of multichannel quantum-defect theory (MQDT). The MQDT calculations reproduce the experimental data within their experimental uncertainties and enabled the derivation of potential-energy curves for the lowest triplet p Rydberg states (n = 2-5) of He2. The eigenquantum-defect parameters describing the p -f interaction were found to be larger than 0.002 at the energies corresponding to the high-n Rydberg states, so that the p -f interaction plays an important role in the autoionization dynamics of np Rydberg states with v(+) = 0. By extrapolating the experimental term values of triplet np Rydberg states of (4)He2 in the range of principal quantum number n between 87 and 110, the positions of the (v(+) = 0, N(+) = 3) and (v(+) = 0, N(+) = 5) levels of the ground state of (4)He(+)(2) were determined to lie 70.937(3) cm(-1) and 198.369(6) cm(-1), respectively, above the (v(+) = 0, N(+) = 1) ground rotational level.

  14. Quantum expectation values of D-dimensional Rydberg hydrogenic states by use of Laguerre and Gegenbauer asymptotics

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    Aptekarev, A I [Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics, Russian Academy of Sciences and Moscow State University Lomonosov (Russian Federation); Dehesa, J S; Martinez-Finkelshtein, A; Yanez, R J [Instituto Carlos I de Fisica Teorica y Computacional, Universidad de Granada, 18071-Granada (Spain)], E-mail:, E-mail:, E-mail:, E-mail:


    The radial position (, {alpha} element of R) and momentum ((p{sup {beta}}), {beta} in ( - 1, 3)) expectation values of the D-dimensional Rydberg hydrogenic states (i.e. states where the electron has a large hyperquantum number n) are rigorously determined by means of powerful tools of the modern approximation theory relative to the asymptotics of the varying orthogonal Laguerre and Gegenbauer polynomials which control the corresponding wavefunctions in position and momentum spaces.

  15. Measurement of the electric dipole moments for transitions to rubidium Rydberg states via Autler-Townes splitting

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    Piotrowicz, M J; MacCormick, C; Kowalczyk, A; Bergamini, S [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK6 7AA (United Kingdom); Beterov, I I; Yakshina, E A, E-mail:, E-mail: [Institute of Semiconductor Physics, Lavrentyeva Avenue 13, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation)


    We present the direct measurements of electric dipole moments for 5P{sub 3/2}{yields}nD{sub 5/2} transitions with 20Rydberg states. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first systematic measurement of the electric dipole moments for transitions from low excited states of rubidium to Rydberg states. Due to its simplicity and versatility, this method can be easily extended to other transitions and other atomic species with few constraints. The good agreement seen between the experimental results and the theory proves the reliability of the measurement method.

  16. Angular momentum distributions of Rydberg state electrons of Be-like sulfur produced through foil penetration

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    Imai, M; Kitazawa, S; Komaki, K; Kawatsura, K; Shibata, H; Tawara, H; Azuma, T; Kanai, Y; Yamazaki, Y


    Spectra for Coster-Kronig (C-K) transition 1s sup 2 2p( sup 2 P sub 3 sub / sub 2)9l->1s sup 2 2s( sup 2 S sub 1 sub / sub 2)epsilon l sup ' of Be-like S sup 1 sup 2 sup + ions produced following penetration of 2.5 MeV/u S sup q sup + ions (q=7, 10, 12, 13) through C-foil targets of various thickness (1-6.9 mu g/cm sup 2) have been probed using zero-degree electron spectroscopy. It has been found that in collisions for S sup q sup + (q=7, 10) ion incidence, in which the C-K electrons originate from the projectile bound electrons, a fraction of the angular momentum l=1 of the Rydberg state decreases, and fractions of higher (l>=2) angular momenta increase, while the total intensity of the C-K electrons grows, as target foil thickness increases. The electron spectra for S sup q sup + (q=13) incident ions, in which the autoionizing Be-like state is preferably formed by electron capture from the target continuum upon or near the exiting surface, do not change in l-distribution or intensity. The shift to higher l ...

  17. Far infrared stimulated emission from the ns and nf Rydberg states of NO

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    Furukawa, Hiroki; Araki, Mitsunori; Umeki, Hiroya; Tsukiyama, Koichi [Graduate School of Chemical Sciences and Technology, Tokyo University of Science, 1-3 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku, Tokyo 162-8601 (Japan)


    We report directional far-infrared emission from the {upsilon}= 0 vibrational levels of the 9s{sigma}, 10s{sigma}, 11s{sigma}, 9f, and 10f Rydberg states of NO in the gas phase. The emission around 28 and 19 {mu}m from the 9f state was identified as the downward 9f{yields} 8g and subsequent 8g{yields} 7f cascade transitions, respectively. The emission around 38 and 40 {mu}m from the 10f state was identified as the 10f{yields} 9g and 10f{yields} 9d{sigma}{pi} transition, respectively. Following the excitation of the 9s{sigma}, 10s{sigma}, and 11s{sigma} states, the emission around 40, 60, and 83 {mu}m was assigned as the 9s{sigma}{yields} 8p{sigma}, 10s{sigma}{yields} 9p{sigma}, and 11s{sigma}{yields} 10p{sigma} transitions, respectively. In addition to these emission systems originated from the laser-prepared levels, we found the emission bands from the 8f, 9f, and 10f states which are located energetically above the 9s{sigma}, 10s{sigma}, and 11s{sigma} states, respectively. This observation suggests that the upward 8f Leftwards-Arrow 9s{sigma}, 9f Leftwards-Arrow 10s{sigma}, and 10f Leftwards-Arrow 11s{sigma} optical excitation occurs. Since the energy differences between nf and (n+ 1)s{sigma} states correspond to the wavelength longer than 100 {mu}m, the absorption of blackbody radiation is supposed to be essential for these upward transitions.

  18. International thermodynamic tables of the fluid state helium-4

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    Angus, S; McCarty, R D


    International Thermodynamic Tables of the Fluid State Helium-4 presents the IUPAC Thermodynamic Tables for the thermodynamic properties of helium. The IUPAC Thermodynamic Tables Project has therefore encouraged the critical analysis of the available thermodynamic measurements for helium and their synthesis into tables. This book is divided into three chapters. The first chapter discusses the experimental results and compares with the equations used to generate the tables. These equations are supplemented by a vapor pressure equation, which represents the 1958 He-4 scale of temperature that is

  19. Electron transfer reactions in clusters: The effect of polar solvents on the (2p3s) Rydberg state of azabicyclo-octane (United States)

    Dion, C. F.; Bernstein, E. R.


    (1+1) mass resolved excitation spectra are reported for the (2p3s)←(2p)2 Rydberg transition of azabicyclooctane (ABCO) van der Waals clusters. The solvent molecules employed in this study are mostly polar. The polar solvent cluster spectra are red shifted from those of the bare molecule ABCO by more than 500 cm-1 in most cases. This large increase in the interaction energy of the ABCO molecule Rydberg state in polar solvent clusters with respect to that of the ground state ABCO cluster is due to an exchange delocalization or electron transfer interaction for the excited state cluster. The ABCO Rydberg state electron is delocalized into the available (virtual) orbitals of the polar solvent molecule. Relaxation dynamics are measured for the generation of the electron transfer state of the cluster. This behavior is similar to that characterized for other cyclic amines in polar solvent clusters.

  20. Bound state solutions of Schrödinger equation for Rydberg potential ...

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    The arbitrary angular momentum solutions of the Schrödinger equation for a diatomic molecule with the Rydberg potential energy function D {1 +ar}exp(ar) has been presented. The energy eigenvalues and the corresponding eigenfunctions are calculated analytically by the use of. Nikiforov-Uvarov (NU) method which is ...

  1. Electric potential invariants and ions-in-molecules effective potentials for molecular Rydberg states (United States)

    Coy, Stephen L.; Grimes, David D.; Zhou, Yan; Field, Robert W.; Wong, Bryan M.


    The dependence of multipole moments and polarizabilities on external fields appears in many applications including biomolecular molecular mechanics, optical non-linearity, nanomaterial calculations, and the perturbation of spectroscopic signatures in atomic clocks. Over a wide range of distances, distributed multipole and polarizability potentials can be applied to obtain the variation of atom-centered atoms-in-molecules electric properties like bonding-quenched polarizability. For cylindrically symmetric charge distributions, we examine single-center and atom-centered effective polarization potentials in a non-relativistic approximation for Rydberg states. For ions, the multipole expansion is strongly origin-dependent, but we note that origin-independent invariants can be defined. The several families of invariants correspond to optimized representations differing by origin and number of terms. Among them, a representation at the center of dipole polarizability optimizes the accuracy of the potential with terms through 1/r4. We formulate the single-center expansion in terms of polarization-modified effective multipole moments, defining a form related to the source-multipole expansion of Brink and Satchler. Atom-centered potentials are an origin independent alternative but are limited both by the properties allowed at each center and by the neglected effects like bond polarizability and charge flow. To enable comparisons between single-center effective potentials in Cartesian or spherical form and two-center effective potentials with differing levels of mutual induction between atomic centers, we give analytical expressions for the bond-length and origin-dependence of multipole and polarizability terms projected in the multipole and polarizability expansion of Buckingham. The atom-centered potentials can then be used with experimental data and ab initio calculations to estimate atoms-in-molecules properties. Some results are given for BaF+ and HF showing the

  2. Mean-field energy-level shifts and dielectric properties of strongly polarized Rydberg gases

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    Zhelyazkova, V; Hogan, S D


    Mean-field energy-level shifts arising as a result of strong electrostatic dipole interactions within dilute gases of polarized helium Rydberg atoms have been probed by microwave spectroscopy. The Rydberg states studied had principal quantum numbers $n=70$ and 72, and electric dipole moments of up to 14050 D, and were prepared in pulsed supersonic beams at particle number densities on the order of $10^{8}$ cm$^{-3}$. Comparisons of the experimental data with the results of Monte Carlo calculations highlight effects of the distribution of nearest-neighbor spacings in the pulsed supersonic beams, and the dielectric properties of the strongly polarized Rydberg gases, on the microwave spectra. These observations reflect the emergence of macroscopic electrical properties of the atomic samples when strongly polarized.

  3. Rydberg and valence state excitation dynamics: a velocity map imaging study involving the E-V state interaction in HBr. (United States)

    Zaouris, Dimitris; Kartakoullis, Andreas; Glodic, Pavle; Samartzis, Peter C; Rafn Hróðmarsson, Helgi; Kvaran, Ágúst


    Photoexcitation dynamics of the E((1)Σ(+)) (v' = 0) Rydberg state and the V((1)Σ(+)) (v') ion-pair vibrational states of HBr are investigated by velocity map imaging (VMI). H(+) photoions, produced through a number of vibrational and rotational levels of the two states were imaged and kinetic energy release (KER) and angular distributions were extracted from the data. In agreement with previous work, we found the photodissociation channels forming H*(n = 2) + Br((2)P3/2)/Br*((2)P1/2) to be dominant. Autoionization pathways leading to H(+) + Br((2)P3/2)/Br*((2)P1/2) via either HBr(+)((2)Π3/2) or HBr(+)*((2)Π1/2) formation were also present. The analysis of KER and angular distributions and comparison with rotationally and mass resolved resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization (REMPI) spectra revealed the excitation transition mechanisms and characteristics of states involved as well as the involvement of the E-V state interactions and their v' and J' dependence.

  4. Cooper minima in the transitions from low-excited and Rydberg states of alkali-metal atoms


    Beterov, I. I.; Mansell, C. W.; Yakshina, E. A.; Ryabtsev, I. I.; Tretyakov, D. B.; Entin, V. M.; MacCormick, C.; Piotrowicz, M. J.; Kowalczyk, A.; Bergamini, S.


    The structure of the Cooper minima in the transition probabilities and photoionization cross-sections for low-excited and Rydberg nS, nP, nD and nF states of alkali-metal atoms has been studied using a Coulomb approximation and a quasiclassical model. The range of applicability of the quasiclassical model has been defined from comparison with available experimental and theoretical data on dipole moments, oscillator strengths, and photoionization cross-sections. A new Cooper minimum for transi...

  5. Using Uncertainty Principle to Find the Ground-State Energy of the Helium and a Helium-like Hookean Atom (United States)

    Harbola, Varun


    In this paper, we accurately estimate the ground-state energy and the atomic radius of the helium atom and a helium-like Hookean atom by employing the uncertainty principle in conjunction with the variational approach. We show that with the use of the uncertainty principle, electrons are found to be spread over a radial region, giving an electron…

  6. Balmer and Rydberg Equations for Hydrogen Spectra Revisited


    Heyrovska, Raji


    Balmer equation for the atomic spectral lines was generalized by Rydberg. Here it is shown that 1) while Bohr's theory explains the Rydberg constant in terms of the ground state energy of the hydrogen atom, quantizing the angular momentum does not explain the Rydberg equation, 2) on reformulating Rydberg's equation, the principal quantum numbers are found to correspond to integral numbers of de Broglie waves and 3) the ground state energy of hydrogen is electromagnetic like that of photons an...

  7. Rydberg Dipole Antennas (United States)

    Stack, Daniel; Rodenburg, Bradon; Pappas, Stephen; Su, Wangshen; St. John, Marc; Kunz, Paul; Simon, Matt; Gordon, Joshua; Holloway, Christopher


    Measurements of microwave frequency electric fields by traditional methods (i.e. engineered antennas) have limited sensitivity and can be difficult to calibrate properly. A useful tool to address this problem are highly-excited (Rydberg) neutral atoms which have very large electric-dipole moments and many dipole-allowed transitions in the range of 1-500 GHz. Using Rydberg states, it is possible to sensitively probe the electric field in this frequency range using the combination of two quantum interference phenomena: electromagnetically induced transparency and the Autler-Townes effect. This atom-light interaction can be modeled by the classical description of a harmonically bound electron. The classical damped, driven, coupled-oscillators model yields significant insights into the deep connections between classical and quantum physics. We will present a detailed experimental analysis of the noise processes in making such measurements in the laboratory and discuss the prospects for building a practical atomic microwave receiver.

  8. Storage enhanced nonlinearities in a cold atomic Rydberg ensemble

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    Distante, Emanuele; Cristiani, Matteo; Paredes-Barato, David; de Riedmatten, Hugues


    The combination of electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) with the nonlinear interaction between Rydberg atoms provides an effective interaction between photons. In this paper, we investigate the storage of optical pulses as collective Rydberg atomic excitations in a cold atomic ensemble. By measuring the dynamics of the stored Rydberg polaritons, we experimentally demonstrate that storing a probe pulse as Rydberg polaritons strongly enhances the Rydberg mediated interaction compared to the slow propagation case. We show that the process is characterized by two time scales. At short storage times, we observe a strong enhancement of the interaction due to the reduction of the Rydberg polariton group velocity down to zero. For longer storage times, we observe a further, weaker enhancement dominated by Rydberg induced dephasing of the multiparticle components of the state. In this regime, we observe a non-linear dependence of the Rydberg polariton coherence time with the input photon number. Our results ...

  9. A tunable CW UV laser with <35 kHz absolute frequency instability for precision spectroscopy of Sr Rydberg states

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    Bridge, Elizabeth M; Bounds, Alistair D; Boddy, Danielle; Sadler, Daniel P; Jones, Matthew P A


    We present a solid-state laser system that generates over 200 mW of continuous-wave, narrowband light, tunable between 316.3 nm and 319.3 nm. The laser is based on commercially available fiber amplifiers and optical frequency doubling technology, along with sum frequency generation in a periodically poled stoichiometric lithium tantalate crystal. The laser frequency is stabilized to an atomic-referenced high finesse optical transfer cavity. Using a GPS-referenced optical frequency comb we measure a long term frequency instability of <35 kHz. As an application we perform spectroscopy of Sr Rydberg states from n = 37 - 81, demonstrating mode-hop-free scans of 24 GHz. In a cold atomic sample we measure Doppler-limited linewidths of 350 kHz.

  10. CrossRef Large numbers of cold positronium atoms created in laser-selected Rydberg states using resonant charge exchange

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    McConnell, R; Kolthammer, WS; Richerme, P; Müllers, A; Walz, J; Grzonka, D; Zielinski, M; Fitzakerley, D; George, MC; Hessels, EA; Storry, CH; Weel, M


    Lasers are used to control the production of highly excited positronium atoms (Ps*). The laser light excites Cs atoms to Rydberg states that have a large cross section for resonant charge-exchange collisions with cold trapped positrons. For each trial with 30 million trapped positrons, more than 700 000 of the created Ps* have trajectories near the axis of the apparatus, and are detected using Stark ionization. This number of Ps* is 500 times higher than realized in an earlier proof-of-principle demonstration (2004 Phys. Lett. B 597 257). A second charge exchange of these near-axis Ps* with trapped antiprotons could be used to produce cold antihydrogen, and this antihydrogen production is expected to be increased by a similar factor.

  11. Control of rubidium low-lying Rydberg states with trichromatic femtosecond π pulses for ultrafast quantum information processing (United States)

    Afa, I. J.; Font, J. L.; Serrat, C.


    We propose an ultrafast femtosecond time scale trichromatic π -pulse illumination scheme for coherent excitation and manipulation of low-lying Rydberg states in rubidium. Selective population of nP 3 /2 levels with principal quantum numbers n ≲12 using 75-fs laser pulses is achieved. The density-matrix equations of a four-level ladder system beyond the rotating-wave approximation have to be solved to clarify the balance between the principal quantum numbers, the duration of the laser pulses, and the associated ac-Stark effects for the fastest optimal excitation. The mechanism is robust for femtosecond control using different level configurations for applications in ultrafast quantum information processing and spectroscopy.

  12. Spatial Imaging of Strongly Interacting Rydberg Atoms (United States)

    Thaicharoen, Nithiwadee

    The strong interactions between Rydberg excitations can result in spatial correlations between the excitations. The ability to control the interaction strength and the correlations between Rydberg atoms is applicable in future technological implementations of quantum computation. In this thesis, I investigates how both the character of the Rydberg-Rydberg interactions and the details of the excitation process affect the nature of the spatial correlations and the evolution of those correlations in time. I first describes the experimental apparatus and methods used to perform high-magnification Rydberg-atom imaging, as well as three experiments in which these methods play an important role. The obtained Rydberg-atom positions reveal the correlations in the many-body Rydberg-atom system and their time dependence with sub-micron spatial resolution. In the first experiment, atoms are excited to a Rydberg state that experiences a repulsive van der Waals interaction. The Rydberg excitations are prepared with a well-defined initial separation, and the effect of van der Waals forces is observed by tracking the interatomic distance between the Rydberg atoms. The atom trajectories and thereby the interaction coefficient C6 are extracted from the pair correlation functions of the Rydberg atom positions. In the second experiment, the Rydberg atoms are prepared in a highly dipolar state by using adiabatic state transformation. The atom-pair kinetics that follow from the strong dipole-dipole interactions are observed. The pair correlation results provide the first direct visualization of the electric-dipole interaction and clearly exhibit its anisotropic nature. In both the first and the second experiment, results of semi-classical simulations of the atom-pair trajectories agree well with the experimental data. In the analysis, I use energy conservation and measurements of the initial positions and the terminal velocities of the atom pairs to extract the C6 and C 3 interaction

  13. Calculation of Rydberg interaction potentials (United States)

    Weber, Sebastian; Tresp, Christoph; Menke, Henri; Urvoy, Alban; Firstenberg, Ofer; Büchler, Hans Peter; Hofferberth, Sebastian


    The strong interaction between individual Rydberg atoms provides a powerful tool exploited in an ever-growing range of applications in quantum information science, quantum simulation and ultracold chemistry. One hallmark of the Rydberg interaction is that both its strength and angular dependence can be fine-tuned with great flexibility by choosing appropriate Rydberg states and applying external electric and magnetic fields. More and more experiments are probing this interaction at short atomic distances or with such high precision that perturbative calculations as well as restrictions to the leading dipole-dipole interaction term are no longer sufficient. In this tutorial, we review all relevant aspects of the full calculation of Rydberg interaction potentials. We discuss the derivation of the interaction Hamiltonian from the electrostatic multipole expansion, numerical and analytical methods for calculating the required electric multipole moments and the inclusion of electromagnetic fields with arbitrary direction. We focus specifically on symmetry arguments and selection rules, which greatly reduce the size of the Hamiltonian matrix, enabling the direct diagonalization of the Hamiltonian up to higher multipole orders on a desktop computer. Finally, we present example calculations showing the relevance of the full interaction calculation to current experiments. Our software for calculating Rydberg potentials including all features discussed in this tutorial is available as open source.

  14. Efficient Multiparticle Entanglement via Asymmetric Rydberg Blockade

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    Saffman, Mark; Mølmer, Klaus


    We present an efficient method for producing N particle entangled states using Rydberg blockade interactions. Optical excitation of Rydberg states that interact weakly, yet have a strong coupling to a second control state is used to achieve state dependent qubit rotations in small ensembles. On t....... On the basis of quantitative calculations, we predict that an entangled quantum superposition state of eight atoms can be produced with a fidelity of 84% in cold Rb atoms.......We present an efficient method for producing N particle entangled states using Rydberg blockade interactions. Optical excitation of Rydberg states that interact weakly, yet have a strong coupling to a second control state is used to achieve state dependent qubit rotations in small ensembles...

  15. Photofragmentations, state interactions, and energetics of Rydberg and ion-pair states: resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization via E and V (B) states of HCl and HBr. (United States)

    Long, Jingming; Wang, Huasheng; Kvaran, Ágúst


    (2 + n) resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization mass spectra for resonance excitations to diabatic E(1)Σ(+) (v') Rydberg and V (1)Σ(+) (v') ion-pair states (adiabatic B(1)Σ(+)(v') states) of H(i)Cl (i = 35,37) and H(i)Br (i = 79,81) were recorded as a function of excitation wavenumber (two-dimensional REMPI). Simulation analyses of ion signal intensities, deperturbation analysis of line shifts and interpretations of line-widths are used to derive qualitative and quantitative information concerning the energetics of the states, off-resonance interactions between the E states and V states, closest in energy as well as on predissociation channels. Spectroscopic parameters for the E(1)Σ(+) (v')(v' = 1) for H(35)Cl and v' = 0 for H(79)Br states, interaction strengths for E - V state interactions and parameters relevant to dissociation of the E states are derived. An overall interaction and dynamical scheme, to describe the observations for HBr, is proposed.

  16. Quantum Anomaly Dissociation of Quasibound States Near the Saddle-Point Ionization Limit of a Rydberg Electron in Crossed Electric and Magnetic Fields


    Zhang, Jian-zu; He, Li-Ming; Zhu, Yun-Xia


    In the combination of crossed electric and magnetic fields and the Coulomb field of the atomic nucleus the spectrum of the Rydberg electron in the vicinity of the Stark saddle-point are investigated at a quantum mechanical level. The results expose a quantum anomaly dissociation: quasibound states near and above the saddle-point ionization limit predicted at the semi-classical level disappear at a quantum mechanical level.

  17. Electromagnetically induced transparency of ultra-long-range Rydberg molecules (United States)

    Mirgorodskiy, Ivan; Christaller, Florian; Braun, Christoph; Paris-Mandoki, Asaf; Tresp, Christoph; Hofferberth, Sebastian


    We study the impact of Rydberg molecule formation on the storage and retrieval of Rydberg polaritons in an ultracold atomic medium. We observe coherent revivals appearing in the storage and retrieval efficiency of stored photons that originate from simultaneous excitation of Rydberg atoms and Rydberg molecules in the system with subsequent interference between the possible storage paths. We show that over a large range of principal quantum numbers the observed results can be described by a two-state model including only the atomic Rydberg state and the Rydberg dimer molecule state. At higher principal quantum numbers the influence of polyatomic molecules becomes relevant and the dynamics of the system undergoes a transition from coherent evolution of a few-state system to an effective dephasing into a continuum of molecular states.

  18. Electromagnetically induced transparency of ultra-long-range Rydberg molecules

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    Mirgorodskiy, Ivan; Christaller, Florian; Braun, Christoph


    and Rydberg molecules in the system with subsequent interference between the possible storage paths. We show that over a large range of principal quantum numbers the observed results can be described by a two-state model including only the atomic Rydberg state and the Rydberg dimer molecule state. At higher...... principal quantum numbers the influence of polyatomic molecules becomes relevant and the dynamics of the system undergoes a transition from coherent evolution of a few-state system to an effective dephasing into a continuum of molecular states.......We study the impact of Rydberg molecule formation on the storage and retrieval of Rydberg polaritons in an ultracold atomic medium. We observe coherent revivals appearing in the storage and retrieval efficiency of stored photons that originate from simultaneous excitation of Rydberg atoms...

  19. A laser system for the spectroscopy on highly charged ions, tellurium molecules, and Rydberg states of rubidium atoms; Ein Lasersystem zur Spektroskopie von hochgeladenen Ionen, Tellurmolekuelen und Rubidium-Rydberg-Zustaenden

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    Albrecht, Sebastian


    Optical measuring methods allow the detection and identification of the atomic structure with extraordinary precision. Deviations to theoretical predictions can indicate unknown physical effects. Therefore, precise measurements on the atomic structure continue to be of large relevance. In this work, a laser system for precision spectroscopy on Bismuth ({sup 209}Bi{sup 82+}), Tellurium ({sup 130}Te{sub 2}) and Rydberg states of Rubidium ({sup 85}Rb) has been built and characterized. Spectroscopic measurements on Tellurium and Rubidium have been achieved with this setup. The system consists of a two-stage frequency doubled diode laser, stabilized via a cavity and an RF-offsetlock to arbitrary wavelengths with absolute high stability. The setup of the laser system will be presented and the systematic error caused by the refractive index of air inside the transfer cavity will be discussed. A stability of better then 6.14 MHz at 244 nm is obtained for planned experiments on the ground state hyperfine splitting of {sup 209}Bi{sup 82+}. This will allow an increase in precision of more then four orders of magnitude for this measurement. Further increase in precision can be achieved by using an evacuated cavity. The obtained stability is measured by comparison of the laser frequency to absorption lines of Tellurium ({sup 130}Te{sub 2}). Eight reference lines, known from literature, spanning the region from 613720.717 GHz to 616803.545 GHz have been measured. The frequency measurements of three lines, coinciding with the emission spectrum of an argon-ion-laser, show deviations with respect to the published frequencies. Further inconsistencies in literature are cleared. Part of this work is also the precise measurement of 843 Doppler-free {sup 130}Te{sub 2} reference lines spanning the frequency range from 613881.150 GHz to 616614.258 GHz at a precision of better then 4 MHz for most lines. Additionally, measurements on electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) using

  20. Photofragmentations, state interactions, and energetics of Rydberg and ion-pair states: two-dimensional resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization of HBr via singlet-, triplet-, Ω = 0 and 2 states. (United States)

    Long, Jingming; Hróðmarsson, Helgi Rafn; Wang, Huasheng; Kvaran, Ágúst


    Mass spectra were recorded for one-colour resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization (REMPI) of H(i)Br (i = 79, 81) for the two-photon resonance excitation region 79,040-80,300 cm(-1) to obtain two-dimensional REMPI data. The data were analysed in terms of rotational line positions, intensities, and line-widths. Quantitative analysis of the data relevant to near-resonance interactions between the F(1)Δ(2)(v' = 1) and V(1)Σ(+)(v' = m + 7) states gives interaction strengths, fractional state mixing, and parameters relevant to dissociation of the F state. Qualitative analysis further reveals the nature of state interactions between ion-pair states and the E(1)Σ(+) (v' = 1) and H(1)Σ(+)(v' = 0) Rydberg states in terms of relative strengths and J' dependences. Large variety in line-widths, depending on electronic states and J' quantum numbers, is indicative of number of different predissociation channels. The relationship between line-widths, line-shifts, and signal intensities reveals dissociation mechanisms involving ion-pair to Rydberg state interactions prior to direct or indirect predissociations of Rydberg states. Quantum interference effects are found to be important. Moreover, observed bromine atom (2 + 1) REMPI signals support the importance of Rydberg state predissociation channels. A band system, not previously observed in REMPI, was observed and assigned to the k(3)Π(0)(v' = 0) ←← X transition with band origin 80,038 cm(-1) and rotational parameter B(v('))=7.238 cm(-1).

  1. Efficient Grover search with Rydberg blockade


    Molmer, Klaus; Isenhower, Larry; Saffman, Mark


    We present efficient methods to implement the quantum computing Grover search algorithm using the Rydberg blockade interaction. We show that simple pi-pulse excitation sequences between ground and Rydberg excited states readily produce the key conditional phase shift and inversion-about-the mean unitary operations for the Grover search. Multi-qubit implementation schemes suitable for different properties of the atomic interactions are identifed and the error scaling of the protocols with syst...

  2. Balmer and Rydberg Equations for Hydrogen Spectra Revisited

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    Heyrovska, Raji


    Balmer equation for the atomic spectral lines was generalized by Rydberg. Here it is shown that 1) while Bohr's theory explains the Rydberg constant in terms of the ground state energy of the hydrogen atom, quantizing the angular momentum does not explain the Rydberg equation, 2) on reformulating Rydberg's equation, the principal quantum numbers are found to correspond to integral numbers of de Broglie waves and 3) the ground state energy of hydrogen is electromagnetic like that of photons and the frequency of the emitted or absorbed light is the difference in the frequencies of the electromagnetic energy levels.

  3. Rydberg Quantum Gates Free from Blockade Error (United States)

    Shi, Xiao-Feng


    Accurate quantum gates are basic elements for building quantum computers. Recently, there has been great interest in designing quantum logic gates by using the blockade effect of Rydberg atoms. The fidelity and operation speed of these gates, however, are fundamentally limited by an intrinsic blockade error. Here we propose a type of quantum gate, which is based on the Rydberg blockade effect, yet free from any blockade error. In contrast to the "blocking" method in previous schemes, we use the Rydberg energy shift to realize a rational generalized Rabi frequency so that a π phase for one input state of the gate emerges. This leads to an accurate Rydberg quantum logic gate that can operate on a 0.1 -μ s time scale or faster because it works by a Rabi frequency which is comparable to the blockade shift.

  4. H-, He-like recombination spectra - II. l-changing collisions for He Rydberg states (United States)

    Guzmán, F.; Badnell, N. R.; Williams, R. J. R.; van Hoof, P. A. M.; Chatzikos, M.; Ferland, G. J.


    Cosmological models can be constrained by determining primordial abundances. Accurate predictions of the He I spectrum are needed to determine the primordial helium abundance to a precision of big bang nucleosynthesis models. Theoretical line emissivities at least this accurate are needed if this precision is to be achieved. In the first paper of this series, which focused on H I, we showed that differences in l-changing collisional rate coefficients predicted by three different theories can translate into 10 per cent changes in predictions for H I spectra. Here, we consider the more complicated case of He atoms, where low-l subshells are not energy degenerate. A criterion for deciding when the energy separation between l subshells is small enough to apply energy-degenerate collisional theories is given. Moreover, for certain conditions, the Bethe approximation originally proposed by Pengelly & Seaton is not sufficiently accurate. We introduce a simple modification of this theory which leads to rate coefficients which agree well with those obtained from pure quantal calculations using the approach of Vrinceanu et al. We show that the l-changing rate coefficients from the different theoretical approaches lead to differences of ˜10 per cent in He I emissivities in simulations of H II regions using spectral code CLOUDY.

  5. Radiation trapping in a dense cold Rydberg gas

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    Sadler, D P; Boddy, D; Bounds, A D; Keegan, N C; Lochead, G; Jones, M P A; Olmos, B


    Cold atomic gases resonantly excited to Rydberg states can exhibit strong optical nonlinearity at the single photon level. We observe that in such samples radiation trapping leads to an additional mechanism for Rydberg excitation. Conversely we demonstrate that Rydberg excitation provides a novel in situ probe of the spectral, statistical, temporal and spatial properties of the trapped re-scattered light. We also show that absorption can lead to an excitation saturation that mimics the Rydberg blockade effect. Collective effects due to multiple scattering may co-exist with co-operative effects due to long-range interactions between the Rydberg atoms, adding a new dimension to quantum optics experiments with cold Rydberg gases.

  6. Scaling laws of Rydberg excitons (United States)

    Heckötter, J.; Freitag, M.; Fröhlich, D.; Aßmann, M.; Bayer, M.; Semina, M. A.; Glazov, M. M.


    Rydberg atoms have attracted considerable interest due to their huge interaction among each other and with external fields. They demonstrate characteristic scaling laws in dependence on the principal quantum number n for features such as the magnetic field for level crossing or the electric field of dissociation. Recently, the observation of excitons in highly excited states has allowed studying Rydberg physics in cuprous oxide crystals. Fundamentally different insights may be expected for Rydberg excitons, as the crystal environment and associated symmetry reduction compared to vacuum give not only optical access to many more states within an exciton multiplet but also extend the Hamiltonian for describing the exciton beyond the hydrogen model. Here we study experimentally and theoretically the scaling of several parameters of Rydberg excitons with n , for some of which we indeed find laws different from those of atoms. For others we find identical scaling laws with n , even though their origin may be distinctly different from the atomic case. At zero field the energy splitting of a particular multiplet n scales as n-3 due to crystal-specific terms in the Hamiltonian, e.g., from the valence band structure. From absorption spectra in magnetic field we find for the first crossing of levels with adjacent principal quantum numbers a Br∝n-4 dependence of the resonance field strength, Br, due to the dominant paramagnetic term unlike for atoms for which the diamagnetic contribution is decisive, resulting in a Br∝n-6 dependence. By contrast, the resonance electric field strength shows a scaling as Er∝n-5 as for Rydberg atoms. Also similar to atoms with the exception of hydrogen we observe anticrossings between states belonging to multiplets with different principal quantum numbers at these resonances. The energy splittings at the avoided crossings scale roughly as n-4, again due to crystal specific features in the exciton Hamiltonian. The data also allow us to

  7. Using uncertainty principle to find the ground-state energy of the helium and a helium-like Hookean atom

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    Harbola, Varun, E-mail: [Kendriya Vidyalaya (Central School) Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur-208 016 (India)


    In this paper, we accurately estimate the ground-state energy and the atomic radius of the helium atom and a helium-like Hookean atom by employing the uncertainty principle in conjunction with the variational approach. We show that with the use of the uncertainty principle, electrons are found to be spread over a radial region, giving an electron cloud. Our calculation also shows how the Coulomb interaction between electrons affects their distribution. This leads to a physical picture of how electrons are located with respect to each other in these atoms. Finally, we also obtain through our calculations a general formula for the estimate of ground-state energy and radius of two electron atoms and ions with atomic number Z.

  8. Rydberg-atom-based scheme of nonadiabatic geometric quantum computation (United States)

    Zhao, P. Z.; Cui, Xiao-Dan; Xu, G. F.; Sjöqvist, Erik; Tong, D. M.


    Nonadiabatic geometric quantum computation provides a means to perform fast and robust quantum gates. It has been implemented in various physical systems, such as trapped ions, nuclear magnetic resonance, and superconducting circuits. Another system being adequate for implementation of nonadiabatic geometric quantum computation may be Rydberg atoms, since their internal states have very long coherence time and the Rydberg-mediated interaction facilitates the implementation of a two-qubit gate. Here, we propose a scheme of nonadiabatic geometric quantum computation based on Rydberg atoms, which combines the robustness of nonadiabatic geometric gates with the merits of Rydberg atoms.

  9. Transient Development of Excited State Densities in Atomic Helium Plasmas (United States)


    n s t i t u e n t s caus ing a t . ransfer to bound e l e c t r o n s b e t w e e n the l o w - l y i n g s t a t e s and u p p e r s t a t...r y and t h e s e a r e d i s c u s s e d in de ta i l . 4.1 ENERGY LEVELS The h e l i u m e n e r g y l e v e l s u s e d in th i s s...e t h e n d e t e r m i n e d f r o m t h e s e v a l u e s . 4] AEDC-TR-76-5 Table 1. Helium Energy Lwel$ State g E (i/cm) State g E (i

  10. Dissociative electron attachment to vibrationally excited H{sub 2} molecules involving the {sup 2}{Sigma}{sub g}{sup +} resonant Rydberg electronic state

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    Celiberto, R., E-mail: [Department of Water Engineering and Chemistry, Polytechnic of Bari, 70125 Bari (Italy); Institute of Inorganic Methodologies and Plasmas, CNR, 70125 Bari (Italy); Janev, R.K., E-mail: [Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts, P.O.B 428, 1000 Skopje (Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of); Institute of Energy and Climate Research - Plasma Physics, Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH Association EURATOM-FZJ, Partner in Trilateral Euregio Cluster, 52425 Juelich (Germany); Wadehra, J.M., E-mail: [Physics Department, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48202 (United States); Tennyson, J., E-mail: [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University College London, London WC1E 6BT (United Kingdom)


    Graphical abstract: Dissociative electron attachment cross sections as a function of the incident electron energy and for the initial vibration levels v{sub i} = 0-5, 10 of the H{sub 2} molecule. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We calculated electron-hydrogen dissociative attachment cross sections and rates coefficients. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Collision processes occurring through a resonant Rydberg state are considered. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Cross sections and rates were obtained for vibrationally excited hydrogen molecules. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The cross sections exhibit pronounced oscillatory structures. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A comparison with the process involving the electron-hydrogen resonant ground state is discussed. - Abstract: Dissociative electron attachment cross sections (DEA) on vibrationally excited H{sub 2} molecule taking place via the {sup 2}{Sigma}{sub g}{sup +} Rydberg-excited resonant state are studied using the local complex potential (LCP) model for resonant collisions. The cross sections are calculated for all initial vibrational levels (v{sub i} = 0-14) of the neutral molecule. In contrast to the previously noted dramatic increase in the DEA cross sections with increasing v{sub i}, when the process proceeds via the X {sup 2}{Sigma}{sub u}{sup +} shape resonance of H{sub 2}, for the {sup 2}{Sigma}{sub g}{sup +} Rydberg resonance the cross sections increase only gradually up to v{sub i} = 3 and then decrease. Moreover, the cross sections for v{sub i} Greater-Than-Or-Slanted-Equal-To 6 exhibit pronounced oscillatory structures. A discussion of the origin of the observed behavior of calculated cross sections is given. The DEA rate coefficients for all v{sub i} levels are also calculated in the 0.5-1000 eV temperature range.

  11. Optimal control of Rydberg lattice gases

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    Cui, Jian; Bijnen, Rick van; Pohl, Thomas


    We present optimal control protocols to prepare different many-body quantum states of Rydberg atoms in optical lattices. Specifically, we show how to prepare highly ordered many-body ground states, GHZ states as well as some superposition of symmetric excitation number Fock states, that inherit...

  12. Spontaneous avalanche dephasing in large Rydberg ensembles (United States)

    Boulier, T.; Magnan, E.; Bracamontes, C.; Maslek, J.; Goldschmidt, E. A.; Young, J. T.; Gorshkov, A. V.; Rolston, S. L.; Porto, J. V.


    Strong dipole-exchange interactions due to spontaneously produced contaminant states can trigger rapid dephasing in many-body Rydberg ensembles [E. A. Goldschmidt et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 113001 (2016), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.113001]. Such broadening has serious implications for many proposals to coherently use Rydberg interactions, particularly Rydberg dressing proposals. The dephasing arises as a runaway process where the production of the first contaminant atoms facilitates the creation of more contaminant atoms. Here we study the time dependence of this process with stroboscopic approaches. Using a pump-probe technique, we create an excess "pump" Rydberg population and probe its effect with a different "probe" Rydberg transition. We observe a reduced resonant pumping rate and an enhancement of the excitation on both sides of the transition as atoms are added to the pump state. We also observe a time scale for population growth that is significantly shorter than predicted by homogeneous mean-field models, as expected from a clustered growth mechanism where high-order correlations dominate the dynamics. These results support earlier works and confirm that the time scale for the onset of dephasing is reduced by a factor which scales as the inverse of the atom number. In addition, we discuss several approaches to minimize these effects of spontaneous broadening, including stroboscopic techniques and operating at cryogenic temperatures. It is challenging to avoid the unwanted broadening effects, but under some conditions they can be mitigated.

  13. Bohmian picture of Rydberg atoms

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    lished the nearly elliptical shapes for the centre-of-mass motion in Rydberg atoms using numerical simulations, we show analytically that the Bohmian trajectories in Rydberg atoms are nearly ellipti- cal. Keywords. Rydberg atom; quantum trajectory. PACS No. 03.65.Ge. 1. Introduction. Ever since the advent of quantum ...

  14. Rydberg molecule-induced remote spin-flips

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    Niederprüm, Thomas; Eichert, Tanita; Ott, Herwig


    We have performed high resolution photoassociation spectroscopy of rubidium Rydberg molecules in the vicinity of the 25P state. Due to the hyperfine interaction in the ground state perturber atom, the emerging mixed singlet-triplet potentials contain contributions from both hyperfine states. We show that this can be used to induce remote spin-flips in the perturber atom upon excitation of a Rydberg molecule. When furthermore the spin-orbit splitting of the Rydberg state is comparable to the hyperfine splitting in the ground state, the orbital angular momentum of the Rydberg electron is entangled with the nuclear spin of the perturber atom. Our results open new possibilities for the implementation of spin-dependent short and long-range interactions for ultracold atoms in bulk systems and in optical lattices.

  15. Dislocation-mediated melting of one-dimensional Rydberg crystals (United States)

    Sela, Eran; Punk, Matthias; Garst, Markus


    We consider cold Rydberg atoms in a one-dimensional optical lattice in the Mott regime with a single atom per site at zero temperature. An external laser drive with Rabi frequency Ω and laser detuning Δ creates Rydberg excitations whose dynamics is governed by an effective spin-chain model with (quasi) long-range interactions. This system possesses intrinsically a large degree of frustration resulting in a ground-state phase diagram in the (Δ,Ω) plane with a rich topology. As a function of Δ, the Rydberg blockade effect gives rise to a series of crystalline phases commensurate with the optical lattice that form a so-called devil's staircase. The Rabi frequency Ω, on the other hand, creates quantum fluctuations that eventually lead to a quantum melting of the crystalline states. Upon increasing Ω, we find that generically a commensurate-incommensurate transition to a floating Rydberg crystal that supports gapless phonon excitations occurs first. For even larger Ω, dislocations within the floating Rydberg crystal start to proliferate and a second, Kosterlitz-Thouless-Nelson-Halperin-Young dislocation-mediated melting transition finally destroys the crystalline arrangement of Rydberg excitations. This latter melting transition is generic for one-dimensional Rydberg crystals and persists even in the absence of an optical lattice. The floating phase and the concomitant transitions can, in principle, be detected by Bragg scattering of light.

  16. Single Strontium Rydberg Ion Confined in a Paul Trap

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    Full Text Available Trapped Rydberg ions are a promising new system for quantum information processing. They have the potential to join the precise quantum operations of trapped ions and the strong, long-range interactions between Rydberg atoms. Combining the two systems is not at all straightforward. Rydberg atoms are severely affected by electric fields which may cause Stark shifts and field ionization, while electric fields are used to trap ions. Thus, a thorough understanding of the physical properties of Rydberg ions due to the trapping electric fields is essential for future applications. Here, we report the observation of two fundamental trap effects. First, we investigate the interaction of the Rydberg electron with the trapping electric quadrupole fields which leads to Floquet sidebands in the excitation spectra. Second, we report on the modified trapping potential in the Rydberg state compared to the ground state that results from the strong polarizability of the Rydberg ion. By controlling both effects we observe resonance lines close to their natural linewidth demonstrating an unprecedented level of control of this novel quantum platform.

  17. Quasi-One-Dimensional Electronic States Inside and Outside Helium-Plated Carbon Nanotubes (United States)

    Motta, M.; Galli, D. E.; Liebrecht, M.; Del Maestro, A.; Cole, M. W.


    About one-half a century ago, it was realized that electrons experience a repulsive barrier when approaching the surface of condensed phases of helium, hydrogen, and neon. This led to the proposal and subsequent observation of image-potential surface-bound electronic states, which exhibit intriguing quasi-two-dimensional behavior. In the present work, we report similar quasi-one-dimensional electronic states by exploring single-wall carbon nanotubes coated both inside and outside by thin helium films. Electrons near such structures are localized in the radial direction, but free to move along the nanotube axis. The many-body aspects of the system are discussed qualitatively.

  18. Single-photon source based on Rydberg exciton blockade (United States)

    Khazali, Mohammadsadegh; Heshami, Khabat; Simon, Christoph


    Bound states of electron–hole pairs in semiconductors demonstrate a hydrogen-like behavior in their high-lying excited states that are also known as Rydberg exciton states. The strong interaction between excitons in levels with high principal quantum numbers prevents the creation of more than one exciton in a small crystal; resulting in the Rydberg blockade effect. Here, we propose a new kind of solid-state single-photon source based on the recently observed Rydberg blockade effect for excitons in cuprous oxide. Our quantitative estimates based on single and double excitation probability dynamics indicate that GHz rates and values of the second-order correlation function {g}2(0) below the percent level can be simultaneously achievable. These results should pave the way to explore applications of Rydberg excitons in photonic quantum information processing.

  19. From the Rydberg constant to the fundamental constants metrology; De la constante de Rydberg a la metrologie des constantes fondamentales

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    Nez, F


    This document reviews the theoretical and experimental achievements of the author since the beginning of his scientific career. This document is dedicated to the spectroscopy of hydrogen, deuterium and helium atoms. The first part is divided into 6 sub-sections: 1) the principles of hydrogen spectroscopy, 2) the measurement of the 2S-nS/nD transitions, 3) other optical frequency measurements, 4) our contribution to the determination of the Rydberg constant, 5) our current experiment on the 1S-3S transition, 6) the spectroscopy of the muonic hydrogen. Our experiments have improved the accuracy of the Rydberg Constant by a factor 25 in 15 years and we have achieved the first absolute optical frequency measurement of a transition in hydrogen. The second part is dedicated to the measurement of the fine structure constant and the last part deals with helium spectroscopy and the search for optical references in the near infrared range. (A.C.)

  20. Equation of state and transport properties of warm dense helium via quantum molecular dynamics simulations

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    Li, Zhi-Guo [College of Physical Science and Technology, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064 (China); National Key Laboratory for Shock Wave and Detonation Physics Research, Institute of Fluid Physics, Chinese Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang 621900 (China); Key Laboratory of High Energy Density Physics and Technology of Ministry of Education, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064 (China); Cheng, Yan [College of Physical Science and Technology, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064 (China); Key Laboratory of High Energy Density Physics and Technology of Ministry of Education, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064 (China); Chen, Qi-Feng, E-mail:, E-mail: [National Key Laboratory for Shock Wave and Detonation Physics Research, Institute of Fluid Physics, Chinese Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang 621900 (China); Chen, Xiang-Rong, E-mail:, E-mail: [College of Physical Science and Technology, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064 (China)


    The equation of state, self-diffusion, and viscosity coefficients of helium have been investigated by quantum molecular dynamics (QMD) simulations in the warm dense matter regime. Our simulations are validated through the comparison with the reliable experimental data. The calculated principal and reshock Hugoniots of liquid helium are in good agreement with the gas-gun data. On this basis, we revisit the issue for helium, i.e., the possibility of the instabilities predicted by chemical models at around 2000 GPa and 10 g/cm{sup 3} along the pressure isotherms of 6309, 15 849, and 31 623 K. Our calculations show no indications of instability in this pressure-temperature region, which reconfirm the predictions of previous QMD simulations. The self-diffusion and viscosity coefficients of warm dense helium have been systematically investigated by the QMD simulations. We carefully test the finite-size effects and convergences of statistics, and obtain numerically converged self-diffusion and viscosity coefficients by using the Kubo-Green formulas. The present results have been used to evaluate the existing one component plasma models. Finally, the validation of the Stokes-Einstein relationship for helium in the warm dense regime is discussed.

  1. EDITORIAL: Special issue on Rydberg physics (United States)

    Côté, Robin; Pattard, Thomas; Weidemüller, Matthias


    Atoms and molecules in highly excited electronic states ('Rydberg atoms') have been the object of broad scientific research for almost a century. Despite this long history, the field of research has never lost its buoyancy, and recent years in particular have seen a tremendous revival of interest in the physics of Rydberg atoms and molecules from many different perspectives. Rydberg systems touch a wide range of research areas including, among others, ultralong-range molecules, artificial ('designer') atoms, quantum chaos, quantum information, ultracold Rydberg gases and plasmas, and anti-hydrogen formation. Due to the many fields involved, the physical insight and technical know-how are scattered over different communities. The goal of this special issue is to provide an integral overview of the latest developments in this highly innovative research field and to make the physical knowledge available to a wide audience. Groups from various fields of atomic, molecular and optical physics as well as condensed matter and plasma physics have contributed to this issue, which therefore spans a wide range of areas connected through the common theme: 'Rydberg physics'. This name was given to a four-week International Workshop and Seminar which was held from 19 April to 14 May 2004 at the Max-Planck-Institut für Physik Komplexer Systeme in Dresden, Germany, and organized by the three of us. The workshop and seminar programme was a very successful mixture of topics bringing together colleagues working in different but related areas of research centred about the physics of highly excited Rydberg atoms and molecules. We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to the organization team of the MPI-PKS Dresden, especially the Director, Jan-Michael Rost, and the Visitors' Programme coordinator, Mandy Lochar. The generous support of the Max Planck Society, which made this successful workshop and seminar possible, is also gratefully acknowledged. Inspired by the

  2. Nonadiabatic photodissociation dynamics of the hydroxymethyl radical via the 22A(3s) Rydberg state: A four-dimensional quantum study. (United States)

    Xie, Changjian; Malbon, Christopher; Yarkony, David R; Guo, Hua


    The quantum mechanical nonadiabatic photodissociation dynamics of the hydroxymethyl (CH2OH) radical in its lowest absorption band is investigated for the first time on a set of coupled diabatic potential energy surfaces determined by accurately fitting a large set of ab initio data. In this two-state approximation, only the ground and first excited states of CH2OH, which are coupled by conical intersections, are included. The reduced-dimensional dynamical model includes the CO stretch, the COH bend, the HCOH torsion, and the O-H dissociation coordinate. The experimentally measured hydrogen atom kinetic energy distribution is satisfactorily reproduced. The calculated product state distribution of the H2CO(X) fragment indicates strong vibrational excitation in the CO stretching mode, resulting from the relatively large difference in the C-O bond length between the ground and excited electronic states of CH2OH due to the photo-induced promotion of an electron from the half-occupied π*CO antibonding orbital to a Rydberg orbital. In addition, the bimodal kinetic energy distribution is confirmed to originate from nonadiabatic transitions near the conical intersection along the O-H dissociation coordinate.

  3. Ultrafast terahertz snapshots of excitonic Rydberg states and electronic coherence in an organometal halide perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 (United States)

    Luo, Liang; Men, Long; Liu, Zhaoyu; Mudryk, Yaroslav; Zhao, Xin; Yao, Yongxin; Park, Joong M.; Shinar, Ruth; Shinar, Joseph; Ho, Kai-Ming; Perakis, Ilias E.; Vela, Javier; Wang, Jigang


    How photoexcitations evolve in time into Coulomb-bound electron and hole pairs, called excitons, and unbound charge carriers is a key cross-cutting issue in photovoltaic and optoelectronic technologies. Until now, the initial quantum dynamics following photoexcitation remains elusive in the organometal halide perovskite system. Here we reveal excitonic Rydberg states with distinct formation pathways by observing the multiple resonant internal quantum transitions using ultrafast terahertz quasi-particle transport. Nonequilibrium emergent states evolve with a complex co-existence of excitons, unbound carriers and phonons, where a delayed buildup of excitons under on- and off-resonant pumping conditions allows us to distinguish between the loss of electronic coherence and hot state cooling processes. The terahertz transport with rather long dephasing time and scattering processes due to discrete terahertz phonons in perovskites are distinct from conventional photovoltaic materials. In addition to providing implications for ultrafast coherent transport, these results break ground for a perovskite-based device paradigm for terahertz and coherent optoelectronics.

  4. Continuum considerations for Rydberg atom formation in low-density ultracold neutral plasmas (United States)

    Chen, Wei-Ting; Roberts, Jacob


    Rydberg atoms are formed in ultracold neutral plasmas primarily through three-body recombination for typical experimental conditions. At low densities, the relative importance of electron-Rydberg state-changing collisions in the dynamical evolution of the Rydberg atom state populations increases, leading to temperature scalings different from the usual T - 9 / 2 scaling associated with the three-body recombination rate. We report our measurement of Rydberg atom formation rates in low-density ultracold neutral plasmas. We also discuss continuum considerations in the calculation of the three-body recombination rate and its relation to our observations. This work supported by the AFOSR.

  5. Imaging spectroscopy of the missing REMPI bands of methyl radicals: Final touches on all vibrational frequencies of the 3p Rydberg states. (United States)

    Pan, Huilin; Liu, Kopin


    (2 + 1) resonance-enhanced multiphoton ionization (REMPI) detection of methyl radicals, in particular that via the intermediate 3p Rydberg states, has shown to be a powerful method and thus enjoyed a wide range of applications. Methyl has six vibrational modes. Among them-including partially and fully deuterated isotopologs-four out of twenty vibrational frequencies in the intermediate 3p states have so far eluded direct spectroscopic determination. Here, by exploiting the imaging spectroscopy approach to a few judiciously selected chemical reactions, the four long-sought REMPI bands-CHD2(611), CH2D(311), CH2D(511), and CH2D(611)-are discovered, which complete the REMPI identification for probing any vibrational mode of excitation of methyl radical and its isotopologs. These results, in conjunction with those previously reported yet scattered in the literature, are summarized here for ready reference, which should provide all necessary information for further spectral assignments and future studies of chemical dynamics using this versatile REMPI scheme.

  6. Quantitative (upsilon, N, Ka) product state distributions near the triplet threshold for the reaction H2CO --> H + HCO measured by Rydberg tagging and laser-induced fluorescence. (United States)

    Hopkins, W Scott; Loock, Hans-Peter; Cronin, Bríd; Nix, Michael G D; Devine, Adam L; Dixon, Richard N; Ashfold, Michael N R; Yin, Hong-Ming; Rowling, Steven J; Büll, Alexander; Kable, Scott H


    In this paper, we report quantitative product state distributions for the photolysis of H2CO --> H + HCO in the triplet threshold region, specifically for several rotational states in the 2(2)4(3) and 2(3)4(1) H2CO vibrational states that lie in this region. We have combined the strengths of two complementary techniques, laser-induced fluorescence for fine resolution and H atom Rydberg tagging for the overall distribution, to quantify the upsilon, N, and Ka distributions of the HCO photofragment formed via the singlet and triplet dissociation mechanisms. Both techniques are in quantitative agreement where they overlap and provide calibration or benchmarks that permit extension of the results beyond that possible by each technique on its own. In general agreement with previous studies, broad N and Ka distributions are attributed to reaction on the S0 surface, while narrower distributions are associated with reaction on T1. The broad N and Ka distributions are modeled well by phase space theory. The narrower N and Ka distributions are in good agreement with previous quasi-classical trajectory calculations on the T1 surface. The two techniques are combined to provide quantitative vibrational populations for each initial H2CO vibrational state. For dissociation via the 2(3)4(1) state, the average product vibrational energy (15% of E(avail)) was found to be about half of the rotational energy (30% of E(avail)), independent of the initial H2CO rotational state, irrespective of the singlet or triplet mechanism. For dissociation via the 2(2)4(3) state, the rotational excitation remained about 30% of E(avail), but the vibrational excitation was reduced.

  7. Bohmian picture of Rydberg atoms

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    Abstract. Unlike the previous theoretical results based on standard quantum mechanics that established the nearly elliptical shapes for the centre-of-mass motion in Rydberg atoms using numerical simulations, we show analytically that the Bohmian trajectories in Rydberg atoms are nearly elliptical.

  8. Cavity quantum electrodynamics with a Rydberg-blocked atomic ensemble

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    Guerlin, Christine; Brion, Etienne; Esslinger, Tilman


    The realization of a Jaynes-Cummings model in the optical domain is proposed for an atomic ensemble. The scheme exploits the collective coupling of the atoms to a quantized cavity mode and the nonlinearity introduced by coupling to high-lying Rydberg states. A two-photon transition resonantly...... effective Jaynes-Cummings model. We use numerical simulations to show that the cavity transmission can be used to reveal detailed properties of the Jaynes-Cummings ladder of excited states and that the atomic nonlinearity gives rise to highly nontrivial photon emission from the cavity. Finally, we suggest...... couples the single-atom ground state |g> to a Rydberg state |e>via a nonresonant intermediate state |i>, but due to the interaction between Rydberg atoms only a single atom can be resonantly excited in the ensemble. This restricts the state space of the ensemble to the collective ground state |G...

  9. Electrostatic trapping and in situ detection of Rydberg atoms above chip-based transmission lines

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    Lancuba, P


    Beams of helium atoms in Rydberg-Stark states with principal quantum number $n=48$ and electric dipole moments of 4600~D have been decelerated from a mean initial longitudinal speed of 2000~m/s to zero velocity in the laboratory-fixed frame-of-reference in the continuously moving electric traps of a transmission-line decelerator. In this process accelerations up to $-1.3\\times10^{7}$~m/s$^2$ were applied, and changes in kinetic energy of $\\Delta E_{\\mathrm{kin}}=1.3\\times10^{-20}$~J ($\\Delta E_{\\mathrm{kin}}/e = 83$~meV) per atom were achieved. Guided and decelerated atoms, and those confined in stationary electrostatic traps, were detected in situ by pulsed electric field ionisation. The results of numerical calculations of particle trajectories within the decelerator have been used to characterise the observed deceleration efficiencies, and aid in the interpretation of the experimental data.

  10. Numerical calculation of the ground state of Helium atom using ...

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    Hylleraas did the calculation of the ground state in 1926 using the variational parameter a. In this paper we trace Hylleraas historic calculation, the use of computer enables us to improve the approximation found by Hylleraas . The program was written in FORTRAN language, designed in such away that for a particular value ...

  11. Analytical approach to the helium-atom ground state using correlated wavefunctions

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    Bhattacharyya, S.; Bhattacharyya, A.; Talukdar, B. [Visvabharati Univ., Santiniketan (India). Dept. of Physics; Deb, N.C. [Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Calcutta (India). Dept. of Theoretical Physics


    A realistic three-parameter correlated wavefunction is used to construct an exact analytical expression for the expectation value of the helium-atom Hamiltonian expressed in the interparticle coordinates. The parameters determined variationally are found to satisfy the orbital and correlation cusp conditions to a fair degree of accuracy and yield a value for the ground-state energy which is in good agreement with the exact result. (author).

  12. Annulled van der Waals interaction and nanosecond Rydberg quantum gates

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    Shi, Xiao-Feng


    A pair of neutral atoms separated by several microns and prepared in identical s-states of large principal quantum number experience a van der Waals interaction. If microwave fields are used to generate a superposition of s-states with different principal quantum numbers, a null point may be found at which a specific superposition state experiences no van der Waals interaction. An application of this novel Rydberg state in a quantum controlled-Z gate is proposed, which takes advantage of GHz rate transitions to nearby Rydberg states. A gate operation time in the tens of nanoseconds is predicted.

  13. Equation of state for hydrogen and helium in the chemical picture

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    Juranek, H; Redmer, R


    Shock experiments have reached the megabar pressure range and temperatures typical in planets such as Jupiter. The equation of state and other material properties such as electrical conductivity are needed for hydrogen and helium in order to model such objects. We develop an equation of state that considers pressure dissociation and ionization. We make use of fluid variational theory and Pade approximations. A chemical picture is applied considering the species electrons, protons, atoms and molecules. Comparison with experimental equation of state data is presented.

  14. Shannon information entropy in position space for doubly excited states of helium with finite confinements (United States)

    Ou, Jen-Hao; Ho, Yew Kam


    Quantifying electron localization in quantum confined systems remains challenging, especially for excited states. A quantum dot (QD) is represented by a helium atom in a finite oscillator potential. The effect of dot width variation on the electron localization in QD is systematically examined via Shannon entropy for low-lying doubly excited states (2s21Se, 2p21Se, 2s3s 1Se) obtained using highly correlated Hylleraas functions. In particular, the most effective dot width where the electron density is the most localized is determined successfully and justified by the electron density plot for all three states.

  15. Microscopic Characterization of Scalable Coherent Rydberg Superatoms

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    Johannes Zeiher


    Full Text Available Strong interactions can amplify quantum effects such that they become important on macroscopic scales. Controlling these coherently on a single-particle level is essential for the tailored preparation of strongly correlated quantum systems and opens up new prospects for quantum technologies. Rydberg atoms offer such strong interactions, which lead to extreme nonlinearities in laser-coupled atomic ensembles. As a result, multiple excitation of a micrometer-sized cloud can be blocked while the light-matter coupling becomes collectively enhanced. The resulting two-level system, often called a “superatom,” is a valuable resource for quantum information, providing a collective qubit. Here, we report on the preparation of 2 orders of magnitude scalable superatoms utilizing the large interaction strength provided by Rydberg atoms combined with precise control of an ensemble of ultracold atoms in an optical lattice. The latter is achieved with sub-shot-noise precision by local manipulation of a two-dimensional Mott insulator. We microscopically confirm the superatom picture by in situ detection of the Rydberg excitations and observe the characteristic square-root scaling of the optical coupling with the number of atoms. Enabled by the full control over the atomic sample, including the motional degrees of freedom, we infer the overlap of the produced many-body state with a W state from the observed Rabi oscillations and deduce the presence of entanglement. Finally, we investigate the breakdown of the superatom picture when two Rydberg excitations are present in the system, which leads to dephasing and a loss of coherence.

  16. Microscopic Characterization of Scalable Coherent Rydberg Superatoms (United States)

    Zeiher, Johannes; Schauß, Peter; Hild, Sebastian; Macrı, Tommaso; Bloch, Immanuel; Gross, Christian


    Strong interactions can amplify quantum effects such that they become important on macroscopic scales. Controlling these coherently on a single-particle level is essential for the tailored preparation of strongly correlated quantum systems and opens up new prospects for quantum technologies. Rydberg atoms offer such strong interactions, which lead to extreme nonlinearities in laser-coupled atomic ensembles. As a result, multiple excitation of a micrometer-sized cloud can be blocked while the light-matter coupling becomes collectively enhanced. The resulting two-level system, often called a "superatom," is a valuable resource for quantum information, providing a collective qubit. Here, we report on the preparation of 2 orders of magnitude scalable superatoms utilizing the large interaction strength provided by Rydberg atoms combined with precise control of an ensemble of ultracold atoms in an optical lattice. The latter is achieved with sub-shot-noise precision by local manipulation of a two-dimensional Mott insulator. We microscopically confirm the superatom picture by in situ detection of the Rydberg excitations and observe the characteristic square-root scaling of the optical coupling with the number of atoms. Enabled by the full control over the atomic sample, including the motional degrees of freedom, we infer the overlap of the produced many-body state with a W state from the observed Rabi oscillations and deduce the presence of entanglement. Finally, we investigate the breakdown of the superatom picture when two Rydberg excitations are present in the system, which leads to dephasing and a loss of coherence.

  17. Laser spectroscopy of the antiprotonic helium atom – its energy levels and state lifetimes

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    Hidetoshi, Yamaguchi


    The antiprotonic atom is a three-body exotic system consisting of an antiproton, an electron and a helium nucleus. Its surprising longevity was found and has been studied for more than 10 years. In this work, transition energies and lifetimes of this exotic atom were systematically studied by using the antiproton beam of AD(Antiproton Decelerator) facility at CERN, with an RFQ antiproton decelerator, a narrow-bandwidth laser, Cerenkov counters with fast-response photomultiplier tubes, and cryogenic helium target systems. Thirteen transition energies were determined with precisions of better than 200 ppb by a laser spectroscopy method, together with the elimination of the shift effect caused by collisions with surrounding atoms. Fifteen lifetimes (decay rates) of short-lived states were determined from the time distributions of the antiproton-annihilation signals and the resonance widths of the atomic spectral lines. The relation between the magnitude of the decay rates and the transition multipolarity was inv...

  18. Pair Potential with Submillikelvin Uncertainties and Nonadiabatic Treatment of the Halo State of the Helium Dimer (United States)

    Przybytek, Michał; Cencek, Wojciech; Jeziorski, Bogumił; Szalewicz, Krzysztof


    The pair potential for helium is computed with accuracy improved by an order of magnitude relative to the best previous determination. For the well region, its uncertainties are now below 1 millikelvin. The main improvement is due to the use of explicitly correlated wave functions at the nonrelativistic Born-Oppenheimer (BO) level of theory. The diagonal BO and the relativistic corrections are obtained from large full configuration interaction calculations. Nonadiabatic perturbation theory is used to predict the properties of the halo state of the helium dimer. Its binding energy and the average value of the interatomic distance are found to be 138.9(5) neV and 47.13(8) Å. The binding energy agrees with its first experimental determination of 151.9(13.3) neV [Zeller et al., Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 113, 14651 (2016), 10.1073/pnas.1610688113].

  19. Topological matter with collective encoding and Rydberg blockade

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    Nielsen, Anne E. B.; Mølmer, Klaus


    We propose to use a permutation symmetric sample of multilevel atoms to simulate the properties of topologically ordered states. The Rydberg blockade interaction is used to prepare states of the sample which are equivalent to resonating valence bond states, Laughlin states, and string...

  20. Lifetimes of ultra-long-range strontium Rydberg molecules

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    Camargo, F; Ding, R; Sadeghpour, H R; Yoshida, S; Burgdörfer, J; Dunning, F B; Killian, T C


    The lifetimes of the lower-lying vibrational states of ultralong-range strontium Rydberg molecules comprising one ground-state 5s2 1S0 atom and one Rydberg atom in the 5s38s 3S1 state are reported. The molecules are created in an ultracold gas held in an optical dipole trap and their numbers determined using ?eld ionization, the product electrons being detected by a microchannel plate. The measurements show that, in marked contrast to earlier measurements involving rubidium Rydberg molecules, the lifetimes of the low-lying molecular vibrational states are very similar to those of the parent Rydberg atoms. This results because the strong p-wave resonance in low-energy electronrubidium scattering, which plays an important role in determining the molecular lifetimes, is not present for strontium. The absence of this resonance o?ers advantages for experiments involving strontium Rydberg atoms as impurities in quantum gases and for testing theories of molecular formation and decay.

  1. Rydberg atoms: Two to tango (United States)

    Löw, Robert


    The old adage that you can't tango alone is certainly true for humans. But recent experiments show that it may also be applicable to Rydberg atoms, which keep a beat through the coherent exchange of energy.

  2. A coherent quantum annealer with Rydberg atoms (United States)

    Glaetzle, A. W.; van Bijnen, R. M. W.; Zoller, P.; Lechner, W.


    There is a significant ongoing effort in realizing quantum annealing with different physical platforms. The challenge is to achieve a fully programmable quantum device featuring coherent adiabatic quantum dynamics. Here we show that combining the well-developed quantum simulation toolbox for Rydberg atoms with the recently proposed Lechner-Hauke-Zoller (LHZ) architecture allows one to build a prototype for a coherent adiabatic quantum computer with all-to-all Ising interactions and, therefore, a platform for quantum annealing. In LHZ an infinite-range spin-glass is mapped onto the low energy subspace of a spin-1/2 lattice gauge model with quasi-local four-body parity constraints. This spin model can be emulated in a natural way with Rubidium and Caesium atoms in a bipartite optical lattice involving laser-dressed Rydberg-Rydberg interactions, which are several orders of magnitude larger than the relevant decoherence rates. This makes the exploration of coherent quantum enhanced optimization protocols accessible with state-of-the-art atomic physics experiments.

  3. Excitation of Rydberg wave packets in the tunneling regime (United States)

    Piraux, B.; Mota-Furtado, F.; O'Mahony, P. F.; Galstyan, A.; Popov, Yu. V.


    In the tunneling regime for strong laser field ionization of atoms, experimental studies have shown that a substantial fraction of atoms survive the laser pulse in many Rydberg states. To explain the origin of such trapping of population into Rydberg states, two mechanisms have been proposed: the first involves ac-Stark-shifted multiphoton resonances, and the second, called frustrated tunneling ionization, leads to the recombination of tunneled electrons into Rydberg states. We use a very accurate spectral method based on complex Sturmian functions to solve the time-dependent Schrödinger equation for hydrogen in a linearly polarized infrared pulse and to calculate the tunneling probability in terms of the atomic ground-state width. We examine the probability of excitation into Rydberg states as a function of the peak intensity for various pulse durations and two wavelengths, 800 and 1800 nm, and we try to explain the results in light of the two aforementioned mechanisms. For long pulses of 800 nm wavelength, the extreme sensitivity of the trapping of population into high-lying Rydberg states to the peak intensity, the well-defined value, and parity of the angular momentum of the populated Rydberg states and the presence of Freeman resonances can be explained using a multiphotonic excitation mechanism. For strong pulses of 1800 nm wavelength, in the so-called adiabatic or quasistatic tunneling regime, the oscillations of the excitation probability as a function of intensity are in phase opposition to the ionization probability, and we observe a migration toward high values of the angular momentum with different distributions in the angular momentum at the maxima and minima of the oscillations. We also present a detailed study of how the excited-state wave packet builds up in time during the interaction of the atom with the pulse.

  4. Anomalous excitation enhancement with Rydberg-dressed atoms (United States)

    Chai, Xiaoqian; Zhang, Lu; Ma, Dandan; Yan, Luyao; Bao, Huihan; Qian, Jing


    We develop the research achievement of recent work [Gärttner et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 233002 (2014), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.233002], in which an anomalous excitation enhancement is observed in a three-level Rydberg-atom ensemble with many-body coherence. In our theoretical analysis, this effect is ascribed to the existence of a quasidark state as well as its avoided crossings to nearby Rydberg-dressed states. Moreover, we show that with an appropriate control of the optical detuning to the intermediate state, the enhancement can evoke a direct facilitation to atom-light coupling that even breaks through the conventional √{N } limit of strong-blockaded ensembles. As a consequence, the intensity of the probe laser for intermediate transition can be reduced considerably, increasing the feasibility of experiments with Rydberg-dressed atoms.

  5. Charge-induced optical bistability in thermal Rydberg vapor

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    Weller, Daniel; Rico, Andy; Löw, Robert; Kübler, Harald


    We investigate the phenomenon of optical bistability in a driven ensemble of Rydberg atoms. By performing two experiments with thermal vapors of rubidium and cesium, we are able to shed light onto the underlying interaction mechanisms causing such a non-linear behavior. Due to the different properties of these two atomic species, we conclude that the large polarizability of Rydberg states in combination with electric fields of spontaneously ionized Rydberg atoms is the relevant interaction mechanism. In the case of rubidium, we directly measure the electric field in a bistable situation via two-species spectroscopy. In cesium, we make use of the different sign of the polarizability for different l-states and the possibility of applying electric fields. Both these experiments allow us to rule out dipole-dipole interactions, and support our hypothesis of a charge-induced bistability.

  6. Towards Verification of Rydberg Positronium Formation

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    Fenton, Eliot


    In this report I describe progress towards the formation of Rydberg positronium. Though more runs are required to gain statistical signifi- cance, there are promising signs that could signal Rydberg positronium formation.

  7. Quantum-dynamical Modeling of the Rydberg to Valence Excited-State Internal Conversion in Cyclobutanone and Cyclopentanone

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    Møller K. B.


    Full Text Available In this paper we present 4-state, 5-dimensional Vibronic Coupling Hamiltonians for cyclobutanone and cyclopentanone. Wave packet calculations using these Hamiltonians reveal that for cyclobutanone the (n,3s to (n,π* internal conversion involves direct motion in nuclear modes coupling the two states leading to fast population transfer. For cyclopentanone, internal vibrational energy redistribution is a bottleneck for activating reactive nuclear modes leading to slower population transfer.

  8. Photon-photon interactions via Rydberg blockade. (United States)

    Gorshkov, Alexey V; Otterbach, Johannes; Fleischhauer, Michael; Pohl, Thomas; Lukin, Mikhail D


    We develop the theory of light propagation under the conditions of electromagnetically induced transparency in systems involving strongly interacting Rydberg states. Taking into account the quantum nature and the spatial propagation of light, we analyze interactions involving few-photon pulses. We show that this system can be used for the generation of nonclassical states of light including trains of single photons with an avoided volume between them, for implementing photon-photon gates, as well as for studying many-body phenomena with strongly correlated photons.

  9. Rydberg Atom Quantum Hybrid Systems (United States)

    Chao, Yuanxi; Sheng, Jiteng; Kumar, Santosh; Bigelow, Nicholas P.; Shaffer, James P.


    We report on our recent experimental and theoretical work with Rydberg atom-cavity and Rydberg atom-surface hybrid quantum systems. In the atom-cavity system, Rb contained in a dipole trap is transported into a high-finesse optical cavity using a focus-tunable lens. Cavity assisted Rydberg EIT is observed in the cavity transmission and used to characterize the electric fields in the cavity. The electric fields are attributed to surface adsorbates adhering to the cavity mirrors. We also investigate the coupling of a Rydberg atom ensemble to surface phonon polaritons (SPhPs) propagating on piezoelectric superlattices made from thin film ferroelectric materials. Strong coupling between the atomic and surface excitations can be achieved, due to the large Rydberg transition dipole moments and the local field enhancement of the SPhP modes. The system has many advantages for information transport since the atoms need only be placed at distances on the order of mms from the surface and the SPhPs do not couple to free space electro-magnetic fields. Experimental progress will be discussed, including the fabrication of submicron-period periodically poled Lithium Niobate using the direct e-beam writing technique. This work is supported by AFOSR.

  10. Quantifying Ab Initio Equation of State Errors for Hydrogen-Helium Mixtures (United States)

    Clay, Raymond; Morales, Miguel


    In order to produce predictive models of Jovian planets, an accurate equation of state for hydrogen-helium mixtures is needed over pressure and temperature ranges spanning multiple orders of magnitude. While extensive theoretical work has been done in this area, previous controversies regarding the equation of state of pure hydrogen have demonstrated exceptional sensitivity to approximations commonly employed in ab initio calculations. To this end, we present the results of our quantum Monte Carlo based benchmarking studies for several major classes of density functionals. Additionally, we expand upon our published results by considering the impact that ionic finite size effects and density functional errors translate to errors in the equation of state. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-mission laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  11. Orthogonal flexible Rydberg aggregates (United States)

    Leonhardt, K.; Wüster, S.; Rost, J. M.


    We study the link between atomic motion and exciton transport in flexible Rydberg aggregates, assemblies of highly excited light alkali-metal atoms, for which motion due to dipole-dipole interaction becomes relevant. In two one-dimensional atom chains crossing at a right angle adiabatic exciton transport is affected by a conical intersection of excitonic energy surfaces, which induces controllable nonadiabatic effects. A joint exciton-motion pulse that is initially governed by a single energy surface is coherently split into two modes after crossing the intersection. The modes induce strongly different atomic motion, leading to clear signatures of nonadiabatic effects in atomic density profiles. We have shown how this scenario can be exploited as an exciton switch, controlling direction and coherence properties of the joint pulse on the second of the chains [K. Leonhardt et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 223001 (2014), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.223001]. In this article we discuss the underlying complex dynamics in detail, characterize the switch, and derive our isotropic interaction model from a realistic anisotropic one with the addition of a magnetic bias field.

  12. Quantum Spin-Ice and Dimer Models with Rydberg Atoms

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    A. W. Glaetzle


    Full Text Available Quantum spin-ice represents a paradigmatic example of how the physics of frustrated magnets is related to gauge theories. In the present work, we address the problem of approximately realizing quantum spin ice in two dimensions with cold atoms in optical lattices. The relevant interactions are obtained by weakly laser-admixing Rydberg states to the atomic ground-states, exploiting the strong angular dependence of van der Waals interactions between Rydberg p states together with the possibility of designing steplike potentials. This allows us to implement Abelian gauge theories in a series of geometries, which could be demonstrated within state-of-the-art atomic Rydberg experiments. We numerically analyze the family of resulting microscopic Hamiltonians and find that they exhibit both classical and quantum order by disorder, the latter yielding a quantum plaquette valence bond solid. We also present strategies to implement Abelian gauge theories using both s- and p-Rydberg states in exotic geometries, e.g., on a 4–8 lattice.

  13. Quantum Spin-Ice and Dimer Models with Rydberg Atoms (United States)

    Glaetzle, A. W.; Dalmonte, M.; Nath, R.; Rousochatzakis, I.; Moessner, R.; Zoller, P.


    Quantum spin-ice represents a paradigmatic example of how the physics of frustrated magnets is related to gauge theories. In the present work, we address the problem of approximately realizing quantum spin ice in two dimensions with cold atoms in optical lattices. The relevant interactions are obtained by weakly laser-admixing Rydberg states to the atomic ground-states, exploiting the strong angular dependence of van der Waals interactions between Rydberg p states together with the possibility of designing steplike potentials. This allows us to implement Abelian gauge theories in a series of geometries, which could be demonstrated within state-of-the-art atomic Rydberg experiments. We numerically analyze the family of resulting microscopic Hamiltonians and find that they exhibit both classical and quantum order by disorder, the latter yielding a quantum plaquette valence bond solid. We also present strategies to implement Abelian gauge theories using both s - and p -Rydberg states in exotic geometries, e.g., on a 4-8 lattice.

  14. Quantum information with Rydberg atoms

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    Saffman, Mark; Walker, T.G.; Mølmer, Klaus


    Rydberg atoms with principal quantum number n»1 have exaggerated atomic properties including dipole-dipole interactions that scale as n4 and radiative lifetimes that scale as n3. It was proposed a decade ago to take advantage of these properties to implement quantum gates between neutral atom...... of multiqubit registers, implementation of robust light-atom quantum interfaces, and the potential for simulating quantum many-body physics. The advances of the last decade are reviewed, covering both theoretical and experimental aspects of Rydberg-mediated quantum information processing....

  15. Calculation of Rydberg interaction potentials

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    Weber, Sebastian; Tresp, Christoph; Menke, Henri


    The strong interaction between individual Rydberg atoms provides a powerful tool exploited in an ever-growing range of applications in quantum information science, quantum simulation and ultracold chemistry. One hallmark of the Rydberg interaction is that both its strength and angular dependence...... for calculating the required electric multipole moments and the inclusion of electromagnetic fields with arbitrary direction. We focus specifically on symmetry arguments and selection rules, which greatly reduce the size of the Hamiltonian matrix, enabling the direct diagonalization of the Hamiltonian up...

  16. Controlling the interactions of very-high-n strontium Rydberg atoms (United States)

    Fields, R. G.; Dunning, F. B.; Yoshida, S.; Burgdörfer, J.


    Earlier studies have demonstrated that high n, n- 300 , Rydberg states can be manipulated with remarkable precision using one, or more, short half-cycle pulsed electric fields (HCPs). In the present work many body dynamics of interacting Rydberg systems is exploited to create an initial train of approximately equispaced high n Rydberg atoms in an atomic beam. Their mutual interactions are then increased using HCPs to excite them to states of much higher n, the degree of coupling being tuned by varying the final target state. Interest centers on energy exchange and ionization, and their dependence on the degree of interaction. The effects of interactions are monitored through changes in the atomic field ionization spectra and through the loss of Rydberg atoms from the beam. Understanding the details of Rydberg-Rydberg interactions promises to allow creation of long-lived Rydberg atom ensembles where, due to their correlated motions, the excited electrons remain far apart. Research supported by the NSF and Robert A. Welch Foundation.

  17. Lévy statistics of interacting Rydberg gases (United States)

    Vogt, Thibault; Han, Jingshan; Thiery, Alexandre; Li, Wenhui


    A statistical analysis of the laser excitation of cold and randomly distributed atoms to Rydberg states is developed. We first demonstrate with a hard-ball model that the distribution of energy level shifts in an interacting gas obeys Lévy statistics in any dimension d and for any interaction -Cp/Rp under the condition d /p experiment.

  18. Engineering thermal reservoirs for ultracold dipole–dipole-interacting Rydberg atoms (United States)

    Schönleber, D. W.; Bentley, C. D. B.; Eisfeld, A.


    We consider an open quantum system of ultracold Rydberg atoms. The system part consists of resonant dipole–dipole-interacting Rydberg states. The environment part is formed by ‘three-level atoms’: each atom has a ground state, a short-lived excited state, and a Rydberg state that interacts with the system states. The two transitions in the environment atoms are optically driven, and provide control over the environment dynamics. Appropriate choice of the laser parameters allows us to prepare a Boltzmann distribution of the system’s eigenstates. By tuning the laser parameters and system-environment interaction, we can change the temperature associated with this Boltzmann distribution, and also the thermalization dynamics. Our method provides novel opportunities for quantum simulation of thermalization dynamics using ultracold Rydberg atoms.

  19. High Rydberg atoms: a nanoscale electron collisions laboratory (United States)

    Dunning, F. Barry


    Atoms in which one electron is excited to a state of large principal quantum number n, termed Rydberg atoms, are physically very large. The average separation between the excited electron and core ion is such that, in collisions with neutral targets, they behave not as an atom but rather as a pair of independent particles. Studies of collision processes that are dominated by the electron/target interaction can provide information on electron/molecule scattering at energies that extend down to a few microelectronvolts. Collisions with attaching targets can lead to ion formation through electron capture in a binary interaction between the excited electron and target molecule. Capture leads to creation of transient, excited parent negative ions that may subsequently dissociate, undergo autodetachment, or be "stabilized" by intramolecular vibrational relaxation. New insights into each of these processes, and into the lifetime of the intermediate (on a ps timescale), can be obtained by measuring the angular and velocity distributions of the positive and/or negative ions produced in Rydberg atom collisions. Collisions with Rydberg atoms also provide a novel source of dipole-bound negative ions, and have demonstrated the importance of dipole-supported real and virtual states in superelastic electron scattering from polar targets. These applications of Rydberg atoms will be discussed together with some recent results. Research supported by the National Science Foundation and the Robert A. Welch Foundation.

  20. Influence of structural-phase state of ferritic-martensitic steels on the helium porosity development (United States)

    Chernov, I. I.; Staltsov, M. S.; Kalin, B. A.; Bogachev, I. A.; Guseva, L. Yu; Dzhumaev, P. S.; Emelyanova, O. V.; Drozhzhina, M. V.; Manukovsky, K. V.; Nikolaeva, I. D.


    Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) has been used to study the effect of the initial structural-phase state (SPhS) of ferritic-martensitic steels EK-181, EP-450 and EP-450- ODS (with 0.5 wt.% nanoparticles of Y2O3) on the of helium porosity formation and gas swelling. Different SPhS of steel EK-181 was produced by water quenching, annealing, normalizing plus tempered, intensive plastic deformation by torsion (HPDT). Irradiation was carried out by He+-40 keV ions at 923 K up to fluence of 5-1020 He+/m2. It is shown that the water quenching causes the formation of uniformly distributed small bubbles (d¯ ∼ 2 nm) of the highest density (ρ∼ 1025 m-3). After normalization followed by tempering as well as after annealing bubbles distribution is highly non-uniform both by volume and in size. Very large faceted bubbles (pre-equilibrium gas-filled voids) are formed in ferrite grains resulting in high level of gas swelling of the irradiated layer with S = 4,9 ± 1,2 and 3.8 ± 0.9% respectively. Nano- and microcrystalline structure created by HPDT completely degenerate at irradiation temperature and ion irradiation formed bubbles of the same parameters as in the annealed steel. Bubbles formed in EP-450-ODS steel are smaller in size and density, which led to a decrease of helium swelling by 4 times (S = 0.8 ± 0.2%) as compared to the swelling of the matrix steel EP-450 (S = 3.1 ± 0.7%).

  1. Study of Rydberg blockade mediated optical non-linearity in thermal vapor using optical heterodyne detection technique

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    Bhowmick, Arup; Mohapatra, Ashok K


    We demonstrate the phenomenon of blockade in two-photon excitations to the Rydberg state in thermal vapor. A technique based on optical heterodyne is used to measure the dispersion of a probe beam far off resonant to the D2 line of rubidium in the presence of a strong laser beam that couples to the Rydberg state via two-photon resonance. Density dependent suppression of the dispersion peak is observed while coupling to the Rydberg state with principal quantum number, n = 60. The experimental observation is explained using the phenomenon of Rydberg blockade. The blockade radius is measured to be about 2.2 {\\mu}m which is consistent with the scaling due to the Doppler width of 2-photon resonance in thermal vapor. Our result promises the realization of single photon source and strong single photon non-linearity based on Rydberg blockade in thermal vapor.

  2. Coherent Control of a Single Trapped Rydberg Ion (United States)

    Higgins, Gerard; Pokorny, Fabian; Zhang, Chi; Bodart, Quentin; Hennrich, Markus


    Trapped Rydberg ions are a promising novel approach to quantum computing and simulations. They are envisaged to combine the exquisite control of trapped ion qubits with the fast two-qubit Rydberg gates already demonstrated in neutral atom experiments. Coherent Rydberg excitation is a key requirement for these gates. Here, we carry out the first coherent Rydberg excitation of an ion and perform a single-qubit Rydberg gate, thus demonstrating basic elements of a trapped Rydberg ion quantum computer.

  3. Quantum interface between Rydberg ensembles and mechanical oscillators in free space (United States)

    Bariani, Francesco; Otterbach, Johannes; Tan, Huatang; Buchmann, L. F.; Meystre, Pierre


    We analyze theoretically an electro-mechanical interface between a charged mechanical oscillator and an ensemble of Rydberg atoms. The charged mechanical oscillator acting as an oscillating electric dipole is coupled to the large electric dipole of the Rydberg transition. The Rydberg blockade effect guarantees that only a single collective spin wave is excited in the atomic ensemble. This hybrid system allows for quantum control of the state of one or more mechanical oscillators. The rich atomic Rydberg spectrum and high level of control of atomic transitions allow to build feedback protocols that maximize its fidelity. We also comment on the use of this interface for phononic state tomography. We ackowledge financial support from NSF, ARO and the DARPA QuaSAR and ORCHID programs.

  4. Quantum Magnetism and Topological Ordering via Rydberg Dressing near Förster Resonances. (United States)

    van Bijnen, R M W; Pohl, T


    We devise a cold-atom approach to realizing a broad range of bilinear quantum magnets. Our scheme is based on off-resonant single-photon excitation of Rydberg P states (Rydberg dressing), whose strong interactions are shown to yield controllable XYZ interactions between effective spins, represented by different atomic ground states. The distinctive features of Förster-resonant Rydberg atom interactions are exploited to enhance the effectiveness of Rydberg dressing and, thereby, yield large spin interactions that greatly exceed the corresponding decoherence rates. We illustrate the concept on a spin-1 chain implemented with cold rubidium atoms, and demonstrate that this permits the dynamical preparation of topological magnetic phases. Generally, the described approach provides a viable route to exploring quantum magnetism with dynamically tunable (an)isotropic interactions as well as variable space and spin dimensions in cold-atom experiments.

  5. Attosecond pulse characterization with coherent Rydberg wavepackets

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    Pabst, Stefan


    We propose a new technique to fully characterize the temporal structure of extreme ultraviolet pulses by ionizing a bound coherent electronic wavepacket. The populated energy levels make it possible to interfere different spectral components leading to quantum beats in the photoelectron spectrum as a function of the delay between ionization and initiation of the wavepacket. The influence of the dipole phase, which is the main obstacle for state-of-the-art pulse characterization schemes, can be eliminated by angle integration of the photoelectron spectrum. We show that particularly atomic Rydberg wavepackets are ideal and that wavepackets involving multiple electronic states provide redundant information which can be used to cross-check the consistency of the phase reconstruction.

  6. Quantum entanglement of helium-like systems with varying-Z: compact state-of-the-art CI wave functions (United States)

    López-Rosa, S.; Esquivel, R. O.; Plastino, A. R.; Dehesa, J. S.


    In this work we have performed state-of-the-art configuration-interaction (CI) calculations to determine the linear and von Neumann entanglement entropies for the helium-like systems with varying nuclear charge Z in the range 1≤slant Z≤slant 10. The focus of the work resides on determining accurate entanglement values for 2-electron systems with the lowest computational cost through compact CI-wave functions. Our entanglement results for the helium atom fully agree with the results obtained with higher quality wave functions of the Kinoshita type (Dehesa [5]). We find that the correlation energy is linearly related to the entanglement measures associated with the linear and von Neumann entropies of the single-particle reduced density matrizes, which sheds new light on the physical implications of entanglement in helium-like systems. Moreover, we report CI-wave-function-based benchmark results for the entanglement values for all members of the helium isoelectronic series with an accuracy similar to that of Kinoshita-type wave functions. Finally, we give parametric expressions of the linear and von Neumann entanglement measures for two-electron systems as Z varies from 1 to 10.

  7. Infrared detection using Rydberg atoms. Final report, 1 March 1979-30 November 1987

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    Kleppner, D.


    This is the final report on a program of research on Rydberg atoms and radiation. The goal of the program was to use Rydberg atoms to explore new types of fundamental radiative phenomena. As demonstrated by the research generated by this line of inquiry in laboratories in the U.S. and abroad, the program has been successful. A new area of study called Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics has emerged in the last few years. Research under this grant on inhibited spontaneous emission is often regarded as seminal in that development. The Principal Investigator was awarded the 1986 Davisson-Germer Prize of the American Physical Society for research on Rydberg Atoms in applied fields: research under this grant was central to that achievement. Early work under the grant involved developing techniques for studying radiative transfer of Rydberg atoms on a level-by level basis. During this time the P.I. conceived the idea of of turning off spontaneous emission by Rydberg atoms. A closely related idea - the inhibition of black-body radiative transfer - was demonstrated shortly thereafter. Full demonstration of inhibited spontaneous emission required the development of a technique for transferring atoms to the so-called circular Rydberg states. These are states of the highest-possible angular momentum for a given principal quantum number. The author's method has been adapted in other laboratories, and is now being employed in Rydberg-atom studies and in a new type of measurement of the Rydberg constant. The most-exciting advance under the grant has been the demonstration that spontaneous emission can indeed be switched off.

  8. Adiabatic preparation of Rydberg crystals in a cold lattice gas: Influence of atomic relaxations (United States)

    Petrosyan, David; Molmer, Klaus; Fleischhauer, Michael


    Strong, long-range interactions between atoms in high-lying Rydberg states make them attractive systems for the studies of ordered phases and phase transitions of interacting many-body systems. Different approaches have been explored, both theoretically and experimentally, for the preparation of crystalline order of Rydberg excitations in spatially-extended ensembles of cold atoms. These include direct (near-)resonant laser excitation of interacting Rydberg states in a lattice gas, and adiabatic preparation of crystalline phases of Rydberg excitations in a one-dimensional optical lattice by adiabatic frequency sweep of the excitation laser. We show, however, that taking into account realistic relaxation processes affecting the atoms severely complicates the prospects of attaining sizable crystals of Rydberg excitations in laser-driven atomic media. Our many-body simulations well reproduce the experimental observations of spatial ordering of Rydberg excitations in driven dissipative lattice gases, as well as highly sub-Poissonian probability distribution of the excitation number. We find that the excitations essentially form liquid rather than crystal phases with long-range order.

  9. Spectroscopic features of the low-lying electronic states of some sodium-helium and potassium-helium van der Waals systems

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    Chattopadhyay, Anjan, E-mail:, E-mail: [Department of Chemistry, Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani -K.K. Birla Goa Campus, Goa, 403 726 (India)


    Configuration interaction studies on MHe and MHe{sub 2} (where M = Na, K) systems have revealed several interesting characteristics in the properties of their low-lying electronic states. Binding energy values of the 1{sup 2}{Pi}{sub 1/2,3/2} states in MHe systems are found to be lower than the values of 1{sup 2}{Pi}{sub u(1/2,3/2)} states in the He-M-He systems by a margin of more than 200 cm{sup -1}, indicating better exciplex stabilities of the latter systems. Excited states of the other variety of the linear MHe{sub 2} (M-He-He) systems are almost repulsive. The characteristic energy barrier of the first excited spin-orbit state of alkali metal-helium systems is found to be only 15 cm{sup -1} in KHe and 19 cm{sup -1} in He-K-He. For the Na*He and K*He exciplexes, predicted radiative lifetime values of 18.5 ns and 29.8 ns, respectively, are in excellent agreement with the experimental values. The red-tail portions of their emission bands are contributed by M*He{sub 2} exciplexes with relatively high radiative lifetimes. The repulsive excited state of {sup 2}{Sigma}{sup +}{sub 1/2} (or {sup 2}{Sigma}{sup +}{sub g,1/2}) symmetry in these van der Waals systems is likely to play an important role in the pumping of the blue side of the ns{sup 2}S{sub 1/2} {yields} np{sup 2}P{sub 3/2} transition, which eventually may give rise to the np{sup 2}P{sub 1/2} {yields} ns{sup 2}S{sub 1/2} lasing transition.

  10. Herbert P. Broida Prize Talk: A single Rydberg electron in a Bose-Einstein condensate: from two to few to many-body physics (United States)

    Pfau, Tilman


    Modern quantum scattering theory was developed in the context of Rydberg spectroscopy in 1934 by Enrico Fermi. He showed that for slow electrons the scattering from polarizable atoms via a 1/r4 potential is purely s-wave and can be described by a Fermi pseudopotential and a scattering length. To study this interaction Rydberg electrons are well suited as they are slow and trapped by the charged nucleus. In a high pressure discharge Amaldi and Segre, observed a line shift proportional to the scattering length. At ultracold temperatures one can ask the opposite question: What does a Rydberg electron do to the neutral atom sitting in the electronic orbit? We found that one, two or many ground state atoms can be trapped in the mean-field potential created by the Rydberg electron, leading to so called ultra-long range Rydberg molecules. I will explain this novel molecular binding mechanism and the properties of these exotic molecules. At higher Rydberg states the spatial extent of the Rydberg electron orbit is increasing. For principal quantum numbers n in the range of 100-200 up to several ten thousand ultracold ground state atoms can be located inside one Rydberg atom, When we excite a single Rydberg electron in a Bose-Einstein Condensate, the orbital size of which becomes comparable to the size of the BEC we observe the coupling between the electron and phonons in the BEC.

  11. Entropy and complexity analysis of hydrogenic Rydberg atoms

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    Lopez-Rosa, S. [Instituto Carlos I de Fisica Teorica y Computacional, Universidad de Granada, 18071-Granada (Spain); Departamento de Fisica Aplicada II, Universidad de Sevilla, 41012-Sevilla (Spain); Toranzo, I. V.; Dehesa, J. S. [Instituto Carlos I de Fisica Teorica y Computacional, Universidad de Granada, 18071-Granada (Spain); Departamento de Fisica Atomica, Molecular y Nuclear, Universidad de Granada, 18071-Granada (Spain); Sanchez-Moreno, P. [Instituto Carlos I de Fisica Teorica y Computacional, Universidad de Granada, 18071-Granada (Spain); Departamento de Matematica Aplicada, Universidad de Granada, 18071-Granada (Spain)


    The internal disorder of hydrogenic Rydberg atoms as contained in their position and momentum probability densities is examined by means of the following information-theoretic spreading quantities: the radial and logarithmic expectation values, the Shannon entropy, and the Fisher information. As well, the complexity measures of Cramer-Rao, Fisher-Shannon, and Lopez Ruiz-Mancini-Calvet types are investigated in both reciprocal spaces. The leading term of these quantities is rigorously calculated by use of the asymptotic properties of the concomitant entropic functionals of the Laguerre and Gegenbauer orthogonal polynomials which control the wavefunctions of the Rydberg states in both position and momentum spaces. The associated generalized Heisenberg-like, logarithmic and entropic uncertainty relations are also given. Finally, application to linear (l= 0), circular (l=n- 1), and quasicircular (l=n- 2) states is explicitly done.

  12. Time-resolved high harmonic spectroscopy of dynamical symmetry breaking in bi-circular laser fields: the role of Rydberg states. (United States)

    Jiménez-Galán, Álvaro; Zhavoronkov, Nickolai; Schloz, Marcel; Morales, Felipe; Ivanov, Misha


    The bi-circular scheme for high harmonic generation, which combines two counter-rotating circular fields with frequency ratio 2:1, has recently permitted to generate high harmonics with essentially circular polarization, opening the way for ultrafast chiral studies. This scheme produces harmonic lines at 3N + 1 and 3N + 2 multiples of the fundamental driving frequency, while the 3N lines are forbidden owing to the three-fold symmetry of the field. It is generally established that the routinely observed signals at these forbidden harmonic lines come from a slight ellipticity in the driving fields, which breaks the three-fold symmetry. We find that this is neither the only nor it is the dominant mechanism responsible. The forbidden lines can be observed even for perfectly circular, long driving pulses. We show that they encode rich information on the sub-cycle electronic dynamics that occur during the generation process. By varying the time delay and relative intensity between the two drivers, we demonstrate that when the second harmonic either precedes or is more intense than the fundamental field, the weak effects of dynamical symmetry breaking caused by finite pulse duration are amplified by electrons trapped in Rydberg orbits (i.e., Freeman resonances), and that the forbidden harmonic lines are a witness of this.

  13. Calculation of Rydberg energy levels for the francium atom (United States)

    Huang, Shi-Zhong; Chu, Jin-Min


    Based on the weakest bound electron potential model theory, the Rydberg energy levels and quantum defects of the np2Po1/2 (n = 7-50) and np2Po3/2 (n = 7-50) spectrum series for the francium atom are calculated. The calculated results are in excellent agreement with the 48 measured levels, and 40 energy levels for highly excited states are predicted.

  14. Finite element simulation of steady state and transient forced convection in superfluid helium

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    Bottura, L


    The solution of transient mass, momentum and energy balances in superfluid helium are discussed by means of a finite element algorithm. A simple linearization procedure is used for the non- linear pseudo-diffusion term in the energy balance arising because of the unique counterflow heat transport mechanism in superfluid helium. The linearization algorithm is analyzed for accuracy order and stability. The reliability of the algorithm devised is shown in practical tests, comparing the numerical solutions with experimental data available in the literature. (18 refs).

  15. Helium the disappearing element

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    Sears, Wheeler M


    The subject of the book is helium, the element, and its use in myriad applications including MRI machines, particle accelerators, space telescopes, and of course balloons and blimps. It was at the birth of our Universe, or the Big Bang, where the majority of cosmic helium was created; and stellar helium production continues. Although helium is the second most abundant element in the Universe, it is actually quite rare here on Earth and only exists because of radioactive elements deep within the Earth. This book includes a detailed history of the discovery of helium, of the commercial industry built around it, how the helium we actually encounter is produced within the Earth, and the state of the helium industry today. The gas that most people associate with birthday party balloons is running out. “Who cares?” you might ask. Well, without helium, MRI machines could not function, rockets could not go into space, particle accelerators such as those used by CERN could not operate, fiber optic cables would not...

  16. Electrically tuned F\\"orster resonances in collisions of NH$_3$ with Rydberg He atoms


    Zhelyazkova, V.; Hogan, S D


    Effects of weak electric fields on resonant energy transfer between NH$_3$ in the X $^1$A$_1$ ground electronic state, and Rydberg He atoms in triplet states with principal quantum numbers $n = 36$-$41$ have been studied in a crossed beam apparatus. For these values of $n$, electric-dipole transitions between the Rydberg states that evolve adiabatically to the $|ns\\rangle$ and $|np\\rangle$ states in zero electric field can be tuned into resonance with the ground-state inversion transitions in...

  17. Electrically tuned Forster resonances in collisions of NH3 with Rydberg He atoms


    Zhelyazkova, V.; Hogan, S D


    The effects of weak electric fields on resonant energy transfer between NH3 in the X 1 A1 ground electronic state and Rydberg He atoms in triplet states with principal quantum numbers n = 36–41 have been studied in a crossed-beam apparatus. For these values of n, electric dipole transitions between the Rydberg states that evolve adiabatically to the |ns and |np states in zero electric field can be tuned into resonance with the ground-state inversion transitions in NH3 using ele...

  18. Observation of Rydberg-atom macrodimers: micrometer-sized diatomic molecules

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    Saßmannshausen, Heiner


    Long-range metastable molecules consisting of two cesium atoms in high Rydberg states have been observed in an ultracold gas. A sequential three-photon two-color photoassociation scheme was employed to form these molecules in states which correlate to $np(n+1)s$ dissociation asymptotes. Spectral signatures of bound molecular states are clearly resolved at the positions of avoided crossings between long-range van der Waals potential curves. The experimental results are in agreement with simulations based on a detailed model of the long-range multipole-multipole interactions of Rydberg-atom pair states. We show that a full model is required to accurately predict the occurrence of bound Rydberg macrodimers. The macrodimers are distinguished from repulsive molecular states by their behavior with respect to spontaneous ionization and possible decay channels are discussed.

  19. Liquid helium

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    Atkins, K R


    Originally published in 1959 as part of the Cambridge Monographs on Physics series, this book addresses liquid helium from the dual perspectives of statistical mechanics and hydrodynamics. Atkins looks at both Helium Three and Helium Four, as well as the properties of a combination of the two isotopes. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in the history of science and the study of one of the universe's most fundamental elements.

  20. Quantum Manybody Physics with Rydberg Polaritons (United States)


    AFRL-AFOSR-VA-TR-2017-0033 Quantum Manybody Physics with Rydberg Polaritons Jonathan Simon UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO THE 5801 S ELLIS AVE CHICAGO, IL...abstract is to be limited. DISTRIBUTION A: Distribution approved for public release. Title: Quantum Manybody Physics with Rydberg Polaritons AFOSR AWARD...developed. In conjunction with synthetic magnetic fields generated through non-planar cavities, we are now poised to explore fractional quantum hall physics

  1. Single-photon cesium Rydberg excitation spectroscopy using 3186-nm UV laser and room-temperature vapor cell (United States)

    Wang, Jieying; Bai, Jiandong; He, Jun; Wang, Junmin


    We demonstrate a single-photon Rydberg excitation spectroscopy of cesium (Cs) atoms in a room-temperature vapor cell. Cs atoms are excited directly from 6S1/2 ground state to nP3/2 (n = 70 - 100) Rydberg states with a 318.6 nm ultraviolet (UV) laser,and Rydberg excitation spectra are obtained by transmission enhancement of a probe beam resonant to Cs 6S1/2, F = 4 - 6P3/2, F' = 5 transition as partial population on F = 4 ground state are transferred to Rydberg state .Analysis reveals that the observed spectra are velocity-selective spectroscopy of Rydberg state, from which the amplitude and linewidth influenced by lasers'Rabi frequency have been investigated. Fitting to energies of Cs nP3/2 (n = 70 -100) states, the determined quantum defect is 3.56671(42). The demodulated spectra can also be employed as frequency references to stabilize the UV laser frequency to specific Cs Rydberg transition.

  2. Radioprotection in depressed metabolic states: The physiology of helium-cold hypothermia (United States)

    Musacchia, X. J.


    The use of hypothermia as a means of radiation protection was studied on a variety of mammals exposed to 80% helium-20% oxygen atmospheres at low ambient temperatures. Results show that the LD for normothermic animals significantly increased compared with hypothermic animals; similar results were obtained for hibernating mammalians. Pre-exposure of animals to cold temperatures increased their ability to withstand radiation levels close to LD sub 50.

  3. Two-photon laser spectroscopy of antiprotonic helium and the antiproton-to-electron mass ratio

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    Hori, Masaki; Barna, Daniel; Andreas Dax,; Hayano, Ryugo; Friedreich, Susanne; Juhász, Bertalan; Pask, Thomas; Widmann, Eberhard; Horváth, Dezső; Venturelli, Luca; Zurlo, Nicola; 10.1038/nature10260


    Physical laws are believed to be invariant under the combined transformations of charge, parity and time reversal (CPT symmetry). This implies that an antimatter particle has exactly the same mass and absolute value of charge as its particle counterpart. Metastable antiprotonic helium ($\\bar{p}He^+$) is a three-body atom2 consisting of a normal helium nucleus, an electron in its ground state and an antiproton ($\\bar{p}$) occupying a Rydberg state with high principal and angular momentum quantum numbers, respectively n and l, such that n ≈ l + 1 ≈ 38. These atoms are amenable to precision laser spectroscopy, the results of which can in principle be used to determine the antiproton-to-electron mass ratio and to constrain the equality between the antiproton and proton charges and masses. Here we report two-photon spectroscopy of antiprotonic helium, in which $\\bar{p}^{3}He^{+}$ and $\\bar{p}^{4}He^{+}$ isotopes are irradiated by two counter-propagating laser beams. This excites nonlinear, two-phot...

  4. Helium cryogenics

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    Van Sciver, Steven W


    Twenty five years have elapsed since the original publication of Helium Cryogenics. During this time, a considerable amount of research and development involving helium fluids has been carried out culminating in several large-scale projects. Furthermore, the field has matured through these efforts so that there is now a broad engineering base to assist the development of future projects. Helium Cryogenics, 2nd edition brings these advances in helium cryogenics together in an updated form. As in the original edition, the author's approach is to survey the field of cryogenics with emphasis on helium fluids. This approach is more specialized and fundamental than that contained in other cryogenics books, which treat the associated range of cryogenic fluids. As a result, the level of treatment is more advanced and assumes a certain knowledge of fundamental engineering and physics principles, including some quantum mechanics. The goal throughout the work is to bridge the gap between the physics and engineering aspe...

  5. Ionization photophysics and Rydberg spectroscopy of diacetylene

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    Schwell, Martin


    Photoionization of diacetylene was studied using synchrotron radiation over the range 8-24 eV, with photoelectron-photoion coincidence (PEPICO) and threshold photoelectron-photoion coincidence (TPEPICO) techniques. Mass spectra, ion yields, total and partial ionization cross-sections were measured. The adiabatic ionization energy of diacetylene was determined as IE ad=(10.17±0.01) eV, and the appearance energy of the principal fragment ion C4H+ as AE=(16.15±0.03) eV. Calculated appearance energies of other fragment ions were used to infer aspects of dissociation pathways forming the weaker fragment ions C+ 4, C3H+, C+3 and C 4H+. Structured autoionization features observed in the PEPICO spectrum of diacetylene in the 11-13 eV region were assigned to vibrational components of three new Rydberg series, R1(nsσg, n=4-11), R2(ndσg, n=4-7) and R3(ndδg, n=4-6) converging to the A2Πu state of the cation, and to a new series R01(nsσg, n=3) converging to the B\\' 2Σ+u state of the cation. The autoionization mechanisms and their consistence with specific selection rules are discussed. © 2012 Taylor and Francis.

  6. Condensation versus long-range interaction: Competing quantum phases in bosonic optical lattice systems at near-resonant Rydberg dressing (United States)

    Geißler, Andreas; Vasić, Ivana; Hofstetter, Walter


    Recent experiments have shown that (quasi)crystalline phases of Rydberg-dressed quantum many-body systems in optical lattices (OL) are within reach. Rydberg systems naturally possess strong long-range interactions due to the large polarizability of Rydberg atoms. Thus a wide range of quantum phases has been predicted, such as a devil's staircase of lattice-incommensurate density wave phases as well as the more exotic lattice supersolid order for bosonic systems, as considered in our work. Guided by results in the "frozen"-gas limit, we study the ground-state phase diagram at finite hopping amplitudes and in the vicinity of resonant Rydberg driving while fully including the long-range tail of the van der Waals interaction. Simulations within real-space bosonic dynamical mean-field theory yield an extension of the devil's staircase into the supersolid regime where the competition of condensation and interaction leads to a sequence of crystalline phases.

  7. Shell Model Calculations of the D-State Admixture in the Ground-State Wave Functions of Tritium, HELIUM-3, and HELIUM-4 Using Various Realistic Potentials (United States)

    Chiang, Pi-Chih

    Several different theoretical methods have been developed to investigate the ground-state properties of ^3H, ^3He, and ^4He nuclei. Previously, the properties of these nuclei have been investigated using variational and hyperspherical methods. However, the Faddeev method, which yields essentially exact results has been used for A = 3 and the coupled-cluster method for mass 4. The error inherent in the hyperspherical method is not known, so the development of alternative method may be useful. In this work we have developed a set of effective operators to be used in the shell-model calculations. The m-scheme shell-model method is used in a systematic study of the binding energy and D-state probability obtained for the ground state of ^3H, ^3He, and ^4He nuclei using a variety of realistic nucleon-nucleon potentials. Since the main contribution to the binding energy comes from the ^1S_0 and ^3S_1 -^3D_1 nucleon -nucleon channels, and the main contribution to the D-state probability comes from the ^3S _1-^3D_1 tensor interaction, we will include only these channels in our calculations. Furthermore, this restriction will allow us to compare our results with the Faddeev five -channel calculations in coordinate space for ^3 H and ^3He. For the trinucleon calculations, we find that our results are in substantial agreement with those of Faddeev calculations. The difference between our results and those of Faddeev calculations is found to be between -0.38 MeV and 0.19 MeV for the triton binding energy and between -0.6% and 0.0% for the triton ground-state D-state probability. For the mass 4 calculations, we compare our results with the published results of hyperspherical, variational, and coupled-cluster calculations. The agreement between this work and that of the URBANA group (48) and Goldhammer (51) is excellent for the binding energy calculations. Our systematic study shows the binding energy (without the static Coulomb contribution) of the alpha particle to be between

  8. Correlated Photon Dynamics in Dissipative Rydberg Media (United States)

    Zeuthen, Emil; Gullans, Michael J.; Maghrebi, Mohammad F.; Gorshkov, Alexey V.


    Rydberg blockade physics in optically dense atomic media under the conditions of electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) leads to strong dissipative interactions between single photons. We introduce a new approach to analyzing this challenging many-body problem in the limit of a large optical depth per blockade radius. In our approach, we separate the single-polariton EIT physics from Rydberg-Rydberg interactions in a serialized manner while using a hard-sphere model for the latter, thus capturing the dualistic particle-wave nature of light as it manifests itself in dissipative Rydberg-EIT media. Using this approach, we analyze the saturation behavior of the transmission through one-dimensional Rydberg-EIT media in the regime of nonperturbative dissipative interactions relevant to current experiments. Our model is able to capture the many-body dynamics of bright, coherent pulses through these strongly interacting media. We compare our model with available experimental data in this regime and find good agreement. We also analyze a scheme for generating regular trains of single photons from continuous-wave input and derive its scaling behavior in the presence of imperfect single-photon EIT.

  9. Spontaneous dipole-dipole interactions in many-body, driven, dissipative Rydberg systems (United States)

    Maslek, James; Boulier, Thomas; Magnan, Eric; Bracamontes, Carlos; Young, Jeremy; Gorshkov, Alexey; Rolston, Steve; Porto, Trey

    We observe unexpected dipole-dipole interactions leading to the violation of a forbidden transition to the 18s manifold of ultra-cold 87 Rb atoms in a 3D optical lattice, as well as an increase in the linewidth of the allowed two photon rydberg transition. At increasing two photon Rabi frequency, a new resonance appears 10 MHz detuned from the main rydberg transition. Due to the selection rules of the circularly-polarized 2-photon excitation, the | F = 1 , mF = - 1 > state, which lies roughly 10 MHz away, should be inaccessible, and is not present at rabi frequencies less than 60kHz. We interpret this as a mixing of both the accessible and forbidden 18s states, which comes from the dipole-dipole interaction between these states and the populations of nearby p states, which are induced from blackbody decay from the. | 18 s , F = 2 , mF = - 2 > state. These p states are created faster than the timescales of the experiment, making their effect instant. We observe that the pumping rates of these resonances tend to the same value as the rabi frequency gets large enough, showing a complete mixing of the states. This phenomenon occurs due to the finite lifetimes of rydberg atoms and occurs in highly excited many-body systems. It is relevant for a wide array of proposals, including rydberg dressing

  10. Antiprotonic helium

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    Eades, John


    An exotic atom in w hich an electron and an antiproton orbit a helium nucleus could reveal if there are any differences between matter and antimatter. The author describes this unusual mirror on the antiworld (5 pages)

  11. On the Treatment of l-changing Proton-hydrogen Rydberg Atom Collisions (United States)

    Vrinceanu, Daniel; Onofrio, Roberto; Sadeghpour, Hossein


    Energy-conserving, angular momentum-changing collisions between protons and highly excited Rydberg hydrogen atoms are important for precise understanding of the primordial recombination cascade, and the elemental abundance.Early approaches to l-changing collisions used perturbation theory for only dipole-allowed (Δl = ±1) transitions. An exact non-perturbative quantum mechanical treatment is possible, but it comes at computational cost for highly excited Rydberg states. In this note we show how to obtain a semi-classical limit that is accurate and simple, and develop further physical insights afforded by the non-perturbative quantum mechanical treatment.

  12. On the treatment of ℓ-changing proton-hydrogen Rydberg atom collisions (United States)

    Vrinceanu, D.; Onofrio, R.; Sadeghpour, H. R.


    Energy-conserving, angular momentum changing collisions between protons and highly excited Rydberg hydrogen atoms are important for precise understanding of atomic recombination at the photon decoupling era and the elemental abundance after primordial nucleosynthesis. Early approaches to ℓ-changing collisions used perturbation theory only for dipole-allowed (Δℓ = ±1) transitions. An exact non-perturbative quantum mechanical treatment is possible, but it comes at a computational cost for highly excited Rydberg states. In this paper, we show how to obtain a semiclassical limit that is accurate and simple, and develop further physical insights afforded by the non-perturbative quantum mechanical treatment.

  13. Abundances, charge states, and energy spectra of helium and heavy ions during solar particle events (United States)

    Gloeckler, G.; Sciambi, R.; Fan, C. Y.; Hovestadt, D.


    Carbon and oxygen energy spectra observed during several solar events indicate a systematic deviation of these spectra from a simple power law: the spectra bend down below about 100 keV/nuc and the amount of this bending is highly correlated with the size of the flare, as measured by the 'event averaged' flux of 130-220 keV protons. The energy spectra of helium computed for the same time periods do not show a similar feature. A large variability of the alpha/CNO ratio is found from event to event (from 2 to about 20 at 40 keV/nuc), and in all cases examined the carbon and oxygen nuclei are nearly fully stripped. These results are interpreted as evidence for storage of energetic ions in hot coronal regions, followed by strong adiabatic deceleration.

  14. Ageing of palladium tritide: mechanical characterization, helium state and modelling; Vieillissement du tritiure de palladium: caracterisation mecanique, etat de l'helium et modelisation

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    Segard, M.


    Palladium is commonly used for the storage of tritium (the hydrogen radioactive isotope), since it forms a low-equilibrium-pressure and reversible tritide. Tritium decay into helium-3 is responsible for the ageing of the tritide, leading to the apparition of helium-3 bubbles for instance. Both experimental and theoretical aspects of this phenomenon are studied here.Previous works on ageing modelling led to two main models, dealing with:- Helium-3 bubbles nucleation (using a cellular automaton), - Bubbles growth (using continuum mechanics).These models were quite efficient, but their use was limited by the lack of input data and fitting experimental parameters.To get through these limitations, this work has consisted in studying the most relevant experimental data to improve the modelling of the palladium tritide ageing.The first part of this work was focused on the assessment of the mechanical properties of the palladium tritide (yield strength, ultimate strength, mechanical behaviour). They were deduced from the in situ tensile tests performed on palladium hydride and deuteride. In the second part, ageing characterization was undertaken, mainly focusing on: - Bubbles observations in palladium tritide using transmission electron microscopy, - Internal bubble pressure measurements using nuclear magnetic resonance, - Macroscopic swelling measurements using pycno-metry.The present work has led to significant progress in ageing understanding and has brought very valuable improvements to the modelling of such a phenomenon. (author) [French] Le palladium est couramment utilise pour le stockage du tritium, isotope radioactif de l'hydrogEne, car il forme un tritiure reversible, A basse pression d'equilibre. La decroissance du tritium en helium-3 provoque un vieillissement du tritiure, caracterise notamment par l'apparition de bulles d'helium-3, qui est etudie ici. De precedents travaux de modelisation du vieillissement avaient abouti a la creation de

  15. Calculation of the Rydberg Energy Levels for Francium Atom

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    Huang Shizhong


    Full Text Available Based on the weakest bound electron potential model theory, the Rydberg energy levels and quantum defects of nsS21/2(n=8--50, ndD23/2(n=6--50, and ndD25/2(n=6--50 spectrum series for francium atom are calculated. The calculated results are in excellent agreement with the 74 known experimentally measured levels (the absolute difference is less than 0.03 cm-1 and 58 energy levels for highly excited states are predicted.

  16. Calculation of the Rydberg Energy Levels for Francium Atom


    Huang Shizhong; Sun Qiufeng


    Based on the weakest bound electron potential model theory, the Rydberg energy levels and quantum defects of nsS21/2(n=8--50), ndD23/2(n=6--50), and ndD25/2(n=6--50) spectrum series for francium atom are calculated. The calculated results are in excellent agreement with the 74 known experimentally measured levels (the absolute difference is less than 0.03 cm-1) and 58 energy levels for highly excited states are predicted.

  17. Nonlocal nonlinear optics in cold Rydberg gases. (United States)

    Sevinçli, S; Henkel, N; Ates, C; Pohl, T


    We present an analytical theory for the nonlinear optical response of a strongly interacting Rydberg gas under conditions of electromagnetically induced transparency. Simple formulas for the third-order optical susceptibility are derived and shown to be in excellent agreement with recent experiments. The obtained expressions reveal strong nonlinearities, which in addition are of highly nonlocal character. This property together with the enormous strength of the Rydberg-induced nonlinearities is shown to yield a unique laboratory platform for nonlinear wave phenomena, such as collapse-arrested modulational instabilities in a self-defocusing medium.

  18. Non-Elastic Processes in Atom Rydberg-Atom Collisions: Review of ...

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    Jan 27, 2016 ... Inour previous research, it has been demonstrated that inelastic processes in atom Rydberg-atom collisions, such as chemi-ionization and ( n − n ′ ) mixing, should be considered together. Here we will review the present state-of-the-art and the actual problems. In this context, we will consider the influence ...

  19. Cooperative Excitation and Many-Body Interactions in a Cold Rydberg Gas

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    Viteau, Matthieu; Huillery, Paul; Bason, Mark George


    on and off resonance, which exhibit sub- and super-Poissonian counting statistics, respectively. We compare our results with numerical simulations using a novel theoretical model based on Dicke states of Rydberg atoms including dipole-dipole interactions, finding good agreement between experiment and theory....

  20. 30 CFR 256.11 - Helium. (United States)


    ... 30 Mineral Resources 2 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Helium. 256.11 Section 256.11 Mineral Resources... Helium. (a) Each lease issued or continued under these regulations shall be subject to a reservation by the United States, under section 12(f) of the Act, of the ownership of and the right to extract helium...

  1. Trapped Circular Rydberg Atoms for Quantum Simulation (United States)

    Cantat-Moltrecht, Tigrane; Nguyen, Thanh Long; Cortinas, Rodrigo; Sayrin, Clément; Haroche, Serge; Brune, Michel; Raimond, Jean-Michel


    Condensed-matter systems are interesting and important to understand but they are difficult to study, even numerically, given the significant sizes of their Hilbert space. Quantum simulation proposes to mimic those out-of-reach quantum systems with more controllable and accessible ones. The high polarizability of Rydberg atoms allows for strong and tunable short-range interactions, making them nice candidates for a quantum simulation platform. However, low angular momentum Rydberg atoms cannot be efficiently laser-trapped and their lifetimes would limit the scope of such a quantum simulator. We propose instead to use circular Rydberg atoms (of maximum angular momentum) which can be laser-trapped and whose lifetimes can be extended to the one minute range by placing them in a spontaneous emission-inhibiting capacitor. We aim at the deterministic preparation of a 1D-chain of 40 atoms, trapped in a Laguerre-Gauss hollow laser beam, with a collective lifetime of 2 seconds. With exchange rates in the 10 - 100 kHz range, this would provide a platform able to simulate quantum many-body physics for more than 104 exchange times. In this talk I will present this novel quantum simulation platform and our latest experimental results in the laser-trapping of circular Rydberg atoms.

  2. Anisotropic Interactions between Cold Rydberg Atoms (United States)


    AFRL-AFOSR-CL-TR-2015-0002 Anisotropic interactions between cold Rydberg atoms Luis Marcassa INSTITUTO DE FISICA DE SAO CARLOS Final Report 09/28...problem with the report +551633739806 Organization / Institution name Instituto de Fisica de Sao Carlos Grant/Contract Title The full title of the

  3. Rydberg-Stark deceleration of atoms and molecules

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    Hogan, Stephen D. [University College London, Department of Physics and Astronomy, London (United Kingdom)


    The large electric dipole moments associated with highly excited Rydberg states of atoms and molecules make gas-phase samples in these states very well suited to deceleration and trapping using inhomogeneous electric fields. The methods of Rydberg-Stark deceleration with which this can be achieved are reviewed here. Using these techniques, the longitudinal motion of beams of atoms and molecules moving at speeds as high as 2500 m/s have been manipulated, with changes in kinetic energy of up to vertical stroke ΔE{sub kin} vertical stroke = 1.3 x 10{sup -20} J (vertical stroke ΔE{sub kin} vertical stroke /e = 80 meV or vertical stroke ΔE{sub kin} vertical stroke /hc = 650 cm{sup -1}) achieved, while decelerated and trapped samples with number densities of 10{sup 6}-10{sup 7} cm{sup -3} and translational temperatures of ∝150 mK have been prepared. Applications of these samples in areas of research at the interface between physics and physical chemistry are discussed. (orig.)

  4. Quantized motion of Rydberg atoms in an amplitude-modulated lattice potential (United States)

    Malinovsky, Vladimir; Moore, Kaitlin; Ramos, Andira; Georg, Georg


    We present a model description of the spectroscopic line shape of Rydberg transitions in an amplitude-modulated Rydberg-atom lattice taking into account the quantization of the center-of-mass motion. In our model, the wave function of both ground and excited states are subject to the periodic potentials that arise from the optical-lattice fields. In contrast to other spectroscopic scheme, in our work the coupling (the effective Rabi frequency) is also periodic as function of the translational coordinate, and it is perfectly phase-locked to the lattice trapping potential. By solving the time-dependent Schrödinger equation in momentum representation we obtain the spectrum of the excited-state population. The numerical results for the momentum components of the ground and excited wave functions are averaged over the thermal momentum distribution of the Rydberg atoms. The effect of the lattice parameters and the interaction strength on the line shape of the Rydberg transitions is discussed.

  5. Linear Atom Guides: Guiding Rydberg Atoms and Progress Toward an Atom Laser (United States)

    Traxler, Mallory A.

    In this thesis, I explore a variety of experiments within linear, two-wire, magnetic atom guides. Experiments include guiding of Rydberg atoms; transferring between states while keeping the atoms contained within the guide; and designing, constructing, and testing a new experimental apparatus. The ultimate goal of the atom guiding experiments is to develop a continuous atom laser. The guiding of 87Rb 59D5/2 Rydberg atoms is demonstrated. The evolution of the atoms is driven by the combined effects of dipole forces acting on the center-of-mass degree of freedom as well as internal-state transitions. Time delayed microwave and state-selective field ionization, along with ion detection, are used to investigate the evolution of the internal-state distribution as well as the Rydberg atom motion while traversing the guide. The observed decay time of the guided-atom signal is about five times that of the initial state. A population transfer between Rydberg states contributes to this lengthened lifetime, and also broadens the observed field ionization spectrum. The population transfer is attributed to thermal transitions and, to a lesser extent, initial state-mixing due to Rydberg-Rydberg collisions. Characteristic signatures in ion time-of-flight signals and spatially resolved images of ion distributions, which result from the coupled internal-state and center-of-mass dynamics, are discussed. Some groups have used a scheme to make BECs where atoms are optically pumped from one reservoir trap to a final state trap, irreversibly transferring those atoms from one trap to the other. In this context, transfer from one guided ground state to another is studied. In our setup, before the atoms enter the guide, they are pumped into the | F = 1, mF = --1> state. Using two repumpers, one tuned to the F = 1 → F' = 0 transition (R10) and the other tuned to the F = 1 → F' = 2 transition (R12), the atoms are pumped between these guided states. Magnetic reflections within the guide

  6. Many-body physics of optically excited, frozen Rydberg gases (United States)

    Muth, Dominik; Lauer, Achim; Otterbach, Johannes; Fleischhauer, Michael


    We discuss the many-body physics of an ensemble of optically excited Rydberg atoms with van der Waals dipole-dipole interactions [1]. Starting from a fully quantized model of the optical excitation we show that Rydberg excitations always possess a finite kinetic energy mediated by photon exchange even if the motion of the atoms can be disregarded. The kinetic energy competes with the repulsive vdW interactions. Using discretization and DMRG, we calculate the many-body ground state in the one-dimensional case. It is correlated much more strongly than possible for any local interaction, i.e., with a Luttinger parameter K 1. In the presence of an additional lattice, a fractal phase diagram [2] emerges with Mott-insulating phases at any rational filling fraction. [1] see e.g. H. Weimer, R. L"ow, T. Pfau, and H. P. B"uchler; Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 250601 (2008) [2] F. J. Burnell, M. M. Parish, N. R. Cooper, and S. L. Sondhi; Phys. Rev. B 80, 174519 (2009)

  7. A Laser Stabilization System for Rydberg Atom Physics (United States)


    A Laser Stabilization System for Rydberg Atom Physics We purchased 2 dual wavelength ultrastable ultralow expansion glass cavities along with optics...term locking could be achieved for 2 photon Rydberg atom excitation. Both systems were offset locked using a high bandwidth resonant electro-optic...Rydberg Atom Physics Report Title We purchased 2 dual wavelength ultrastable ultralow expansion glass cavities along with optics and electronics to

  8. Charging dynamics of dopants in helium nanoplasmas

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    Heidenreich, Andreas; Grüner, Barbara; Schomas, Dominik


    We present a combined experimental and theoretical study of the charging dynamics of helium nanodroplets doped with atoms of different species and irradiated by intense near-infrared laser pulses (≤1015 W cm−2). In particular, we elucidate the interplay of dopant ionization inducing the ignition...... of a helium nanoplasma, and the charging of the dopant atoms driven by the ionized helium host. Most efficient nanoplasma ignition and charging is found when doping helium droplets with xenon atoms, in which case high charge states of both helium (He2+) and of xenon (Xe21+) are detected. In contrast, only low...

  9. Cavity electromagnetically induced transparency with Rydberg atoms (United States)

    Bakar Ali, Abu; Ziauddin


    Cavity electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) is revisited via the input probe field intensity. A strongly interacting Rydberg atomic medium ensemble is considered in a cavity, where atoms behave as superatoms (SAs) under the dipole blockade mechanism. Each atom in the strongly interacting Rydberg atomic medium (87 Rb) follows a three-level cascade atomic configuration. A strong control and weak probe field are employed in the cavity with the ensemble of Rydberg atoms. The features of the reflected and transmitted probe light are studied under the influence of the input probe field intensity. A transparency peak (cavity EIT) is revealed at a resonance condition for small values of input probe field intensity. The manipulation of the cavity EIT is reported by tuning the strength of the input probe field intensity. Further, the phase and group delay of the transmitted and reflected probe light are studied. It is found that group delay and phase in the reflected light are negative, while for the transmitted light they are positive. The magnitude control of group delay in the transmitted and reflected light is investigated via the input probe field intensity.

  10. Coherent control of Rydberg states in silicon

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    Greenland, P. T.; Lynch, S. A.; van der Meer, A. F. G.; Murdin, B. N.; Pidgeon, C. R.; Redlich, B.; Vinh, N. Q.; Aeppli, G.


    Laser cooling and electromagnetic traps have led to a revolution in atomic physics, yielding dramatic discoveries ranging from Bose-Einstein condensation to the quantum control of single atoms(1). Of particular interest, because they can be used in the quantum control of one atom by another, are

  11. Electroproduction of strangeness on (Lambda)H-3,4 bound states on helium

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    F. Dohrmann; D. Abbott; A. Ahmidouch; P. Ambrozewicz; C. S. Armstrong; J. Arrington; R. Asaturyan; K. Assamagan; S. Avery; K. Bailey; S. Beedoe; H. Bitao; H. Breuer; D. S. Brown; R. Carlini; J. Cha; N. Chant; E. Christy; A. Cochran; L. Cole; G. Collins; C. Cothran; J. Crowder; W. J. Cummings; S. Danagoulian; F. Duncan; J. Dunne; D. Dutta; T. Eden; M. Elaasar; R. Ent; L. Ewell; H. Fenker; H. T. Fortune; Y. Fujii; L. Gan; H. Gao; K. Garrow; D. F. Geesaman; P. Gueye; K. Gustafsson; K. Hafidi; J. O. Hansen; W. Hinton; H. E. Jackson; H. Juengst; C. Keppel; A. Klein; D. Koltenuk; Y. Liang; J. H. Liu; A. Lung; D. Mack; R. Madey; P. Markowitz; C. J. Martoff; D. Meekins; J. Mitchell; T. Miyoshi; H. Mkrtchyan; R. Mohring; S. K. Mtingwa; B. Mueller; T. G. O& #x27; Neill; G. Niculescu; I. Niculescu; D. Potterveld; J. W. Price; B. A. Raue; P. E. Reimer; J. Reinhold; ; J. Roche; P. Roos; M. Sarsour; Y. Sato; G. Savage; R. Sawafta; R. E. Segel; A. Yu. Semenov; S. Stepanyan; V. Tadevosian; S. Tajima; L. Tang; B. Terburg; A. Uzzle; S. Wood; H. Yamaguchi; C. Yan; C. Yan; L. Yuan; M. Zeier; B. Zeidman; B. Zihlmann


    The A(e,eK+)X reaction has been investigated at Jefferson Laboratory. Data were taken for Q{sup 2} approx. 0.35 GeV{sup 2} at a beam energy of 3.245 GeV for 1H,3He and 4He targets. Evidence for Lambda-hypernuclear bound states is seen for 3,4He targets. This is the first time that the electroproduction of these hypernuclei has been observed.

  12. Polarizabilities of two-electron positive ions and Rydberg levels of lithium (United States)

    Bhatia, A. K.; Drachman, Richard J.


    Second-order sums are computed for the two-electron positive ions Li(+), Be(2+), and B(3+) by representing the intermediate states as discrete pseudostates. The Hamiltonian for the system is given and translated to semi-Jacobi variables for its derivation in reduced Rydberg units. The interaction potential is developed in its multipole form and employed in second-order perturbation theory. The perturbation is always a multipole-potential term, and the initial and intermediate states are constructed from two-particle Hylleraas basis sets. The resulting pseudostates are shown to represent the continuum with good convergence, and the asymptotic-optical-potential method is applied to the two-body quantities to determine the energy levels of three-electron systems in high Rydberg states. The method is shown to give accurate values for the polarizabilities of the two-electron isoelectronic systems.

  13. Ground-state properties of two-dimensional quantum fluid helium and hydrogen mixtures

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    Um, C I; Oh, H G


    Using a variational Jastrow wavefunction extended to include a three-body correlation function and a hypernetted chain scheme with the contributions of elementary diagrams, we analyze the ground-state energies and the structural properties of two-dimensional H- sup 4 He and H sub 2 - sup 4 He mixtures. The mixtures are in equilibrium at a lower density compared to a pure sup 4 He system because of the large zero-point energies of the hydrogen atom and molecule. We evaluate the lowering of the ground-state energies as a function of the impurity concentration and total density of mixtures. Comparing the result with boson sup 3 He- sup 4 He mixtures, we show that the shifts of energy mainly come from the difference of the zero-point energies of the impurities rather than from the interatomic potentials.We also analyze the enthalpies to study the miscibility and conclude that boson-boson mixtures are completely phase separated in their equilibria.

  14. Strong enhancement of Penning ionization for asymmetric atom pairs in cold Rydberg gases: the Tom and Jerry effect

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    Efimov, D K


    We consider Penning ionization of Rydberg atom pairs as an Auger-type process induced by the dipole-dipole interaction and employ semiclassical formulae for dipole transitions to calculate the autoionization width as a function of the principal quantum numbers, n d, n i, of both atoms. While for symmetric atom pairs with the well-known increase of the autoionization width with increasing n 0 is obtained, the result for asymmetric pairs is counterintuitive - for a fixed n i of the ionizing atom of the pair, the autoionization width strongly increases with decreasing n d of the de-excited atom. For H Rydberg atoms this increase reaches two orders of magnitude at the maximum of the n d dependence, and the same type of counterintuitive behavior is exhibited also by Na, Rb and Cs atoms. This is a purely quantum-mechanical effect, which points towards existence of optimal (we call them \\'Tom\\' and \\'Jerry\\' for \\'big\\' and \\'small\\') pairs of Rydberg atoms with respect to autoionization efficiency. Building on the model of population redistribution in cold Rydberg gases proposed in [1], we demonstrate that population evolution following the initial laser excitation of Rydberg atoms in state n 0 would eventually lead to the formation of such Tom-Jerry pairs with which feature autoionization widths that are enhanced by several orders of magnitude compared to that of two atoms in the initial laser-excited state n 0. We also show that in the high-density regime of cold Rydberg gas experiments the ionization rate of Tom-Jerry pairs can be substantially larger than the blackbody radiation-induced photoionization rate. © 2016 IOP Publishing Ltd.

  15. Optical Measurements of Strong Radio-Frequency Fields Using Rydberg Atoms (United States)

    Miller, Stephanie Anne

    There has recently been an initiative toward establishing atomic measurement standards for field quantities, including radio-frequency, millimeter-wave, and micro-wave electric fields. Current measurement standards are obtained using dipole antennas, which are fundamentally limited in frequency bandwidth (set by the physical size of the antenna) and accuracy (due to the metal perturbing the field during the measurement). Establishing an atomic standard rectifies these problems. My thesis work contributes to an ongoing effort towards establishing the viability of using Rydberg electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) to perform atom-based measurements of radio-frequency (RF) fields over a wide range of frequencies and field strengths, focusing on strong-field measurements. Rydberg atoms are atoms with an electron excited to a high principal quantum number, resulting in a high sensitivity to an applied field. A model based on Floquet theory is implemented to accurately describe the observed atomic energy level shifts from which information about the field is extracted. Additionally, the effects due to the different electric field domains within the measurement volume are accurately modeled. Absolute atomic measurements of fields up to 296 V/m within a +/-0.35% relative uncertainty are demonstrated. This is the strongest field measured at the time of data publication. Moreover, the uncertainty is over an order of magnitude better than that of current standards. A vacuum chamber setup that I implemented during my graduate studies is presented and its unique components are detailed. In this chamber, cold-atom samples are generated and Rydberg atoms are optically excited within the ground-state sample. The Rydberg ion detection and imaging procedure are discussed, particularly the high magnification that the system provides. By analyzing the position of the ions, the spatial correlation g(2) (r) of Rydberg-atom distributions can be extracted. Aside from ion

  16. Many-body dynamics of driven-dissipative Rydberg cavity polaritons (United States)

    Pistorius, Tim; Fan, Jingtao; Weimer, Hendrik


    The usage of photons as long-range information carriers has greatly increased the interest in systems with nonlinear optical properties in recent years. The nonlinearity is easily achievable in Rydberg mediums through the strong van der Waals interaction which makes them one of the best candidates for such a system. Here, we propose a way to analyze the steady state solutions of a Rydberg medium in a cavity through the combination of the variational principle for open quantum systems and the P-distribution of the density matrix. To get a better understanding of the many-body-dynamics a transformation into the polariton picture is performed and investigated. Volkswagen Foundation, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.

  17. A Hamiltonian for the inclusion of spin effects in long-range Rydberg molecules

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    Eiles, Matthew T


    The interaction between a Rydberg electron and a neutral atom situated inside its extended orbit is described via contact interactions for each atom-electron scattering channel. In ultracold environments, these interactions lead to ultra-long-range molecular states with binding energies typically ranging from $10$-$10^4$MHz. These energies are comparable to the relativistic and hyperfine structure of the separate atomic components. Studies of molecular formation aiming to reproduce observations with spectroscopic accuracy must therefore include the hyperfine splitting of the neutral atom and the spin-orbit splittings of both the Rydberg atom and the electron-atom interaction. Adiabatic potential energy curves that fully include these additional effects are presented for Rb$_2$ and Cs$_2$. The influence of spin degrees of freedom on the potential energy curves and molecular multipole moments probed in recent experimental work is elucidated and contrasted with other recent theoretical effort in this direction.

  18. Spin squeezing and Schrödinger cat generation in atomic samples with Rydberg blockade

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    Opatrný, Tomáš; Mølmer, Klaus


    to Rydberg states and an effective Jx interaction implemented by a resonant Raman coupling between the atomic ground states. Dynamical evolution both with a constant Hamiltonian and with adiabatic variation of the two interaction terms is studied. We show that by the application of further resonant laser......A scheme is proposed to prepare squeezed states and Schrödinger-cat-like states of the collective spin degrees of freedom associated with a pair of ground states in an atomic ensemble. The scheme uses an effective Jaynes-Cummings interaction which can be provided by excitation of the atoms...

  19. Photoionization study of doubly-excited helium at ultra-high resolution

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    Kaindl, G.; Schulz, K.; Domke, M. [Freie Universitaet Berlin (Germany)] [and others


    Ever since the pioneering work of Madden & Codling and Cooper, Fano & Prats on doubly-excited helium in the early sixties, this system may be considered as prototypical for the study of electron-electron correlations. More detailed insight into these states could be reached only much later, when improved theoretical calculations of the optically-excited {sup 1}P{sup 0} double-excitation states became available and sufficiently high energy resolution ({delta}E=4.0 meV) was achieved. This allowed a systematic investigation of the double-excitation resonances of He up to excitation energies close to the double-ionization threshold, I{sub infinity}=79.003 eV, which stimulated renewed theoretical interest into these correlated electron states. The authors report here on striking progress in energy resolution in this grazing-incidence photon-energy range of grating monochromators and its application to hitherto unobservable states of doubly-excited He. By monitoring an extremely narrow double-excitation resonance of He, with a theoretical lifetime width of less than or equal to 5 {mu}eV, a resolution of {delta}E=1.0 meV (FWHM) at 64.1 eV could be achieved. This ultra-high spectral resolution, combined with high photon flux, allowed the investigation of new Rydberg resonances below the N=3 ionization threshold, I{sub 3}, as well as a detailed comparison with ab-initio calculations.

  20. Depolarization of the 4{sup 1}D{sub 2} state of a helium atom by charged particles in beam plasma discharge

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    Kazantsev, S.A.; Luchinkina, V.V.; Mezentsev, A.P.; Mustafaev, A.S.; Rebane, V.N.; Rys, A.G.; Stepanov, Yu.L. [St. Petersburg (Russian Federation)


    Depolarization of the 4{sup 1}D{sub 2}-2{sup 1}P{sub 1} spectra line of He atoms caused by collisions with charged particles in beam plasma discharge is investigated both experimentally and theoretically. A comparison is made between the values of the rate constant for the collisional breakdown of alignment of helium atoms in the 4{sup 1}D{sub 2} state calculated from the theory of collisional relaxation of atomic polarization moments and determined from the experimentally observed broadening of the Hanle signal contour with the increase of the beam discharge current. 23 refs., 6 figs.

  1. Charge state distribution of ^{86}Kr in hydrogen and helium gas charge strippers at 2.7  MeV/nucleon

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    H. Kuboki


    Full Text Available The charge state distributions of krypton (^{86}Kr with an energy of 2.7  MeV/nucleon were measured using hydrogen (H_{2} and helium (He gas charge strippers. A differential pumping system was constructed to confine H_{2} and He gases to a thickness sufficient for the charge state distributions to attain equilibrium. The mean charge states of ^{86}Kr in H_{2} and He gases attained equilibrium at 25.1 and 23.2, respectively, whereas the mean charge state in N_{2} gas at equilibrium was estimated to be less than 20. The charge distributions are successfully reproduced by the cross sections of ionization and electron capture processes optimized by a fitting procedure.

  2. Atom-surface studies with Rb Rydberg atoms (United States)

    Chao, Yuanxi; Sheng, Jiteng; Sedlacek, Jonathon; Shaffer, James


    We report on experimental and theoretical progress studying atom-surface interactions using rubidium Rydberg atoms. Rydberg atoms can be strongly coupled to surface phonon polariton (SPhP) modes of a dielectric material. The coherent interaction between Rydberg atoms and SPhPs has potential applications for quantum hybrid devices. Calculations of TM-mode SPhPs on engineered surfaces of periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN) and lithium tantalate (PPLT) for different periodic domains and surface orientations, as well as natural materials such as quartz, are presented. Our SPhP calculations account for the semi-infinite anisotropic nature of the materials. In addition to theoretical calculations, we show experimental results of measurements of adsorbate fields and coupling of Rydberg atoms to SPhPs on quartz.

  3. Helium-cooled high temperature reactors

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    Trauger, D.B.


    Experience with several helium cooled reactors has been favorable, and two commercial plants are now operating. Both of these units are of the High Temperature Graphite Gas Cooled concept, one in the United States and the other in the Federal Republic of Germany. The initial helium charge for a reactor of the 1000 MW(e) size is modest, approx.15,000 kg.

  4. Fiber-coupled Vapor Cell for Rydberg Electromagnetically-induced Transparency (United States)

    Simons, Matthew; Gordon, Joshua; Holloway, Christopher


    Rydberg atom-based RF electric field (E-field) measurements have the potential to become a new standard for RF calibrations. Rydberg states of alkali atoms (Cs, Rb) are coupled through electromagnetically-induced transparency (EIT), where an RF field can interact, causing Autler-Townes splitting. The split is proportional to the strength of the RF E-field, providing an SI-traceable, self-calibrated method for RF E-field metrology. A necessary step towards developing this technique as a new standard is the ability to directly compare the atom-based probe to existing E-field probes. Previously, this technique has been confined to the optical table, making measurements in typical RF calibration environments impossible. We demonstrate a fiber-coupled Cs vapor cell, with counter-propagating fields coupled through the cell via GRIN lenses, supporting Rydberg EIT. This probe can be scanned over printed circuit boards and co-planar waveguides, and placed in environments such as TEM cells and anechoic chambers.

  5. On the localization of Rydberg wave packets (United States)

    Chatterjee, Supriya; Saha, Aparna; Talukdar, Benoy


    The Husimi distribution function is used to study the phase-space localization of Rydberg wave packets produced in a quasi one-dimensional hydrogen atom by the impact of half-cycle pulses (HCPs). The wave packet in a single-kicked atom exhibits transient phase-space localization. A weak second time-delayed HCP is found to extend the time of localization provided it is applied when the wave packet is near the inner turning point of the classical electron trajectory and momentum-transfer vectors of the first and the second kicks have the same sign. Alternatively, application of a similar second HCP increases the atomic ionization probability if the momentum-transfer vectors of the two kicks have opposite directions.

  6. Closed-cycle cold helium magic-angle spinning for sensitivity-enhanced multi-dimensional solid-state NMR (United States)

    Matsuki, Yoh; Nakamura, Shinji; Fukui, Shigeo; Suematsu, Hiroto; Fujiwara, Toshimichi


    Magic-angle spinning (MAS) NMR is a powerful tool for studying molecular structure and dynamics, but suffers from its low sensitivity. Here, we developed a novel helium-cooling MAS NMR probe system adopting a closed-loop gas recirculation mechanism. In addition to the sensitivity gain due to low temperature, the present system has enabled highly stable MAS (vR = 4-12 kHz) at cryogenic temperatures (T = 35-120 K) for over a week without consuming helium at a cost for electricity of 16 kW/h. High-resolution 1D and 2D data were recorded for a crystalline tri-peptide sample at T = 40 K and B0 = 16.4 T, where an order of magnitude of sensitivity gain was demonstrated versus room temperature measurement. The low-cost and long-term stable MAS strongly promotes broader application of the brute-force sensitivity-enhanced multi-dimensional MAS NMR, as well as dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP)-enhanced NMR in a temperature range lower than 100 K.

  7. Closed-cycle cold helium magic-angle spinning for sensitivity-enhanced multi-dimensional solid-state NMR. (United States)

    Matsuki, Yoh; Nakamura, Shinji; Fukui, Shigeo; Suematsu, Hiroto; Fujiwara, Toshimichi


    Magic-angle spinning (MAS) NMR is a powerful tool for studying molecular structure and dynamics, but suffers from its low sensitivity. Here, we developed a novel helium-cooling MAS NMR probe system adopting a closed-loop gas recirculation mechanism. In addition to the sensitivity gain due to low temperature, the present system has enabled highly stable MAS (vR=4-12 kHz) at cryogenic temperatures (T=35-120 K) for over a week without consuming helium at a cost for electricity of 16 kW/h. High-resolution 1D and 2D data were recorded for a crystalline tri-peptide sample at T=40 K and B0=16.4 T, where an order of magnitude of sensitivity gain was demonstrated versus room temperature measurement. The low-cost and long-term stable MAS strongly promotes broader application of the brute-force sensitivity-enhanced multi-dimensional MAS NMR, as well as dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP)-enhanced NMR in a temperature range lower than 100 K. Copyright © 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. A study of the valence shell electronic states of s-triazine by photoabsorption spectroscopy and ab initio calculations

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    Holland, D.M.P.; Shaw, D.A.; Stener, Mauro


    absorption bands due to excitation from the 1e00 or 6e0 orbitals. The interpretation of the experimental spectrum has been guided by transition energies and oscillator strengths, for Rydberg and valence states, calculated with the time-dependent version of density functional theory and with the coupled...... cluster linear response approach. The theoretical studies indicate that Rydberg/Rydberg and Rydberg/valence mixing is important....

  9. Steady state heat transfer experimental studies of LHC superconducting cables operating in cryogenic environment of superfluid helium

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    Santandrea, Dario; Tuccillo, Raffaele; Granieri, Pier Paolo

    The heat management is a basic and fundamental aspect of the superconducting magnets used in the CERN Large Hadron Collider. Indeed, the coil temperature must be kept below the critical value, despite the heat which can be generated or deposited in the magnet during the normal operations. Therefore, this thesis work aims at determining the heating power which can be extracted from the superconducting cables of the LHC, specially through their electrical insulation which represents the main thermal barrier. An experimental measurement campaign in superfluid helium bath was performed on several samples reproducting the main LHC magnets. The heating power was generated in the sample by Joule heating and the temperature increase was measured by means of Cernox bare chip and thermocouples. An innovative instrumentation technique which also includes the in-situ calibration of the thermocouples was developed. A thorough uncertainty analysis on the overall measurement chain concluded the experimental setup. The prese...

  10. Rydberg atoms in low-frequency fields : fundamental aspects and applications

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    Gürtler, Andreas Stefan


    In this thesis we investigate highly excited atoms, so-called Rydberg atoms, in oscillating fields with frequencies from the megahertz to the terahertz domain. The strong interaction of Rydberg atoms with external fields is used to establish a connection between the ionization of Rydberg atoms by

  11. Deep permeable fault-controlled helium transport and limited mantle flux in two extensional geothermal systems in the Great Basin, United States (United States)

    Banerjee, Amlan; Person, Mark; Hofstra, Albert; Sweetkind, Donald S.; Cohen, Denis; Sabin, Andrew; Unruh, Jeff; Zyvoloski, George; Gable, Carl W.; Crossey, Laura; Karlstrom, Karl


    This study assesses the relative importance of deeply circulating meteoric water and direct mantle fluid inputs on near-surface 3He/4He anomalies reported at the Coso and Beowawe geothermal fields of the western United States. The depth of meteoric fluid circulation is a critical factor that controls the temperature, extent of fluid-rock isotope exchange, and mixing with deeply sourced fluids containing mantle volatiles. The influence of mantle fluid flux on the reported helium anomalies appears to be negligible in both systems. This study illustrates the importance of deeply penetrating permeable fault zones (10-12 to 10-15 m2) in focusing groundwater and mantle volatiles with high 3He/4He ratios to shallow crustal levels. These continental geothermal systems are driven by free convection.

  12. Properties of Th4+ and Th3+ from rf spectroscopy of high-L thorium Rydberg ions (United States)

    Keele, Julie Adel

    Several properties of radon-like Th4+ and francium-like Th3+ were determined from measurements of high-L Rydberg fine structure in Th3+ and Th2+ ions. The measurements were carried out using the resonant excitation Stark ionization spectroscopy (RESIS) technique to detect rf transitions between levels in the same n. The measured Rydberg fine structures were then fit to an effective potential model, and the properties of the ions were extracted. Properties of the 1S0 ground state of Th4+ extracted from the measurements of the n=37 Th3+ Rydberg fine structure were the scalar dipole polarizability, alpha D,0=7.702(6)a.u. and the scalar quadrupole polarizability, alphaQ,0=29.1(1.6) a.u. The Th2+ Rydberg fine structure is much more complex since the ground state of Th3+ is a 2 F5/2, and the presence of low-lying excited states cause non-adiabatic effects in the fine structure which are not well described by the effective potential. To extract the properties, non-adiabatic corrections had to be calculated. The properties of Th3+ extracted were the permanent quadrupole moment, Q=0.5931(14)a.u. , the scalar and tensor dipole polarizabilities, alpha D,0=15.224(33)a.u. and alpha D,2=--5.30(11)a.u., the permanent hexadecapole moment, pi=--0.69(28)a.u., and the reduced dipole and octupole matrix elements coupling the ground state to the 6 d 2D3/2 state, ||=1.436(2) a.u. and ||=3.3(1.1) a.u.

  13. Phase diagram and dynamics of Rydberg-dressed fermions in two dimensions (United States)

    Khasseh, Reyhaneh; Abedinpour, Saeed H.; Tanatar, B.


    We investigate the ground-state properties and the collective modes of a two-dimensional two-component Rydberg-dressed Fermi liquid in the dipole-blockade regime. We find instability of the homogeneous system toward phase-separated and density ordered phases, using the Hartree-Fock and random-phase approximations, respectively. The spectral weight of collective density oscillations in the homogenous phase also signals the emergence of density-wave instability. We examine the effect of exchange hole on the density-wave instability and on the collective-mode dispersion using the Hubbard local-field factor.

  14. Field-ionization threshold and its induced "ionization window" phenomenon for Rydberg atoms in a short single-cycle pulse

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    Yang, B C


    We study the field-ionization threshold behavior when a Rydberg atom is ionized by a short single-cycle pulse field. Both hydrogen and sodium atoms are considered. The required threshold field amplitude is found to scale \\emph{inversely} with the binding energy when the pulse duration becomes shorter than the classical Rydberg period, and, thus, more weakly bound electrons require larger fields for ionization. This threshold scaling behavior is confirmed by both 3D classical trajectory Monte Carlo simulations and numerically solving the time-dependent Schr\\"{o}dinger equation. More surprisingly, the same scaling behavior in the short pulse limit is also followed by the ionization thresholds for much lower bound states, including the hydrogen ground state. An analytic formula is obtained based on a simple model, and the dominant ionization mechanism is identified as a nonzero spatial displacement of the electron. Based on these observations, an "ionization window" is shown to exist for the ionization of Rydber...

  15. Multibit CkNOT quantum gates via Rydberg blockade

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    Isenhower, L.; Saffman, Mark; Mølmer, Klaus


    Long range Rydberg blockade interactions have the potential for efficient implementation of quantum gates between multiple atoms. Here we present and analyze a protocol for implementation of a k-atom controlled NOT (CkNOT) neutral atom gate. This gate can be implemented using sequential or simult......Long range Rydberg blockade interactions have the potential for efficient implementation of quantum gates between multiple atoms. Here we present and analyze a protocol for implementation of a k-atom controlled NOT (CkNOT) neutral atom gate. This gate can be implemented using sequential...

  16. van der Waals interaction potential between Rydberg atoms near surfaces (United States)

    Block, Johannes; Scheel, Stefan


    van der Waals interactions, as a result of the exchange of photons between particles, can be altered by modifying the environment through which these photons propagate. As a consequence, phenomena such as the Rydberg blockade mechanism between highly excited atoms or excitons can be controlled by adding reflecting surfaces. We provide the quantum electrodynamic framework for the van der Waals interaction in the nonretarded limit that is relevant for long-wavelength transitions, such as those between Rydberg systems, and show its intimate connection with common static dipole-dipole interactions, thereby providing a generalization to include macroscopic bodies.

  17. The helium question. (United States)

    Cook, E


    Helium appears indispensable for certain energy-related uses that may be important 50 years from now, when helium-bearing natural gas, a much cheaper source than air, may be exhausted. Present demand, however, is lower than productive capacity, and much helium is being dissipated into the atmosphere as natural gas is burned for fuel. Controversy over the need for a government-directed helium-conservation program reflects fundamental differences in viewpoints on the economic future of industrial society, on the limits of substitution of labor and capital for a depleting resource, and on intergenerational equity and risk-bearing.

  18. Exotic quantum clusters and non-equilibrium dynamics of Rydberg excitations in one-dimensional optical lattices (United States)

    Mattioli, Marco


    In this mini-review, we report results from M. Mattioli, et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 165302 (2013)], M. Dalmonte, et al. [Phys. Rev. B 92, 045106 (2015)] and M. Mattioli, et al. [New J. Phys. 17, 113039 (2015)], where it is shown that Rydberg atoms trapped in one-dimensional optical lattices are a useful tool to investigate the equilibrium phase diagram and the non-equilibrium dynamics of extended Hubbard models and Kinetically Constrained Models, respectively. Atoms weakly-dressed to an high-lying Rydberg state, which interact with a constant potential extended over several lattice sites, can be in an exotic quantum liquid state, the cluster Luttinger liquid phase [42, 43]. Furthermore, we show how a many-body model of interacting three-level atoms in the V-shaped configuration, where one of the level is a Rydberg state, might relax to equilibrium according to the same rules, so-called kinetic constraints, which are known to reproduce the characteristic dynamical arrest and separation of timescales of real glass-forming materials [62].

  19. Doubly-excited state effects on two-photon double ionization of helium by time-delayed, oppositely circularly-polarized attosecond pulses (United States)

    Ngoko Djiokap, J. M.; Starace, Anthony F.


    We study two-photon double ionization (TPDI) of helium by a pair of time-delayed (non-overlapping), oppositely circularly-polarized attosecond pulses whose carrier frequencies are resonant with 1P o doubly-excited states. All of our TPDI results are obtained by numerical solution of the two-electron time-dependent Schrödinger equation for the six-dimensional case of circularly-polarized attosecond pulses, and they are analyzed using perturbation theory (PT). As compared with the corresponding nonresonant TPDI process, we find that the doubly-excited states change the character of vortex patterns in the two-electron momentum distributions for the case of back-to-back detection of the two ionized electrons in the polarization plane. The doubly-excited states also completely change the structure of fixed-energy, two-electron angular distributions. Moreover, both the fixed-energy and energy-integrated angular distributions, as well as the two-electron energy distributions, exhibit a periodicity with time delay τ between the two attosecond pulses of about 69 as, i.e. the beat period between the (2s2p){}1{{{P}}}o doubly-excited state and the He ground state. Using PT we derive an expression for an angle-integrated energy distribution that is sensitive to the slower beat period ∼1.2 fs between different doubly-excited states as well as to the long timescale ∼17 fs of autoionization lifetimes. However, with our current computer codes we are only able to study numerically the time-dependent phenomena occurring on an attosecond time scale.

  20. Analysis of high- n dielectronic Rydberg satellites in the spectra of Na -like Zn XX and Mg -like Zn XIX. (United States)

    Fournier, K B; Faenov, A Ya; Pikuz, T A; Magunov, A I; Skobelev, I Yu; Flora, F; Bollanti, S; Di Lazzaro, P; Murra, D; Belyaev, V S; Vinogradov, V I; Kyrilov, A S; Matafonov, A P; Francucci, M; Martellucci, S; Petrocelli, G


    We have observed spectra from highly charged zinc ions in a variety of laser-produced plasmas. Spectral features that are Na - and Mg -like satellites to high- n Rydberg transitions in the Ne -like Zn XXI spectrum are analyzed and modeled. Identifications and analysis are made by comparison with highly accurate atomic structure calculations and steady state collisional-radiative models. Each observed Zn XX and Zn XIX feature comprises up to approximately 2 dozen individual transitions, these transitions are excited principally by dielectronic recombination through autoionizing levels in Na - and Mg -like Zn19+ and Zn18+. We find these satellites to be ubiquitous in laser-produced plasmas formed by lasers with pulse lengths that span four orders of magnitude, from 1 ps to approximately 10 ns. The diagnostic potential of these Rydberg satellite lines is demonstrated.

  1. Design, Fabrication, Installation and Commissioning of the Helium Refrigeration system Supporting Superconducting Radio Frequency Testing at Facility for Rare Isotope Beams at Michigan State University (United States)

    Casagrande, F.; Fila, A.; Nguyen, C.; Tatsumoto, H.


    The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) will be a scientific user facility for the Office of Nuclear Physics in the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC). The FRIB linear accelerator (LINAC) will be comprised of cryomodules each with multiple Superconducting Radio Frequency (SRF) cavities operating at 2 K. A helium refrigeration system was designed, fabricated, installed and commissioned in the SRF high bay building to test and certify these cavities and cryomodules before installation in the FRIB LINAC tunnel. The helium refrigeration system includes a helium refrigerator which has nominal capacity of 900 W at 4 K, 5000 L liquid helium storage Dewar, helium gas storage, two room temperature vacuum pumps capable of 2.5 g/s each for 2 K testing, purifier, purifier recovery compressor, and the distribution system for liquid nitrogen and helium. The helium refrigeration system is now operational supporting three below grade cavity testing Dewars and one cryomodule testing bunker meeting the required throughput of 1 cavity per day.

  2. Review of Membranes for Helium Separation and Purification (United States)

    Scholes, Colin A.; Ghosh, Ujjal K.


    Membrane gas separation has potential for the recovery and purification of helium, because the majority of membranes have selectivity for helium. This review reports on the current state of the research and patent literature for membranes undertaking helium separation. This includes direct recovery from natural gas, as an ancillary stage in natural gas processing, as well as niche applications where helium recycling has potential. A review of the available polymeric and inorganic membranes for helium separation is provided. Commercial gas separation membranes in comparable gas industries are discussed in terms of their potential in helium separation. Also presented are the various membrane process designs patented for the recovery and purification of helium from various sources, as these demonstrate that it is viable to separate helium through currently available polymeric membranes. This review places a particular focus on those processes where membranes are combined in series with another separation technology, commonly pressure swing adsorption. These combined processes have the most potential for membranes to produce a high purity helium product. The review demonstrates that membrane gas separation is technically feasible for helium recovery and purification, though membranes are currently only applied in niche applications focused on reusing helium rather than separation from natural sources. PMID:28218644

  3. Electron Rydberg wave packets in one-dimensional atoms

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)

    An expression for the transition probability or form factor in one-dimensional Rydberg atom irradiated by short half-cycle pulse was constructed. In applicative contexts, our expression was found to be more useful than the corresponding result given by Landau and Lifshitz. Using the new expression for the form factor, the ...

  4. Effect of photoions on the line shape of the Foerster resonance lines and microwave transitions in cold rubidium Rydberg atoms

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    Tretyakov, D. B.; Beterov, I. I.; Entin, V. M.; Yakshina, E. A.; Ryabtsev, I. I., E-mail: [Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Semiconductor Physics, Siberian Branch (Russian Federation); Dyubko, S. F.; Alekseev, E. A.; Pogrebnyak, N. L. [National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Institute of Radio Astronomy (Ukraine); Bezuglov, N. N. [St. Petersburg State University (Russian Federation); Arimondo, E. [Universita di Pisa (Italy)


    Experiments are carried out on the spectroscopy of the Foerster resonance lines Rb(37P) + Rb(37P) {yields} Rb(37S) + Rb(38S) and microwave transitions nP {yields} n Prime S, n Prime D between Rydberg states of cold rubidium atoms in a magneto-optical trap (MOT). Under ordinary conditions, all spectra exhibit a linewidth of 2-3 MHz irrespective of the interaction time between atoms or between atoms and microwave radiation, although the limit resonance width should be determined by the inverse interaction time. The analysis of experimental conditions has shown that the main source of line broadening is the inhomogeneous electric field of cold photoions that are generated under the excitation of initial nP Rydberg states by broadband pulsed laser radiation. The application of an additional electric-field pulse that rapidly extracts photoions produced by a laser pulse leads to a considerable narrowing of lines of microwave resonances and the Foerster resonance. Various sources of line broadening in cold Rydberg atoms are analyzed.

  5. Electromagnetically induced transparency with Rydberg atoms across the Breit-Rabi regime

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    Naber, J B; Heuvell, H B van Linden van den; Spreeuw, R J C


    We present experimental results on the influence of magnetic fields and laser polarization on electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) using Rydberg levels of $^{87}$Rb atoms. The measurements are performed in a room temperature vapor cell with two counter-propagating laser beams at 480nm and 780nm in a ladder-type energy level scheme. We measure the EIT spectrum of a range of $ns_{1/2}$ Rydberg states for $n=19-27$, where the hyperfine structure can still be resolved. Our measurements span the range of magnetic fields from the low field linear Zeeman regime to the high field Paschen-Back regimes. The observed spectra are very sensitive to small changes in magnetic fields and the polarization of the laser beams. We model our observations using optical Bloch equations that take into account the full multi-level structure of the atomic states involved and the decoupling of the electronic $J$ and nuclear $I$ angular momenta in the Breit-Rabi regime. The numerical model yields excellent agreement with the o...

  6. Quench dynamics of a dissipative Rydberg gas in the classical and quantum regimes (United States)

    Gribben, Dominic; Lesanovsky, Igor; Gutiérrez, Ricardo


    Understanding the nonequilibrium behavior of quantum systems is a major goal of contemporary physics. Much research is currently focused on the dynamics of many-body systems in low-dimensional lattices following a quench, i.e., a sudden change of parameters. Already such a simple setting poses substantial theoretical challenges for the investigation of the real-time postquench quantum dynamics. In classical many-body systems, the Kolmogorov-Mehl-Johnson-Avrami model describes the phase transformation kinetics of a system that is quenched across a first-order phase transition. Here, we show that a similar approach can be applied for shedding light on the quench dynamics of an interacting gas of Rydberg atoms, which has become an important experimental platform for the investigation of quantum nonequilibrium effects. We are able to gain an analytical understanding of the time evolution following a sudden quench from an initial state devoid of Rydberg atoms and identify strikingly different behaviors of the excitation growth in the classical and quantum regimes. Our approach allows us to describe quenches near a nonequilibrium phase transition and provides an approximate analytical solution deep in the quantum domain.

  7. Excitonlike exchange in two-photon transitions of pairs of cold Rb Rydberg atoms (United States)

    Lee, Jeonghun; Kongkhambut, Phatthamon; Gallagher, T. F.


    We have observed an excitonlike exchange in two-photon microwave transitions between pairs of cold Rb Rydberg atoms, specifically, transitions in which a n s1 /2n s1 /2 pair undergoes the transition to the n p1 /2n p3 /2 and n p3 /2n p1 /2 states. This transition occurs due to the excitonlike n s1 /2n pj↔n pjn s1 /2 exchange in the intermediate states, and the process can be thought of as a Förster resonant energy transfer between Floquet, or dressed, states. In addition, the measurements provide clear evidence of the importance of the three-dimensional nature of the dipole-dipole interaction.

  8. The helium-graphite interaction

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    Joly, F.; Lhuillier, C.; Brami, B. (Lab. de Physique Theorique des Liquides, Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie, 75 - Paris (France))


    We propose a very simple empirical form of the helium-on-graphite potential, which reproduces the energy of the six known bound states, the experimental average distance of the {sup 4}He atom from the surface in the ground state and the correct asymptotic behaviour of the interaction. This optimized potential is used to compute the binding energy of a {sup 3}He atom on the same substrate. The agreement between the theoretical predictions and the experimental results is a check of the set of variational parameters. (orig.).

  9. The core helium flash (United States)

    Cole, P. W.; Deupree, R. G.


    The role of convection in the core helium flash is simulated by two-dimensional eddies interacting with the thermonuclear runaway. These eddies are followed by the explicit solution of the two-dimensional conservation laws with a two-dimensional finite difference hydrodynamics code. Thus, no phenomenological theory of convection such as the local mixing length theory is required. The core helium flash is violent, producing a deflagration wave. This differs from the detonation wave (and subsequent disruption of the entire star) produced in previous spherically symmetric violent core helium flashes as the second dimension provides a degree of relief which allows the expansion wave to decouple itself from the burning front. The results predict that a considerable amount of helium in the core will be burned before the horizontal branch is reached and that some envelope mass loss is likely.

  10. The Descending Helium Balloon (United States)

    Helseth, Lars Egil


    I describe a simple and fascinating experiment wherein helium leaks out of a rubber balloon, thereby causing it to descend. An estimate of the volumetric leakage rate is made by measuring its rate of descent.

  11. Quenching of the resonance 5s(3P1) state of krypton atoms in collisions with krypton and helium atoms (United States)

    Zayarnyi, D. A.; L'dov, A. Yu; Kholin, I. V.


    The processes of collision quenching of the resonance 5s[3/2]1o(3P1) state of the krypton atom are studied by the absorption probe method in electron-beam-excited high-pressure He - Kr mixtures with a low content of krypton. The rate constants of plasmochemical reactions Kr* + Kr + He → Kr*2 + He [(4.21 ± 0.42) × 10-33 cm6 s-1], Kr* + 2He → HeKr* + He [(4.5 ± 1.2) × 10-36 cm6 s-1] and Kr* + He → products + He [(2.21 ± 0.22) × 10-15 cm3 s-1] are measured for the first time. The rate constants of similar reactions are refined for krypton in the metastable 5s[3/2]2o (3P2) state.

  12. Inversion symmetry breaking of atomic bound states in strong and short laser fields

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    Stooß, Veit; Ott, Christian; Blättermann, Alexander; Ding, Thomas; Pfeifer, Thomas


    In any atomic species, the spherically symmetric potential originating from the charged nucleus results in fundamental symmetry properties governing the structure of atomic states and transition rules between them. If atoms are exposed to external electric fields, these properties are modified giving rise to energy shifts such as the AC Stark-effect in varying fields and, contrary to this in a constant (DC) electric field for high enough field strengths, the breaking of the atomic symmetry which causes fundamental changes in the atom's properties. This has already been observed for atomic Rydberg states with high principal quantum numbers. Here, we report on the observation of symmetry breaking effects in Helium atoms for states with principal quantum number n=2 utilizing strong visible laser fields. These findings were enabled by temporally resolving the dynamics better than the sub-optical cycle of the applied laser field, utilizing the method of attosecond transient absorption spectroscopy (ATAS). We ident...

  13. Efficient two-step Positronium laser excitation to Rydberg levels

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    Cialdi, S.; Boscolo, I.; Castelli, F. [Universita degli Studi di Milano, via Celoria 16, 20133 Milano (Italy); Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, sezione di Milano, via Celoria 16, 20133 Milano (Italy); Villa, F., E-mail: [Universita degli Studi di Milano, via Celoria 16, 20133 Milano (Italy); Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, sezione di Milano, via Celoria 16, 20133 Milano (Italy); Ferrari, G. [INO-CNR BEC Center, via Sommarive 14, 38123 Povo, Trento (Italy); LENS-Universita di Firenze, via Carrara 1, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (Italy); Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Gruppo collegato di Trento, via Sommarive 14, 38123 Povo, Trento (Italy); Giammarchi, M.G. [Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, sezione di Milano, via Celoria 16, 20133 Milano (Italy)


    Antihydrogen production by charge exchange reaction between Positronium atoms and antiprotons requires efficient excitation of Positronium atoms up to high-n levels (Rydberg levels). A two-step optical excitation, the first from ground to n=3 and the second from this level to a Rydberg level, is proposed and a suitable laser system is discussed. The requirements on the energy and bandwidth of the excitation laser suggest the use of optical parametric generation technology for both wavelengths. The laser system is composed by two subsystems: one for the generation of 205 nm radiation and the other for the generation of 1670 nm radiation. We have separately developed and tested the laser sources and results are here presented.

  14. Non-Hydrogenic Rydberg Atoms in Magnetic Fields


    P. A., DANDO; T. S., MONTEIRO; W., JANS; W., SCHWEIZER; Department of Mathematics, Royal Holloway, University of London; Lehrstuhl fur Theoretische Astrophysik, University Tubingen


    The classical and quantal dynamics of non-hydrogenic Rydberg atoms in magnetic fields are investigated. Previous attempts to infer classical behaviour from quantum properties produced conflicting results: at low scaled energies (ε=-0.5) the nearest-neighbour statistics (NNS) were found to be at the chaotic (Wigner) limit while quantum phase-space distributions suggested a high degree of regularity. Here the classical limit is investigated directly by solving the equations of motion of the Dia...

  15. Quenching of krypton atoms in the metastable 5s (3P2) state in collisions with krypton and helium atoms (United States)

    Zayarnyi, D. A.; L'dov, A. Yu; Kholin, I. V.


    We have used the absorption probe method to study the processes of collisional quenching of the metastable 5s [3/2]o2(3P2) state of the krypton atom in electron-beam-excited high-pressure He - Kr mixtures with a low content of krypton. The rate constants of plasma-chemical reactions Kr* + Kr + He → Kr*2+He [(2.88 +/- 0.29) × 10-33 cm6 s-1], Kr* + 2He → HeKr* + He [(4.6 +/- 1.3) × 10-36 cm6 s-1] and Kr* + He → products + He [(1.51 +/- 0.15) × 10-15 cm3 s-1] are measured for the first time. The rate constants of similar reactions in the Ar - Kr mixture are refined.

  16. Coefficient of ultrasound transmission from liquid helium to aluminum in the intermediate state at T ≈ 0.1 K (United States)

    Zinov'eva, K. N.; Kondrat'ev, V. V.


    The coefficient α(θ) of ultrasound transmission from liquid 4He to an aluminum single crystal in intermediate, superconducting, and normal states at a temperature T ≈ 0.1 K is measured as a function of the polar angle θ at the azimuthal angle φ = 0. The experimental technique is based on the measurement of the Kapitza temperature jump at the interface between two media. The dependences of the transmission coefficient for the Rayleigh modes on the sound frequency (in the range 13-194 MHz) and the magnetic field strength are determined. It is demonstrated that the integrated transmission coefficient of the aluminum single crystal in the intermediate state at an angle θR larger than the critical value increases with an increase in the magnetic field strength. The integrals of the transmission coefficient in magnetic fields close to the field H c are independent of the frequency. In the vicinity of H = 0, the transmission coefficient at ν > 39 MHz increases only slightly with increasing frequency. At the lowest frequencies, the transmission coefficient increases anomalously as the frequency decreases. The experimental data are compared with the results obtained in the framework of the Andreev theory. Numerical calculations are performed and the dependences α(θ, φ) for bulk modes in the range corresponding to angles smaller than the critical value are constructed for the three principal planes of the crystal, i.e., the (001), (011), and (111) planes. The dependence α(θ) is obtained for the azimuthal angle φ = 0. The width of the Rayleigh peak is estimated.

  17. Quasiclassical calculations of BBR-induced depopulation rates and effective lifetimes of Rydberg nS, nP and nD alkali-metal atoms with n < 80


    Beterov, I. I.; Ryabtsev, I. I.; Tretyakov, D. B.; Entin, V. M.


    Rates of depopulation by blackbody radiation (BBR) and effective lifetimes of alkali-metal \\textit{nS}, \\textit{n}P and \\textit{nD} Rydberg states have been calculated in a wide range of principal quantum numbers $n \\le 80$ at the ambient temperatures of 77, 300 and 600 K. Quasiclassical formulas were used to calculate the radial matrix elements of the dipole transitions from Rydberg states. Good agreement of our numerical results with the available theoretical and experimental data has been ...

  18. Comment on "Entropy and complexity analysis of hydrogenic Rydberg atoms" [J. Math. Phys. 54, 052109 (2013) (United States)

    Jiao, Li Guang; Zan, Li Rong


    In a recent paper [S. López-Rosa et al., J. Math. Phys. 54, 052109 (2013)], the authors made detailed investigations on the information-theoretic quantities for hydrogenic atoms in Rydberg states. Asymptotic forms of different types of complexity measures (Crámer-Rao, Fisher-Shannon, and LMC types) in both position and momentum spaces were obtained for hydrogenic states (n,l,m) with fixed l and increasingly large n. However, the expressions for the Crámer-Rao complexity are incorrect due to the wrong definition of variance. The correct form of this complexity in position space is presented exactly in this work. In momentum space, two different definitions of variance are provided and corresponding Crámer-Rao complexities are discussed separately. In either case, the momentum complexity increases much faster than that in position space when increasing principal quantum number n.

  19. Investigations of levitated helium drops (United States)

    Whitaker, Dwight Lawrence


    We report on the development of two systems capable of levitating drops of liquid helium. Helium drops of ˜20 mum have been levitated with the radiation pressure from two counter-propagating Nd:YAG laser beams. Drops are produced with a submerged piezoelectric transducer, and could be held for up to three minutes in our optical trap. Calculations show that Brillouin and Raman scattering of the laser light in the liquid helium produces a negligible rate of evaporation of the drop. Evaporation caused by the enhanced vapor pressure of the curved drop surfaces appears to be a significant effect limiting the drop lifetimes. Helium drops as large as 2 cm in diameter have been suspended in the earth's gravitational field with a magnetic field. A commercial superconducting solenoid provides the necessary field, field-gradient product required to levitate the drops. Drops are cooled to 0.5 K with a helium-3 refrigerator, and can be held in the trap indefinitely. We have found that when two or more drops are levitated in the same magnetic trap, the drops often remain in a state of apparent contact without coalescing. This effect is a result of the evaporation of liquid from between the two drops, and is found to occur only for normal fluid drops. We can induce shape oscillations in charged, levitated drops with an applied ac electric field. We have measured the resonance frequencies and damping rates for the l = 2 mode of oscillation as function of temperature. We have also developed a theory to describe the small amplitude shape oscillations of a He II drop surrounded by its saturated vapor. In our theory, we have considered two sets of boundary conditions---one where the drop does not evaporate and another in which the liquid and vapor are in thermodynamic equilibrium. We have found that both solutions give a frequency that agrees well with experiment, but that the data for the damping rate agree better with the solution without evaporation.

  20. ARC: An open-source library for calculating properties of alkali Rydberg atoms (United States)

    Šibalić, N.; Pritchard, J. D.; Adams, C. S.; Weatherill, K. J.


    We present an object-oriented Python library for the computation of properties of highly-excited Rydberg states of alkali atoms. These include single-body effects such as dipole matrix elements, excited-state lifetimes (radiative and black-body limited) and Stark maps of atoms in external electric fields, as well as two-atom interaction potentials accounting for dipole and quadrupole coupling effects valid at both long and short range for arbitrary placement of the atomic dipoles. The package is cross-referenced to precise measurements of atomic energy levels and features extensive documentation to facilitate rapid upgrade or expansion by users. This library has direct application in the field of quantum information and quantum optics which exploit the strong Rydberg dipolar interactions for two-qubit gates, robust atom-light interfaces and simulating quantum many-body physics, as well as the field of metrology using Rydberg atoms as precise microwave electrometers. Program Files doi: Licensing provisions: BSD-3-Clause Programming language: Python 2.7 or 3.5, with C extension External Routines: NumPy [1], SciPy [1], Matplotlib [2] Nature of problem: Calculating atomic properties of alkali atoms including lifetimes, energies, Stark shifts and dipole-dipole interaction strengths using matrix elements evaluated from radial wavefunctions. Solution method: Numerical integration of radial Schrödinger equation to obtain atomic wavefunctions, which are then used to evaluate dipole matrix elements. Properties are calculated using second order perturbation theory or exact diagonalisation of the interaction Hamiltonian, yielding results valid even at large external fields or small interatomic separation. Restrictions: External electric field fixed to be parallel to quantisation axis. Supplementary material: Detailed documentation (.html), and Jupyter notebook with examples and benchmarking runs (.html and .ipynb). [1] T.E. Oliphant

  1. Information Storage and Processing in Rydberg Atoms (United States)


    The admixture of the orbital angular momentum states, | ITIL | = 0,1 in the two fine-structure eigenstates as well as the energy splitting, e, between...eigenstates are equal admixtures of the ITIL = 0 and | ITIL | = 1 states. Moreover, due to the spin-orbit coupling, the energy splitting between the...electron spin and orbital angular momentum and projects the wavepacket onto the | ITIL | = 0,1 eigenstates. Thus, we can specify the state vector, |vPm(T

  2. Cavitation in flowing superfluid helium (United States)

    Daney, D. E.


    Flowing superfluid helium cavitates much more readily than normal liquid helium, and there is a marked difference in the cavitation behavior of the two fluids as the lambda point is traversed. Examples of cavitation in a turbine meter and centrifugal pump are given, together with measurements of the cavitation strength of flowing superfluid helium. The unusual cavitation behavior of superfluid helium is attributed to its immense thermal conductivity .

  3. Screw Compressor Characteristics for Helium Refrigeration Systems (United States)

    Ganni, V.; Knudsen, P.; Creel, J.; Arenius, D.; Casagrande, F.; Howell, M.


    The oil injected screw compressors have practically replaced all other types of compressors in modern helium refrigeration systems due to their large displacement capacity, minimal vibration, reliability and capability of handling helium's high heat of compression. At the present state of compressor system designs for helium systems, typically two-thirds of the lost input power is due to the compression system. Therefore it is important to understand the isothermal and volumetric efficiencies of these machines to help properly design these compression systems to match the refrigeration process. This presentation summarizes separate tests that have been conducted on Sullair compressors at the Superconducting Super-Collider Laboratory (SSCL) in 1993, Howden compressors at Jefferson Lab (JLab) in 2006 and Howden compressors at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) in 2006. This work is part of an ongoing study at JLab to understand the theoretical basis for these efficiencies and their loss mechanisms, as well as to implement practical solutions.

  4. Electron correlation for helium-like atoms

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    Roy, U. [Visvabharati Univ., Santiniketan (India). Dept. of Comput. Sci.; Talukdar, B. [Visvabharati Univ., Santiniketan (India). Dept. of Physics


    A recently proposed analytical approach to the ground-state energy of helium atom is generalised to study the effect of electron-electron correlation on the properties of helium isoelectronic sequence. The expectation values of the Hamiltonian and some important functions of radial distances are expressed in terms of derivatives of Lewis integrals which not only permit the straightforward variational calculation to get numerical results but also help one derive interesting recurrence relations for radial expectation values. The results presented for atoms from H{sup -} to Si{sup 12+} indicate that the present analytical model will have quantitative applicability for the study of electronic correlation in high-Z helium-like atoms within the framework of non-relativistic quantum mechanics. (orig.) 22 refs.

  5. Superfluid helium-4 in one dimensional channel (United States)

    Kim, Duk Y.; Banavar, Samhita; Chan, Moses H. W.; Hayes, John; Sazio, Pier


    Superfluidity, as superconductivity, cannot exist in a strict one-dimensional system. However, the experiments employing porous media showed that superfluid helium can flow through the pores of nanometer size. Here we report a study of the flow of liquid helium through a single hollow glass fiber of 4 cm in length with an open id of 150 nm between 1.6 and 2.3 K. We found the superfluid transition temperature was suppressed in the hollow cylinder and that there is no flow above the transition. Critical velocity at temperature below the transition temperature was determined. Our results bear some similarity to that found by Savard et. al. studying the flow of helium through a nanohole in a silicon nitrite membrane. Experimental study at Penn State is supported by NSF Grants No. DMR 1103159.

  6. Interatomic Coulombic decay in helium nanodroplets

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    Shcherbinin, Mykola; Laforge, Aaron; Sharma, Vandana


    Interatomic Coulombic decay (ICD) is induced in helium nanodroplets by photoexciting the n=2 excited state of He+ using XUV synchrotron radiation. By recording multiple-coincidence electron and ion images we find that ICD occurs in various locations at the droplet surface, inside the surface region...

  7. Positronium in the AEgIS experiment: study on its emission from nanochanneled samples and design of a new apparatus for Rydberg excitations

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    Di Noto, Lea

    This experimental thesis has been done in the framework of AEgIS (Antimatter Experiment: Gravity, Interferometry, Spectroscopy), an experiment installed at CERN, whose primary goal is the measurement of the Earth's gravitational acceleration on anti-hydrogen. The antiatoms will be produced by the charge exchange reaction, where a cloud of Ps in Rydberg states interacts with cooled trapped antiprotons. Since the charge exchange cross section depends on Ps velocity and quantum number, the velocity distribution of Ps emitted by a positron-positronium converter as well as its excitation in Rydberg states have to be studied and optimized. In this thesis Ps cooling and emission into vacuum from nanochannelled silicon targets was studied by performing Time of Flight measurements with a dedicated apparatus conceived to receive the slow positron beam as produced at the Trento laboratory or at the NEPOMUC facility at Munich. Measurements were done by varying the positron implantation energy, the sample temperature and ...

  8. Ab initio R-matrix/multi-channel quantum defect theory study of nitric oxide: II. Analysis of valence/Rydberg interactions

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    Hiyama, Miyabi; Child, Mark S [Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1-3QZ (United Kingdom)


    A combination of ab initio R-matrix techniques and multi-channel quantum defect theory (R-matrix/MQDT method), previously formulated in part I of this project, is used to analyse resonant changes in the MQDT scattering matrix arising from valence state interactions with the Rydberg channels. Results for NO are reported for six l channels associated with the lowest,{sup 1}{sigma}{sup +}, target channels of NO{sup +}. The resonant couplings between the Rydberg channels and four valence states, I (2{sup {sigma}}{sup +}), B (22{sup {pi}}), L (32{sup {pi}}), 4{sup 2}{pi} and B{sup '}(2{sup {delta}}), are shown to vary sufficiently smoothly with both bond length and energy to allow easy interpolation. The coupling constants between p {pi} Rydberg and the B valence states are in good agreement with the experimental data of Gallusser and Dressler. Sets of interacting potential curves for states of symmetries 2{sup {sigma}}{sup +},2{sup {pi}} and 2{sup {delta}} are reconstructed from the MQDT K-matrix data.

  9. Broken symmetry makes helium

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    Gray, P L


    "The subatomic pion particle breaks the charge symmetry rule that governs both fusion and decay. In experiments performed at the Indiana University Cyclotron Laboratory, physicists forced heavy hydrogen (1 proton + 1 neutron) to fuse into helium in a controlled, measurable environment" (1 paragraph).

  10. Self-excitation of Rydberg atoms at a metal surface

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    Bordo, Vladimir


    The novel effect of self-excitation of an atomic beam propagating above a metal surface is predicted and a theory is developed. Its underlying mechanism is positive feedback provided by the reflective surface for the atomic polarization. Under certain conditions the atomic beam flying in the near...... field of the metal surface acts as an active device that supports sustained atomic dipole oscillations, which generate, in their turn, an electromagnetic field. This phenomenon does not exploit stimulated emission and therefore does not require population inversion in atoms. An experiment with Rydberg...... atoms in which this effect should be most pronounced is proposed and the necessary estimates are given....

  11. Binary helium dwarf supernovae. [numerical hydrodynamic investigation of evolution (United States)

    Mazurek, T. J.


    The possibility of helium dwarf evolution to sufficiently high densities for violent helium ignition in low-massed binary systems is investigated. During accretional evolution the occurrence of thermonuclear runaway is found to be probable when the dwarf's mass approaches 1 solar mass, and steady-state discontinuous wave propagation considerations indicate that the dwarf is totally incinerated (i.e., its total mass burns to nuclear equilibrium) by a detonation wave. A numerical stellar dynamic investigation, including the full effects of nuclear statistical equilibrium and electron capture indicates total disruption for all reasonable dwarf central densities. For consistency with the cosmic element abundances, the conclusion of total disruption requires a low frequency for helium supernova events, implying that helium ignition in mass-exchanging binaries must occur at the lower densities of the relatively mild helium flash.

  12. Rydberg State Stark Spectroscopy and Applications to Plasma Diagnostics (United States)


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  13. Exotic helium molecules; Molecules exotiques d'helium

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    Portier, M


    We study the photo-association of an ultracold cloud of magnetically trapped helium atoms: pairs of colliding atoms interact with one or two laser fields to produce a purely long range {sup 4}He{sub 2}(2{sup 3}S{sub 1}-2{sup 3}P{sub 0}) molecule, or a {sup 4}He{sub 2}(2{sup 3}S{sub 1}-2{sup 3}S{sub 1}) long range molecule. Light shifts in one photon photo-association spectra are measured and studied as a function of the laser polarization and intensity, and the vibrational state of the excited molecule. They result from the light-induced coupling between the excited molecule, and bound and scattering states of the interaction between two metastable atoms. Their analysis leads to the determination of the scattering length a = (7.2 {+-} 0.6) ruling collisions between spin polarized atoms. The two photon photo-association spectra show evidence of the production of polarized, long-range {sup 4}He{sub 2}(2{sup 3}S{sub 1}-2{sup 3}S{sub 1}) molecules. They are said to be exotic as they are made of two metastable atoms, each one carrying a enough energy to ionize the other. The corresponding lineshapes are calculated and decomposed in sums and products of Breit-Wigner and Fano profiles associated to one and two photon processes. The experimental spectra are fit, and an intrinsic lifetime {tau} = (1.4 {+-} 0.3) {mu}s is deduced. It is checked whether this lifetime could be limited by spin-dipole induced Penning autoionization. This interpretation requires that there is a quasi-bound state close to the dissociation threshold in the singlet interaction potential between metastable helium atoms for the theory to match the experiment. (author)

  14. Using Electrons on Liquid Helium for Quantum Computing


    Dahm, A. J.; Goodkind, J. M.; Karakurt, I.; Pilla, S.


    We describe a quantum computer based on electrons supported by a helium film and localized laterally by small electrodes just under the helium surface. Each qubit is made of combinations of the ground and first excited state of an electron trapped in the image potential well at the surface. Mechanisms for preparing the initial state of the qubit, operations with the qubits, and a proposed readout are described. This system is, in principle, capable of 100,000 operations in a decoherence time.

  15. Inner-shell spectroscopy and exchange interaction of Rydberg electrons bound by singly and doubly charged Kr and Xe atoms in small clusters

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    Nagasaka, Masanari; Hatsui, Takaki; Setoyama, Hiroyuki; Ruehl, Eckart [Institute for Molecular Science, Myodaiji, Okazaki 444-8585 (Japan); Kosugi, Nobuhiro, E-mail: [Institute for Molecular Science, Myodaiji, Okazaki 444-8585 (Japan)


    Surface-site resolved Kr 3d{sub 5/2}{sup -1}5p and 3d{sub 5/2}{sup -1}6p and Xe 4d{sub 5/2}{sup -1}6p and 4d{sub 5/2}{sup -1}7p Rydberg excited states in small van der Waals Kr and Xe clusters with a mean size of = 15 are investigated by X-ray absorption spectroscopy. Furthermore, surface-site resolved Kr 4s{sup -2}5p, 4s{sup -2}6p, and 4s{sup -1}4p{sup -1}5p shakeup-like Rydberg states in small Kr clusters are investigated by resonant Auger electron spectroscopy. The exchange interaction of the Rydberg electron with the surrounding atoms and the induced polarization of the surrounding atoms in the singly and doubly ionized atoms are deduced from the experimental spectra to analyze different surface-site contributions in small clusters, assuming that the corner, edge, face, and bulk sites have 3, 5-6, 8, and 12 nearest neighbor atoms. These energies are almost proportional to the number of the nearest neighbor atoms. The present analysis indicates that small Kr and Xe clusters with = 15 have an average or mixture structure between the fcc-like cubic and icosahedron-like spherical structures.

  16. Microwaves Probe Dipole Blockade and van der Waals Forces in a Cold Rydberg Gas. (United States)

    Teixeira, R Celistrino; Hermann-Avigliano, C; Nguyen, T L; Cantat-Moltrecht, T; Raimond, J M; Haroche, S; Gleyzes, S; Brune, M


    We show that microwave spectroscopy of a dense Rydberg gas trapped on a superconducting atom chip in the dipole blockade regime reveals directly the dipole-dipole many-body interaction energy spectrum. We use this method to investigate the expansion of the Rydberg cloud under the effect of repulsive van der Waals forces and the breakdown of the frozen gas approximation. This study opens a promising route for quantum simulation of many-body systems and quantum information transport in chains of strongly interacting Rydberg atoms.

  17. Applications of Groundwater Helium (United States)

    Kulongoski, Justin T.; Hilton, David R.


    Helium abundance and isotope variations have widespread application in groundwater-related studies. This stems from the inert nature of this noble gas and the fact that its two isotopes ? helium-3 and helium-4 ? have distinct origins and vary widely in different terrestrial reservoirs. These attributes allow He concentrations and 3He/4He isotope ratios to be used to recognize and quantify the influence of a number of potential contributors to the total He budget of a groundwater sample. These are atmospheric components, such as air-equilibrated and air-entrained He, as well as terrigenic components, including in situ (aquifer) He, deep crustal and/or mantle He and tritiogenic 3He. Each of these components can be exploited to reveal information on a number of topics, from groundwater chronology, through degassing of the Earth?s crust to the role of faults in the transfer of mantle-derived volatiles to the surface. In this review, we present a guide to how groundwater He is collected from aquifer systems and quantitatively measured in the laboratory. We then illustrate the approach of resolving the measured He characteristics into its component structures using assumptions of endmember compositions. This is followed by a discussion of the application of groundwater He to the types of topics mentioned above using case studies from aquifers in California and Australia. Finally, we present possible future research directions involving dissolved He in groundwater.

  18. l- and n-changing collisions during interaction of a pulsed beam of Li Rydberg atoms with CO2 (United States)

    Dubreuil, B.; Harnafi, M.


    The pulsed Li atomic beam produced in our experiment is based on controlled transversely-excited-atmospheric CO2 laser-induced ablation of a Li metal target. The atomic beam is propagated in vacuum or in CO2 gas at low pressure. Atoms in the beam are probed by laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy. This allows the determination of time-of-flight and velocity distributions. Li Rydberg states (n=5-13) are populated in the beam by two-step pulsed-laser excitation. The excited atoms interact with CO2 molecules. l- and n-changing cross sections are deduced from the time evolution of the resonant or collision-induced fluorescence following this selective excitation. l-changing cross sections of the order of 104 AṦ are measured; they increase with n as opposed to the plateau observed for Li* colliding with a diatomic molecule. This behavior is qualitatively well explained in the framework of the free-electron model. n-->n' changing processes with large cross sections (10-100 AṦ) are also observed even in the case of large electronic energy change (ΔEnn'>103 cm-1). These results can be interpreted in terms of resonant-electronic to vibrational energy transfers between Li Rydberg states and CO2 vibrational modes.

  19. Handshake electron transfer from hydrogen Rydberg atoms incident at a series of metallic thin films. (United States)

    Gibbard, J A; Softley, T P


    Thin metallic films have a 1D quantum well along the surface normal direction, which yields particle-in-a-box style electronic quantum states. However the quantum well is not infinitely deep and the wavefunctions of these states penetrate outside the surface where the electron is bound by its own image-charge attraction. Therefore a series of discrete, vacant states reach out from the thin film into the vacuum increasing the probability of electron transfer from an external atom or molecule to the thin film, especially for the resonant case where the quantum well energy matches that of the atom. We show that "handshake" electron transfer from a highly excited Rydberg atom to these thin-film states is experimentally measurable. Thicker films have a wider 1D box, changing the energetic distribution and image-state contribution to the thin film wavefunctions, resulting in more resonances. Calculations successfully predict the number of resonances and the nature of the thin-film wavefunctions for a given film thickness.

  20. Excitation and ionization of hydrogen and helium atoms by femtosecond laser pulses: theoretical approach by Coulomb-Volkov states; Excitation et ionisation des atomes d'hydrogene et d'helium par des impulsions laser femtosecondes: approche theorique par des etats de Coulomb-Volkov

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    Guichard, R


    We present a theoretical approach using Coulomb-Volkov states that appears useful for the study of atomic multi-photonic processes induced by intense XUV femtosecond laser pulses. It predicts hydrogen ionization spectra when it is irradiated by laser pulses in perturbations conditions. Three ways have been investigated. Extension to strong fields when {Dirac_h}{omega} > I{sub p}: it requires to include the hydrogen ground state population, introducing it in standard Coulomb-Volkov amplitude leads to saturated multi-photonic ionization. Extension to multi-photonic transitions with {Dirac_h}{omega} < I{sub p}: new quantum paths are open by the possibility to excite the lower hydrogen bound states. Multiphoton excitation of these states is investigated using a Coulomb-Volkov approach. Extension to helium: two-photon double ionization study shows the influence of electronic correlations in both ground and final state. Huge quantity of information such as angular and energetic distributions as well as total cross sections is available. (author)

  1. Evaluation of helium cooling for fusion divertors

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    Baxi, C.B.


    The divertors of future fusion reactors will have a power throughput of several hundred MW. The peak heat flux on the diverter surface is estimated to be 5 to 15 MW/m{sup 2} at an average heat flux of 2 MW/m{sup 2}. The divertors have a requirement of both minimum temperature (100{degrees}C) and maximum temperature. The minimum temperature is dictated by the requirement to reduce the absorption of plasma, and the maximum temperature is determined by the thermo-mechanical properties of the plasma facing materials. Coolants that have been considered for fusion reactors are water, liquid metals and helium. Helium cooling has been shown to be very attractive from safety and other considerations. Helium is chemically and neutronically inert and is suitable for power conversion. The challenges associated with helium cooling are: (1) Manifold sizes; (2) Pumping power; and (3) Leak prevention. In this paper the first two of the above design issues are addressed. A variety of heat transfer enhancement techniques are considered to demonstrate that the manifold sizes and the pumping power can be reduced to acceptable levels. A helium-cooled diverter module was designed and fabricated by GA for steady-state heat flux of 10 MW/m{sup 2}. This module was recently tested at Sandia National Laboratories. At an inlet pressure of 4 MPa, the module was tested at a steady-state heat flux of 10 MW/m{sup 2}. The pumping power required was less than 1% of the power removed. These results verified the design prediction.

  2. 48 CFR 52.208-8 - Required Sources for Helium and Helium Usage Data. (United States)


    ... Helium and Helium Usage Data. 52.208-8 Section 52.208-8 Federal Acquisition Regulations System FEDERAL... Provisions and Clauses 52.208-8 Required Sources for Helium and Helium Usage Data. As prescribed in 8.505, insert the following clause: Required Sources for Helium and Helium Usage Data (APR 2002) (a) Definitions...

  3. The Rydberg constant and proton size from atomic hydrogen (United States)

    Beyer, Axel; Maisenbacher, Lothar; Matveev, Arthur; Pohl, Randolf; Khabarova, Ksenia; Grinin, Alexey; Lamour, Tobias; Yost, Dylan C.; Hänsch, Theodor W.; Kolachevsky, Nikolai; Udem, Thomas


    At the core of the “proton radius puzzle” is a four–standard deviation discrepancy between the proton root-mean-square charge radii (rp) determined from the regular hydrogen (H) and the muonic hydrogen (µp) atoms. Using a cryogenic beam of H atoms, we measured the 2S-4P transition frequency in H, yielding the values of the Rydberg constant R∞ = 10973731.568076(96) per meterand rp = 0.8335(95) femtometer. Our rp value is 3.3 combined standard deviations smaller than the previous H world data, but in good agreement with the µp value. We motivate an asymmetric fit function, which eliminates line shifts from quantum interference of neighboring atomic resonances.

  4. High Efficiency Regenerative Helium Compressor Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Helium plays several critical rolls in spacecraft propulsion. High pressure helium is commonly used to pressurize propellant fuel tanks. Helium cryocoolers can be...

  5. Cavitation in liquid helium

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    Finch, R. D.; Kagiwada, R.; Barmatz, M.; Rudnick, I.


    Ultrasonic cavitation was induced in liquid helium over the temperature range 1.2 to 2.3 deg K, using a pair of identical transducers. The transducers were calibrated using a reciprocity technique and the cavitation threshold was determined at 90 kc/s. It was found that this threshold has a sharp peak at the lambda point, but is, at all temperatures quite low, with an approximate range of 0.001 to 0.01 atm. The significance of the results is discussed. (auth)

  6. Direct observation of ultrafast many-body electron dynamics in a strongly-correlated ultracold Rydberg gas

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    Takei, Nobuyuki; Genes, Claudiu; Pupillo, Guido; Goto, Haruka; Koyasu, Kuniaki; Chiba, Hisashi; Weidemüller, Matthias; Ohmori, Kenji


    Many-body interactions govern a variety of important quantum phenomena ranging from superconductivity and magnetism in condensed matter to solvent effects in chemistry. Understanding those interactions beyond mean field is a holy grail of modern sciences. AMO physics with advanced laser technologies has recently emerged as a new platform to study quantum many-body systems. One of its latest developments is the study of long-range interactions among ultracold particles to reveal the effects of many-body correlations. Rydberg atoms distinguish themselves by their large dipole moments and tunability of dipolar interactions. Most of ultracold Rydberg experiments have been performed with narrow-band lasers in the Rydberg blockade regime. Here we demonstrate an ultracold Rydberg gas in a complementary regime, where electronic coherence is created using a broadband picosecond laser pulse, thus circumventing the Rydberg blockade to induce strong many-body correlations. The effects of long-range Rydberg interactions h...

  7. Mantle helium and carbon isotopes in Separation Creek Geothermal Springs, Three Sisters area, Central Oregon: Evidence for renewed volcanic activity or a long term steady state system?

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    van Soest, M.C.; Kennedy, B.M.; Evans, W.C.; Mariner, R.H.


    Cold bubbling springs in the Separation Creek area, the locus of current uplift at South Sister volcano show strong mantle signatures in helium and carbon isotopes and CO{sub 2}/{sup 3}He. This suggests the presence of fresh basaltic magma in the volcanic plumbing system. Currently there is no evidence to link this system directly to the uplift, which started in 1998. To the contrary, all geochemical evidence suggests that there is a long-lived geothermal system in the Separation Creek area, which has not significantly changed since the early 1990s. There was no archived helium and carbon data, so a definite conclusion regarding the strong mantle signature observed in these tracers cannot yet be drawn. There is a distinct discrepancy between the yearly magma supply required to explain the current uplift (0.006 km{sup 3}/yr) and that required to explain the discharge of CO{sub 2} from the system (0.0005 km{sup 3}/yr). This discrepancy may imply that the chemical signal associated with the increase in magma supply has not reached the surface yet. With respect to this the small changes observed at upper Mesa Creek require further attention, due to the recent volcanic vent in that area it may be the location were the chemical signal related to the uplift can most quickly reach the surface. Occurrence of such strong mantle signals in cold/diffuse geothermal systems suggests that these systems should not be ignored during volcano monitoring or geothermal evaluation studies. Although the surface-expression of these springs in terms of heat is minimal, the chemistry carries important information concerning the size and nature of the underlying high-temperature system and any changes taking place in it.

  8. Hydrogen and helium recycling from a JxB-force convected liquid metal Ga{sub 67}In{sub 20.5}Sn{sub 12.5} under steady state plasma bombardment

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    Hirooka, Yoshi, E-mail: [National institute for Fusion Science, Oroshi, Toki, Gifu 509-5292 (Japan); Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Oroshi, Toki, Gifu 509-5292 (Japan); Bi, Hailin [Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Oroshi, Toki, Gifu 509-5292 (Japan); Shimada, Michiya [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Rokkasho, Kamikita, Aomori 039-3212 (Japan); Ono, Masa [Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton, NJ 08543 (United States)


    A series of first-of-a-kind laboratory-scale experiments on the JxB-force convected liquid metal divertor concept have been carried out in the temperature range from room temperature to ∼200 °C, employing a eutectic alloy: Ga{sub 67}In{sub 20.5}Sn{sub 12.5}, the melting point of which is 10.5 °C. The electrical current conducted through the alloy is set at about 70A and the magnetic field is set at about 700 G. It has reproducibly been observed that hydrogen as well as helium particle recycling is noticeably reduced under steady state plasma bombardment when the liquid is convected by the JxB force.

  9. Electronic properties of physisorbed helium

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    Kossler, Sarah


    This thesis deals with electronic excitations of helium physisorbed on metal substrates. It is studied to what extent the electronic properties change compared to the gas phase due to the increased helium density and the proximity of the metal. Furthermore, the influence of different substrate materials is investigated systematically. To this end, up to two helium layers were adsorbed onto Ru (001), Pt (111), Cu (111), and Ag (111) surfaces in a custom-made cryostat. These samples were studied spectroscopically using synchrotron radiation and a time-of-flight detector. The experimental results were then analyzed in comparison with extensive theoretical model calculations.

  10. Trapping fermionic and bosonic helium atoms

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    Stas, R.J.W.


    This thesis presents experimental and theoretical work performed at the Laser Centre of the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam to study laser-cooled metastable triplet helium atoms. Samples containing about 3x10^8 helium atoms-either fermionic helium-3 atoms, bosonic helium-4 atoms or mixtures

  11. Adsorbate dynamics on a silica-coated gold surface measured by Rydberg Stark spectroscopy

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    Naber, J; Torralbo-Campo, L; Soudijn, M L; van Druten, N J; Heuvell, H B van Linden van den; Spreeuw, R J C


    Trapping a Rydberg atom close to a surface is an important step towards the realisation of many proposals of quantum information or hybrid quantum systems. One of the challenges in these experiments is to overcome the electric field emanating from contaminations on the surface. Here we report on measurements of an electric field created by $^{87}$Rb atoms absorbed on a 25$\\,$nm thick layer of SiO$_2$, covering a 90$\\,$nm layer of Au. The electric field is measured using a two-photon transition to the 23$D_{5/2}$ and 25$S_{1/2}$ state. The electric field value that we measure is higher than typical values measured above metal surfaces, but is consistent with other measurements above SiO$_2$ surfaces. In addition, we measure the temporal behaviour of the field and observe that we can reduce it in a single experimental cycle, using UV light or by mildly heating the surface, whereas the buildup of the field takes thousands of cycles. We explain these results by a change in the ad-atoms distribution on the surface...

  12. Photoionization Dynamics in Pure Helium Droplets

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    Peterka, Darcy S.; Kim, Jeong Hyun; Wang, Chia C.; Poisson,Lionel; Neumark, Daniel M.


    The photoionization and photoelectron spectroscopy of pure He droplets are investigated at photon energies between 24.6 eV (the ionization energy of He) and 28 eV. Time-of-flight mass spectra and photoelectron images were obtained at a series of molecular beam source temperatures and pressures to assess the effect of droplet size on the photoionization dynamics. At source temperatures below 16 K, the photoelectron images are dominated by fast electrons produced via direct ionization of He atoms, with a small contribution from very slow electrons with kinetic energies below 1 meV arising from an indirect mechanism. The fast photoelectrons have as much as 0.5 eV more kinetic energy than those from atomic He at the same photon energy. This result is interpreted and simulated within the context of a 'dimer model', in which one assumes vertical ionization from two nearest neighbor He atoms to the attractive region of the He2+ potential energy curve. Possible mechanism for the slow electrons, which were also seen at energies below IE(He), are discussed, including vibrational autoionizaton of Rydberg states comprising an electron weakly bound to the surface of a large HeN+ core.

  13. Laser Spectroscopy of Antiprotonic Helium Atoms

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    %PS205 %title\\\\ \\\\Following the discovery of metastable antiprotonic helium atoms ($\\overline{p}He^{+} $) at KEK in 1991, systematic studies of their properties were made at LEAR from 1991 to 1996. In the first two years the lifetime of $\\overline{p}He^{+}$ in liquid and gaseous helium at various temperatures and pressures was measured and the effect of foreign gases on the lifetime of these atoms was investigated. Effects were also discovered which gave the antiproton a 14\\% longer lifetime in $^4$He than in $^3$He, and resulted in important differences in the shape of the annihilation time spectra in the two isotopes.\\\\ \\\\Since 1993 laser spectroscopy of the metastable $\\overline{p}He^{+}$ atoms became the main focus of PS205. Transitions were stimulated between metastable and non-metastable states of the $\\overline{p}He^{+}$ atom by firing a pulsed dye laser beam into the helium target every time an identified metastable atom was present (Figure 1). If the laser frequency matched the transition energy, the...

  14. Stepwise contraction of the nf Rydberg shells in the 3d photoionization of multiply-charged xenon ions

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    Schippers, S; Buhr, T; Hellhund, J; Holste, K; Kilcoyne, A L D; Klumpp, S; Martins, M; Müller, A; Ricz, S; Fritzsche, S


    Triple photoionization of Xe3+, Xe4+ and Xe5+ ions has been studied in the energy range 670-750 eV, including the 3d ionization threshold. The photon-ion merged-beam technique was used at a synchrotron light source to measure the absolute photoionization cross sections. These cross sections exhibit a progressively larger number of sharp resonances as the ion charge state is increased. This clearly visualizes the re-ordering of the $\\epsilon$f continuum into a regular series of (bound) Rydberg orbitals as the ionic core becomes more attractive. The energies and strengths of the resonances are extracted from the experimental data and are further analyzed by relativistic atomic-structure calculations.

  15. Energetic ionized helium in the quiet time radiation belts - Theory and comparison with observation (United States)

    Spjeldvik, W. N.; Fritz, T. A.


    Theoretical calculations of helium ion distributions in the inner magnetosphere are compared to observations made by ATS-6 and Explorer-45. Coupled transport equations for equatorially mirroring singly and doubly ionized helium ions in the steady state limit with an outer boundary of L = 7 are solved. Radial profiles and energy spectra are computed at all lower L values. Theoretical quiet time predictions are compared to satellite observations of energetic helium ions in the lower MeV range. It is found that the theory adequately represents the principal characteristics of the radiation belt helium ion population.

  16. Coupling a Small Ensemble of Electrons on Helium to a Superconducting Circuit (United States)

    Yang, Ge; Koolstra, Gerwin; Czaplewski, David; Ocola, Leonidas; Schuster, David I.

    Electrons on helium is a unique two-dimensional electron gas system formed at the interface of a quantum liquid (superfluid helium) and vacuum. If single electrons on helium can be isolated, the motional and spin states could form the building blocks for hybrid quantum computing. Here we first review the strong coupling between a large electron ensemble and a microwave resonator. Then we will describe methods to isolate small mesoscopic ensembles with less than 100 electrons in a micron-sized trap at the end of a quarter wavelength microwave cavity. Finally we will discuss the effect of helium fluctuations on the coherence of the hybrid circuit.

  17. Non-equilibrium phase-transitions in multi-component Rydberg gases

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    Ding, D S; Shi, B S; Guo, G C


    Highly-excited Rydberg atoms have strong long-range interactions resulting in exotic optical prop erties such as large single photon non-linearities and intrinsic bistability. In this paper we study optical-driven non-equilibrium phase transitions in a thermal Rydberg gas with a sensitivity two order of magnitude higher than in previous work. In this regime we can elucidate the effect of inter actions on the bistable optical response, and exploit different branches in the potential in order to study multi-component Rydberg gases with a rich of phase diagram including overlapping bistable regions. In addition, we study the effect of polarization on the width of the hysteresis loop. Finally, we observe that the medium exhibits a dynamical instability resulting from the competing dynamics of excitation and decay.

  18. Strong coupling of Rydberg atoms and surface phonon polaritons on piezoelectric superlattices

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    Sheng, Jiteng; Shaffer, James P


    We propose a hybrid quantum system where the strong coupling regime can be achieved between a Rydberg atomic ensemble and propagating surface phonon polaritons on a piezoelectric superlattice. By exploiting the large electric dipole moment and long lifetime of Rydberg atoms as well as tightly confined surface phonon polariton modes, it is possible to achieve a coupling constant far exceeding the relevant decay rates. The frequency of the surface mode can be selected so it is resonant with a Rydberg transition by engineering the piezoelectric superlattice. We describe a way to observe the Rabi splitting associated with the strong coupling regime under realistic experimental conditions. The system can be viewed as a new type of optomechanical system.

  19. Calculation of the density shift and broadening of the transition lines in pionic helium: Computational problems

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    Bakalov, Dimitar, E-mail: [Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, INRNE (Bulgaria)


    The potential energy surface and the computational codes, developed for the evaluation of the density shift and broadening of the spectral lines of laser-induced transitions from metastable states of antiprotonic helium, fail to produce convergent results in the case of pionic helium. We briefly analyze the encountered computational problems and outline possible solutions of the problems.

  20. A quantitative experiment on the fountain effect in superfluid helium (United States)

    Amigó, M. L.; Herrera, T.; Neñer, L.; Peralta Gavensky, L.; Turco, F.; Luzuriaga, J.


    Superfluid helium, a state of matter existing at low temperatures, shows many remarkable properties. One example is the so called fountain effect, where a heater can produce a jet of helium. This converts heat into mechanical motion; a machine with no moving parts, but working only below 2 K. Allen and Jones first demonstrated the effect in 1938, but their work was basically qualitative. We now present data of a quantitative version of the experiment. We have measured the heat supplied, the temperature and the height of the jet produced. We also develop equations, based on the two-fluid model of superfluid helium, that give a satisfactory fit to the data. The experiment has been performed by advanced undergraduate students in our home institution, and illustrates in a vivid way some of the striking properties of the superfluid state.

  1. Quantum entanglement in helium-like ions (United States)

    Lin, Y.-C.; Ho, Y. K.


    Recently, there have been considerable interests to investigate quantum entanglement in two-electron atoms [1-3]. Here we investigate quantum entanglement for the ground and excited states of helium-like ions using correlated wave functions, concentrating on the particle-particle entanglement coming from the continuous spatial degrees of freedom. We use the two-electron wave functions constructed by employing B-spline basis to calculate the linear entropy of the reduced density matrix L=1-TrA(ρA^2 ) as a measure of the spatial entanglement. HereρA=TrB(| >AB ABDehesa et. al., J. Phys. B 45, 015504 (2012)

  2. Line shapes and time dynamics of the Förster resonances between two Rydberg atoms in a time-varying electric field

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    Yakshina, E. A.


    The observation of the Stark-tuned Förster resonances between Rydberg atoms excited by narrowband cw laser radiation requires usage of a Stark-switching technique in order to excite the atoms first in a fixed electric field and then to induce the interactions in a varied electric field, which is scanned across the Förster resonance. In our experiments with a few cold Rb Rydberg atoms, we have found that the transients at the edges of the electric pulses strongly affect the line shapes of the Förster resonances, since the population transfer at the resonances occurs on a time scale of ∼100 ns, which is comparable with the duration of the transients. For example, a short-term ringing at a certain frequency causes additional radio-frequency-assisted Förster resonances, while nonsharp edges lead to asymmetry. The intentional application of the radio-frequency field induces transitions between collective states, whose line shape depends on the interaction strengths and time. Spatial averaging over the atom positions in a single interaction volume yields a cusped line shape of the Förster resonance. We present a detailed experimental and theoretical analysis of the line shape and time dynamics of the Stark-tuned Förster resonances Rb(nP3/2)+Rb(nP3/2)→Rb(nS1/2)+Rb([n+1]S1/2) for two Rb Rydberg atoms interacting in a time-varying electric field.

  3. Theoretical model of the helium zone plate microscope (United States)

    Salvador Palau, Adrià; Bracco, Gianangelo; Holst, Bodil


    Neutral helium microscopy is a new technique currently under development. Its advantages are the low energy, charge neutrality, and inertness of the helium atoms, a potential large depth of field, and the fact that at thermal energies the helium atoms do not penetrate into any solid material. This opens the possibility, among others, for the creation of an instrument that can measure surface topology on the nanoscale, even on surfaces with high aspect ratios. One of the most promising designs for helium microscopy is the zone plate microscope. It consists of a supersonic expansion helium beam collimated by an aperture (skimmer) focused by a Fresnel zone plate onto a sample. The resolution is determined by the focal spot size, which depends on the size of the skimmer, the optics of the system, and the velocity spread of the beam through the chromatic aberrations of the zone plate. An important factor for the optics of the zone plate is the width of the outermost zone, corresponding to the smallest opening in the zone plate. The width of the outermost zone is fabrication limited to around 10 nm with present-day state-of-the-art technology. Due to the high ionization potential of neutral helium atoms, it is difficult to build efficient helium detectors. Therefore, it is crucial to optimize the microscope design to maximize the intensity for a given resolution and width of the outermost zone. Here we present an optimization model for the helium zone plate microscope. Assuming constant resolution and width of the outermost zone, we are able to reduce the problem to a two-variable problem (zone plate radius and object distance) and we show that for a given beam temperature and pressure, there is always a single intensity maximum. We compare our model with the highest-resolution zone plate focusing images published and show that the intensity can be increased seven times. Reducing the width of the outermost zone to 10 nm leads to an increase in intensity of more than 8000

  4. Pierre Gorce working on a helium pump.

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    This type of pump was designed by Mario Morpurgo, to circulate liquid helium in superconducting magnets wound with hollow conductors. M. Morpurgo, Design and construction of a pump for liquid helium, CRYIOGENICS, February 1977, p. 91

  5. Quantum transition and decoherence of levitating polaron on helium film thickness under an electromagnetic field (United States)

    Kenfack, S. C.; Fotue, A. J.; Fobasso, M. F. C.; Djomou, J.-R. D.; Tiotsop, M.; Ngouana, K. S. L.; Fai, L. C.


    We have studied the transition probability and decoherence time of levitating polaron in helium film thickness. By using a variational method of Pekar type, the ground and the first excited states of polaron are calculated above the liquid-helium film placed on the polar substrate. It is shown that the polaron transits from the ground to the excited state in the presence of an external electromagnetic field in the plane. We have seen that, in the helium film, the effects of the magnetic and electric fields on the polaron are opposite. It is also shown that the energy, transition probability and decoherence time of the polaron depend sensitively on the helium film thickness. We found that decoherence time decreases as a function of increasing electron-phonon coupling strength and the helium film thickness. It is seen that the film thickness can be considered as a new confinement in our system and can be adjusted in order to reduce decoherence.

  6. Large-area field-ionization detector for the study of Rydberg atoms (United States)

    Jones, A. C. L.; Piñeiro, A. M.; Roeder, E. E.; Rutbeck-Goldman, H. J.; Tom, H. W. K.; Mills, A. P.


    We describe here the development and characterization of a micro-channel plate (MCP) based detector designed for the efficient collection and detection of Rydberg positronium (Ps) atoms for use in a time-of-flight apparatus. The designed detector collects Rydberg atoms over a large area (˜4 times greater than the active area of the MCP), ionizing incident atoms and then collecting and focusing the freed positrons onto the MCP. Here we discuss the function, design, and optimization of the device. The detector has an efficiency for Rydberg Ps that is two times larger than that of the γ-ray scintillation detector based scheme it has been designed to replace, with half the background signal. In principle, detectors of the type described here could be readily employed for the detection of any Rydberg atom species, provided a sufficient field can be applied to achieve an ionization rate of ≥108/s. In such cases, the best time resolution would be achieved by collecting ionized electrons rather than the positive ions.

  7. A high repetition rate experimental setup for quantum non-linear optics with cold Rydberg atoms (United States)

    Busche, Hannes; Ball, Simon W.; Huillery, Paul


    Using electromagnetically induced transparency and photon storage, the strong dipolar interactions between Rydberg atoms and the resulting dipole blockade can be mapped onto light fields to realise optical non-linearities and interactions at the single photon level. We report on the realisation of an experimental apparatus designed to study interactions between single photons stored as Rydberg excitations in optically trapped microscopic ensembles of ultracold 87Rb atoms. A pair of in-vacuum high numerical aperture lenses focus excitation and trapping beams down to 1 μm, well below the Rydberg blockade. Thanks to efficient magneto-optical trap (MOT) loading from an atomic beam generated by a 2D MOT and the ability to recycle the microscopic ensembles more than 20000 times without significant atom loss, we achieve effective repetition rates exceeding 110 kHz to obtain good photon counting statistics on reasonable time scales. To demonstrate the functionality of the setup, we present evidence of strong photon interactions including saturation of photon storage and the retrieval of non-classical light. Using in-vacuum antennae operating at up to 40 GHz, we perform microwave spectroscopy on photons stored as Rydberg excitations and observe an interaction induced change in lineshape depending on the number of stored photons.

  8. Probing an Electron Scattering Resonance using Rydberg Molecules within a Dense and Ultracold Gas. (United States)

    Schlagmüller, Michael; Liebisch, Tara Cubel; Nguyen, Huan; Lochead, Graham; Engel, Felix; Böttcher, Fabian; Westphal, Karl M; Kleinbach, Kathrin S; Löw, Robert; Hofferberth, Sebastian; Pfau, Tilman; Pérez-Ríos, Jesús; Greene, Chris H


    We present spectroscopy of a single Rydberg atom excited within a Bose-Einstein condensate. We not only observe the density shift as discovered by Amaldi and Segrè in 1934, but a line shape that changes with the principal quantum number n. The line broadening depends precisely on the interaction potential energy curves of the Rydberg electron with the neutral atom perturbers. In particular, we show the relevance of the triplet p-wave shape resonance in the e^{-}-Rb(5S) scattering, which significantly modifies the interaction potential. With a peak density of 5.5×10^{14}  cm^{-3}, and therefore an interparticle spacing of 1300 a_{0} within a Bose-Einstein condensate, the potential energy curves can be probed at these Rydberg ion-neutral atom separations. We present a simple microscopic model for the spectroscopic line shape by treating the atoms overlapped with the Rydberg orbit as zero-velocity, uncorrelated, pointlike particles, with binding energies associated with their ion-neutral separation, and good agreement is found.

  9. State-resolved measurements of single-electron capture in slow Ne{sup 7+}- and Ne{sup 8+}-helium collisions

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    Fischer, D. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kernphysik, Heidelberg (Germany)]. E-mail:; Feuerstein, B.; Moshammer, R.; Crespo Lopez-Urrutia, J.R.; Draganic, I.; Loerch, H.; Perumal, A.N.; Ullrich, J. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kernphysik, Heidelberg (Germany); DuBois, R.D. [University of Missouri-Rolla, Rolla, MO (United States)


    Single-electron capture in collisions of 9 keV x q Ne{sup 8+} and Ne{sup 7+} ions with He has been studied using cold-target recoil-ion momentum spectroscopy. With an improved apparatus a longitudinal momentum resolution of 0.07 au has been achieved. This momentum component is directly proportional to the difference in the binding energy of the active electron between the final and the initial state. For the first time state-resolved differential cross sections have been determined with respect to the main quantum number, subshell level and spin state of the captured electron. A comparison with recent theoretical results for energy levels in Be-like Ne is given. (author)

  10. Conductivity change of defective graphene by helium ion beams

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    Yuichi Naitou


    Full Text Available Applying a recently developed helium ion microscope, we demonstrated direct nano-patterning and Anderson localization of single-layer graphene (SLG on SiO2/Si substrates. In this study, we clarified the spatial-resolution-limitation factor of direct nano-patterning of SLG. Analysis of scanning capacitance microscopy measurements reveals that the conductivity of helium ion (H+-irradiated SLG nanostructures depends on their geometrical size, i.e., the smaller the H+-irradiated SLG region, the higher its conductivity becomes. This finding can be explained by the hopping carrier transport across strongly localized states of defective SLG.

  11. REVIEWS OF TOPICAL PROBLEMS: Optical polarization of helium-3 nuclei (United States)

    Laloë, F.; Leduc, M.; Nacher, P.-J.; Novikov, L. N.; Tastevin, G.


    The present state of the problem of producing highly polarized systems of helium-3 by laser optical pumping over a broad temperature range is reviewed. The physical principles underlying the polarization of 3He nuclei during optical pumping and the exchange of metastability are described. Particular features of laser pumping at low temperatures are discussed. The possible use of polarized helium atoms in research on exchange and relaxation processes, in quantum magnetometry, and in nuclear physics to produce polarized targets and particle beams is discussed. The results of theoretical and experimental research on the quantum properties of highly polarized systems at low temperatures, near the temperature of quantum degeneracy, are reviewed.

  12. Sodium dopants in helium clusters: Structure, equilibrium and submersion kinetics

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    Calvo, F. [Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire de Physique, Rue de La Piscine, Campus Saint Martin d’Hères, 38000 Grenoble (France)


    Alkali impurities bind to helium nanodroplets very differently depending on their size and charge state, large neutral or charged dopants being wetted by the droplet whereas small neutral impurities prefer to reside aside. Using various computational modeling tools such as quantum Monte Carlo and path-integral molecular dynamics simulations, we have revisited some aspects of the physical chemistry of helium droplets interacting with sodium impurities, including the onset of snowball formation in presence of many-body polarization forces, the transition from non-wetted to wetted behavior in larger sodium clusters, and the kinetics of submersion of small dopants after sudden ionization.

  13. 21 CFR 184.1355 - Helium. (United States)


    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2010-04-01 2009-04-01 true Helium. 184.1355 Section 184.1355 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) FOOD FOR HUMAN... Substances Affirmed as GRAS § 184.1355 Helium. (a) Helium (empirical formula He, CAS Reg. No. 7440-59-7) is a...

  14. 21 CFR 582.1355 - Helium. (United States)


    ... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Helium. 582.1355 Section 582.1355 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) ANIMAL DRUGS, FEEDS... Helium. (a) Product. Helium. (b) Conditions of use. This substance is generally recognized as safe when...

  15. Molecular Iodine Fluorescence Using a Green Helium-Neon Laser (United States)

    Williamson, J. Charles


    Excitation of molecular iodine vapor with a green (543.4 nm) helium-neon laser produces a fluorescence spectrum that is well suited for the upper-level undergraduate physical chemistry laboratory. Application of standard evaluation techniques to the spectrum yields ground electronic-state molecular parameters in good agreement with literature…

  16. The Helium Atom and Isoelectronic Ions in Two Dimensions (United States)

    Patil, S. H.


    The energy levels of the helium atom and isoelectronic ions in two dimensions are considered. The difficulties encountered in the analytical evaluation of the perturbative and variational expressions for the ground state, promote an interesting factorization of the inter-electronic interaction, leading to simple expressions for the energy. This…

  17. Quantum interference spectroscopy of rubidium-helium exciplexes formed on helium nanodroplets. (United States)

    Mudrich, M; Stienkemeier, F; Droppelmann, G; Claas, P; Schulz, C P


    Femtosecond multiphoton pump-probe photoionization is applied to helium nanodroplets doped with rubidium (Rb). The yield of Rb+ ions features pronounced quantum interference (QI) fringes demonstrating the coherence of a superposition of electronic states on a time scale of tens of picoseconds. Furthermore, we observe QI in the yield of formed RbHe exciplex molecules. The quantum interferogram allows us to determine the vibrational structure of these unstable molecules. From a sliced Fourier analysis one cannot only extract the population dynamics of vibrational states but also follow their energetic evolution during the RbHe formation.

  18. Simplicity works for superfluid helium

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    Bowley, Roger [University of Nottingham, Nottingham (United Kingdom)


    The famous philosopher Karl Popper once said that ''science is the art of systematic oversimplification''. Indeed, when faced with a new puzzle the trick is to simplify it without losing the essential physics - something that is easier said than done. However, this approach has paid off recently in low-temperature physics. Last year Richard Packard, Seamus Davis and co-workers at the University of California at Berkeley encountered a puzzling new phenomenon in superfluid helium-3, a quantum fluid that remains a liquid close to absolute zero and exhibits unusual properties such as the ability to flow without friction (A Machenkov et al. 1999 Phys. Rev. Lett. 83 3860). Previous experiments had revealed that certain effects in liquid helium are analogous to effects observed in superconductors, materials that lose all resistance to electric current at low temperatures. When the Berkeley researchers connected two reservoirs of superfluid helium-3, the superfluid flowed back and forth through apertures that formed a ''weak link'' between the two containers. This behaviour is similar to the oscillatory current of electrons that can flow across an insulating gap separating two superconductors - a device that is known as a Josephson junction. What was puzzling about the Berkeley results was that the helium-3 had two different stable configurations, both of which behaved in an unconventional way compared with a Josephson junction. This puzzle has now been solved independently by Sidney Yip at the National Center for Theoretical Sciences in Taiwan, and by Janne Viljas and Erkki Thuneberg at the Helsinki University of Technology in Finland (Phys. Rev. Lett. 1999 83 3864 and 3868). In this article the author describes the latest research on superfluid helium. (UK)

  19. Measurements of the ion velocity distribution in an ultracold neutral plasma derived from a cold, dense Rydberg gas

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    Bergeson, S D


    We report measurements of the ion velocity distribution in an ultracold neutral plasma derived from a dense, cold Rydberg gas in a MOT. The Rydberg atoms are excited using a resonant two-step excitation pathway with lasers of 4 ns duration. The plasma forms spontaneously and rapidly. The rms width of the ion velocity distribution is determined by measuring laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) of the ions. The measured excitation efficiency is compared with a Monte-Carlo wavefunction calculation, and significant differences are observed. We discuss the conditions for blockaded Rydberg excitation and the subsequent spatial ordering of Rydberg atom domains. While the blockade interaction is greater than the Rabi frequency in portions of the atomic sample, no evidence for spatial ordering is observed.

  20. Field ionization of high-Rydberg fragments produced after inner-shell photoexcitation and photoionization of the methane molecule

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    Kivimäki, A., E-mail: [Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche–Istituto Officina dei Materiali, Laboratorio TASC, 34149 Trieste (Italy); Sankari, A. [Department of Physics, Lund University, P.O. Box 118, 22100 Lund (Sweden); Kettunen, J. A. [Department of Physics, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 3000, 90014 Oulu (Finland); Stråhlman, C. [MAX IV Laboratory, Lund University, P.O. Box 118, 22100 Lund (Sweden); Álvarez Ruiz, J. [Colegio Los Naranjos, Fuenlabrada, 28941 Madrid (Spain); Richter, R. [Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste, Area Science Park Basovizza, 34149 Trieste (Italy)


    We have studied the production of neutral high-Rydberg (HR) fragments from the CH{sub 4} molecule at the C 1s → 3p excitation and at the C 1s ionization threshold. Neutral fragments in HR states were ionized using a pulsed electric field and the resulting ions were mass-analyzed using an ion time-of-flight spectrometer. The atomic fragments C(HR) and H(HR) dominated the spectra, but molecular fragments CH{sub x}(HR), x = 1-3, and H{sub 2}(HR) were also observed. The production of HR fragments is attributed to dissociation of CH{sub 4}{sup +} and CH{sub 4}{sup 2+} ions in HR states. Just above the C 1s ionization threshold, such molecular ionic states are created when the C 1s photoelectron is recaptured after single or double Auger decay. Similar HR states may be reached directly following resonant Auger decay at the C 1s → 3p resonance. The energies and geometries of the parent and fragment ions have been calculated in order to gain insight into relevant dissociation pathways.

  1. HeREF-2003 : Helium Refrigeration Techniques

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    CERN Technical Training 2003: Learning for the LHC ! Theory, Technology, Maintenance and Control of Helium Refrigerators HeREF-2003 is a course in the framework of the 2002 Technical Training Programme, that will provide a complete introduction to Helium refrigeration, with a practical approach to theory, technology, maintenance and control of Helium refrigeration installations. Theoretical aspects and equations will be limited to a minimum. HeREF-2003 targets an audience of technicians and operators of Helium refrigeration plants at CERN, as well as physicists and engineers needing an overview of current Helium refrigeration techniques. HeREF-2003 will address, among other, issues related to component technology, installation maintenance, process control and Helium purity. A commented visit to a couple of CERN Helium refrigeration or liquefaction plants will also take place. • Duration: 7 half days (4 mornings and 3 afternoons), 6-10 October, 2003 • Cost per participant: 500.- CHF ...

  2. HeREF-2003: Helium Refrigeration Techniques

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    CERN Technical Training 2003: Learning for the LHC ! Theory, Technology, Maintenance and Control of Helium Refrigerators HeREF-2003 is a course in the framework of the 2002 Technical Training Programme, that will provide a complete introduction to Helium refrigeration, with a practical approach to theory, technology, maintenance and control of Helium refrigeration installations. Theoretical aspects and equations will be limited to a minimum. HeREF-2003 targets an audience of technicians and operators of Helium refrigeration plants at CERN, as well as physicists and engineers needing an overview of current Helium refrigeration techniques. HeREF-2003 will address, among other, issues related to component technology, installation maintenance, process control and Helium purity. A commented visit to a couple of CERN Helium refrigeration or liquefaction plants will also take place. Duration: 7 half days (4 mornings and 3 afternoons), 6-10 October, 2003 Cost per participant: 500.- CHF Language: Bilingual English...

  3. Measurements of the ion velocity distribution in an ultracold neutral plasma derived from a cold, dense Rydberg gas


    S. D. Bergeson; Lyon, M.


    We report measurements of the ion velocity distribution in an ultracold neutral plasma derived from a dense, cold Rydberg gas in a MOT. The Rydberg atoms are excited using a resonant two-step excitation pathway with lasers of 4 ns duration. The plasma forms spontaneously and rapidly. The rms width of the ion velocity distribution is determined by measuring laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) of the ions. The measured excitation efficiency is compared with a Monte-Carlo wavefunction calculation, ...


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    Shanahan, K; Jeffrey Holder, J


    Six new samples of tritium-aged bulk titanium have been examined by thermal desorption and isotope exchange chemistry. The discovery of a lower temperature hydrogen desorption state in these materials, previously reported, has been confirmed in one of the new samples. The helium release of the samples shows the more severe effects obtained from longer aging periods, i.e. higher initial He/M ratios. Several of the more aged samples were spontaneously releasing helium. Part I will discuss the new results on the new lower temperature hydrogen desorption state found in one more extensively studied sample. Part II will discuss the hydrogen/helium release behavior of the remaining samples.

  5. Quasi-One-Dimensional Electron Gas Bound to a Helium-Coated Nanotube (United States)

    Liebrecht, Michael; Del Maestro, Adrian; Cole, Milton W.


    A much-studied system is the quasi-2D electron gas in image-potential bound states at the surface of helium and hydrogen. In this paper, we report on an analogous quasi-1D system: electrons bound by image-like polarization forces to the surface of a helium-coated carbon nanotube. The potential is computed from an electron-helium pseudopotential, plus a dynamic image term evaluated from a semi-classical model of the nanotube's response function. Predictions are made for the bound states and potential many-body properties of this novel electron gas for a specific choice of tube radius and film thickness.

  6. Modeling the effects of dissolved helium pressurant on a liquid hydrogen rocket propellant tank (United States)

    Richardson, I. A.; Leachman, J. W.


    A model was developed using NASA’s Generalized Fluid System Simulation Program (GFSSP) for the self-pressurization of a liquid hydrogen propellant tank due to boil-off to determine the significance of mixture non-idealities. The GFSSP model compared the tank performance for the traditional model that assumes no helium pressurant dissolves into the liquid hydrogen propellant to an updated model that accounts for dissolved helium pressurant. Traditional NASA models have been unable to account for this dissolved helium due to a lack of fundamental property information. Recent measurements of parahydrogen-helium mixtures enabled the development of the first multi-phase Equation Of State (EOS) for parahydrogen-helium mixtures. The self-pressurization GFSSP model was run assuming that the liquid propellant was pure liquid hydrogen and assuming helium dissolved into the liquid utilizing the new helium-hydrogen EOS. The analysis shows that having dissolved helium in the propellant does not have a significant effect on the tank pressurization rate for typical tank conditions (-423 °F and 30 psia).

  7. Pressure-Volume-Temperature (PVT) Gauging of an Isothermal Cryogenic Propellant Tank Pressurized with Gaseous Helium (United States)

    VanDresar, Neil T.; Zimmerli, Gregory A.


    Results are presented for pressure-volume-temperature (PVT) gauging of a liquid oxygen/liquid nitrogen tank pressurized with gaseous helium that was supplied by a high-pressure cryogenic tank simulating a cold helium supply bottle on a spacecraft. The fluid inside the test tank was kept isothermal by frequent operation of a liquid circulation pump and spray system, and the propellant tank was suspended from load cells to obtain a high-accuracy reference standard for the gauging measurements. Liquid quantity gauging errors of less than 2 percent of the tank volume were obtained when quasi-steady-state conditions existed in the propellant and helium supply tanks. Accurate gauging required careful attention to, and corrections for, second-order effects of helium solubility in the liquid propellant plus differences in the propellant/helium composition and temperature in the various plumbing lines attached to the tanks. On the basis of results from a helium solubility test, a model was developed to predict the amount of helium dissolved in the liquid as a function of cumulative pump operation time. Use of this model allowed correction of the basic PVT gauging calculations and attainment of the reported gauging accuracy. This helium solubility model is system specific, but it may be adaptable to other hardware systems.

  8. Observation of the Borromean Three-Body Förster Resonances for Three Interacting Rb Rydberg Atoms. (United States)

    Tretyakov, D B; Beterov, I I; Yakshina, E A; Entin, V M; Ryabtsev, I I; Cheinet, P; Pillet, P


    Three-body Förster resonances at long-range interactions of Rydberg atoms were first predicted and observed in Cs Rydberg atoms by Faoro et al. [Nat. Commun. 6, 8173 (2015)NCAOBW2041-172310.1038/ncomms9173]. In these resonances, one of the atoms carries away an energy excess preventing the two-body resonance, leading thus to a Borromean type of Förster energy transfer. But they were in fact observed as the average signal for the large number of atoms N≫1. In this Letter, we report on the first experimental observation of the three-body Förster resonances 3×nP_{3/2}(|M|)→nS_{1/2}+(n+1)S_{1/2}+nP_{3/2}(|M^{*}|) in a few Rb Rydberg atoms with n=36, 37. We have found here clear evidence that there is no signature of the three-body Förster resonance for exactly two interacting Rydberg atoms, while it is present for N=3-5 atoms. This demonstrates the assumption that three-body resonances can generalize to any Rydberg atom. As such resonance represents an effective three-body operator, it can be used to directly control the three-body interactions in quantum simulations and quantum information processing with Rydberg atoms.

  9. Wave-function Visualization of Core-induced Interaction of Non-hydrogenic Rydberg Atom in Electric Field

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    Gao, W; Cheng, H; Zhang, S S; Liu, H P


    We have investigated the wave-function feature of Rydberg sodium in a uniform electric field and found that the core-induced interaction of non-hydrogenic atom in electric field can be directly visualized in the wave-function. As is well known, the hydrogen atom in electric field can be separated in parabolic coordinates (\\eta, \\xi), whose eigen-function can show a clear pattern towards negative and positive directions corresponding to the so-called red and blue states without ambiguity, respectively. It can be served as a complete orthogonal basis set to study the core-induced interaction of non-hydrogenic atom in electric field. Owing to complete different patterns of the probability distribution for red and blue states, the interaction can be visualized in the wave-function directly via superposition. Moreover, the constructive and destructive interferences between red and blue states are also observed in the wave-function, explicitly explaining the experimental measurement for the spectral oscillator stre...

  10. Helium atom scattering from surfaces

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    High resolution helium atom scattering can be applied to study a number of interesting properties of solid surfaces with great sensitivity and accuracy. This book treats in detail experimental and theoretical aspects ofthis method as well as all current applications in surface science. The individual chapters - all written by experts in the field - are devoted to the investigation of surface structure, defect shapes and concentrations, the interaction potential, collective and localized surface vibrations at low energies, phase transitions and surface diffusion. Over the past decade helium atom scattering has gained widespread recognitionwithin the surface science community. Points in its favour are comprehensiveunderstanding of the scattering theory and the availability of well-tested approximation to the rigorous theory. This book will be invaluable to surface scientists wishing to make an informed judgement on the actual and potential capabilities of this technique and its results.

  11. Hamiltonian for the inclusion of spin effects in long-range Rydberg molecules (United States)

    Eiles, Matthew T.; Greene, Chris H.


    The interaction between a Rydberg electron and a neutral atom situated inside its extended orbit is described via contact interactions for each atom-electron scattering channel. In ultracold environments, these interactions lead to long-range molecules with binding energies typically ranging from 10 to 1 ×104 MHz. These energies are comparable to the relativistic and hyperfine structure of the separate atomic components. Studies of molecular formation aiming to reproduce observations with spectroscopic accuracy must therefore include the hyperfine splitting of the neutral atom and the spin-orbit splittings of both the Rydberg atom and the electron-atom interaction. Adiabatic potential energy curves and permanent electric dipole moments are presented for Rb2 and Cs2. The influence of spin degrees of freedom on the potential energy curves and multipole moments probed in recent experimental work is elucidated, and the observed dipole moments of butterfly molecules are explained by the generalized P3J pseudopotential derived here.

  12. Electro-Optomechanical Transduction & Quantum Hard-Sphere Model for Dissipative Rydberg-EIT Media

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    Zeuthen, Emil

    This theoretical thesis consists of two parts which concern rather different topics belonging to the field of quantum optics. Part I: A mechanical oscillator can serve as an efficient link between electromagnetic modes of different frequencies. We find that such a transducer can be characterized...... in a cold, optically dense cloud with light fields propagating under the condition of electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT). This can lead to strong and non-linear dissipative dynamics at the quantum level that prevent slow-light polaritons from coexisting within a blockade radius of one another....... We introduce a new approach to analyzing this challenging many-body problem in the limit of large optical depth per blockade radius. The idea is to separate the single-polariton EIT physics from the Rydberg-Rydberg interactions in a serialized manner while using a hard-sphere model for the latter...

  13. Quantum control via a genetic algorithm of the field ionization pathway of a Rydberg electron (United States)

    Gregoric, Vincent C.; Kang, Xinyue; Liu, Zhimin Cheryl; Rowley, Zoe A.; Carroll, Thomas J.; Noel, Michael W.


    Quantum control of the pathway along which a Rydberg electron field ionizes is experimentally and computationally demonstrated. Selective field ionization is typically done with a slowly rising electric field pulse. The (1/n*)4 scaling of the classical ionization threshold leads to a rough mapping between arrival time of the electron signal and principal quantum number of the Rydberg electron. This is complicated by the many avoided level crossings that the electron must traverse on the way to ionization, which in general leads to broadening of the time-resolved field ionization signal. In order to control the ionization pathway, thus directing the signal to the desired arrival time, a perturbing electric field produced by an arbitrary wave-form generator is added to a slowly rising electric field. A genetic algorithm evolves the perturbing field in an effort to achieve the target time-resolved field ionization signal.

  14. Deterministic single-atom excitation via adiabatic passage and Rydberg blockade


    Beterov, I. I.; Tretyakov, D. B.; Entin, V. M.; Yakshina, E. A.; Ryabtsev, I. I.; MacCormick, C.; Bergamini, S.


    We propose to use adiabatic rapid passage with a chirped laser pulse in the strong dipole blockade regime to deterministically excite only one Rydberg atom from randomly loaded optical dipole traps or optical lattices. The chirped laser excitation is shown to be insensitive to the random number \\textit{N} of the atoms in the traps. Our method overcomes the problem of the $\\sqrt {N} $ dependence of the collective Rabi frequency, which was the main obstacle for deterministic single-atom excitat...

  15. Perfusion–diffusion compartmental models describe cerebral helium kinetics at high and low cerebral blood flows in sheep (United States)

    Doolette, David J; Upton, Richard N; Grant, Cliff


    This study evaluated the relative importance of perfusion and diffusion mechanisms in compartmental models of blood:tissue helium exchange in the brain. Helium has different physiochemical properties from previously studied gases, and is a common diluent gas in underwater diving where decompression schedules are based on theoretical models of inert gas kinetics. Helium kinetics across the cerebrum were determined during and after 15 min of helium inhalation, at separate low and high steady states of cerebral blood flow in seven sheep under isoflurane anaesthesia. Helium concentrations in arterial and sagittal sinus venous blood were determined using gas chromatographic analysis, and sagittal sinus blood flow was monitored continuously. Parameters and model selection criteria of various perfusion-limited or perfusion–diffusion compartmental models of the brain were estimated by simultaneous fitting of the models to the sagittal sinus helium concentrations for both blood flow states. Purely perfusion-limited models fitted the data poorly. Models that allowed a diffusion-limited exchange of helium between a perfusion-limited tissue compartment and an unperfused deep compartment provided better overall fit of the data and credible parameter estimates. Fit to the data was also improved by allowing countercurrent diffusion shunt of helium between arterial and venous blood. These results suggest a role of diffusion in blood:tissue helium equilibration in brain. PMID:15649976

  16. Dynamic polarizability of Rydberg atoms: Applicability of the near-free-electron approximation, gauge invariance, and the Dirac sea (United States)

    Topcu, Turker; Derevianko, Andrei


    Ponderomotive energy shifts experienced by Rydberg atoms in optical fields are known to be well approximated by the classical quiver energy of a free electron. We examine such energy shifts quantum mechanically and elucidate how they relate to the ponderomotive shift of a free electron in off-resonant fields. We derive and evaluate corrections to the ponderomotive free-electron polarizability in the length and velocity (transverse or Coulomb) gauges, which agree exactly as mandated by the gauge invariance. We also show how the free electron value emerges from the Dirac equation through summation over the Dirac sea states. We find that the free-electron ac Stark shift comes as an expectation value of a term proportional to the square of the vector potential in the velocity gauge. On the other hand, the same dominant contribution can be obtained to first order via a series expansion of the exact energy shift from the second-order perturbation theory in the length gauge. Finally, we numerically examine the validity of the free-electron approximation. The correction to the free-electron value becomes smaller with increasing principal quantum number, and it is well below a percent for 60s states of Rb and Sr away from the resonances.

  17. Argon metastable production in argon-helium microplasmas (United States)

    Hoskinson, Alan R.; Gregorío, José; Hopwood, Jeffrey; Galbally-Kinney, Kristin; Davis, Steven J.; Rawlins, Wilson T.


    Microwave resonator-driven microplasmas are a promising technology for generating the high density of rare-gas metastable states required for optically pumped rare gas laser systems. We measure the density of argon 1s5 states (Paschen notation) in argon-helium plasmas between 100 Torr and atmospheric pressure using diode laser absorption. The metastable state density is observed to rise with helium mole fraction at lower pressures but to instead fall slightly when tested near atmospheric pressure. A 0-D model of the discharge suggests that these distinct behaviors result from the discharge being diffusion-controlled at lower pressures, but with losses occurring primarily through dissociative recombination at high pressures. In all cases, the argon metastable density falls sharply when the neutral argon gas fraction is reduced below approximately 2%.

  18. Thermodynamic properties of hydrogen-helium plasmas. (United States)

    Nelson, H. F.


    Calculation of the thermodynamic properties of an atomic hydrogen-helium plasma for postulated conditions present in a stagnation shock layer of a spacecraft entering the atmosphere of Jupiter. These properties can be used to evaluate transport properties, to calculate convective heating, and to investigate nonequilibrium behavior. The calculations have been made for temperatures from 10,000 to 100,000 K, densities of 10 to the minus 7th and .00001 g cu cm, and three plasma compositions: pure hydrogen, 50% hydrogen/50% helium, and pure helium. The shock layer plasma consists of electrons, protons, atomic hydrogen, atomic helium, singly ionized helium, and doubly atomized helium. The thermodynamic properties which have been investigated are: pressure, average molecular weight, internal energy, enthalpy, entropy, specific heat, and isentropic speed of sound. A consistent model was used for the reduction of the ionization potential in the calculation of the partition functions.

  19. Critical Landau velocity in helium nanodroplets. (United States)

    Brauer, Nils B; Smolarek, Szymon; Loginov, Evgeniy; Mateo, David; Hernando, Alberto; Pi, Marti; Barranco, Manuel; Buma, Wybren J; Drabbels, Marcel


    The best-known property of superfluid helium is the vanishing viscosity that objects experience while moving through the liquid with speeds below the so-called critical Landau velocity. This critical velocity is generally considered a macroscopic property as it is related to the collective excitations of the helium atoms in the liquid. In the present work we determine to what extent this concept can still be applied to nanometer-scale, finite size helium systems. To this end, atoms and molecules embedded in helium nanodroplets of various sizes are accelerated out of the droplets by means of optical excitation, and the speed distributions of the ejected particles are determined. The measurements reveal the existence of a critical velocity in these systems, even for nanodroplets consisting of only a thousand helium atoms. Accompanying theoretical simulations based on a time-dependent density functional description of the helium confirm and further elucidate this experimental finding.

  20. Ras Laffan helium recovery unit 2 (United States)

    Fauve, Eric Arnaud; Grabié, Veronique; Grillot, David; Delcayre, Franck; Deschildre, Cindy


    In May 2010, Air Liquide was awarded a contract for the Engineering Procurement and Construction (Turnkey EPC) for a second helium recovery unit [RLH II] dedicated to the Ras Laffan refinery in Qatar. This unit will come in addition to the one [RLH I] delivered and commissioned by Air Liquide in 2005. It will increase the helium production of Qatar from 10% to 28% of worldwide production. RLH I and RLH II use Air Liquide Advanced Technologies helium liquefiers. With a production of 8 tons of liquid helium per day, the RLH I liquefier is the world largest, but not for long. Thanks to the newly developed turbine TC7, Air Liquide was able to propose for RLH II a single liquefier able to produce over 20 tons per day of liquid helium without liquid nitrogen pre-cooling. This liquefier using 6 Air Liquide turbines (TC series) will set a new record in the world of helium liquefaction.

  1. A Rydberg Atom Ensemble-Surface Phonon Polariton Quantum Hybrid System (United States)

    Chao, Yuanxi; Sheng, Jiteng; Bigelow, Nicholas P.; Shaffer, James P.


    We investigate a quantum hybrid system in the strong coupling regime, formed by a Rydberg atom ensemble and a surface phonon polariton (SPhP) propagating on a periodically poled piezoelectric metamaterial surface. We present our theoretical results and initial experiments on the possibilities for achieving strong coupling. Due to the large Rydberg transition dipole moments and the local field enhancement of confined SPhP excitations, the strong coupling regime can be achieved with a dilute atomic ensemble and a proper superlattice design according to our calculations. With submicron periodically poled crystals, even when the atomic ensemble is mms away from the crystal surface, the collective atom-surface coupling can exceed the loss rates, leading to the observation of strong coupling phenomena. For our work, the Rydberg transition from 87S1/2 to 87P1/2 in rubidium is chosen to couple to a SPhP mode at 5 GHz, corresponding to a periodically poled Lithium Niobate (PPLN) surface with a period of 1 μm . To fabricate the PPLN we use the direct e-beam write poling method. This work is supported by AFOSR.

  2. Free-space microwave-to-optical conversion via six-wave mixing in Rydberg atoms (United States)

    Han, Jingshan; Vogt, Thibault; Gross, Christian; Jaksch, Dieter; Kiffner, Martin; Li, Wenhui


    The interconversion of millimeter waves and optical fields is an important and highly topical subject for classical and quantum technologies. In this talk, we report an experimental demonstration of coherent and efficient microwave-to-optical conversion in free space via six-wave mixing in Rydberg atoms. Our scheme utilizes the strong coupling of millimeter waves to Rydberg atoms as well as the frequency mixing based on electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) that greatly enhances the nonlinearity for the conversion process. We achieve a free-space conversion efficiency of 0.25% with a bandwidth of about 4 MHz in our experiment. Optimized geometry and energy level configurations should enable the broadband interconversion of microwave and optical fields with near-unity efficiency. These results indicate the tremendous potential of Rydberg atoms for the efficient conversion between microwave and optical fields, and thus paves the way to many applications. This work is supported by Singapore Ministry of Education Academic Research Fund Tier 2 (Grant No. MOE2015-T2-1-085).

  3. Backscattered Helium Spectroscopy in the Helium Ion Microscope: Principles, Resolution and Applications

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    van Gastel, Raoul; Hlawacek, G.; Dutta, S.; Poelsema, Bene


    We demonstrate the possibilities and limitations for microstructure characterization using backscattered particles from a sharply focused helium ion beam. The interaction of helium ions with matter enables the imaging, spectroscopic characterization, as well as the nanometer scale modification of

  4. Frequency metrology in quantum degenerate helium

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    Vassen Wim


    Full Text Available We have measured the absolute frequency of the 1557-nm doubly forbidden transition between the two metastable states of helium, 2 3S1 (lifetime 8000 s and 2 1S0 (lifetime 20 ms, with 1 kHz precision. With an Einstein coefficient of 10−7 s−1 this is one of weakest optical transitions ever measured. The measurement was performed in a Bose-Einstein condensate of 4He* as well as in a Degenerate Fermi Gas of 3He*, trapped in a crossed dipole trap. From the isotope shift we deduced the nuclear charge radius difference between the α-particle and the helion. Our value differs by 4σ with a very recent result obtained on the 2 3S → 2 3P transition.

  5. Helium Inventory Management For LHC Cryogenics

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    Pyarali, Maisam


    The LHC is a 26.7 km circumference ring lined with superconducting magnets that operate at 1.9 K. These magnets are used to control the trajectory of beams of protons traveling in opposite directions and collide them at various experimental sites across the LHC where their debris is analyzed. The focus of this paper is the cryogenic system that allows the magnets to operate in their superconducting states. It aims to highlight the operating principles of helium refrigeration and liquefaction, with and without nitrogen pre-cooling; discuss the various refrigerators and liquefiers used at CERN for both LHC and Non-LHC applications, with their liquefaction capacities and purposes; and finally to deliberate the management of the LHC inventory and how it contributes to the strategic decision CERN makes regarding the inventory management during the Year-End Technical Stop (YETS), Extended Year-End Technical Stop (EYETS) and long shutdowns.

  6. Parameters of helium absorption by porous structures (United States)

    Bukin, A. N.; Ivanova, A. S.; Marunich, S. A.; Pak, Yu. S.; Rozenkevich, M. B.


    Results from investigating the parameters of helium absoption by hollow glass-crystalline cenospheres obtained at the Reftinsky regional power station in the city of Asbest are presented. The permeability coefficients of helium penetrating through shells are determined, and the apparent activation energy is estimated ( E act = 33 ± 5 kJ/mol). The possibility of selectively extracting helium from mixtures of it and nitrogen is shown.

  7. Surface Impact Simulations of Helium Nanodroplets (United States)


    AFRL-RW-EG-TP-2015-001 Surface Impact Simulations of Helium Nanodroplets Robert J. Hinde Department of Chemistry University of...TITLE AND SUBTITLE Surface Impact Simulations of Helium Nanodroplets 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 5b. GRANT NUMBER FA8651-11-1-0005 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT...captures atomic delocalization of the helium atoms characteristic of the quantum solvent, but allow the single-particle wavefunctions to vary throughout

  8. Energy and charge distribution of energetic helium ions in the outer radiation belt of the earth (United States)

    Klecker, B.; Hovestadt, D.; Scholer, M.; Gloeckler, G.; Ipavich, F. M.; Fan, C. Y.


    The first direct measurement of the charge states of helium at energies greater than 0.5 MeV/nucleon in the outer radiation belt, obtained aboard the ISEE-1 spacecraft in 1977, is reported. High abundances of singly ionized helium, with He(+)/He(2+) = 0.4 + or - 0.1 at L = 3.3 was found during one perigee pass, with a sudden decrease of that ratio by a factor of about 10 between L = 3.3 and 3.7. It is shown that nonstationary and/or nonadiabatic processes may play an important role for the distribution of helium ions in the outer radiation belt.

  9. Vibronic couplings in the C 1s-Rydberg and valence excitations of C{sub 2}H{sub 2}, revealed by angle-resolved photoion yield spectroscopy

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    Masuda, Suomi [Graduate School for Advanced Studies, Institute for Molecular Science, Okazaki 444-8585 (Japan); Gejo, Tatsuo [University of Hyogo, Kamigori-cho 678-1297 (Japan); Hiyama, Miyabi [Graduate School for Advanced Studies, Institute for Molecular Science, Okazaki 444-8585 (Japan); Kosugi, Nobuhiro [Graduate School for Advanced Studies, Institute for Molecular Science, Okazaki 444-8585 (Japan)]. E-mail:


    High resolution angle-resolved ion-yield spectra are reported for the C1s->Rydberg excitations of acetylene. Vibronic coupling features are found in the energy regions of 3s{sigma}{sub g}/3{sigma}{sub u}*, 3p{sigma}{sub u}, and near threshold. By increasing retarding potentials for ion detectors to select more energetic fragmentation channels, the feature observed in the 90{sup o} direction is assigned to the C1s->3{sigma}{sub u}* valence state coupled with the C1s->1{pi}{sub g}* excited state via cis bending ({pi}{sub u}) vibrational mode.

  10. Behaviour of helium after implantation in molybdenum

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    Viaud, C. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique (CEA), Cadarache (France)], E-mail:; Maillard, S.; Carlot, G.; Valot, C. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique (CEA), Cadarache (France); Gilabert, E. [Chimie Nucleaire Analytique and Bio-environnementale (CNAB), Gradignan (France); Sauvage, T. [CEMHTI-CNRS, Orleans (France); Peaucelle, C.; Moncoffre, N. [Institut de Physique Nucleaire de Lyon (IPNL), Lyon (France)


    This study deals with the behaviour of helium in a molybdenum liner dedicated to the retention of fission products. More precisely this work contributes to evaluate the release of implanted helium when the gas has precipitated into nanometric bubbles close to the free surface. A simple model dedicated to calculate the helium release in such a condition is presented. The specificity of this model lays on the assumption that the gas is in equilibrium with a simple distribution of growing bubbles. This effort is encouraging since the calculated helium release fits an experimental dataset with a set of parameters in good agreement with the literature.

  11. Helium transfer line installation details.

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    G. Perinic


    A particularity of the 32 m long four in one helium transfer line in between the cold box in USC55 and the cavern UX5 is the fact that the transfer line passes through a hole in the crane rail support beam. In order to ensure the alignment of the suspension rail in the interconnecting tunnel with the hole in the rail support as well as the connection points at both ends required precise measurements of the given geometries as well as the installation of a temporary target for the verification of the theoretical predictions.

  12. Atomic pair-state interferometer

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    Nipper, J.; Balewski, Jonathan B.; Krupp, Alexander T.


    We present experiments measuring an interaction-induced phase shift of Rydberg atoms at Stark-tuned Förster resonances. The phase shift features a dispersive shape around the resonance, showing that the interaction strength and sign can be tuned coherently. We use a pair-state interferometer...

  13. Scaling of cross-sections for asymmetric (e,3e) process on helium ...

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)

    Abstract. An approximate simple scaling law is obtained for asymmetric (e, 3e) process on helium-like ions for double ionization by fast electrons. It is based on the equation. (Z 3/π) exp[−Z (r1 + r2)], Z = Z − (5/16) for ground state wave function of helium- like ions and Z 2 scaling of energies. The scaling law is found to work ...

  14. LOX Tank Helium Removal for Propellant Scavenging (United States)

    Chato, David J.


    System studies have shown a significant advantage to reusing the hydrogen and oxygen left in these tanks after landing on the Moon in fuel cells to generate power and water for surface systems. However in the current lander concepts, the helium used to pressurize the oxygen tank can substantially degrade fuel cell power and water output by covering the reacting surface with inert gas. This presentation documents an experimental investigation of methods to remove the helium pressurant while minimizing the amount of the oxygen lost. This investigation demonstrated that significant quantities of Helium (greater than 90% mole fraction) remain in the tank after draining. Although a single vent cycle reduced the helium quantity, large amounts of helium remained. Cyclic venting appeared to be more effective. Three vent cycles were sufficient to reduce the helium to small (less than 0.2%) quantities. Two vent cycles may be sufficient since once the tank has been brought up to pressure after the second vent cycle the helium concentration has been reduced to the less than 0.2% level. The re-pressurization process seemed to contribute to diluting helium. This is as expected since in order to raise the pressure liquid oxygen must be evaporated. Estimated liquid oxygen loss is on the order of 82 pounds (assuming the third vent cycle is not required).

  15. Organ protection by the noble gas helium

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    Smit, K.F.


    The aims of this thesis were to investigate whether helium induces preconditioning in humans, and to elucidate the mechanisms behind this possible protection. First, we collected data regarding organ protective effects of noble gases in general, and of helium in particular (chapters 1-3). In chapter

  16. Nanofabrication with a helium ion microscope

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    Maas, D.; Van Veldhoven, E.; Chen, P.; Sidorkin, V.; Salemink, H.; Van der Drift, E.; Alkemade, P.


    The recently introduced helium ion microscope (HIM) is capable of imaging and fabrication of nanostructures thanks to its sub-nanometer sized ion probe [1,2]. The unique interaction of the helium ions with the sample material provides very localized secondary electron emission, thus providing a

  17. Helium Speech: An Application of Standing Waves (United States)

    Wentworth, Christopher D.


    Taking a breath of helium gas and then speaking or singing to the class is a favorite demonstration for an introductory physics course, as it usually elicits appreciative laughter, which serves to energize the class session. Students will usually report that the helium speech "raises the frequency" of the voice. A more accurate description of the…

  18. Radioactive ions and atoms in superfluid helium

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    Dendooven, P.G.; Purushothaman, S.; Gloos, K.; Aysto, J.; Takahashi, N.; Huang, W.; Harissopulos, S; Demetriou, P; Julin, R


    We are investigating the use of superfluid helium as a medium to handle and manipulate radioactive ions and atoms. Preliminary results on the extraction of positive ions from superfluid helium at temperatures close to 1 K are described. Increasing the electric field up to 1.2 kV/cm did not improve

  19. Permeability of Hollow Microspherical Membranes to Helium (United States)

    Zinoviev, V. N.; Kazanin, I. V.; Pak, A. Yu.; Vereshchagin, A. S.; Lebiga, V. A.; Fomin, V. M.


    This work is devoted to the study of the sorption characteristics of various hollow microspherical membranes to reveal particles most suitable for application in the membrane-sorption technologies of helium extraction from a natural gas. The permeability of the investigated sorbents to helium and their impermeability to air and methane are shown experimentally. The sorption-desorption dependences of the studied sorbents have been obtained, from which the parameters of their specific permeability to helium are calculated. It has been established that the physicochemical modification of the original particles exerts a great influence on the coefficient of the permeability of a sorbent to helium. Specially treated cenospheres have displayed high efficiency as membranes for selective extraction of helium.

  20. Global helium particle balance in LHD

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    Motojima, G., E-mail: [National Institute for Fusion Science, Toki, Gifu 509-5292 (Japan); Masuzaki, S.; Tokitani, M.; Kasahara, H.; Yoshimura, Y.; Kobayashi, M.; Sakamoto, R.; Morisaki, T.; Miyazawa, J.; Akiyama, T. [National Institute for Fusion Science, Toki, Gifu 509-5292 (Japan); Ohno, N. [Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Aichi 464-8603 (Japan); Mutoh, T.; Yamada, H. [National Institute for Fusion Science, Toki, Gifu 509-5292 (Japan)


    Global helium particle balance in long-pulse discharges is analyzed for the first time in the Large Helical Device (LHD) with the plasma-facing components of the first wall and the divertor tiles composed of stainless steel and carbon, respectively. During the 2-min discharge sustained by ion cyclotron resonance heating (ICRH) and electron cyclotron heating (ECH), helium is observed to be highly retained in the wall (regarded as both the first wall and the divertor tiles). Almost all (about 96%) puffed helium particles (1.3 × 10{sup 22} He) are absorbed in the wall near the end of the discharge. Even though a dynamic retention is eliminated, 56% is still absorbed. The analysis is also applied to longer pulse discharges over 40 min by ICRH and ECH, indicating that the helium wall retention is dynamically changed in time. At the initial phase of the discharge, a mechanism for adsorbing helium other than dynamical retention is invoked.

  1. Theoretical studies of photoassociation in ultracold metastable helium

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    Cocks, D G; Whittingham, I B, E-mail:, E-mail: [School of Mathematics, Physics and Information Technology, James Cook University, Townsville, 4811 (Australia)


    Line shifts and line shapes for photoassociation of spin-polarised metastable helium to long-range vibrational states in the J = 1,0{sup +}{sub u} potential dissociating to the 2s{sup 3}S{sub 1} + 2p {sup 3}P{sub 0} limit are studied using a nonperturbative multichannel calculation valid for arbitrary laser intensities. Asymptotically-free dressed states of the laser plus matter system are used to obtain the S-matrix elements required to generate the photoassociation profiles. Issues associated with the very shallow nature of the potentials that support the excited states are investigated.

  2. Investigation of particle diffusion and suprathermal electrons in a magnetized helium plasma column

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    Lefevre, T.; Escarguel, A.; Stamm, R.; Godbert-Mouret, L. [Aix-Marseille Université, CNRS, PIIM UMR 7345, F13397 CEDEX 20, Marseille (France); Rosmej, F. B. [Sorbonne Universités, Pierre et Marie Curie, UMR 7605, LULI, case 128, 4 place Jussieu, F-75252 Paris Cedex 05 (France); LULI, Ecole Polytechnique, CNRS, CEA, Physique Atomique dans les Plasmas Denses PAPD, Route de Saclay, F-91128 Palaiseau (France)


    Studying radiative properties of magnetized helium plasma via high-resolution spectroscopy identified close correlations between the particle diffusion and suprathermal electrons for different modes of operation of the MISTRAL installation. The standard diagnostic emission lines in neutral helium (1s3d {sup 3}D-1s2p {sup 3}P, 1s3s {sup 3}S-1s2p {sup 3}P, 1s3d {sup 1}D-1s2p {sup 1}P, and 1s3s {sup 1}S-1s2p {sup 1}P) show anomalous ratios that are related to enhanced particle diffusion and suprathermal electron generation. The supplementary investigation of singlet/triplet Rydberg series (transitions 1snd {sup 3}D-1s2p {sup 3}P and 1s5p {sup 1}P-1s2s {sup 1}S) as well as ionic lines (HeII, transitions n = 3–4 at 469 nm and n = 4–6 at 656 nm) allowed quantitative characterization. Simulations carried out with the atomic physics code SOPHIA demonstrate that simultaneous implementation of diffusion processes and suprathermal electrons matches all experimental findings. Single consideration, however, of either diffusion or hot electrons is in contradiction to the proposed extended set of HeI and HeII emission lines. The high precision achieved with the LSJ-split level structure of SOPHIA coupled to Langmuir probe measurements allowed to conclude to a Bohm type diffusion in MISTRAL.

  3. The Thermodynamical Instability Induced by Pressure Ionization in Fluid Helium

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    Li, Qiong; Zhang, Gong-Mu; Zhao, Yan-Hong; Lu, Guo; Tian, Ming-Feng; Song, Hai-Feng


    A systematic study of pressure ionization is carried out in the chemical picture by the example of fluid helium. By comparing the variants of the chemical model, it is demonstrated that the behavior of pressure ionization depends on the construction of the free energy function. In the chemical model with the Coulomb free energy described by the Pad\\'e interpolation formula, thermodynamical instability induced by pressure ionization is found to be manifested by a discontinuous drop or a continuous fall and rise along the pressure-density curve as well as the pressure-temperature curve, which is very much like the first order liquid-liquid phase transition of fluid hydrogen from the first principles simulations. In contrast, in the variant chemical model with the Coulomb free energy term empirically weakened, no thermodynamical instability is induced when pressure ionization occurs, and the resulting equation of state achieves good agreement with the first principles simulations of fluid helium.

  4. Helium Detonations on Neutron Stars (United States)

    Zingale, M.; Timmes, F. X.; Fryxell, B.; Lamb, D. Q.; Olson, K.; Calder, A. C.; Dursi, L. J.; Ricker, P.; Rosner, R.; Truran, J. W.; MacNeice, P.; Tufo, H.


    We present the results of a numerical study of helium detonations on the surfaces of neutron stars. We analyze the evolution of a detonation as it breaks through the envelope of the neutron star and propagates across its surface. A series of surface waves propagate across the pool of hot ash with a speed of 1.3 x 109 \\ cm \\ s-1, matching the speed expected from shallow water wave theory. The entire envelope bounces in the gravitational potential well of the neutron star with a period of 50 μ s. The photosphere reaches a height of 15 km above the surface of the neutron star. The sensitivity of the results to the spatial resolution and assumed initial conditions are analyzed, and the relevance of this model to Type I X-ray bursts is discussed. This work is supported by the Department of Energy under Grant No. B341495 to the Center for Astrophysical Thermonuclear Flashes at the University of Chicago.

  5. Electric response in superfluid helium (United States)

    Chagovets, Tymofiy V.


    We report an experimental investigation of the electric response of superfluid helium that arises in the presence of a second sound standing wave. It was found that the signal of the electric response is observed in a narrow range of second sound excitation power. The linear dependence of the signal amplitude has been derived at low excitation power, however, above some critical power, the amplitude of the signal is considerably decreased. It was established that the rapid change of the electric response is not associated with a turbulent regime generated by the second sound wave. A model of the appearance of the electric response as a result of the oscillation of electron bubbles in the normal fluid velocity field in the second sound wave is presented. Possible explanation for the decrease of the electric response are presented.

  6. Deterministic single-atom excitation via adiabatic passage and Rydberg blockade (United States)

    Beterov, I. I.; Tretyakov, D. B.; Entin, V. M.; Yakshina, E. A.; Ryabtsev, I. I.; MacCormick, C.; Bergamini, S.


    We propose to use adiabatic rapid passage with a chirped laser pulse in the strong dipole blockade regime to deterministically excite only one Rydberg atom from randomly loaded optical dipole traps or optical lattices. The chirped laser excitation is shown to be insensitive to the random number N of the atoms in the traps. Our method overcomes the problem of the N dependence of the collective Rabi frequency, which was the main obstacle for deterministic single-atom excitation in the ensembles with unknown N, and can be applied for single-atom loading of dipole traps and optical lattices.

  7. Deterministic single-atom excitation via adiabatic passage and Rydberg blockade

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    Beterov, I. I.; Tretyakov, D. B.; Entin, V. M.; Yakshina, E. A.; Ryabtsev, I. I.; MacCormick, C.; Bergamini, S. [A. V. Rzhanov Institute of Semiconductor Physics SB RAS, Prospekt Lavrentieva 13, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK6 7AA (United Kingdom)


    We propose to use adiabatic rapid passage with a chirped laser pulse in the strong dipole blockade regime to deterministically excite only one Rydberg atom from randomly loaded optical dipole traps or optical lattices. The chirped laser excitation is shown to be insensitive to the random number N of the atoms in the traps. Our method overcomes the problem of the {radical}(N) dependence of the collective Rabi frequency, which was the main obstacle for deterministic single-atom excitation in the ensembles with unknown N, and can be applied for single-atom loading of dipole traps and optical lattices.

  8. Photoionization Energies and Oscillator Strengths of Helium and Helium-like Ions (United States)

    Faye, N. A. B.; Ndao, A. S.; Konte, A.; Biaye, M.; Wague, A.


    We first studied the resonant photoionization of helium-like ions, such as C4+, N5+, and O6+, and determined the wave functions, the excitation energies, and the partial and total widths of the autoionizing states of these ions lying under the n = 3 thresholds of the residual ion. For more detailed analysis of the theory, and a better comprehension of the internal dynamics of atomic resonances and electronic phenomena of correlation, we extended these calculations to other helium-like ions, under higher thresholds (n = 4 and 5) of the hydrogen ions H-, and of Li+, C4+, N5+, and O6+. We were also interested in oscillator strengths. These parameters are important for interpreting the spectra and diagnosing astrophysical and laboratory plasmas, as well as for analyzing the spectra coming from space and determining the composition and relative abundance from the various elements of the stellar and interstellar environment. We sought a better comprehension of the coupling between autoionizing and continuum states and of the phenomena of electronic correlations. We used the method of diagonalization that has been used below the n = 2 threshold of the residual ion. The results are important for astrophysicists and physicists studying matter-radiation interaction and for the invention of new laser systems. We also measured laser-induced chlorophyll fluorescence (LICF) emission spectra of the leaves of some tropical plants using a compact fiber-optic fluorosensor with a continuous-wave violet diode laser as the exciting source and an integrated digital spectrometer to analyze the state of stress of the plants.

  9. In Beam Tests of Implanted Helium Targets

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    McDonald, J E; Ahmed, M W; Blackston, M A; Delbar, T; Gai, M; Kading, T J; Parpottas, Y; Perdue, B A; Prior, R M; Rubin, D A; Spraker, M C; Yeomans, J D; Weissman, L; Weller, H R; Delbar, Th.; Conn, LNS/U; Duke, TUNL/


    Targets consisting of 3,4He implanted into thin aluminum foils (approximately 100, 200 or 600 ug/cm^2) were prepared using intense (a few uA) helium beams at low energy (approximately 20, 40 or 100 keV). Uniformity of the implantation was achieved by a beam raster across a 12 mm diameter tantalum collimator at the rates of 0.1 Hz in the vertical direction and 1 Hz in the horizontal direction. Helium implantation into the very thin (approximately 80-100 ug/cm^2) aluminum foils failed to produce useful targets (with only approximately 10% of the helium retained) due to an under estimation of the range by the code SRIM. The range of low energy helium in aluminum predicted by Northcliffe and Shilling and the NIST online tabulation are observed on the other hand to over estimate the range of low energy helium ions in aluminum. An attempt to increase the amount of helium by implanting a second deeper layer was also carried out, but it did not significantly increase the helium content beyond the blistering limit (ap...

  10. Helium implanted AlHf as studied by Ta TDPAC

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)


    TDPAC; electric field gradient; Hf solute clusters; helium-vacancy complex; defect recovery. 1. Introduction. In recent years a considerable effort has been directed to the behaviour of helium in metals as helium is produced by (n, α) reaction in nuclear materials. Helium atoms are insoluble in metals and are strongly attracted ...

  11. 21 CFR 868.1640 - Helium gas analyzer. (United States)


    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Helium gas analyzer. 868.1640 Section 868.1640...) MEDICAL DEVICES ANESTHESIOLOGY DEVICES Diagnostic Devices § 868.1640 Helium gas analyzer. (a) Identification. A helium gas analyzer is a device intended to measure the concentration of helium in a gas...

  12. High-resolution study of oscillator strengths and predissociation rates for 13C18O . W-X bands and Rydberg complexes between 92.9 and 93.5 nm (United States)

    Eidelsberg, M.; Lemaire, J. L.; Federman, S. R.; Heays, A. N.; Stark, G.; Lyons, J. R.; Gavilan, L.; de Oliveira, N.


    We carried out experiments at the SOLEIL synchrotron facility to acquire data for modelling CO photochemistry in the vacuum ultraviolet. We report oscillator strengths and predissociation rates for four vibrational bands associated with transitions from the v = 0 level of the X1Σ+ ground state to the v = 0-3 vibrational levels of the core excited W1Π Rydberg state, and for three overlapping bands associated with the 4pπ, 5pπ, and 5pσ Rydberg states between 92.9 and 93.4 nm in 13C18O. These results complete those obtained in the same conditions for 12C16O, 13C16O, and 12C18O recently published by us, and extend the development of a comprehensive database of line positions, oscillator strengths, and linewidths of photodissociating transitions for CO isotopologues. Absorption spectra were recorded using the Vacuum UltraViolet Fourier Transform Spectrometer (VUV-FTS) installed on the Dichroïsme Et Spectroscopie par Interaction avec le Rayonnement Synchrotron (DESIRS) beamline at SOLEIL. The resolving power of the measurements, R = 300 000 to 400 000, allows the analysis of individual line strengths and widths within the bands. Gas column densities in the differentially pumped system were calibrated using the B-X (0-0) band at 115.1 nm in 13C18O.

  13. Development of a transferline connecting a helium liquefier coldbox and a liquid helium Dewar (United States)

    Menon, Rajendran S.; Rane, Tejas; Chakravarty, Anindya; Joemon, V.


    A helium liquefier with demonstrated capacity of 32 1/hr has been developed by BARC. Mumbai. A transferline for two way flow of helium between the helium liquefier coldbox and receiver Dewar has been developed in-house at BARC. Further, a functionally similar, but structurally improved transferline has been developed through a local fabricator. This paper describes and discusses issues related to the development of these cryogenic transferlines. The developed transferlines have been tested with a flow of liquid nitrogen and successfully utilised later in the helium liquefier plant.

  14. Rotational excitation of methanol by helium at interstellar temperatures

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    Pottage, J


    Calculations have been performed to obtain accurate cross-sections and thermally averaged rate coefficients for the rotational excitation of methanol by helium, using the Coupled States quantum-mechanical approach. Transitions within the ground and first torsionally excited states of A and E-type methanol were considered. The 'propensity rules' governing the collisional transitions were examined and compared with the results of microwave double resonance experiments. Predictions are made of line intensity ratios which are sensitive to the density of the He perturber and which lend themselves to the determination of the perturber densities in astrophysically interesting regions of molecular clouds.

  15. ASACUSA Anti-protonic Helium_Final

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    Latest precision measurement of the mass of the proton and the anti proton though the production of antiprotonic helium by the ASACUSA experiment at CERN's antimatter factory, with a beam from the Antiproton Decelerator

  16. Realization of mechanical rotation in superfluid helium (United States)

    Gordon, E. B.; Kulish, M. I.; Karabulin, A. V.; Matyushenko, V. I.; Dyatlova, E. V.; Gordienko, A. S.; Stepanov, M. E.


    The possibility of using miniaturized low-power electric motors submerged in superfluid helium for organization of rotation inside a cryostat has been investigated. It has been revealed that many of commercial micromotors can operate in liquid helium consuming low power. Turret with 5 sample holders, assembled on the base of stepper motor, has been successfully tested in experiments on the nanowire production in quantized vortices of superfluid helium. Application of the stepper motor made it possible in a single experiment to study the effect of various experimental parameters on the yield and quality of the nanowires. The promises for continuous fast rotation of the bath filled by superfluid helium by using high-speed brushless micromotor were outlined and tested. Being realized, this approach will open new possibility to study the guest particles interaction with the array of parallel linear vortices in He II.

  17. Helium-Hydrogen Recovery System Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Immense quantities of expensive liquefied helium are required at Stennis and Kennedy Space Centers for pre-cooling rocket engine propellant systems prior to filling...

  18. Online helium inventory monitoring of JLab cryogenic systems (United States)

    Hasan, N.; Knudsen, P.; Wright, M.


    There are five cryogenic plants at Jefferson Lab which support the LINAC, experiment hall end-stations and test facility. The majority of JLab’s helium inventory, which is around 15 tons, is allocated in the LINAC cryo-modules, with the majority of the balance of helium distributed at the cryogenic-plant level mainly as stored gas and liquid for stable operation. Due to the organic evolution of the five plants and independent actions within the experiment halls, the traditional inventory management strategy suffers from rapid identification of potential leaks. This can easily result in losses many times higher than the normally accepted (average) loss rate. A real-time program to quickly identify potential excessive leakage was developed and tested. This program was written in MATLAB© for portability, easy diagnostics and modification. It interfaces directly with EPICS to access the cryogenic system state, and with and NIST REFPROP© for real fluid properties. This program was validated against the actual helium offloaded into the system. The present paper outlines the details of the inventory monitoring program, its validation and a sample of the achieved results.

  19. Helium behaviour in implanted boron carbide

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    Motte Vianney


    Full Text Available When boron carbide is used as a neutron absorber in nuclear power plants, large quantities of helium are produced. To simulate the gas behaviour, helium implantations were carried out in boron carbide. The samples were then annealed up to 1500 °C in order to observe the influence of temperature and duration of annealing. The determination of the helium diffusion coefficient was carried out using the 3He(d,p4He nuclear reaction (NRA method. From the evolution of the width of implanted 3He helium profiles (fluence 1 × 1015/cm2, 3 MeV corresponding to a maximum helium concentration of about 1020/cm3 as a function of annealing temperatures, an Arrhenius diagram was plotted and an apparent diffusion coefficient was deduced (Ea = 0.52 ± 0.11 eV/atom. The dynamic of helium clusters was observed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM of samples implanted with 1.5 × 1016/cm2, 2.8 to 3 MeV 4He ions, leading to an implanted slab about 1 μm wide with a maximum helium concentration of about 1021/cm3. After annealing at 900 °C and 1100 °C, small (5–20 nm flat oriented bubbles appeared in the grain, then at the grain boundaries. At 1500 °C, due to long-range diffusion, intra-granular bubbles were no longer observed; helium segregates at the grain boundaries, either as bubbles or inducing grain boundaries opening.

  20. A new formula for the statistical weight for a sequence of Rydberg levels in an atom or ion (United States)

    Eriksson, M.; Lennerstad, H.


    We present a new formula for the total statistical weight of all Rydberg levels Gion (nl, nh ) for which the principal quantum number n is between higher, nh , and a lower, nl , limits. This formula can be used for all atoms in the periodic table and for all corresponding ions.

  1. Helium and Neon in Comets (United States)

    Jewitt, David


    Two comets were observed with EUVE in late 1994. Both comet Mueller and comet Borrelly are short-period comets having well established orbital elements and accurate ephemerides. Spectra of 40 ksec were taken of each. No evidence for emission lines from either Helium or Neon was detected. We calculated limits on the production rates of these atoms (relative to solar) assuming a standard isotropic outflow model, with a gas streaming speed of 1 km/s. The 3-sigma (99.7% confidence) limits (1/100,000 for He, 0.8 for Ne) are based on a conservative estimate of the noise in the EUVE spectra. They are also weakly dependent on the precise pointing and tracking of the EUVE field of view relative to the comet during the integrations. These limits are consistent with ice formation temperatures T greater than or equal to 30 K, as judged from the gas trapping experiments of Bar-Nun. For comparison, the solar abundances of these elements are He/O = 110, Ne/O = 1/16. Neither limit was as constraining as we had initially hoped, mainly because comets Mueller and Borrelly were intrinsically less active than anticipated.

  2. Helium Detonations on Neutron Stars (United States)

    Zingale, M.; Timmes, F. X.; Fryxell, B.; Lamb, D. Q.; Olson, K.; Calder, A. C.; Dursi, L. J.; Ricker, P.; Rosner, R.; MacNeice, P.; Tufo, H. M.


    We present the results of a numerical study of helium detonations on the surfaces of neutron stars. We describe two-dimensional simulations of the evolution of a detonation as it breaks through the accreted envelope of the neutron star and propagates laterally through the accreted material. The detonation front propagates laterally at nearly the Chapman-Jouguet velocity, v=1.3×109 cm s-1. A series of surface waves propagate across the pool of hot ash behind the detonation front with the same speed, matching the speed expected from shallow water wave theory. The entire envelope oscillates in the gravitational potential well of the neutron star with a period of ~50 μs. The photosphere reaches an estimated height of 10 km above the surface of the neutron star. Our study confirms that such a detonation can insure the spread of burning over the entire neutron star surface on a timescale consistent with burst rise times. We analyze the sensitivity of the results to the spatial resolution and the assumed initial conditions. We conclude by presenting a comparison of this model to type I X-ray bursts.

  3. Frequency Metrology in Quantum Degenerate Helium: Direct Measurement of the 2 3S1 → 2 1S0 Transition (United States)

    van Rooij, R.; Borbely, J. S.; Simonet, J.; Hoogerland, M. D.; Eikema, K. S. E.; Rozendaal, R. A.; Vassen, W.


    Precision spectroscopy of simple atomic systems has refined our understanding of the fundamental laws of quantum physics. In particular, helium spectroscopy has played a crucial role in describing two-electron interactions, determining the fine-structure constant and extracting the size of the helium nucleus. Here we present a measurement of the doubly forbidden 1557-nanometer transition connecting the two metastable states of helium (the lowest energy triplet state 2 3S1 and first excited singlet state 2 1S0), for which quantum electrodynamic and nuclear size effects are very strong. This transition is weaker by 14 orders of magnitude than the most predominantly measured transition in helium. Ultracold, submicrokelvin, fermionic 3He and bosonic 4He atoms are used to obtain a precision of 8 × 10-12, providing a stringent test of two-electron quantum electrodynamic theory and of nuclear few-body theory.

  4. Dynamics Resonances in Atomic States of Astrophysical Relevance

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    Arefieff, K N; Bezuglov, N N; Dimitrijevic, M S; Klyucharev, A N; Mihajlov, A A; Sreckovic, V A


    Ionized geocosmic media parameters in a thermal and a subthermal range of energy have a number of unique features. The photoresonance plasma that is formed by optical excitation of the lowest excited (resonance) atomic states is one example of conversion of radiation energy into electrical one. Since spontaneous fluorescence of excited atoms is probabilistic, the description of the radiating quantized system evolution along with photons energy transfer in a cold atoms medium, should include elements of stochastic dynamics. Finally, the chaotic dynamics of a weakly bound Rydberg electron over a grid of the energy levels diagram of a quasi-molecular Rydberg complex provides an excitation migration of the electron forward to the ionization continuum. This work aims at discussing the specific features of the dynamic resonances formalism in the description of processes involving Rydberg states of an excited atom, including features in the fluorescence spectrum partially caused by the quantum defect control due to ...

  5. Helium Reionization Simulations. II. Signatures of Quasar Activity on the IGM (United States)

    La Plante, Paul; Trac, Hy; Croft, Rupert; Cen, Renyue


    We have run a new suite of simulations that solve hydrodynamics and radiative transfer simultaneously to study helium II reionization. Our suite of simulations employs various models for populating quasars inside of dark matter halos, which affect the He II reionization history. In particular, we are able to explore the impact that differences in the timing and duration of reionization have on observables. We examine the thermal signature that reionization leaves on the intergalactic medium (IGM), and measure the temperature-density relation. As previous studies have shown, we confirm that the photoheating feedback from helium II reionization raises the temperature of the IGM by several thousand kelvin. To compare against observations, we generate synthetic Lyα forest sightlines on-the-fly and match the observed effective optical depth {τ }{eff}(z) of hydrogen to recent observations. We show that when the simulations have been normalized to have the same values of {τ }{eff}, the effect that helium II reionization has on observations of the hydrogen Lyα forest is minimal. Specifically, the flux PDF and the one-dimensional power spectrum are sensitive to the thermal state of the IGM, but do not show direct evidence for the ionization state of helium. We show that the peak temperature of the IGM typically corresponds to the time of 90%-95% helium ionization by volume, and is a relatively robust indicator of the timing of reionization. Future observations of helium reionization from the hydrogen Lyα forest should thus focus on measuring the temperature of the IGM, especially at mean density. Detecting the peak in the IGM temperature would provide valuable information about the timing of the end of helium II reionization.

  6. Standard Guide for Simulation of Helium Effects in Irradiated Metals

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    American Society for Testing and Materials. Philadelphia


    1.1 This guide provides advice for conducting experiments to investigate the effects of helium on the properties of metals where the technique for introducing the helium differs in some way from the actual mechanism of introduction of helium in service. Simulation techniques considered for introducing helium shall include charged particle implantation, exposure to α-emitting radioisotopes, and tritium decay techniques. Procedures for the analysis of helium content and helium distribution within the specimen are also recommended. 1.2 Two other methods for introducing helium into irradiated materials are not covered in this guide. They are the enhancement of helium production in nickel-bearing alloys by spectral tailoring in mixed-spectrum fission reactors, and isotopic tailoring in both fast and mixed-spectrum fission reactors. These techniques are described in Refs (1-5). Dual ion beam techniques (6) for simultaneously implanting helium and generating displacement damage are also not included here. This lat...

  7. Doubly excited helium. From strong correlation to chaos

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    Jiang, Yuhai


    In the present dissertation, the double excitation states of helium including the autoionization decay of these states were studied experimentally and theoretically in a broad energy region, which includes the transition from strong correlation below the low single ionization thresholds (SIT) to the region of quantum chaos at energies very close to the double-ionization threshold. Two kind of experiments were performed, namely total-ion-yield measurements with the aim to observe total cross sections (TCS) and electron time-of-flight (TOF) measurements to obtain partial cross sections (PCS) as well as angular distribution parameters (ADP). Both types of measurements were performed at the third generation synchrotron radiation facility BESSY II in Berlin. The TCSs were recorded up to the SIT I{sub 15}, and they were found to be in in excellent agreement with state-of-the-art complex-rotation calculations performed recently by D. Delande. These experimental and theoretical data on the TCSs were analyzed in order to study quantum chaos in doubly excited helium, and interesting signatures of quantum chaos were found. The TOF technique allowed to measure PCSs and ADPs in the energy regions from I{sub 5} to I{sub 9} and I{sub 7}, respectively. These experimental data provide a critical assessment of theoretical models that can be used to explore the dynamics of strong correlation as well as quantum chaos in helium. In the theoretical part of this dissertation, the n- and l-specific PCSs and ADPs below I{sub 4} were calculated employing the R-matrix method. The present theoretical results agree well with a recent experimental study of l-specific PCSs below I{sub 4} by J.R. Harries et al. An analysis of patterns in the PCSs and ADPs on the basis of the present experimental and theoretical l-specific data allowed to improve the present understanding of autoionization decay dynamics in this two-electron atom. (orig.)

  8. Absorption spectroscopy of adenine, 9-methyladenine, and 2-aminopurine in helium nanodroplets. (United States)

    Smolarek, Szymon; Rijs, Anouk M; Buma, Wybren Jan; Drabbels, Marcel


    High-resolution absorption spectra of adenine, 9-methyladenine and 2-aminopurine in helium nanodroplets have been recorded. In contrast to molecular beam experiments, large variations in linewidths are observed for adenine and 9-methyladenine. At the same time, the spectrum of 2-aminopurine remains sharp upon solvation in helium droplets. The line broadening observed for adenine and 9-methyladenine is attributed to a significant decrease of the lifetime of the (1)L(b)(ππ*) state and of (1)nπ* levels vibronically coupled to this state. The origin of the lifetime reduction is argued to be related to the increased accessibility of the (1)nπ*/(1)L(b)(ππ*) conical intersection upon solvation of these molecules in liquid helium.

  9. Photoionization of excited states of neon-like Mg III

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    The close coupling -matrix method is used to calculate cross-sections for photoionization of Mg III from its first three excited states. Configuration interaction wave functions are used to represent two target states of Mg III retained in the -matrix expansion. The positions and effective quantum numbers for the Rydberg ...

  10. Liquid Metallic Hydrogen II. A Critical Assessment of Current and Primordial Helium Levels in the Sun

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    Robitaille P.-M.


    Full Text Available Before a solar model becomes viable in astrophysics, one mus t consider how the ele- mental constitution of the Sun was ascertained, especially relative to its principle com- ponents: hydrogen and helium. Liquid metallic hydrogen has been proposed as a solar structural material for models based on condensed matter (e .g. Robitaille P.-M. Liq- uid Metallic Hydrogen: A Building Block for the Liquid Sun. Progr. Phys. , 2011, v. 3, 60–74. There can be little doubt that hydrogen plays a d ominant role in the uni- verse and in the stars; the massive abundance of hydrogen in t he Sun was established long ago. Today, it can be demonstrated that the near isointe nse nature of the Sun’s Balmer lines provides strong confirmatory evidence for a dis tinct solar surface. The situation relative to helium remains less conclusive. Stil l, helium occupies a prominent role in astronomy, both as an element associated with cosmol ogy and as a byproduct of nuclear energy generation, though its abundances within the Sun cannot be reliably estimated using theoretical approaches. With respect to th e determination of helium lev- els, the element remains spectroscopically silent at the le vel of the photosphere. While helium can be monitored with ease in the chromosphere and the prominences of the corona using spectroscopic methods, these measures are hig hly variable and responsive to elevated solar activity and nuclear fragmentation. Dire ct assays of the solar winds are currently viewed as incapable of providing definitive in formation regarding solar helium abundances. As a result, insight relative to helium r emains strictly based on the- oretical estimates which couple helioseismological appro aches to metrics derived from solar models. Despite their “state of the art” nature, heliu m estimates based on solar models and helioseismology are suspect on several fronts, i ncluding their reliance on solar opacities. The best knowledge can only come from the so

  11. Flow of Helium-4 in One-dimensional Channel (United States)

    Harris, Clayton R.; Banavar, Samhita; Kim, Duk Y.; Chan, Moses H. W.; Bischof, Jesse; Badding, John V.; Hayes, John; Sazio, Pier


    Superfluidity breaks down in the one-dimensional limit. However, other experiments have demonstrated superfluid flow through pores on the order of nanometers. Here we report on studying liquid helium flow through a single-hole glass capillary with internal diameters ranging from 80 to 150 nm. We observed a significant flow rate increase below the lambda transition temperature. The estimated critical velocities at low temperatures are approximately 10 m/s, which belongs to the highest group of measured critical velocities. Experimental study at Penn State is supported by NSF Grants No. DMR 1103159.

  12. Phase Measurement of Resonant Two-Photon Ionization in Helium

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    Swoboda, M; Klünder, K; Dahlström, J M; Miranda, M; Buth, C; Schafer, K J; Mauritsson, J; L'Huillier, A; Gisselbrecht, M


    We study resonant two-color two-photon ionization of Helium via the 1s3p 1P1 state. The first color is the 15th harmonic of a tunable titanium sapphire laser, while the second color is the fundamental laser radiation. Our method uses phase-locked high-order harmonics to determine the {\\it phase} of the two-photon process by interferometry. The measurement of the two-photon ionization phase variation as a function of detuning from the resonance and intensity of the dressing field allows us to determine the intensity dependence of the transition energy.

  13. Dilute helium mixtures at low temperatures : properties and cooling methods


    Pentti, Elias


    This thesis describes experimental work on dilute mixtures of ³He in 4He, mainly at millikelvin temperatures. The isotopic helium mixture has the unique property of remaining a miscible liquid down to the absolute zero temperature. In the mK regime, it consists of two very different components: perfectly superfluid 4He, and a weakly interacting degenerate Fermi liquid of ³He, predicted by theory to undergo transition to the superfluid state at an extremely low temperature. To discover that tr...

  14. Suicide by asphyxiation due to helium inhalation. (United States)

    Howard, Matthew O; Hall, Martin T; Edwards, Jeffrey D; Vaughn, Michael G; Perron, Brian E; Winecker, Ruth E


    Suicide by asphyxiation using helium is the most widely-promoted method of "self-deliverance" by right-to-die advocates. However, little is known about persons committing such suicides or the circumstances and manner in which they are completed. Prior reports of suicides by asphyxiation involving helium were reviewed and deaths determined by the North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to be helium-associated asphyxial suicides occurring between January 1, 2000 and December 31, 2008 were included in a new case series examined in this article. The 10 asphyxial suicides involving helium identified in North Carolina tended to occur almost exclusively in non-Hispanic, white men who were relatively young (M age = 41.1 T 11.6). In 6 of 10 cases, decedents suffered from significant psychiatric dysfunction; in 3 of these 6 cases, psychiatric disorders were present comorbidly with substance abuse. In none of these cases were decedents suffering from terminal illness. Most persons committing suicide with helium were free of terminal illness but suffered from psychiatric and/or substance use disorders.

  15. Helium release from radioisotope heat sources

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    Peterson, D.E.; Early, J.W.; Starzynski, J.S.; Land, C.C.


    Diffusion of helium in /sup 238/PuO/sub 2/ fuel was characterized as a function of the heating rate and the fuel microstructure. The samples were thermally ramped in an induction furnace and the helium release rates measured with an automated mass spectrometer. The diffusion constants and activation energies were obtained from the data using a simple diffusion model. The release rates of helium were correlated with the fuel microstructure by metallographic examination of fuel samples. The release mechanism consists of four regimes, which are dependent upon the temperature. Initially, the release is controlled by movement of point defects combined with trapping along grain boundaries. This regime is followed by a process dominated by formation and growth of helium bubbles along grain boundaries. The third regime involves volume diffusion controlled by movement of oxygen vacancies. Finally, the release at the highest temperatures follows the diffusion rate of intragranular bubbles. The tendency for helium to be trapped within the grain boundaries diminishes with small grain sizes, slow thermal pulses, and older fuel.

  16. Commissioning of a new helium pipeline (United States)


    At the commissioning of a new high-pressure helium pipeline at Kennedy Space Center, participants cut the lines to helium-filled balloons. From left, they are Center Director Roy Bridges; Michael Butchko, president, SGS; Pierre Dufour, president and CEO, Air Liquide America Corporation; David Herst, director, Delta IV Launch Sites; Pamela Gillespie, executive administrator, office of Congressman Dave Weldon; and Col. Samuel Dick, representative of the 45th Space Wing. The nine-mile-long buried pipeline will service launch needs at the new Delta IV Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. It will also serve as a backup helium resource for Shuttle launches. Nearly one launch's worth of helium will be available in the pipeline to support a Shuttle pad in an emergency. The line originates at the Helium Facility on KSC and terminates in a meter station at the perimeter of the Delta IV launch pad. Others at the ceremony were Jerry Jorgensen, pipeline project manager, Space Gateway Support (SGS), and Ramon Lugo, acting executive director, JPMO.

  17. Electronic wave packets in twice-kicked one-dimensional Rydberg atoms

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    Saha, Aparna; Chatterjee, Supriya; Talukdar, B, E-mail: binoy123@bsnl.i [Department of Physics, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan 731235 (India)


    We study the coherent control of the shape of an electronic wave packet in a Rydberg atom kicked by two half-cycle pulses. The momentum transferred to excited electrons by the second pulse and its time delay with the first represent two parameters that can be used for shaping the wave packet. We find that rather than working with the momentum transfer, manipulation of the shape using time delay will be more effective in the applicative context. We establish that times of revival and superrevivals of a wave packet in a twice-kicked atom obey a definite law, namely {tau}=2mn{sup 2} (m is an integer and n, the principal quantum number of the electron that receives the initial kick), and are independent of the initial shape of the packet. The revival time is obtained for m=1, and all other values of m give superrevival times.

  18. Deuteron charge radius and Rydberg constant from spectroscopy data in atomic deuterium (United States)

    Pohl, Randolf; Nez, François; Udem, Thomas; Antognini, Aldo; Beyer, Axel; Fleurbaey, Hélène; Grinin, Alexey; Hänsch, Theodor W.; Julien, Lucile; Kottmann, Franz; Krauth, Julian J.; Maisenbacher, Lothar; Matveev, Arthur; Biraben, François


    We give a pedagogical description of the method to extract the charge radii and Rydberg constant from laser spectroscopy in regular hydrogen (H) and deuterium (D) atoms, that is part of the CODATA least-squares adjustment (LSA) of the fundamental physical constants. We give a deuteron charge radius {{r}\\text{d}} from D spectroscopy alone of 2.1415(45) fm. This value is independent of the measurements that lead to the proton charge radius, and five times more accurate than the value found in the CODATA Adjustment 10. The improvement is due to the use of a value for the 1S\\to 2S transition in atomic deuterium which can be inferred from published data or found in a PhD thesis.

  19. Experimental confirmation of photon-induced spin-flip transitions in helium via triplet metastable yield spectra (United States)

    Rubensson, Jan-Erik; Moise, Angelica; Mihelič, Andrej; Bučar, Klemen; Žitnik, Matjaž; Richter, Robert


    Doubly excited states below the N=2 ionization threshold are populated by exciting helium atoms in a supersonic beam with monochromatized synchrotron radiation. The fluorescence decay of these states triggers a radiative cascade back to the ground state with large probability to populate long lived singlet and triplet helium metastable states. The yield of metastables is measured using a multichannel plate detector after the beam has passed a singlet-quenching discharge lamp. The variation of the yield observed with the lamp switched on or off is related to the triplet-singlet mixing of the doubly excited states.

  20. Feasibility of lunar Helium-3 mining (United States)

    Kleinschneider, Andreas; Van Overstraeten, Dmitry; Van der Reijnst, Roy; Van Hoorn, Niels; Lamers, Marvin; Hubert, Laurent; Dijk, Bert; Blangé, Joey; Hogeveen, Joel; De Boer, Lennaert; Noomen, Ron

    With fossil fuels running out and global energy demand increasing, the need for alternative energy sources is apparent. Nuclear fusion using Helium-3 may be a solution. Helium-3 is a rare isotope on Earth, but it is abundant on the Moon. Throughout the space community lunar Helium-3 is often cited as a major reason to return to the Moon. Despite the potential of lunar Helium-3 mining, little research has been conducted on a full end-to-end mission. This abstract presents the results of a feasibility study conducted by students from Delft University of Technology. The goal of the study was to assess whether a continuous end-to-end mission to mine Helium-3 on the Moon and return it to Earth is a viable option for the future energy market. The set requirements for the representative end-to-end mission were to provide 10% of the global energy demand in the year 2040. The mission elements have been selected with multiple trade-offs among both conservative and novel concepts. A mission architecture with multiple decoupled elements for each transportation segment (LEO, transfer, lunar surface) was found to be the best option. It was found that the most critical element is the lunar mining operation itself. To supply 10% of the global energy demand in 2040, 200 tons of Helium-3 would be required per year. The resulting regolith mining rate would be 630 tons per second, based on an optimistic concentration of 20 ppb Helium-3 in lunar regolith. Between 1,700 to 2,000 Helium-3 mining vehicles would be required, if using University of Wisconsin’s Mark III miner. The required heating power, if mining both day and night, would add up to 39 GW. The resulting power system mass for the lunar operations would be in the order of 60,000 to 200,000 tons. A fleet of three lunar ascent/descent vehicles and 22 continuous-thrust vehicles for orbit transfer would be required. The costs of the mission elements have been spread out over expected lifetimes. The resulting profits from Helium

  1. Experimental helium liquefier with a GM cryocooler (United States)

    Choudhury, Anup; Sahu, Santosh


    A helium liquefier has been developed with a Gifford-McMahon cryocooler using the cold enthalpy available at the first stage, the inter-stage, and the second stage of the cryocooler. Most of the enthalpy of the helium gas at 300 K is absorbed in the first stage by a coaxial heat exchanger and inter-stage region of the cryocooler. Pre-cooled helium gas is liquefied at the second stage heat exchanger where the final cooldown and condensation happens. The measured production capacity of the liquefier is 17.4 l/day at atmospheric pressure. The whole setup has been designed to work in a coaxial configuration where the two heat exchangers, the cryostat, and the dewar are symmetrically placed around the central axis.

  2. Temperature Rises In Pumps For Superfluid Helium (United States)

    Kittel, Peter


    Report discusses increases in temperature of superfluid helium in centrifugal and fountain-effect pumps. Intended for use in transfers of superfluid helium in outer space. Increases in temperature significantly affect losses during transfers and are important in selection of temperatures of supply tanks. Purpose of study, increase in temperature in fountain-effect pump calculated on basis of thermodynamic considerations, starting from assumption of ideal pump. Results of recent tests of ceramic material intended for use in such pumps support this assumption. Overall, centrifugal pumps more effective because it produces smaller rise in temperature.

  3. Forced Two-Phase Helium Cooling Scheme for the Mu2e Transport Solenoid

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    Tatkowski, G. [Fermilab; Cheban, S. [Fermilab; Dhanaraj, N. [Fermilab; Evbota, D. [Fermilab; Lopes, M. [Fermilab; Nicol, T. [Fermilab; Sanders, R. [Fermilab; Schmitt, R. [Fermilab; Voirin, E. [Fermilab


    The Mu2e Transport Solenoid (TS) is an S-shaped magnet formed by two separate but similar magnets, TS-u and TS-d. Each magnet is quarter-toroid shaped with a centerline radius of approximately 3 m utilizing a helium cooling loop consisting of 25 to 27 horizontal-axis rings connected in series. This cooling loop configuration has been deemed adequate for cooling via forced single phase liquid helium; however it presents major challenges to forced two-phase flow such as “garden hose” pressure drop, concerns of flow separation from tube walls, difficulty of calculation, etc. Even with these disadvantages, forced two-phase flow has certain inherent advantages which make it a more attractive option than forced single phase flow. It is for this reason that the use of forced two-phase flow was studied for the TS magnets. This paper will describe the analysis using helium-specific pressure drop correlations, conservative engineering approach, helium properties calculated and updated at over fifty points, and how the results compared with those in literature. Based on the findings, the use of forced-two phase helium is determined to be feasible for steady-state cooling of the TS solenoids

  4. Effect of electron correlation on positronium formation in positron-helium scattering

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    Chaudhuri, P.; Adhikari, S.K. [Universidad Estadual Paulista, Sao Paulo (Brazil). Inst. de Fisica Teorica; Talukdar, B.; Bhattacharyya, S. [Department of Physics, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan 731235 (India)


    A three-parameter correlated wave function for the helium ground state is used to study the scattering reaction e{sup +}+He{yields}He{sup +}+Ps, where Ps stands for positronium atom. An exact analytical expression is constructed for the first Born scattering amplitude for Ps formation from helium. Based on this numerical results are presented for both differential and total cross-sections. It is demonstrated that the inner electronic correlation of the target atom plays a crucial role in explaining the discrepancy between theory and experiment. (orig.) 13 refs.

  5. Rydberg-atom based radio-frequency electrometry using frequency modulation spectroscopy in room temperature vapor cells. (United States)

    Kumar, Santosh; Fan, Haoquan; Kübler, Harald; Jahangiri, Akbar J; Shaffer, James P


    Rydberg atom-based electrometry enables traceable electric field measurements with high sensitivity over a large frequency range, from gigahertz to terahertz. Such measurements are particularly useful for the calibration of radio frequency and terahertz devices, as well as other applications like near field imaging of electric fields. We utilize frequency modulated spectroscopy with active control of residual amplitude modulation to improve the signal to noise ratio of the optical readout of Rydberg atom-based radio frequency electrometry. Matched filtering of the signal is also implemented. Although we have reached similarly, high sensitivity with other read-out methods, frequency modulated spectroscopy is advantageous because it is well-suited for building a compact, portable sensor. In the current experiment, ∼3 µV cm-1 Hz-1/2 sensitivity is achieved and is found to be photon shot noise limited.

  6. Simultaneous Use of Cs and Rb Rydberg Atoms for Independent RF Electric Field Measurements via Electromagnetically Induced Transparency

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    Simons, Matt T; Holloway, Christopher L


    We demonstrate simultaneous electromagnetically-induced transparency (EIT) with cesium (Cs) and rubidium (Rb) Rydberg atoms in the same vapor cell with coincident (overlapping) optical fields. Each atomic system can detect radio frequency (RF) electric (E) field strengths through modification of the EIT signal (Autler-Townes (AT) splitting), which leads to a direct SI traceable RF E-field measurement. We show that these two systems can detect the same the RF E-field strength simultaneously, which provides a direct in situ comparison of Rb and Cs RF measurements in Rydberg atoms. In effect, this allows us to perform two independent measurements of the same quantity in the same laboratory, providing two different immediate and independent measurements. This gives two measurements that helps rule out systematic effects and uncertainties in this E-field metrology approach, which are important when establishing an international measurement standard for an E-field strength and is a necessary step for this method to...

  7. Double, Rydberg and charge transfer excitations from pairing matrix fluctuation and particle-particle random phase approximation

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    Yang, Yang [Department of Chemistry, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 27708 (United States); Aggelen, Helen van [Department of Chemistry, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 27708 (United States); Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, Ghent University, 9000 Ghent (Belgium); Yang, Weitao, E-mail: [Department of Chemistry and Department of Physics, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 27708 (United States)


    Double, Rydberg, and charge transfer (CT) excitations have been great challenges for time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT). Starting from an (N ± 2)-electron single-determinant reference, we investigate excitations for the N-electron system through the pairing matrix fluctuation, which contains information on two-electron addition/removal processes. We adopt the particle-particle random phase approximation (pp-RPA) and the particle-particle Tamm-Dancoff approximation (pp-TDA) to approximate the pairing matrix fluctuation and then determine excitation energies by the differences of two-electron addition/removal energies. This approach captures all types of interesting excitations: single and double excitations are described accurately, Rydberg excitations are in good agreement with experimental data and CT excitations display correct 1/R dependence. Furthermore, the pp-RPA and the pp-TDA have a computational cost similar to TDDFT and consequently are promising for practical calculations.

  8. Energy Reflected from Solid Targets Bombarded keV Protons and Helium Ions

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    Andersen, Hans Henrik; Lenskjaer, T.; Sidenius, G.


    The energy‐reflection coefficient γ has been measured for keV protons impinging on Cu, Au, and Pb and helium impinging on Si, Ag, Ta, and Pb. The results are obtained by entirely independent techniques in three different laboratories. They agree within the stated accuracies of 10%. For a given...

  9. The influence of (n-n{sup '})-mixing processes in He*(n)+He(1s{sup 2}) collisions on He*(n) atoms' populations in weakly ionized helium plasmas

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    Mihajlov, A.A. [Institute of Physics, P.O. Box 57, 11001 Belgrade (Serbia and Montenegro); Ignjatovic, Lj.M. [Institute of Physics, P.O. Box 57, 11001 Belgrade (Serbia)], E-mail:; Sreckovic, V.A. [Institute of Physics, P.O. Box 57, 11001 Belgrade (Serbia); Djuric, Z. [Silvaco Data Systems, Compass Point, St Ives PE27 5JL (United Kingdom)


    The results of semi-classical calculations of rate coefficients of (n-n{sup '})-mixing processes due to collisions of Rydberg atoms He*(n) with He(1s{sup 2}) atoms are presented. It is assumed that these processes are caused by the resonant energy exchange within the electron component of He*(n)+He collision system. The method is realized through the numerical simulation of the (n-n{sup '})-mixing processes, and is applied for calculations of the corresponding rate coefficients. The calculations are performed for the principal quantum numbers n,n{sup '} in ranges 4{<=}nRydberg atoms in non-equilibrium weakly ionized helium plasmas with ionization degree {approx}10{sup -4}. Therefore, these processes have to be included in the appropriate models of such plasmas.

  10. Photoassociation of cold metastable helium atoms

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    Woestenenk, G.R.


    During the last decades the study of cold atoms has grown in a great measure. Research in this field has been made possible due to the development of laser cooling and trapping techniques. We use laser cooling to cool helium atoms down to a temperature of 1 mK and we are able to

  11. Parametric study of radiofrequency helium discharge under ...

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    The excitation temperatures in the α and γ modes were 3266 and 4500 K respectively, evaluated by Boltzmann's plot method. The estimated gas temperature increased from 335 K in the α mode to 485 K in the γ mode, suggesting that the radio frequency atmospheric pressure helium discharge can be used for surface ...

  12. Critical Landau Velocity in Helium Nanodroplets

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    Brauer, N.B.; Smolarek, S.; Loginov, E.; Mateo, D.; Hernando, A.; Pi, M.; Barranco, M.; Buma, W.J.; Drabbels, M.


    The best-known property of superfluid helium is the vanishing viscosity that objects experience while moving through the liquid with speeds below the so-called critical Landau velocity. This critical velocity is generally considered a macroscopic property as it is related to the collective

  13. Helium and Sulfur Hexafluoride in Musical Instruments (United States)

    Forinash, Kyle; Dixon, Cory L.


    The effects of inhaled helium on the human voice were investigated in a recent article in "The Physics Teacher." As mentioned in that article, demonstrations of the effect are a popular classroom activity. If the number of YouTube videos is any indication, the effects of sulfur hexafluoride on the human voice are equally popular.…

  14. Messer to provide helium for LHC

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    Over the course of the next few years, industrial gas specialist The Messer Group, through its Swiss subsidiary Messer Schweiz AG, is to provide a 160,000kg supply of helium to the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) for the operation of the world's largest particle accelerator.

  15. Messer to provide helium for LHC project

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    Over the course of the next few years, industrial gas specialist The Messer Group, through its Swiss subsidiary Messer Schweiz AG, is to provide a 160,000kg supply of helium to the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) for the operation of the world's largest particle accelerator.

  16. Near field characteristics of buoyant helium plumes

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    affects the combustion. Puffing is also observed in low density gas plumes when the ratio of inlet ... generated using helium and helium–air mixtures, hot gases were used to understand the flow dynamics associated .... The glass lens acts as a filter to block any UV light and prevents fluorescence signal contamination. Since.

  17. Near field characteristics of buoyant helium plumes

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    ... Lecture Workshops · Refresher Courses · Symposia · Live Streaming. Home; Journals; Sadhana; Volume 40; Issue 3. Near field characteristics of buoyant helium plumes. Kuchimanchi K Bharadwaj Debopam Das Pavan K Sharma. Section I – Fluid Mechanics and Fluid Power (FMFP) Volume 40 Issue 3 May 2015 pp 757- ...

  18. Assessment of Embrittlement of VHTR Structural Alloys in Impure Helium Environments

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    Crone, Wendy; Cao, Guoping; Sridhara, Kumar


    The helium coolant in high-temperature reactors inevitably contains low levels of impurities during steady-state operation, primarily consisting of small amounts of H{sub 2}, H{sub 2}O, CH{sub 4}, CO, CO{sub 2}, and N{sub 2} from a variety of sources in the reactor circuit. These impurities are problematic because they can cause significant long-term corrosion in the structural alloys used in the heat exchangers at elevated temperatures. Currently, the primary candidate materials for intermediate heat exchangers are Alloy 617, Haynes 230, Alloy 800H, and Hastelloy X. This project will evaluate the role of impurities in helium coolant on the stress-assisted grain boundary oxidation and creep crack growth in candidate alloys at elevated temperatures. The project team will: • Evaluate stress-assisted grain boundary oxidation and creep crack initiation and crack growth in the temperature range of 500-850°C in a prototypical helium environment. • Evaluate the effects of oxygen partial pressure on stress-assisted grain boundary oxidation and creep crack growth in impure helium at 500°C, 700°C, and 850°C respectively. • Characterize the microstructure of candidate alloys after long-term exposure to an impure helium environment in order to understand the correlation between stress-assisted grain boundary oxidation, creep crack growth, material composition, and impurities in the helium coolant. • Evaluate grain boundary engineering as a method to mitigate stress-assisted grain boundary oxidation and creep crack growth of candidate alloys in impure helium. The maximum primary helium coolant temperature in the high-temperature reactor is expected to be 850-1,000°C.Corrosion may involve oxidation, carburization, or decarburization mechanisms depending on the temperature, oxygen partial pressure, carbon activity, and alloy composition. These corrosion reactions can substantially affect long-term mechanical properties such as crack- growth rate and fracture

  19. Quantum non-equilibrium dynamics of Rydberg gases in the presence of dephasing noise of different strengths (United States)

    Levi, Emanuele; Gutiérrez, Ricardo; Lesanovsky, Igor


    In the presence of strong dephasing noise the dynamics of Rydberg gases becomes effectively classical, due to the rapid decay of quantum superpositions between atomic levels. Recently a great deal of attention has been devoted to the stochastic dynamics that emerges in that limit, revealing several interesting features, including kinetically constrained glassy behaviour, self-similarity and aggregation effects. However, the non-equilibrium physics of these systems, in particular in the regime where coherent and dissipative processes contribute on equal footing, is yet far from being understood. To explore this we study the dynamics of a small one-dimensional Rydberg lattice gas subject to dephasing noise by numerically integrating the quantum master equation. We interpolate between the coherent and the strongly dephased regime by defining a generalised concept of a blockade length. We find indications that the main features observed in the strongly dissipative limit persist when the dissipation is not strong enough to annihilate quantum coherences at the dynamically relevant time scales. These features include the existence of a time-dependent Rydberg blockade radius, and a growth of the density of excitations which is compatible with the power-law behaviour expected in the classical limit.

  20. Thirty years of screw compressors for helium; Dreissig Jahre Schraubenkompressoren fuer Helium

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    Wahl, H. [Kaeser Kompressoren GmbH, Coburg (Germany). Technisches Buero/Auftragskonstruktion


    KAESER helium compressors, as well as their other industrial compressors, will be further developed with the intention to improve the availability and reliability of helium liquefaction systems. Further improvement of compressor and control system efficiency will ensure a low and sustainable operating cost. Fast supply of replacement parts with several years of warranty is ensured by a world-wide distribution system and is also worked on continuously. (orig.)

  1. Femtosecond spectroscopy on alkali-doped helium nanodroplets; Femtosekundenspektroskopie an alkalidotierten Helium-Nanotroepfchen

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    Claas, P.


    In the present thesis first studies on the short-time dynamics in alkali dimers and microclusters, which were bound on the surface of superfluid helium droplets, were presented. The experiments comprehended pump-probe measurements on the fs scale on the vibration dynamics on the dimers and on the fragmentation dynamics on the clusters. Generally by the studies it was shown that such extremely short slopes can also be observed on helium droplets by means of the femtosecond spectroscopy.

  2. Entanglement concentration of continuous variable quantum states


    Fiurasek, Jaromir; Mista, Jr., Ladislav; Filip, Radim


    We propose two probabilistic entanglement concentration schemes for a single copy of two-mode squeezed vacuum state. The first scheme is based on the off-resonant interaction of a Rydberg atom with the cavity field while the second setup involves the cross Kerr interaction, auxiliary mode prepared in a strong coherent state and a homodyne detection. We show that the continuous-variable entanglement concentration allows us to improve the fidelity of teleportation of coherent states.

  3. The future of helium as a natural resource

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    Glowacki, Bartek A; Nuttall, William J


    The book reveals the changing dynamics of the helium industry on both the supply-side and the demand-side. The helium industry has a long-term future and this important gas will have a role to play for many decades to come. Major new users of helium are expected to enter the market, especially in nuclear energy (both fission and fusion). Prices and volumes supplied and expected to rise and this will prompt greater efforts towards the development of new helium sources and helium conservation and recycling.

  4. The multielectron character of the S 2p → 4e{sub g} shape resonance in the SF{sub 6} molecule studied via detection of soft X-ray emission and neutral high-Rydberg fragments

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    Kivimäki, A., E-mail: [CNR—Istituto Officina dei Materiali (IOM), Laboratorio TASC, 34149 Trieste (Italy); Coreno, M. [CNR—Istituto di Struttura della Materia (ISM), Basovizza Area Science Park, 34149 Trieste (Italy); Miotti, P.; Frassetto, F.; Poletto, L. [CNR—Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie (IFN), via Trasea 7, 35131 Padova (Italy); Stråhlman, C. [MAX IV Laboratory, Lund University, P.O. Box 118, 22100 Lund (Sweden); Simone, M. de [CNR—Istituto Officina dei Materiali (IOM), Laboratorio TASC, 34149 Trieste (Italy); Richter, R. [Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste, Area Science Park Basovizza, 34149 Trieste (Italy)


    Highlights: • The soft X-ray emission spectrum of SF{sub 6} changes at the S 2p → 4e{sub g} shape resonance. • The emission band around 172 eV indicates the population of the 6a{sub 1g} orbital. • Shake-up processes accompanying S 2p ionization can explain the new emissions. • Field ionization of neutral high Rydberg (HR) fragments reveals F and S atoms. • The yield of neutral HR fragments increases at the S 2p → 4e{sub g} shape resonance. - Abstract: We have studied the nature of the S 2p → 4e{sub g} shape resonance in the SF{sub 6} molecule by performing two different experiments. Soft X-ray emission spectra measured at the 4e{sub g} shape resonance reveal features that do not originate from the S 2p{sup −1} states. One of the features can be assigned to the 6a{sub 1g} → S 2p transition. The 6a{sub 1g} orbital, which is empty in the molecular ground state, can be populated either in core–valence double excitations or in S 2p shake-up transitions. Both these channels are considered. We have also studied the fragmentation of SF{sub 6} molecule after the decay of the S 2p core-hole states by observing neutral fragments in high-Rydberg states, where an electron occupies an orbital with n ≥ 20 (n is the principal quantum number). Such neutral fragments become, in relative terms, more abundant at the S 2p → 4e{sub g} shape resonance with respect to the S 2p → 2t{sub 2g} shape resonance, which is a pure one-electron phenomenon.

  5. Penning collisions of laser-cooled metastable helium atoms

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    Pereira Dos Santos, F.; Leonard, J.; Sinatra, A.; Wang, Junmin; Leduc, M. [Dept. de Physique, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris (France); Perales, F. [Lab. de Physique des Lasers, Univ. Paris-Nord, Villetaneuse (France); Saverio Pavone, F. [Dept. of Physics, Univ. of Perugia, Via Pascoli, Perugia (Italy); Lens and INFM, Firenze (Italy); Rasel, E. [Univ. Hannover (Germany); Unnikrishnan, C.S. [TIFR, Mumbai (India)


    We present experimental results on the two-body loss rates in a magneto-optical trap of metastable helium atoms. Absolute rates are measured in a systematic way for several laser detunings ranging from -5 to -30 MHz and at different intensities, by monitoring the decay of the trap fluorescence. The dependence of the two-body loss rate coefficient {beta} on the excited state (2{sup 3}P{sub 2}) and metastable state (2{sup 3}S{sub 1}) populations is also investigated. From these results we infer a rather uniform rate constant K{sub sp} = (1{+-}0.4) x 10{sup -7} cm{sup 3}/s. (orig.)

  6. Neoclassical flows in deuterium-helium plasma density pedestals

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    Buller, Stefan; Newton, Sarah; Omotani, John


    In tokamak transport barriers, the radial scale of profile variations can be comparable to a typical ion orbit width, which makes the coupling of the distribution function across flux surfaces important in the collisional dynamics. We use the radially global steady-state neoclassical {\\delta}f code Perfect to calculate poloidal and toroidal flows, and radial fluxes, in the pedestal. In particular, we have studied the changes in these quantities as the plasma composition is changed from a deuterium bulk species with a helium impurity to a helium bulk with a deuterium impurity, under specific profile similarity assumptions. The poloidally resolved radial fluxes are not divergence-free in isolation in the presence of sharp radial profile variations, which leads to the appearance of poloidal return-flows. These flows exhibit a complex radial-poloidal structure that extends several orbit widths into the core and is sensitive to abrupt radial changes in the ion temperature gradient. We find that a sizable neoclassi...

  7. Partial cross sections of helium satellites at medium photon energies

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    Wehlitz, R.; Sellin, I.A. [Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States); Hemmers, O. [Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV (United States)] [and others


    Still of current interest is the important role of single ionization with excitation compared to single ionization alone. The coupling between the electrons and the incoming photon is a single-particle operator. Thus, an excitation in addition to an ionization, leading to a so-called satellite line in a photoelectron spectrum, is entirely due to electron-electron interaction and probes the electron correlation in the ground and final state. Therefore the authors have undertaken the study of the intensity of helium satellites He{sup +}nl (n = 2 - 6) relative to the main photoline (n = 1) as a function of photon energy at photon energies well above threshold up to 900 eV. From these results they could calculate the partial cross-sections of the helium satellites. In order to test the consistency of their satellite-to-1s ratios with published double-to-single photoionization ratios, the authors calculated the double-to-single photoionization ratio from their measured ratios using the theoretical energy-distribution curves of Chang and Poe and Le Rouzo and Dal Cappello which proved to be valid for photon energies below 120 eV. These calculated double-to-single ionization ratios agree fairly well with recent ion measurements. In the lower photon energy range the authors ratios agree better with the ratios of Doerner et al. while for higher photon energies the agreement is better with the values of Levin et al.

  8. Spectroscopy of lithium atoms and molecules on helium nanodroplets. (United States)

    Lackner, Florian; Poms, Johannes; Krois, Günter; Pototschnig, Johann V; Ernst, Wolfgang E


    We report on the spectroscopic investigation of lithium atoms and lithium dimers in their triplet manifold on the surface of helium nanodroplets (He(N)). We present the excitation spectrum of the 3p ← 2s and 3d ← 2s two-photon transitions for single Li atoms on He(N). The atoms are excited from the 2S(Σ) ground state into Δ, Π, and Σ pseudodiatomic molecular substates. Excitation spectra are recorded by resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization time-of-flight (REMPI-TOF) mass spectroscopy, which allows an investigation of the exciplex (Li*–He(m), m = 1–3) formation process in the Li–He(N) system. Electronic states are shifted and broadened with respect to free atom states, which is explained within the pseudodiatomic model. The assignment is assisted by theoretical calculations, which are based on the Orsay–Trento density functional where the interaction between the helium droplet and the lithium atom is introduced by a pairwise additive approach. When a droplet is doped with more than one alkali atom, the fragility of the alkali–He(N) systems leads preferably to the formation of high-spin molecules on the droplets. We use this property of helium nanodroplets for the preparation of Li dimers in their triplet ground state (13Σu(+)). The excitation spectrum of the 23Πg(ν′ = 0–11) ← 13Σu(+)(ν″ = 0) transition is presented. The interaction between the molecule and the droplet manifests in a broadening of the transitions with a characteristic asymmetric form. The broadening extends to the blue side of each vibronic level, which is caused by the simultaneous excitation of the molecule and vibrations of the droplet (phonons). The two isotopes of Li form 6Li2 and 7Li2 as well as isotope mixed 6Li7Li molecules on the droplet surface. By using REMPI-TOF mass spectroscopy, isotope-dependent effects could be studied.

  9. Some properties of solid helium and helium nanoclusters using the effective HFD-like interaction potential: Adsorption and desorption inside carbon nanotube (United States)

    Abbaspour, M.; Akbarzadeh, H.; Banihashemi, S. Z.; Sotoudeh, A.


    We have calculated the zero equation of state of solid helium using a two-body Hartree-Fock dispersion (HFD)-like potential from molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. To take many-body forces into account, our simple and accurate empirical expression is used with the HFD-like potential without requiring an expensive three-body calculation. This potential model also includes the quantum effects for helium at low temperatures. The results indicate that our effective HFD-like potential improves the prediction of the classical two-body results to get better agreement with experiment than many other two-body and three-body potentials of helium reported in the literature. We have also simulated the adsorption and desorption processes of the (He)55, (He)147, (He)309, (He)561, and (He)923 icosahedral nanoclusters confined into the different armchair and zigzag CNTs from 0 to 50 K using our effective model. We have observed an interesting phenomenon at 0 K for helium. The nanoclusters adsorb to the inner CNT wall as a melting process. But, the heavier noble gas clusters (such as Ne and Xe) show the different behavior than the He clusters. They form a multilayered solid structure into the CNT at zero temperature and adsorb into the inner wall of the CNT at higher temperatures. Our results for He clusters show that the absolute value of the adsorption energy increases as the size of the nanocluster increases. The desorption process begins at a certain temperature and represents itself by a jump in the configurational energy values. We have also investigated the structural and dynamical properties of the confined helium nanoclusters during the adsorption and desorption processes at different temperatures.

  10. Influence of Spin-Orbit Quenching on the Solvation of Indium in Helium Droplets (United States)

    Meyer, Ralf; Pototschnig, Johann V.; Ernst, Wolfgang E.; Hauser, Andreas W.


    Recent experimental interest of the collaborating group of M. Koch on the dynamics of electronic excitations of indium in helium droplets triggered a series of computational studies on the group 13 elements Al, Ga and In and their indecisive behavior between wetting and non wetting when placed onto superfluid helium droplets. We employ a combination of multiconfigurational self consistent field calculations (MCSCF) and multireference configuration interaction (MRCI) to calculate the diatomic potentials. Particularly interesting is the case of indium with an Ancilotto parameter λ close to the threshold value of 1.9. As shown by Reho et al. the spin-orbit splitting of metal atoms solvated in helium droplets is subject to a quenching effect. This can drastically change the solvation behavior. In this work we extend the approach presented by Reho et al. to include distance dependent spin-orbit coupling. The resulting potential surfaces are used to calculate the solvation energy of the ground state and the first excited state with orbital-free helium density functional theory. F. Ancilotto, P. B. Lerner and M. W. Cole, Journal of Low Temperature Physics, 1995, 101, 1123-1146 J. H. Reho, U. Merker, M. R. Radcliff, K. K. Lehmann and G. Scoles, The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2000, 104, 3620-3626

  11. Dynamics of a Rydberg hydrogen atom near a metal surface in the electron-extraction scheme

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    Iñarrea, Manuel [Área de Física Aplicada, Universidad de La Rioja, Logroño (Spain); Lanchares, Víctor [Departamento de Matemáticas y Computación, Universidad de La Rioja, Logroño, La Rioja (Spain); Palacián, Jesús [Departamento de Ingeniería Matemática e Informática, Universidad Pública de Navarra, Pamplona (Spain); Pascual, Ana I. [Departamento de Matemáticas y Computación, Universidad de La Rioja, Logroño, La Rioja (Spain); Salas, J. Pablo, E-mail: [Área de Física Aplicada, Universidad de La Rioja, Logroño (Spain); Yanguas, Patricia [Departamento de Ingeniería Matemática e Informática, Universidad Pública de Navarra, Pamplona (Spain)


    We study the classical dynamics of a Rydberg hydrogen atom near a metal surface in the presence of a constant electric field in the electron-extraction situation [1], e.g., when the field attracts the electron to the vacuum. From a dynamical point of view, this field configuration provides a dynamics richer than in the usual ion-extraction scheme, because, depending on the values of field and the atom–surface distance, the atom can be ionized only towards the metal surface, only to the vacuum or to the both sides. The evolution of the phase space structure as a function of the atom–surface distance is explored in the bound regime of the atom. In the high energy regime, the ionization mechanism is also investigated. We find that the classical results of this work are in good agreement with the results obtained in the wave-packet propagation study carried out by So et al. [1]. - Highlights: • We study a classical hydrogen atom near a metal surface plus a electric field. • We explore the phase space structure as a function of the field strength. • We find most of the electronic orbits are oriented along the field direction. • We study the ionization of the atom for several atom–surface distances. • This classical study is in good agreement with the quantum results.

  12. Survivor from asphyxiation due to helium inhalation

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    Massimiliano Etteri


    Full Text Available In this rare case report we describe a 27- year-old white man survived to suicide by asphyxiation using the so-called suicide bag (or exit bag filled with helium supplied through a plastic tube. He had no previous psychiatric or organic illnesses. At the time of presentation to our Emergency Department he was awake and reported severe dyspnea with a clinical pattern of acute respiratory failure. Imaging studies showed pulmonary edema and the patient was treated with non-invasive ventilation in Intensive Care Unit. After 15 days the patient was discharged from hospital in optimal conditions. These rare cases of survivor might suggest the possible causes of death from inhaling helium.

  13. Detection of charged particles in superfluid helium

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    Bandler, Simon R. [Brown Univ., Providence, RI (United States)


    This thesis is concerned with the use of a large superfluid helium detector for the detection of solar neutrinos. A small-scale prototype of this type of detector has been constructed and tested. In this thesis the author discussed in detail the design of the apparatus, the experiments which have been carried out, and what has been learned about the important physical processes involved in this type of detector. These processes include the anisotropic generation of phonons and rotons by the recoiling particle, the propagation of the phonons and rotons in the liquid, the evaporation process at the liquid surface, and the adsorption of the helium atoms onto the wafers. In addition he discusses the generation and detection of fluorescent photons from recoiling particles. The implications of these results to the design of a full-scale detector of neutrinos are discussed.


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    WANG,L.; JIA,L.X.


    A liquid helium target for the high-energy physics was built and installed in the proton beam line at the Alternate Gradient Synchrotron of Brookhaven National Laboratory in 2001. The target flask has a liquid volume of 8.25 liters and is made of thin Mylar film. A G-M/J-T cryocooler of five-watts at 4.2K was used to produce liquid helium and refrigerate the target. A thermosyphon circuit for the target was connected to the J-T circuit by a liquid/gas separator. Because of the large heat load to the target and its long transfer lines, thermal oscillations were observed during the system tests. To eliminate the oscillation, a series of tests and analyses were carried out. This paper describes the phenomena and provides the understanding of the thermal oscillations in the target system.

  15. Tritium decay helium-3 effects in tungsten

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    M. Shimada


    Full Text Available Tritium (T implanted by plasmas diffuses into bulk material, especially rapidly at elevated temperatures, and becomes trapped in neutron radiation-induced defects in materials that act as trapping sites for the tritium. The trapped tritium atoms will decay to produce helium-3 (3He atoms at a half-life of 12.3 years. 3He has a large cross section for absorbing thermal neutrons, which after absorbing a neutron produces hydrogen (H and tritium ions with a combined kinetic energy of 0.76 MeV through the 3He(n,HT nuclear reaction. The purpose of this paper is to quantify the 3He produced in tungsten by tritium decay compared to the neutron-induced helium-4 (4He produced in tungsten. This is important given the fact that helium in materials not only creates microstructural damage in the bulk of the material but alters surface morphology of the material effecting plasma-surface interaction process (e.g. material evolution, erosion and tritium behavior of plasma-facing component materials. Effects of tritium decay 3He in tungsten are investigated here with a simple model that predicts quantity of 3He produced in a fusion DEMO FW based on a neutron energy spectrum found in literature. This study reveals that: (1 helium-3 concentration was equilibrated to ∼6% of initial/trapped tritium concentration, (2 tritium concentration remained approximately constant (94% of initial tritium concentration, and (3 displacement damage from 3He(n,HT nuclear reaction became >1 dpa/year in DEMO FW.

  16. Laser-Induced Breakdown in Liquid Helium (United States)

    Sirisky, S.; Yang, Y.; Wei, W.; Maris, H. J.


    We report on experiments in which focused laser light is used to induce optical breakdown in liquid helium-4. The threshold intensity has been measured over the temperature range from 1.1 to 2.8 K with light of wavelength 1064 nm. In addition to the measurement of the threshold, we have performed experiments to study how the breakdown from one pulse modifies the probability that a subsequent pulse will result in breakdown.

  17. Combined cold compressor/ejector helium refrigerator (United States)

    Brown, Donald P.


    A refrigeration apparatus having an ejector operatively connected with a cold compressor to form a two-stage pumping system. This pumping system is used to lower the pressure, and thereby the temperature of a bath of boiling refrigerant (helium). The apparatus as thus arranged and operated has substantially improved operating efficiency when compared to other processes or arrangements for achieving a similar low pressure.

  18. Correlation of Helium Solubility in Liquid Nitrogen (United States)

    VanDresar, Neil T.; Zimmerli, Gregory A.


    A correlation has been developed for the equilibrium mole fraction of soluble gaseous helium in liquid nitrogen as a function of temperature and pressure. Experimental solubility data was compiled and provided by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Data from six sources was used to develop a correlation within the range of 0.5 to 9.9 MPa and 72.0 to 119.6 K. The relative standard deviation of the correlation is 6.9 percent.

  19. Laser-excitation atomic fluorescence spectroscopy in a helium microwave-induced plasma (United States)

    Schroeder, Timothy S.

    The focus of this dissertation is to report the first documented coupling of helium microwave induced plasmas (MIPs) to laser excitation atomic fluorescence spectroscopy. The ability to effectively produce intense atomic emission from both metal and nonmetal analytes gives helium microwave induced plasmas a greater flexibility than the more commonly utilized argon inductively coupled plasma (ICP). Originally designed as an element selective detector for non-aqueous chromatography applications at low applied powers (500 W). The helium MIP has been shown to be a very powerful analytical atomic spectroscopy tool. The development of the pulsed dye laser offered an improved method of excitation in the field of atomic fluorescence. The use of laser excitation for atomic fluorescence was a logical successor to the conventional excitation methods involving hollow cathode lamps and continuum sources. The highly intense, directional, and monochromatic nature of laser radiation results in an increased population of atomic species in excited electronic states where atomic fluorescence can occur. The application of laser excitation atomic fluorescence to the analysis of metals in a helium microwave induced plasma with ultrasonic sample nebulization was the initial focus of this work. Experimental conditions and results are included for the aqueous characterization of manganese, lead, thallium, and iron in the helium MIP- LEAFS system. These results are compared to previous laser excitation atomic fluorescence experimentation. The effect of matrix interferences on the analytical fluorescence signal was also investigated for each element. The advantage of helium MIPs over argon ICPs in the determination of nonmetals in solution indicates that the helium MIP is an excellent candidate for laser excitation atomic fluorescence experiments involving nonmetals such as chlorine, bromine, iodine, and sulfur. Preliminary investigations into this area are reported, including documentation

  20. Helium refrigeration system for hydrogen liquefaction applications (United States)

    Nair, J. Kumar, Sr.; Menon, RS; Goyal, M.; Ansari, NA; Chakravarty, A.; Joemon, V.


    Liquid hydrogen around 20 K is used as cold moderator for generating “cold neutron beam” in nuclear research reactors. A cryogenic helium refrigeration system is the core upon which such hydrogen liquefaction applications are built. A thermodynamic process based on reversed Brayton cycle with two stage expansion using high speed cryogenic turboexpanders (TEX) along with a pair of compact high effectiveness process heat exchangers (HX), is well suited for such applications. An existing helium refrigeration system, which had earlier demonstrated a refrigeration capacity of 470 W at around 20 K, is modified based on past operational experiences and newer application requirements. Modifications include addition of a new heat exchanger to simulate cryogenic process load and two other heat exchangers for controlling the temperatures of helium streams leading out to the application system. To incorporate these changes, cryogenic piping inside the cold box is suitably modified. This paper presents process simulation, sizing of new heat exchangers as well as fabrication aspects of the modified cryogenic process piping.

  1. Optical traps for ultracold metastable helium atoms

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    Simonet, Juliette [LKB ENS, Paris (France)


    One of the main characteristics of metastable helium atoms is their high internal energy (20 eV). This energy can be released when a metastable atom hits a surface, ejecting one electron. Therefore, using a Channeltron Electron Multiplier (CEM), one can detect atoms with a time resolution of up to 5 ns. However, this high internal energy raises the problem of inelastic Penning ionizations, following: He{sup *}+He{sup *}{yields}He+He{sup +}+e{sup *}. This process has a rate of the order of 10 x 10 cm{sup 3} cot s{sup -}1 but is reduced by four orders of magnitude if the atoms are spin polarized due to total spin conservation. We report on the progress of the set up of a dipole trap for ultracold metastable helium using a red detuned fiber laser at 1560 nm. One of the aims of this optical trap is to release the constraint on the magnetic field value. We plan to measure the magnetic field dependance of inelastic collision rates for temperatures smaller than 10 {mu}K. In a spin polarized gas of helium, the spin-spin interaction produces spin relaxation and relaxation induced Penning ionization if the polarization condition is no longer maintained. We also present the development of a optical lattices in 1D and later in 3D. We intend to monitor the Penning ionization rate in order to follow the real-time dynamics of the superfluid-Mott insulator quantum phase transition.

  2. In situ controlled modification of the helium density in single helium-filled nanobubbles

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    David, M.-L., E-mail:; Pailloux, F. [Institut Pprime, UPR 3346 CNRS-Université de Poitiers, SP2MI, 86962 Futuroscope-Chasseneuil cedex (France); Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy, Mc Master University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4M1 (Canada); Alix, K.; Mauchamp, V.; Pizzagalli, L. [Institut Pprime, UPR 3346 CNRS-Université de Poitiers, SP2MI, 86962 Futuroscope-Chasseneuil cedex (France); Couillard, M.; Botton, G. A. [Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy, Mc Master University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4M1 (Canada); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Mc Master University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4M1 (Canada)


    We demonstrate that the helium density and corresponding pressure can be modified in single nano-scale bubbles embedded in semiconductors by using the electron beam of a scanning transmission electron microscope as a multifunctional probe: the measurement probe for imaging and chemical analysis and the irradiation source to modify concomitantly the pressure in a controllable way by fine tuning of the electron beam parameters. The control of the detrapping rate is achieved by varying the experimental conditions. The underlying physical mechanisms are discussed; our experimental observations suggest that the helium detrapping from bubbles could be interpreted in terms of direct ballistic collisions, leading to the ejection of the helium atoms from the bubble.

  3. Retention of hydrogen isotopes and helium in nickel

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    Okada, Mitsumasa; Sato, Rikiya; Yamaguchi, Kenji; Yamawaki, Michio [Tokyo Univ., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Nuclear Engineering Research Lab.


    In the present study, a thin foil of nickel was irradiated by H{sub 2}{sup +}, D{sub 2}{sup +} and He{sup +} to a fluence of 1.2-6.0x10{sup 20}/m{sup 2} using the TBTS (Tritium Beam Test System) apparatus. The thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS) technique was employed to evaluate the total amount of retained hydrogen isotope and helium atoms in nickel. In the spectra, two peaks appeared at 440-585K and 720-735K for helium. Hydrogen isotopes irradiation after helium preirradiation were found to enhance the helium release and to decrease the peak temperatures. Helium irradiation after hydrogen isotopes preirradiation were found to enhance the helium release, but the peak temperature showed little difference from that without preirradiation. (author)

  4. Capacity enhancement of indigenous expansion engine based helium liquefier (United States)

    Doohan, R. S.; Kush, P. K.; Maheshwari, G.


    Development of technology and understanding for large capacity helium refrigeration and liquefaction at helium temperature is indispensable for coming-up projects. A new version of helium liquefier designed and built to provide approximately 35 liters of liquid helium per hour. The refrigeration capacity of this reciprocating type expansion engine machine has been increased from its predecessor version with continuous improvement and deficiency debugging. The helium liquefier has been built using components by local industries including cryogenic Aluminum plate fin heat exchangers. Two compressors with nearly identical capacity have been deployed for the operation of system. Together they consume about 110 kW of electric power. The system employs liquid Nitrogen precooling to enhance liquid Helium yield. This paper describes details of the cryogenic expander design improvements, reconfiguration of heat exchangers, performance simulation and their experimental validation.

  5. Production of stable, non-thermal atmospheric pressure rf capacitive plasmas using gases other than helium or neon (United States)

    Park, Jaeyoung; Henins, Ivars


    The present invention enables the production of stable, steady state, non-thermal atmospheric pressure rf capacitive .alpha.-mode plasmas using gases other than helium and neon. In particular, the current invention generates and maintains stable, steady-state, non-thermal atmospheric pressure rf .alpha.-mode plasmas using pure argon or argon with reactive gas mixtures, pure oxygen or air. By replacing rare and expensive helium with more readily available gases, this invention makes it more economical to use atmospheric pressure rf .alpha.-mode plasmas for various materials processing applications.

  6. Time–frequency representation of autoionization dynamics in helium (United States)

    Busto, D.; Barreau, L.; Isinger, M.; Turconi, M.; Alexandridi, C.; Harth, A.; Zhong, S.; Squibb, R. J.; Kroon, D.; Plogmaker, S.; Miranda, M.; Jiménez-Galán, Á.; Argenti, L.; Arnold, C. L.; Feifel, R.; Martín, F.; Gisselbrecht, M.; L’Huillier, A.; Salières, P.


    Autoionization, which results from the interference between direct photoionization and photoexcitation to a discrete state decaying to the continuum by configuration interaction, is a well known example of the important role of electron correlation in light–matter interaction. Information on this process can be obtained by studying the spectral, or equivalently, temporal complex amplitude of the ionized electron wave packet. Using an energy-resolved interferometric technique, we measure the spectral amplitude and phase of autoionized wave packets emitted via the sp2+ and sp3+ resonances in helium. These measurements allow us to reconstruct the corresponding temporal profiles by Fourier transform. In addition, applying various time–frequency representations, we observe the build-up of the wave packets in the continuum, monitor the instantaneous frequencies emitted at any time and disentangle the dynamics of the direct and resonant ionization channels.

  7. Helium induces preconditioning in human endothelium in vivo. (United States)

    Smit, Kirsten F; Oei, Gezina T M L; Brevoord, Daniel; Stroes, Erik S; Nieuwland, Rienk; Schlack, Wolfgang S; Hollmann, Markus W; Weber, Nina C; Preckel, Benedikt


    Helium protects myocardium by inducing preconditioning in animals. We investigated whether human endothelium is preconditioned by helium inhalation in vivo. Forearm ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) in healthy volunteers (each group n = 10) was performed by inflating a blood pressure cuff for 20 min. Endothelium-dependent and endothelium-independent responses were measured after cumulative dose-response infusion of acetylcholine and sodium nitroprusside, respectively, at baseline and after 15 min of reperfusion using strain-gauge, venous occlusion plethysmography. Helium preconditioning was applied by inhalation of helium (79% helium, 21% oxygen) either 15 min (helium early preconditioning [He-EPC]) or 24 h before I/R (helium late preconditioning). Additional measurements of He-EPC were done after blockade of endothelial nitric oxide synthase. Plasma levels of cytokines, adhesion molecules, and cell-derived microparticles were determined. Forearm I/R attenuated endothelium-dependent vasodilation (acetylcholine) with unaltered endothelium-independent response (sodium nitroprusside). Both He-EPC and helium late preconditioning attenuated I/R-induced endothelial dysfunction (max increase in forearm blood flow in response to acetylcholine after I/R was 180 ± 24% [mean ± SEM] without preconditioning, 573 ± 140% after He-EPC, and 290 ± 32% after helium late preconditioning). Protection of helium was comparable to ischemic preconditioning (max forearm blood flow 436 ± 38%) and was not abolished after endothelial nitric oxide synthase blockade. He-EPC did not affect plasma levels of cytokines, adhesion molecules, or microparticles. Helium is a nonanesthetic, nontoxic gas without hemodynamic side effects, which induces early and late preconditioning of human endothelium in vivo. Further studies have to investigate whether helium may be an instrument to induce endothelial preconditioning in patients with cardiovascular risk factors.

  8. Asteroseismic estimate of helium abundance of 16 Cyg A, B

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    Verma Kuldeep


    Full Text Available The helium ionization zone in a star leaves a characteristic signature on its oscillation frequencies, which can be used to estimate the helium content in the envelope of the star. We use the oscillation frequencies of 16 Cyg A and B, obtained using 2.5 years of Kepler data, to estimate the envelope helium abundance of these stars. We find the envelope helium abundance to lie in the range 0.231–0.251 for 16 Cyg A and 0.218–0.266 for 16 Cyg B.

  9. Helium vs. Proton Induced Displacement Damage in Electronic Materials (United States)

    Ringo, Sawnese; Barghouty, A. F.


    In this project, the specific effects of displacement damage due to the passage of protons and helium nuclei on some typical electronic materials will be evaluated and contrasted. As the electronic material absorbs the energetic proton and helium momentum, degradation of performance occurs, eventually leading to overall failure. Helium nuclei traveling at the same speed as protons are expected to impart more to the material displacement damage; due to the larger mass, and thus momentum, of helium nuclei compared to protons. Damage due to displacement of atoms in their crystalline structure can change the physical properties and hence performance of the electronic materials.

  10. Helium-3 and Helium-4 acceleration by high power laser pulses for hadron therapy

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    Bulanov, S S; Schroeder, C B; Leemans, W P; Bulanov, S V; Margarone, D; Korn, G; Haberer, T


    The laser driven acceleration of ions is considered a promising candidate for an ion source for hadron therapy of oncological diseases. Though proton and carbon ion sources are conventionally used for therapy, other light ions can also be utilized. Whereas carbon ions require 400 MeV per nucleon to reach the same penetration depth as 250 MeV protons, helium ions require only 250 MeV per nucleon, which is the lowest energy per nucleon among the light ions. This fact along with the larger biological damage to cancer cells achieved by helium ions, than that by protons, makes this species an interesting candidate for the laser driven ion source. Two mechanisms (Magnetic Vortex Acceleration and hole-boring Radiation Pressure Acceleration) of PW-class laser driven ion acceleration from liquid and gaseous helium targets are studied with the goal of producing 250 MeV per nucleon helium ion beams that meet the hadron therapy requirements. We show that He3 ions, having almost the same penetration depth as He4 with the ...

  11. The antimicrobial effects of helium and helium-air plasma on Staphylococcus aureus and Clostridium difficile. (United States)

    Galvin, S; Cahill, O; O'Connor, N; Cafolla, A A; Daniels, S; Humphreys, H


    Healthcare-associated infections (HCAI) affect 5-10% of acute hospital admissions. Environmental decontamination is an important component of all strategies to prevent HCAI as many bacterial causes survive and persist in the environment, which serve as ongoing reservoirs of infection. Current approaches such as cleaning with detergents and the use of chemical disinfectant are suboptimal. We assessed the efficacy of helium and helium-air plasma in killing Staphylococcus aureus and Clostridium difficile on a glass surface and studied the impact on bacterial cells using atomic force microscopy (AFM). Both plasma types exhibited bactericidal effects on Staph. aureus (log3·6 - >log7), with increased activity against methicillin-resistant strains, but had a negligible effect on Cl. difficile spores (helium and helium-air plasma as a decontaminant and demonstrated a significant reduction in bacterial counts of Staphylococcus aureus on a glass surface. Atomic force microscopy morphologically confirmed the impact on bacterial cells. This approach warrants further study as an alternative to current options for hospital hygiene. © 2013 The Society for Applied Microbiology.

  12. Helium-3 and helium-4 acceleration by high power laser pulses for hadron therapy

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    S. S. Bulanov


    Full Text Available The laser driven acceleration of ions is considered a promising candidate for an ion source for hadron therapy of oncological diseases. Though proton and carbon ion sources are conventionally used for therapy, other light ions can also be utilized. Whereas carbon ions require 400 MeV per nucleon to reach the same penetration depth as 250 MeV protons, helium ions require only 250 MeV per nucleon, which is the lowest energy per nucleon among the light ions (heavier than protons. This fact along with the larger biological damage to cancer cells achieved by helium ions, than that by protons, makes this species an interesting candidate for the laser driven ion source. Two mechanisms (magnetic vortex acceleration and hole-boring radiation pressure acceleration of PW-class laser driven ion acceleration from liquid and gaseous helium targets are studied with the goal of producing 250 MeV per nucleon helium ion beams that meet the hadron therapy requirements. We show that He^{3} ions, having almost the same penetration depth as He^{4} with the same energy per nucleon, require less laser power to be accelerated to the required energy for the hadron therapy.

  13. Monitoring Saturn's Upper Atmosphere Density Variations Using Helium 584 Airglow (United States)

    Parkinson, Chris


    The study of He 584 Å brightnesses is interesting as the EUV (Extreme UltraViolet) planetary airglow have the potential to yield useful information about mixing and other important parameters in its thermosphere. Resonance scattering of sunlight by He atoms is the principal source of the planetary emission of He 585 Å. The principal parameter involved in determining the He 584 Å albedo are the He volume mixing ratio, f_He, well below the homopause. Our main science objective is to estimate the helium mixing ratio in the lower atmosphere. Specifically, He emissions come from above the homopause where optical depth trau=1 in H2 and therefore the interpretation depends mainly on two parameters: He mixing ratio of the lower atmosphere and K_z. The occultations of Koskinen et al (2015) give K_z with an accuracy that has never been possible before and the combination of occultations and airglow therefore provide estimates of the mixing ratio in the lower atmosphere. We make these estimates at several locations that can be reasonably studied with both occultations and airglow and then average the results. Our results lead to a greatly improved estimate of the mixing ratio of He in the upper atmosphere and below. The second objective is to constrain the dynamics in the atmosphere by using the estimate of the He mixing ratio from the main objective. Once we have an estimate of the He mixing ratio in the lower atmosphere that agrees with both occultations and airglow, helium becomes an effective tracer species as any variations in the Cassini UVIS helium data are direct indicator of changes in K_z i.e., dynamics. Our third objective is to connect this work to our Cassini UVIS data He 584 Å airglow analyses as they both cover the time span of the observations and allow us to monitor changes in the airglow observations that may correlate with changes in the state of the atmosphere as revealed by the occultations Saturn's upper thermosphere. This work helps to determine the

  14. Helium passage through homogeneous ultrafine hydrocarbon layers

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    Bubenchikov Michael A.


    Full Text Available The present paper deals with the problem of helium atoms and methane molecules moving through a hydrocarbon layer of evenly distributed energy sources. A computational technique for integrating the Schrödinger equation based on formulation of two fundamental numerical solutions to the problem of waves passing through a barrier is suggested. A linear combination of these solutions defines the required wave function, while cross-linking with asymptotic boundary conditions allows determining the coefficients of transmission and particle reflection from the potential layer barrier.

  15. Linde standard helium plant of medium capacity

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    Patzelt, A.; Stephan, A.; Nienaber, U.; Weber, J.


    The unit is designed to deliver up to 70 l/h of liquid helium (LHe) without precooling by liquid nitrogen (LN{sub 2}), up to 105 l/h with LN{sub 2} precooling, or up to 210 W cryo-refrigeration output at 4.5 K. Its principal components are an oil-flooded screw compressor, gas-bearing expansion turbines, vacuum-brazed aluminium plate-fin heat exchangers, an automatic feed gas purifier, and a process control system. Descriptions are given of the process layout, the main system components, and operation of the unit. (orig.).

  16. Heuristic theory of positron-helium scattering. (United States)

    Drachman, R. J.


    An error in a previous modified adiabatic approximation (Drachman, 1966), due to a lack of generality in the form of the short-range correlation part of the wave function for L greater than zero, is corrected heuristically by allowing the monopole suppression parameter to depend on L. An L-dependent local potential is constructed to fit the well-known positron-hydrogen s, p, and d wave phase shifts below the rearrangement threshold. The same form of potential yields a positron-helium cross-section in agreement with a recent experimental measurement near threshold.

  17. Production of thorium-229 using helium nuclei (United States)

    Mirzadeh, Saed [Knoxville, TN; Garland, Marc Alan [Knoxville, TN


    A method for producing .sup.229Th includes the steps of providing .sup.226Ra as a target material, and bombarding the target material with alpha particles, helium-3, or neutrons to form .sup.229Th. When neutrons are used, the neutrons preferably include an epithermal neutron flux of at least 1.times.10.sup.13 n s.sup.-1cm.sup.-2. .sup.228Ra can also be bombarded with thermal and/or energetic neutrons to result in a neutron capture reaction to form .sup.229Th. Using .sup.230Th as a target material, .sup.229Th can be formed using neutron, gamma ray, proton or deuteron bombardment.

  18. Variable helium diffusion characteristics in fluorite (United States)

    Wolff, R.; Dunkl, I.; Kempe, U.; Stockli, D.; Wiedenbeck, M.; von Eynatten, H.


    Precise analysis of the diffusion characteristics of helium in fluorite is crucial for establishing the new fluorite (U-Th-Sm)/He thermochronometer (FHe), which potentially provides a powerful tool for dating ore deposits unsuitable for the application of conventional geochronometers. Incremental helium outgassing experiments performed on fluorites derived from a spectrum of geological environments suggest a thermally activated volume diffusion mechanism. The diffusion behaviour is highly variable and the parameters range between log D0/a2 = 0.30 ± 0.27-7.27 ± 0.46 s-1 and Ea = 96 ± 3.5-182 ± 3.8 kJ/mol. Despite the fact that the CaF2 content of natural fluorites in most cases exceeds 99 weight percent, the closure temperature (Tc) of the fluorite (U-Th-Sm)/He thermochronometer as calculated from these diffusion parameters varies between 46 ± 14 °C and 169 ± 9 °C, considering a 125 μm fragment size. Here we establish that minor substitutions of calcium by rare earth elements and yttrium (REE + Y) and related charge compensation by sodium, fluorine, oxygen and/or vacancies in the fluorite crystal lattice have a significant impact on the diffusivity of helium in the mineral. With increasing REE + Y concentrations F vacancies are reduced and key diffusion pathways are narrowed. Consequently, a higher closure temperature is to be expected. An empirical case study confirms this variability: two fluorite samples from the same deposit (Horni Krupka, Czech Republic) with ca. 170 °C and ca. 43 °C Tc yield highly different (U-Th-Sm)/He ages of 290 ± 10 Ma and 79 ± 10 Ma, respectively. Accordingly, the fluorite sample with the high Tc could have quantitatively retained helium since the formation of the fluorite-bearing ores in the Permian, despite subsequent Mesozoic burial and associated regional hydrothermal heating. In contrast, the fluorite with the low Tc yields a Late Cretaceous age close to the apatite fission track (AFT) and apatite (U-Th)/He ages (AHe

  19. Temperature rise in superfluid helium pumps (United States)

    Kittel, Peter


    The temperature rise of a fountain effect pump (FEP) and of a centrifugal pump (CP) are compared. Calculations and estimates presented here show that under the operating conditions expected during the resupply of superfluid helium in space, a centrifugal pump will produce a smaller temperature rise than will a fountain effect pump. The temperature rise for the FEP is calculated assuming an ideal pump, while the temperature rise of the CP is estimated from the measured performance of a prototype pump. As a result of this smaller temperature rise and of the different operating characteristics of the two types of pumps, transfers will be more effective using a centrifugal pump.

  20. Shock-adiabatic to quasi-isentropic compression of warm dense helium up to 150 GPa (United States)

    Zheng, J.; Chen, Q. F.; Gu, Y. J.; Li, J. T.; Li, Z. G.; Li, C. J.; Chen, Z. Y.


    Multiple reverberation compression can achieve higher pressure, higher temperature, but lower entropy. It is available to provide an important validation for the elaborate and wider planetary models and simulate the inertial confinement fusion capsule implosion process. In the work, we have developed the thermodynamic and optical properties of helium from shock-adiabatic to quasi-isentropic compression by means of a multiple reverberation technique. By this technique, the initial dense gaseous helium was compressed to high pressure and high temperature and entered the warm dense matter (WDM) region. The experimental equation of state (EOS) of WDM helium in the pressure-density-temperature (P-ρ -T) range of 1 -150 GPa , 0.1 -1.1 g c m-3 , and 4600-24 000 K were measured. The optical radiations emanating from the WDM helium were recorded, and the particle velocity profiles detecting from the sample/window interface were obtained successfully up to 10 times compression. The optical radiation results imply that dense He has become rather opaque after the 2nd compression with a density of about 0.3 g c m-3 and a temperature of about 1 eV. The opaque states of helium under multiple compression were analyzed by the particle velocity measurements. The multiple compression technique could efficiently enhanced the density and the compressibility, and our multiple compression ratios (ηi=ρi/ρ0,i =1 -10 ) of helium are greatly improved from 3.5 to 43 based on initial precompressed density (ρ0) . For the relative compression ratio (ηi'=ρi/ρi -1) , it increases with pressure in the lower density regime and reversely decreases in the higher density regime, and a turning point occurs at the 3rd and 4th compression states under the different loading conditions. This nonmonotonic evolution of the compression is controlled by two factors, where the excitation of internal degrees of freedom results in the increasing compressibility and the repulsive interactions between the

  1. Proposal for the award of two blanket contracts for the supply of high-grade helium

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    This document concerns the supply of up to 280 000 kg of high-grade helium. Following a call for tenders (IT-3235/AT) sent on 4 July 2003 to seven firms, in four Member States, CERN had, by the closing date, received six tenders from six firms in four Member States. The Finance Committee is invited to agree to the negotiation of two blanket contracts for the supply of up to 280 000 kg of high-grade helium with AIR PRODUCTS (FR) and CARBAGAS (CH) for a total maximum amount for both contracts of 5 577 800 US dollars (7 736 400 Swiss francs), not subject to revision, for a period of four years starting 1 January 2004. The rates of exchange used are those stipulated in the tenders. The firms have indicated the following distribution by country of the contract value covered by this adjudication proposal: AIR PRODUCTS : PL - 100%; CARBAGAS : PL - 100%.

  2. Analog Cherenkov detectors used in laser spectroscopy experiments on antiprotonic helium

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    Hori, Masaki; Hayano, R S; Yamazaki, T


    We describe some acrylic Cherenkov detectors read out by gateable fine-mesh photomultipliers, used in laser spectroscopy experiments of metastable antiprotonic helium (pbarHe+) atoms carried out at the LEAR and AD facilities at CERN. The atoms were produced by stopping pulsed antiproton beams in a helium target. Charged particles emerging from the antiproton annihilations produced Cherenkov light in the detector, the time envelope of which consisted of a strong flash from the promptly-annihilating antiprotons, followed by a much longer but less intense tail from the delayed annihilations of the metastable atoms. The photomultiplier was turned off during the initial light flash by reversing the electric potential on its dynodes, thus allowing only the delayed annihilations to be recorded as an analog pulse. The atoms were irradiated with a laser pulse tuned to the characteristic wavelength whic simulated antiproton transitions from a metastable state to a state with a short lifetime against annihilation. The r...

  3. Determination of helium number densities in high-frequency electrodeless plasma (United States)

    Gavare, Zanda


    The number densities of He first excited states 2 3S 1, 2 1S 0, 2 3P 0,1,2, and 2 1P 0 were measured by absorption and self-absorption methods. The emission lines in the range 290-730 nm were used to determine the number densities of He metastable and resonant states of inductively coupled high-frequency electrodeless lamps filled with helium at pressure 0.1 Torr. The obtained number densities of helium metastable levels 2 3S 1 and 2 1S 0 are 2×10 12 and 3×10 11 cm -3, respectively. For the 2 3P 0,1,2 and 2 1P 0 levels the determined number densities are ten times smaller than that of the metastable levels. Values of number densities from measurements using both methods are in good agreement.

  4. On Helium-Dominated Stellar Evolution: The Mysterious Role of the O(He)-Type Stars (United States)

    Reindl, N.; Rauch, T.; Werner, K.; Kruk, J. W.; Todt, H.


    Context. About a quarter of all post-asymptotic giant branch (AGB) stars are hydrogen-deficient. Stellar evolutionary models explain the carbon-dominated H-deficient stars by a (very) late thermal pulse scenario where the hydrogen-rich envelope is mixed with the helium-rich intershell layer. Depending on the particular time at which the final flash occurs, the entire hydrogen envelope may be burned. In contrast, helium-dominated post-AGB stars and their evolution are not yet understood. Aims. A small group of very hot, helium-dominated stars is formed by O(He)-type stars. A precise analysis of their photospheric abundances will establish constraints to their evolution. Methods. We performed a detailed spectral analysis of ultraviolet and optical spectra of four O(He) stars by means of state-of-the-art non-LTE model-atmosphere techniques. Results. We determined effective temperatures, surface gravities, and the abundances of H, He, C, N, O, F, Ne, Si, P, S, Ar, and Fe. By deriving upper limits for the mass-loss rates of the O(He) stars, we found that they do not exhibit enhanced mass-loss. The comparison with evolutionary models shows that the status of the O(He) stars remains uncertain. Their abundances match predictions of a double helium white dwarf (WD) merger scenario, suggesting that they might be the progeny of the compact and of the luminous helium-rich sdO-type stars. The existence of planetary nebulae that do not show helium enrichment around every other O(He) star precludes a merger origin for these stars. These stars must have formed in a different way, for instance via enhanced mass-loss during their post-AGB evolution or a merger within a common-envelope (CE) of a CO-WD and a red giant or AGB star. Conclusions. A helium-dominated stellar evolutionary sequence exists that may be fed by different types of mergers or CE scenarios. It appears likely that all these pass through the O(He) phase just before they become WDs.

  5. Low flux and low energy helium ion implantation into tungsten using a dedicated plasma source

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    Pentecoste, Lucile [GREMI, CNRS/Université d’Orléans, 14 rue d’Issoudun, B.P. 6744, 45067 Orléans Cedex2 (France); Thomann, Anne-Lise, E-mail: [GREMI, CNRS/Université d’Orléans, 14 rue d’Issoudun, B.P. 6744, 45067 Orléans Cedex2 (France); Melhem, Amer; Caillard, Amael; Cuynet, Stéphane; Lecas, Thomas; Brault, Pascal [GREMI, CNRS/Université d’Orléans, 14 rue d’Issoudun, B.P. 6744, 45067 Orléans Cedex2 (France); Desgardin, Pierre; Barthe, Marie-France [CNRS, UPR3079 CEMHTI, 1D avenue de la Recherche Scientifique, 45071 Orléans Cedex2 (France)


    The aim of this work is to investigate the first stages of defect formation in tungsten (W) due to the accumulation of helium (He) atoms inside the crystal lattice. To reach the required implantation conditions, i.e. low He ion fluxes (10{sup 11}–10{sup 14}{sup 2}.s{sup −1}) and kinetic energies below the W atom displacement threshold (about 500 eV for He{sup +}), an ICP source has been designed and connected to a diffusion chamber. Implantation conditions have been characterized by means of complementary diagnostics modified for measurements in this very low density helium plasma. It was shown that lowest ion fluxes could only be reached for the discharge working in capacitive mode either in α or γ regime. Special attention was paid to control the energy gained by the ions by acceleration through the sheath at the direct current biased substrate. At very low helium pressure, in α regime, a broad ion energy distribution function was evidenced, whereas a peak centered on the potential difference between the plasma and the biased substrate was found at higher pressures in the γ mode. Polycrystalline tungsten samples were exposed to the helium plasma in both regimes of the discharge and characterized by positron annihilation spectroscopy in order to detect the formed vacancy defects. It was found that W vacancies are able to be formed just by helium accumulation and that the same final implanted state is reached, whatever the operating mode of the capacitive discharge.

  6. Probing the A-B interface of superfluid helium-3 (United States)

    Haley, Richard


    At temperatures around 1 mK helium-3 forms a BCS spin triplet condensate. The order parameter is sufficiently complex that more than one superfluid phase exists, each exhibiting a different broken symmetry, and there is a model first order transition between the two most stable phases, labeled A and B. The Lancaster Ultra-Low Temperature Group has developed techniques to probe the properties of the A-B interface in the deep sub-mK regime where the superfluid is in the pure condensate limit. Shaped and controllable magnetic fields are used to induce the transition, and to stabilize and move the A-B phase boundary inside the experimental volume. The latent heat of the transition has been measured, and the nucleation behavior shown to be incompatible with conventional thermodynamic models. Since superfluid helium-3 is inherently pure, and the order parameter transforms continuously across the A-B interface, it is the most coherent two-dimensional structure to which we have experimental access. It has been proposed that this 2D surface in the surrounding 3D bulk volume is a good analog of a cosmological brane separating two distinct quantum vacuum states; experiments that simulate brane annihilation and the creation of topological defects have been carried out at Lancaster. Other investigations have included measurements of the surface tension and wetting behavior of the interface. During these studies it was discovered that a large, unpredicted frictional force was acting on the interface even though it is moving through a pure superfluid. Recent breakthrough work on the dynamics of the A-B interface has finally solved this puzzle. Current experiments include a setup where the interface region is probed directly using quartz tuning fork resonators that couple to the local density of broken Cooper pair quasiparticle excitations and thus give insight into the order parameter energy gap structure as A transforms to B.

  7. Positronium formation in helium bubbles in 600 MeV proton-irradiated aluminium

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    Jensen, K. O.; Eldrup, Morten Mostgaard; Singh, Bachu Narain


    Aluminium samples containing helium bubbles produced by 600 MeV proton irradiation at 430°C were investigated by positron annihilation; both lifetime and angular correlation measurements were made. The angular correlation curves contain an unusually narrow component. This component is associated...... with positronium formation in the bubbles. The width of the component indicates localisation of the Ps atom, possibly in a surface physisorbed state. Sodium segregated at the surfaces of the bubbles is a likely cause of the positronium formation...

  8. Cable Insulation Scheme to Improve Heat Transfer to Superfluid Helium in Nb-Ti Accelerator Magnets


    La China, M; Tommasini, D


    In superconducting magnets operating at high heat loads as the ones for interaction region of particle colliders or for fast cycling synchrotrons, the limited heat transfer capability of state-of-the-art electrical insulation may constitute a heavy limitation to performance. In the LHC main magnets, Nb-Ti epoxy-free insulation, composed of polyimide tapes, has proved to be permeable to superfluid helium, however the heat flux is rather limited. After a review of the standard insulation scheme...

  9. Nano-engineering with a focused helium ion beam

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    Maas, D.J.; Drift, E.W. van der; Veldhoven, E. van; Meessen, J.; Rudneva, M.; Alkemade, P.F.A.


    Although Helium Ion Microscopy (HIM) was introduced only a few years ago, many new application fields are budding. The connecting factor between these novel applications is the unique interaction of the primary helium ion beam with the sample material at and just below its surface. In particular,

  10. Turnkey Helium Purification and Liquefaction Plant for DARWIN, Australia (United States)

    Lindemann, U.; Boeck, S.; Blum, L.; Kurtcuoglu, K.


    The Linde Group, through its Australian subsidiary BOC Limited, has signed an agreement with Darwin LNG Pty Ltd for the supply of feed-gas to Linde's new helium refining and liquefaction facility in Darwin, Australia. Linde Kryotechnik AG, located in Switzerland, has carried out the engineering and fabrication of the equipment for the turn key helium plant. The raw feed gas flow of 20'730 Nm3/h contains up to of 3 mol% helium. The purification process of the feed gas consists of partial condensation of nitrogen in two stages, cryogenic adsorption and finally catalytic oxidation of hydrogen followed by a dryer system. Downstream of the purification the refined helium is liquefied using a modified Bryton process and stored in a 30'000 gal LHe tank. For further distribution and export of the liquid helium there are two stations available for filling of truck trailers and containers. The liquid nitrogen, required for refrigeration capacity to the nitrogen removal stages in the purification process as well as for the pre-cooling of the pure helium in the liquefaction process, is generated on site during the feed gas purification process. The optimized process provides low power consumption, maximum helium recovery and a minimum helium loss.

  11. Thermal stability of helium-vacancy clusters in iron

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    Morishita, K; Wirth, B D; Díaz de la Rubia, T


    Molecular dynamics calculations were performed to evaluate the thermal stability of helium-vacancy clusters (He sub n V sub m) in Fe using the Ackland Finnis-Sinclair potential, the Wilson-Johnson potential and the Ziegler-Biersack-Littmark-Beck potential for describing the interactions of Fe-Fe, Fe-He and He-He, respectively. Both the calculated numbers of helium atoms, n, and vacancies, m, in clusters ranged from 0 to 20. The binding energies of an interstitial helium atom, an isolated vacancy and a self-interstitial iron atom to a helium-vacancy cluster were obtained from the calculated formation energies of clusters. All the binding energies do not depend much on cluster size, but they primarily depend on the helium-to-vacancy ratio (n/m) of clusters. The binding energy of a vacancy to a helium-vacancy cluster increases with the ratio, showing that helium increases cluster lifetime by dramatically reducing thermal vacancy emission. On the other hand, both the binding energies of a helium atom and an iron ...

  12. Proton-Helium Elastic Electromagnetic Cross-Section

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    Huang, Burn [Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Lanzhou (China); Ng, Kingyuen B. [Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States)


    In the test facility of the C-ADS project, A 25-MeV proton beam is directed to hit a target consisting of 1-mm tungsten balls lubricated by 100-Pa helium gas. To estimate the power loss to the helium gas, an accurate collision cross section is computed.

  13. Nuclear polarizability of helium isotopes in atomic transitions


    Pachucki, K.; Moro, A. M.


    We estimate the nuclear polarizability correction to atomic transition frequencies in various helium isotopes. This effect is non-negligible for high precision tests of quantum electrodynamics or accurate determination of the nuclear charge radius from spectroscopic measurements in helium atoms and ions. In particular, it amounts to $28(3)$ kHz for 1S-2S transition in 4He+.

  14. Deposition, milling, and etching with a focused helium ion beam

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    Alkemade, P.F.A.; Veldhoven, E. van


    The recent successful development of the helium ion microscope has produced both a new type of microscopy and a new tool for nanoscale manufacturing. This chapter reviews the first explorations in this new field in nanofabrication. The studies that utilize the Orion helium ion microscope to grow or

  15. Low Temperature Gaseous Helium and very High Turbulence Experiments

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    Pietropinto, S; Castaing, B; Chabaud, B; Gagne, Y; Hébral, B; Ladam, Y; Lebrun, P; Pirotte, O; Poulain, C; Roche, P E


    Cryogenic gaseous helium gives access to extreme turbulent experimental conditions. The very high cooling helium flow rates available at CERN have been used to reach Reynolds numbers up to Re ~ 10**7 in a round jet experiment. First results are discussed.

  16. Search for Dislocation Free Helium 4 Crystals. (United States)

    Souris, F; Fefferman, A D; Haziot, A; Garroum, N; Beamish, J R; Balibar, S

    The giant plasticity of [Formula: see text]He crystals has been explained as a consequence of the large mobility of their dislocations. Thus, the mechanical properties of dislocation free crystals should be quite different from those of usual ones. In 1996-1998, Ruutu et al. published crystal growth studies showing that, in their helium 4 crystals, the density of screw dislocations along the c-axis was less than 100 per cm[Formula: see text], sometimes zero. We have grown helium 4 crystals using similar growth speeds and temperatures, and extracted their dislocation density from their mechanical properties. We found dislocation densities that are in the range of 10[Formula: see text]-10[Formula: see text] per cm[Formula: see text], that is several orders of magnitude larger than Ruutu et al. Our tentative interpretation of this apparent contradiction is that the two types of measurements are somewhat indirect and concern different types of dislocations. As for the dislocation nucleation mechanism, it remains to be understood.

  17. Helium enrichment during convective carbon dioxide dissolution (United States)

    Larson, T.; Hesse, M. A.


    Motivated by observed variations of the CO2/He ratios in natural carbon dioxide (CO2) reservoirs, such as the Bravo Dome field in northeastern New Mexico, we have performed laboratory experiments equilibrating gas mixtures containing Helium (He) and CO2 with water, at close to ambient conditions in a closed system. The experimental design allows for continuous measurement of headspace pressure as well as timed interval measurements of the CO2/He ratios and the δ13C value of CO2 in the headspace. Results from three dissolution experiments are reported: 1) pure Helium system, 2) 98% CO2 + 2% Nitrogen system, and 3) 97% CO2 and 3% Helium. Final equilibrated experimental results are compared to theoretical results obtained using Henry's Law relationships. The evolution of the amount of dissolved CO2 computed from gas pressure and gas compositions are in good agreement with Henry's Law relationships. For example, the CO2 + N2 system was initially pressurized with pure CO2 to 1323 mbar and after six days it equilibrated to a measured headspace pressure of 596 mbar. This compares very well with a calculated equilibrium headspace pressure of 592 mbar for this system. The CO2 + He system was pressurized to 1398 mbar CO2 and after six days equilibrated to a measured headspace pressure of 397 mbar. This measured pressure is slightly higher than the predicted equilibrated headspace pressure of 341 mbar, indicating a possible leak in the system during this particular experiment. In both experiments the initial pH of the water was 9.3 and the final equilibrated pH was 5.4. The δ13C value of equilibrated headspace CO2 was within 0.25‰ of its starting δ13C value, demonstrating insignificant carbon isotope fractionation at low pH. Measured Helium/ CO2 ratios throughout the CO2+Helium experiment preserve a non-linear trend of increasing He/ CO2 ratios through time that correlate very well with the measured pressure drop from CO2 dissolution. This indicates that gas composition

  18. Proposal for the award of three contracts for the supply of high-grade helium

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    This document concerns the award of three contracts for the supply of high-grade helium. Following a market survey carried out among 27 firms in ten Member States, a call for tenders (IT-2855/LHC) was sent on 15 November 2000 to five firms in three Member States. By the closing date, CERN had received tenders from four firms in three Member States. For the reasons explained in this document, the Finance Committee is invited to agree to the negotiation of the following three contracts: - a contract with MESSER GRIESHEIM (DE), the lowest bidder, for the supply of up to 26 000 kg of high-grade helium over a period of three years for an estimated amount of 655 200 Swiss francs, not subject to revision. - a contract with BOC (GB), the second lowest bidder, for the supply of up to 26 000 kg of high-grade helium over a period of three years for an estimated amount of 493 300 US dollars (808 080 Swiss francs), not subject to revision. The rate of exchange which has been used is that stipulated in the tender. - a cont...

  19. Multiconfiguration Dirac-Hartree-Fock energy levels, oscillator strengths, transition probabilities, hyperfine constants and Landé g-factor of intermediate Rydberg series in neutral argon atom (United States)

    Salah, Wa'el; Hassouneh, Ola


    We computed the energy levels, oscillator strengths f_{ij}, the radiative transition rates A_{ij}, the Landé g -factor, the magnetic dipole moment and the electric quadrupole hyperfine constants of the intermediate Rydberg series ns [k]J ( 4 ≤ n ≤ 6), nd [k]J (3 ≤ n ≤ 4), np [k]J (4 ≤ n ≤ 5) relative to the ground state 3p6 1S0 for neutral argon atom spectra. The values are obtained in the framework of the multiconfiguration Dirac-Hartree-Fock (MCDHF) approach. In this approach, Breit interaction, leading quantum electrodynamics (QED) effects and self-energy correction are taken into account. Moreover, these spectroscopic parameters have been calculated for many levels belonging to the configuration 3p54s, 3p55s, 3p56s, 3p53d, 3p54d, 3p54p, 3p55p as well as for transitions between levels 3p54s-3p54p, 3p54p-3p53d, 3p54p-3p55s, 3p55s-3p55p and 3p55p-3p56s. The large majority of the lines from the 4p-5s and 4p-3d, 5s-5p and 5p-6s transition arrays have been observed and the calculations are consistent with the J -file-sum rule. The obtained theoretical values are compared with previous experimental and theoretical data available in the literature. An overall satisfactory agreement is noticed allowing assessing the reliability of our data.

  20. Nonlinear Power-Level Control of the MHTGR Only with the Feedback Loop of Helium Temperature

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    Zhe Dong


    Full Text Available Power-level control is a crucial technique for the safe, stable and efficient operation of modular high temperature gas-cooled nuclear reactors (MHTGRs, which have strong inherent safety features and high outlet temperatures. The current power-level controllers of the MHTGRs need measurements of both the nuclear power and the helium temperature, which cannot provide satisfactory control performance and can even induce large oscillations when the neutron sensors are in error. In order to improve the fault tolerance of the control system, it is important to develop a power-level control strategy that only requires the helium temperature. The basis for developing this kind of control law is to give a state-observer of the MHTGR a relationship that only needs the measurement of helium temperature. With this in mind, a novel nonlinear state observer which only needs the measurement of helium temperature is proposed. This observer is globally convergent if there is no disturbance, and has the L2 disturbance attenuation performance if the disturbance is nonzero. The separation principle of this observer is also proven, which denotes that this observer can recover the performance of both globally asymptotic stabilizers and L2 disturbance attenuators. Then, a new dynamic output feedback power-level control strategy is established, which is composed of this observer and the well-built static state-feedback power-level control based upon iterative dissipation assignment (IDA-PLC. Finally, numerical simulation results show the high performance and feasibility of this newly-built dynamic output feedback power-level controller.

  1. Helium processing for deuterium/helium burns in ITER's physics phase

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    Finn, P.A.; Sze, D.K.


    The requirements for vacuum pumping and fuel processing for deuterium/helium (D/{sup 3}He) burns in the physics operating phase for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) were assessed. These burns are expected to have low fusion power (100 MW), short burn times ({le}30 s), limited operation (2000 shots), and a fractional burn {approximately}0.3%. For the physics phase, the fuel processing system will include several units to separate deuterium and helium (activated charcoal bed, SAES getter and a Pd/Ag diffuser), as well as an isotopic separation system to separate {sup 3}He and {sup 4}He. The needed vacuum system's cryosorption surface area may be as large as 10 m{sup 2} if the burn time is {approximately}200 s, the fractional burn is <0.3%, or the fusion power is >100 MW. 8 refs., 1 fig., 4 tabs.

  2. Imprints from the solar cycle on the helium atom and helium pickup ion distributions

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    D. Rucinski


    Full Text Available Neutral interstellar helium atoms penetrate into the solar system almost unaffected by gas–plasma interactions in the heliospheric interface region, and thus can be considered as carriers of original information on the basic parameters (like density, temperature, bulk velocity of the Very Local Interstellar Medium (VLISM. Such information can nowadays be derived from analysis of data obtained from different experimental methods: in situ measurements of He atoms (Ulysses, observations of the solar backscattered He 584 A radiation (EUVE, in situ measurements of He + pickup ions (AMPTE, Ulysses, Wind, SOHO, ACE. In view of the current coordinated international ISSI campaign devoted to the study of the helium focusing cone structure and its evolution, we analyze expected variations of neutral He density, of He + pickup fluxes and of their phase space distributions at various phases of the solar activity cycle based on a realistic time-dependent modelling of the neutral helium and He + pickup ion distributions, which reflect solar cycle-induced variations of the photoionization rate. We show that the neutral helium density values are generally anticorrelated with the solar activity phase and in extreme cases (near the downwind axis the maximum-to-minimum density ratio may even exceed factors of ~ 3 at 1 AU. We also demonstrate that in the upwind hemisphere (at 1 AU and beyond the He + fluxes are correlated with the solar cycle activity, whereas on the downwind side the maximum of the expected flux up to distances of ~ 3 AU occurs around solar minimum epoch, and only further away does the correlation with solar activity become positive. Finally, we present the response of the phase space distribution spectra of He + pickup ions (in the solar wind frame for different epochs of the solar cycle and heliocentric distances from 1 to 5 AU covering the range of Ulysses, Wind and ACE observations.Key words. Solar physics, astrophysics and astronomy

  3. Study of a multi-strategy controller on a helium liquefier (United States)

    Lei, L. L.; Meng, Y. R.; Peng, N.; Xiong, L. Y.; Tang, J. C.; Dong, B.; Liu, L. Q.


    Helium liquefier is widely used in the fields of superconducting, nuclear fusion energy and high-energy physics. However, the present PID controlling system of the liquefier is not able to keep the compressor suction pressure, outlet pressure and turbine inlet pressure all in the expected range at the same time. Thus, a multi-strategy controller for a helium liquefier is proposed in this paper. A dynamic simulation model of this liquefier is also developed and shown. To study the control effect, an operation process including cool-down, steady-state and pulse of heat is described. The simulation result of this process is presented and compared with the result of the present PID controlling system.

  4. Aluminium surface morphology behaviour under high-flux helium ion bombardment (United States)

    Girka, O.; Bizyukov, O.; Bogatyrenko, S.; Bizyukov, I.


    Samples of aluminium with purity 99.99% wt are irradiated with helium ion beam under ITER-like conditions using FALCON ion source. Aluminium is used as the surrogate material for plasma-material interaction studies. Typical parameters during steady-state exposure are the following: helium ion flux is 2-4 × 1022 m-2 s-1, heat flux is above 1 MW m-2, average ion energy is of 2 keV, and the ion fluence is well above 1027 m-2. Investigation of the surface morphology with SEM shows the formation of the cone-like structures, which develop with fluence increasing. Surface features suddenly disappear at the fluence of 1.06 × 1027 m-2 and then start to grow again. Further fluence increase with step-by-step surface diagnostics shows periodical character of the surface structures growth and degradation.

  5. Theory of the n = 2 levels in muonic helium-3 ions (United States)

    Franke, Beatrice; Krauth, Julian J.; Antognini, Aldo; Diepold, Marc; Kottmann, Franz; Pohl, Randolf


    The present knowledge of Lamb shift, fine-, and hyperfine structure of the 2S and 2P states in muonic helium-3 ions is reviewed in anticipation of the results of a first measurement of several 2S → 2P transition frequencies in the muonic helium-3 ion, μ3He+. This ion is the bound state of a single negative muon μ- and a bare helium-3 nucleus (helion), 3He++. A term-by-term comparison of all available sources, including new, updated, and so far unpublished calculations, reveals reliable values and uncertainties of the QED and nuclear structure-dependent contributions to the Lamb shift and the hyperfine splitting. These values are essential for the determination of the helion rms charge radius and the nuclear structure effects to the hyperfine splitting in μ3He+. With this review we continue our series of theory summaries in light muonic atoms [see A. Antognini et al., Ann. Phys. 331, 127 (2013); J.J. Krauth et al., Ann. Phys. 366, 168 (2016); and M. Diepold et al.">arXiv:1606.05231 (2016)].

  6. Charge transfer dissociation (CTD) mass spectrometry of peptide cations using kiloelectronvolt helium cations. (United States)

    Hoffmann, William D; Jackson, Glen P


    A kiloelectronvolt beam of helium ions is used to ionize and fragment precursor peptide ions starting in the 1+ charge state. The electron affinity of helium cations (24.6 eV) exceeds the ionization potential of protonated peptides and can therefore be used to abstract an electron from--or charge exchange with--the isolated precursor ions. Kiloelectronvolt energies are used, (1) to overcome the Coulombic repulsion barrier between the cationic reactants, (2) to overcome ion-defocussing effects in the ion trap, and (3) to provide additional activation energy. Charge transfer dissociation (CTD) of the [M+H](+) precursor of Substance P gives product ions such as [M+H](2+•) and a dominant series of a ions in both the 1+ and 2+ charge states. These observations, along with the less-abundant a + 1 ions, are consistent with ultraviolet photodissociation (UVPD) results of others and indicate that C-C(α) cleavages are possible through charge exchange with helium ions. Although the efficiencies and timescale of CTD are not yet suitable for on-line chromatography, this new approach to ion activation provides an additional potential tool for the interrogation of gas phase ions.

  7. Coupling an Ensemble of Electrons on Superfluid Helium to a Superconducting Circuit

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    Yang, Ge; Fragner, A.; Koolstra, G.; Ocola, L.; Czaplewski, D. A.; Schoelkopf, R. J.; Schuster, D. I.


    The quantized lateral motional states and the spin states of electrons trapped on the surface of superfluid helium have been proposed as basic building blocks of a scalable quantum computer. Circuit quantum electrodynamics allows strong dipole coupling between electrons and a high-Q superconducting microwave resonator, enabling such sensitive detection and manipulation of electron degrees of freedom. Here, we present the first realization of a hybrid circuit in which a large number of electrons are trapped on the surface of superfluid helium inside a coplanar waveguide resonator. The high finesse of the resonator allows us to observe large dispersive shifts that are many times the linewidth and make fast and sensitive measurements on the collective vibrational modes of the electron ensemble, as well as the superfluid helium film underneath. Furthermore, a large ensemble coupling is observed in the dispersive regime during experiment, and it shows excellent agreement with our numeric model. The coupling strength of the ensemble to the cavity is found to be approximate to 1 MHz per electron, indicating the feasibility of achieving single electron strong coupling.

  8. Coupling an Ensemble of Electrons on Superfluid Helium to a Superconducting Circuit (United States)

    Yang, Ge; Fragner, A.; Koolstra, G.; Ocola, L.; Czaplewski, D. A.; Schoelkopf, R. J.; Schuster, D. I.


    The quantized lateral motional states and the spin states of electrons trapped on the surface of superfluid helium have been proposed as basic building blocks of a scalable quantum computer. Circuit quantum electrodynamics allows strong dipole coupling between electrons and a high-Q superconducting microwave resonator, enabling such sensitive detection and manipulation of electron degrees of freedom. Here, we present the first realization of a hybrid circuit in which a large number of electrons are trapped on the surface of superfluid helium inside a coplanar waveguide resonator. The high finesse of the resonator allows us to observe large dispersive shifts that are many times the linewidth and make fast and sensitive measurements on the collective vibrational modes of the electron ensemble, as well as the superfluid helium film underneath. Furthermore, a large ensemble coupling is observed in the dispersive regime during experiment, and it shows excellent agreement with our numeric model. The coupling strength of the ensemble to the cavity is found to be ≈1 MHz per electron, indicating the feasibility of achieving single electron strong coupling.

  9. Coupling an Ensemble of Electrons on Superfluid Helium to a Superconducting Circuit

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    Ge Yang


    Full Text Available The quantized lateral motional states and the spin states of electrons trapped on the surface of superfluid helium have been proposed as basic building blocks of a scalable quantum computer. Circuit quantum electrodynamics allows strong dipole coupling between electrons and a high-Q superconducting microwave resonator, enabling such sensitive detection and manipulation of electron degrees of freedom. Here, we present the first realization of a hybrid circuit in which a large number of electrons are trapped on the surface of superfluid helium inside a coplanar waveguide resonator. The high finesse of the resonator allows us to observe large dispersive shifts that are many times the linewidth and make fast and sensitive measurements on the collective vibrational modes of the electron ensemble, as well as the superfluid helium film underneath. Furthermore, a large ensemble coupling is observed in the dispersive regime during experiment, and it shows excellent agreement with our numeric model. The coupling strength of the ensemble to the cavity is found to be ≈1  MHz per electron, indicating the feasibility of achieving single electron strong coupling.

  10. Helium and Sulfur Hexafluoride in Musical Instruments (United States)

    Forinash, Kyle; Dixon, Cory L.


    The effects of inhaled helium on the human voice were investigated in a recent article in The Physics Teacher.1 As mentioned in that article, demonstrations of the effect are a popular classroom activity. If the number of YouTube videos is any indication, the effects of sulfur hexafluoride on the human voice are equally popular. However, there appears to be little information available on the effects of either of these gases on musical instruments.2 We describe here the results of a student project that involved measuring the frequency shifts in an organ pipe, a trumpet, and a trombone as the result of filling the instruments with these two gases. The project was one of several possible end-of-semester projects required in an elective science of sound course for non-science majors.

  11. An Update of the Primordial Helium Abundance (United States)

    Peimbert, Antonio; Peimbert, Manuel; Luridiana, Valentina


    Three of the best determinations of the primordial helium abundance (Yp) are those obtained from low metallicity HII regions by Aver, Olive, Porter, & Skillman (2013); Izotov, Thuan, & Guseva (2014); and Peimbert, Peimbert, & Luridiana (2007). In this poster we update the Yp determination by Peimbert et al. taking into account, among other aspects, recent advances in the determination of the He atomic physical parameters, the temperature structure, the collisional effects of high temperatures on the Balmer lines, as well as the effect of H and He bound-bound absorption.We compare our results with those of Aver et al. and Izotov et al. and point out possible explanations for the differences among the three determinations. We also compare our results with those obtained with the Plank satellite considering recent measurements of the neutron mean life; this comparison has implications on the determination of the number of light neutrino families.

  12. Cluster counting in helium based gas mixtures (United States)

    Cataldi, G.; Grancagnolo, F.; Spagnolo, S.


    The statistical advantages deriving from counting primary ionization, as opposed to the conventional energy loss measurement, are extensively discussed. A primary ionization counting method is proposed for a "traditional", cylindrical, single sense wire cell drift chamber, which makes use of a helium based gas mixture. Its conceptual feasibility is proven by means of a simple Monte Carlo simulation. A counting algorithm is developed and tested on the simulation output. A definition of the parameters of the read-out and of the digitizing electronics is given, assuming the described counting algorithm applied to a general detector design, in order to have a complete and realistic planning of a cluster counting measurement. Finally, some interesting results from a beam test, performed according to the described parameters, on primary ionization measurements and on {π}/{μ} separation are shown.

  13. Photoionization of helium dimers; Photoionisation von Heliumdimeren

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    Havermeier, Tilo


    The helium dimer is one of the most weakly bound systems in the universe. This makes it an interesting quantum mechanical object for investigation. These Van der Waals Clusters can be produced in an expansion of a cryogenic gas jet through a small nozzle into vacuum. In the present experiment we examine the interaction of He dimers with synchrotron radiation at an energy range from 64 to 78 eV. We observed different pathways leading to single ionization of both He atoms of the dimer compound. This two close standing ions begin now to dissociate in cause of their coulomb potential. All charged fragments were detected in coincidence with a COLTRIMS system. Especially Interatomic Coulombic Decay (ICD) and the two step process (TS1) were clearly identified. Furthermore a distribution of the internuclear distance was obtained from the measured Kinetic Energy Release (KER). (orig.)

  14. Positronium and Electron Scattering on Helium (United States)

    DiRienzi, Joseph


    A recent work [1] establishes experimentally that Positronium scattering by atoms of various elements is surprisingly close in total cross-section to that of an isolated electron of the same velocity. In this work we will look at the scattering of Ps on Helium and compare it to a determination of the scattering of an e- with the same element. For both the Ps scattering and the e- scattering on He, we assume the symmetrization of the e- with the closed shell He electrons is the dominant interaction. A local effective potential employed in [2] and [3] is used to model the electron exchange and cross- sections are determined for a set of partial waves. For the Ps scattering we include as a secondary effect the Van der Waals interaction. For single e- scattering of He, we also employ a short range Coulomb potential and dispersion as contributing effects. Results of the cross-sections determined in each case are then compared

  15. Observation of the antimatter helium-4 nucleus. (United States)


    High-energy nuclear collisions create an energy density similar to that of the Universe microseconds after the Big Bang; in both cases, matter and antimatter are formed with comparable abundance. However, the relatively short-lived expansion in nuclear collisions allows antimatter to decouple quickly from matter, and avoid annihilation. Thus, a high-energy accelerator of heavy nuclei provides an efficient means of producing and studying antimatter. The antimatter helium-4 nucleus (4He), also known as the anti-α (α), consists of two antiprotons and two antineutrons (baryon number B = -4). It has not been observed previously, although the α-particle was identified a century ago by Rutherford and is present in cosmic radiation at the ten per cent level. Antimatter nuclei with B antimatter nuclei and a benchmark for possible future observations of 4He in cosmic radiation.

  16. Liquid Oxygen Thermodynamic Vent System Testing with Helium Pressurization (United States)

    VanDresar, Neil T.


    This report presents the results of several thermodynamic vent system (TVS) tests with liquid oxygen plus a test with liquid nitrogen. In all tests, the liquid was heated above its normal boiling point to 111 K for oxygen and 100 K for nitrogen. The elevated temperature was representative of tank conditions for a candidate lunar lander ascent stage. An initial test series was conducted with saturated oxygen liquid and vapor at 0.6 MPa. The initial series was followed by tests where the test tank was pressurized with gaseous helium to 1.4 to 1.6 MPa. For these tests, the helium mole fraction in the ullage was quite high, about 0.57 to 0.62. TVS behavior is different when helium is present than when helium is absent. The tank pressure becomes the sum of the vapor pressure and the partial pressure of helium. Therefore, tank pressure depends not only on temperature, as is the case for a pure liquid-vapor system, but also on helium density (i.e., the mass of helium divided by the ullage volume). Thus, properly controlling TVS operation is more challenging with helium pressurization than without helium pressurization. When helium was present, the liquid temperature would rise with each successive TVS cycle if tank pressure was kept within a constant control band. Alternatively, if the liquid temperature was maintained within a constant TVS control band, the tank pressure would drop with each TVS cycle. The final test series, which was conducted with liquid nitrogen pressurized with helium, demonstrated simultaneous pressure and temperature control during TVS operation. The simultaneous control was achieved by systematic injection of additional helium during each TVS cycle. Adding helium maintained the helium partial pressure as the liquid volume decreased because of TVS operation. The TVS demonstrations with liquid oxygen pressurized with helium were conducted with three different fluid-mixer configurations-a submerged axial jet mixer, a pair of spray hoops in the tank

  17. The primordial helium abundance from updated emissivities

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    Aver, Erik [Department of Physics, Gonzaga University, 502 E Boone Ave, Spokane, WA, 99258 (United States); Olive, Keith A.; Skillman, Evan D. [School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Minnesota, 116 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, MN, 55455 (United States); Porter, R.L., E-mail:, E-mail:, E-mail:, E-mail: [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 30602 (United States)


    Observations of metal-poor extragalactic H II regions allow the determination of the primordial helium abundance, Y{sub p}. The He I emissivities are the foundation of the model of the H II region's emission. Porter, Ferland, Storey, and Detisch (2012) have recently published updated He I emissivities based on improved photoionization cross-sections. We incorporate these new atomic data and update our recent Markov Chain Monte Carlo analysis of the dataset published by Izotov, Thuan, and Stasi'nska (2007). As before, cuts are made to promote quality and reliability, and only solutions which fit the data within 95% confidence level are used to determine the primordial He abundance. The previously qualifying dataset is almost entirely retained and with strong concordance between the physical parameters. Overall, an upward bias from the new emissivities leads to a decrease in Y{sub p}. In addition, we find a general trend to larger uncertainties in individual objects (due to changes in the emissivities) and an increased variance (due to additional objects included). From a regression to zero metallicity, we determine Y{sub p} = 0.2465 ± 0.0097, in good agreement with the BBN result, Y{sub p} = 0.2485 ± 0.0002, based on the Planck determination of the baryon density. In the future, a better understanding of why a large fraction of spectra are not well fit by the model will be crucial to achieving an increase in the precision of the primordial helium abundance determination.

  18. The Liquid Metallic Hydrogen Model of the Sun and the Solar Atmosphere VI. Helium in the Chromosphere

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    Robitaille P.-M.


    Full Text Available Molecular hydrogen and hydrides have recently been advanced as vital agents in the generation of emission spectra in the chromosphere. This is a result of the role they play in the formation of condensed hydrogen structures (CHS within the chromosphere (P.M. Robitaille. The Liquid Metallic Hydrogen Model of the Sun and the Solar Atmosphere IV. On the Nature of the Chromosphere. Progr. Phys., 2013, v. 3, 15–21. Next to hydrogen, helium is perhaps the most intriguing component in this region of the Sun. Much like other elements, which combine with hydrogen to produce hydrides, helium can form the well-known helium hydride molecular ion, HeH+, and the excited neutral helium hydride molecule, HeH∗. While HeH+ is hypothesized to be a key cosmologicalmolecule, its possible presence in the Sun, and that of its excited neutral counterpart, has not been considered. Still, these hydrides are likely to play a role in the synthesis of CHS, as the He I and He II emission lines strongly suggest. In this regard, the study of helium emission spectra can provide insight into the condensed nature of the Sun, especially when considering the 10830 Å line associated with the 23P→2 3S triplet state transition. This line is strong in solar prominences and can be seen clearly on the disk. The excessive population of helium triplet states cannot be adequately explained using the gaseous models, since these states should be depopulated by collisional processes. Conversely, when He-based molecules are used to build CHS in a liquid metallic hydrogen model, an ever increasing population of the 23S and 23P states might be expected. The overpopulation of these triplet states leads to the conclusion that these emission lines are unlikely to be produced through random collisional or photon excitation, as required by the gaseous models. This provides a significant hurdle for these models. Thus, the strong 23P→2 3S lines and the overpopulation of the helium triplet

  19. Suicidal asphyxiation with helium: report of three cases. (United States)

    Grassberger, Martin; Krauskopf, Astrid


    Helium is an inert gas that among other things is used medically to alleviate the symptoms of airway obstruction, as part of a diving mix in deep-sea diving or as balloon gas. In recent years the so-called right-to-die literature has suggested suffocation with inhaled helium as an effective and peaceful means of self-deliverance for terminally ill patients. Helium displaces oxygen and carbon dioxide and can thus lead to asphyxia. We report three cases of suicidal asphyxiation with helium gas that were examined at the Department of Forensic Medicine Vienna within three months in 2006. In all three cases, autopsy was unrewarding from the point of view of gross pathology. Special autopsy techniques and devices are required for collection of the gas from the lungs. Gas-chromatography is used to examine the gas for helium; however, this requires replacement of the carrier gas, which is itself usually helium. The fact that three people in Vienna committed suicide using this method within a short period of time, together with the abundance of detailed how-to literature on the Internet, suggests a possible future increase in the number of deaths associated with the inhalation of inert gases, particularly helium. Because of the diagnostic obstacles involved, it is necessary to rely on good death-scene investigation for situational evidence when the body is discovered.

  20. Toxicological findings in three cases of suicidal asphyxiation with helium. (United States)

    Oosting, Roelof; van der Hulst, Rogier; Peschier, Leo; Verschraagen, Miranda


    Toxicological findings in deaths by asphyxiation due to a pure inert gas like helium are rare. We present three suicide cases of asphyxial death attributed to anoxia caused by inhalation of helium in a plastic bag positioned over the head. In one case, lung tissue, brain tissue and heart blood were obtained during standard autopsy procedures. In two cases, samples were obtained differently: heart blood, femoral blood, brain tissue, lung tissue and/or air from the lungs were directly sealed into headspace vials during autopsy. Air from the lungs was collected using a syringe and transferred into an aluminum gas sampling bag which was heat sealed as soon as possible. Semi-quantitative gas analyses were performed using headspace gas chromatography-thermal conductivity detection (HS-GC/TCD) with a molsieve column capable of separating permanent gasses. Nitrogen was used as carrier gas. In the first case no helium was detected in lung tissue, brain tissue and heart blood. In the second case the presence of helium was detected in lung tissue (approximately 5% helium in gaseous phase) but not in femoral blood. In the third case the presence of helium was detected in air from the lungs (0.05%), lung tissue (0.4%), brain tissue (0.1%) and heart blood (0.04%). Helium is easily lost if sampling is not performed properly. The presented cases suggest that quick sample collection of various matrices during autopsy is suitable to detect gasses like helium in postmortem cases. Use of HS-GC/TCD enables to detect an inert gas like helium. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Performance of Oil-Injected Scroll Compressors for Helium Refrigerators (United States)

    Shiibayashi, Masao; Izunaga, Yasushi; Sado, Shintaro

    In recent years there arises growing demand of helium liquefaction refrigerators for the magnetic resonance imaging systems, magnetically levitated vehicles and other systems using superconducting magnet. From this background, a small size, scroll type of hermetic helium compressor capable of compressing helium gas to the pressure ratio of 20 in a single stage is developed. Main features of this compressor are as follows. 1) Discharge capacity can be varied from 7 to 20 Nm3/h by changing driving motor frequency from 30 to 80 Hz. 2) The overall adiabatic efficiency showed 72%∼79% under the pressure ratio range of 11∼20 at 60 Hz using oil injection cooling device.

  2. European standardization activities on safety of liquid helium cryostats

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    This talk gives a general overview on the challenges of designing safety units for liquid helium cryostats with regard to existing industry standards. It reviews the work of a national working group that published the technical guideline DIN SPEC 4683 in April 2015, which is dedicated to the particular conditions in liquid helium cryostats. Based on both this guideline and equivalent documents from e.g. CEA, CERN, a working group is being formed at the European Committee for Standardization, associated to CEN/TC 268, which will work on a European standard on safety of liquid helium cryostats. The actual status and the schedule of this project are presented.

  3. Multi-objective Optimization on Helium Liquefier Using Genetic Algorithm (United States)

    Wang, H. R.; Xiong, L. Y.; Peng, N.; Meng, Y. R.; Liu, L. Q.


    Research on optimization of helium liquefier is limited at home and abroad, and most of the optimization is single-objective based on Collins cycle. In this paper, a multi-objective optimization is conducted using genetic algorithm (GA) on the 40 L/h helium liquefier developed by Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry of the Chinese Academy of Science (TIPC, CAS), steady solutions are obtained in the end. In addition, the exergy loss of the optimized system is studied in the case of with and without liquid nitrogen pre-cooling. The results have guiding significance for the future design of large helium liquefier.

  4. Temporal Bell-type inequalities for two-level Rydberg atoms coupled to a high-{ital Q} resonator

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    Huelga, S.F.; Marshall, T.W.; Santos, E. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad de Oviedo, 33007 Oviedo (Spain)]|[Department of Mathematics, University of Manchester, Manchester M139PL, United Kingdom Departamento de Fisica Moderna, Universidad de Cantabria, 39005 Santander (Spain)


    Following the strategy of showing specific quantum effects by means of the violation of a classical inequality, a pair of Bell-type inequalities is derived on the basis of certain additional assumptions, whose plausibility is discussed in detail. Such inequalities are violated by the quantum mechanical predictions for the interaction of a two-level Rydberg atom with a single mode sustained by a high-{ital Q} resonator. The experimental conditions required in order to show the existence of forbidden values, according to a hidden variables formalism, in a real experiment are analyzed for various initial field statistics. In particular, the revival dynamics expected for the interaction with a coherent field leads to classically forbidden values, which would indicate a purely quantum effect. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  5. New experimental device for VHTR structural material testing and helium coolant chemistry investigation - High Temperature Helium Loop in NRI Rez

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    Berka, Jan, E-mail: [Research Centre Rez, Ltd, Husinec-Rez 130, 25068 Rez (Czech Republic); Institute of Chemical Technology Prague, Technicka 1905, 16628 Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Matecha, Josef, E-mail: [Nuclear Research Institute Rez plc., Husinec-Rez 130, 25068 Rez (Czech Republic); Cerny, Michal [Institute of Chemical Technology Prague, Technicka 1905, 16628 Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Viden, Ivan, E-mail: [Institute of Chemical Technology Prague, Technicka 1905, 16628 Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Sus, Frantisek [Research Centre Rez, Ltd, Husinec-Rez 130, 25068 Rez (Czech Republic); Nuclear Research Institute Rez plc., Husinec-Rez 130, 25068 Rez (Czech Republic); Hajek, Petr [Nuclear Research Institute Rez plc., Husinec-Rez 130, 25068 Rez (Czech Republic)


    The High Temperature Helium Loop (HTHL) is an experimental device for simulation of VHTR helium coolant conditions. The purpose of the HTHL is structural materials testing and helium coolant chemistry investigation. In the HTHL pure helium will be used as working medium and its main physical parameters are 7 MPa, max. temperature in the test section 900 Degree-Sign C and flow rate 37.8 kg/h. The HTHL consists of an active channel, the helium purification system, the system of impurities dosage (e.g. CO, CO{sub 2}, H{sub 2}, H{sub 2}O, O{sub 2}, N{sub 2}, and CH{sub 4}) and the helium chemistry monitoring system (sampling and on-line analysis and determination of impurities in the helium flow). The active channel is planned to be placed into the core of the experimental reactor LVR-15 which will serve as a neutron flux source (max. 2.5 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 18} n/m{sup 2} s for fast neutrons). The HTHL is now under construction. Some of its main parts are finished, some are still being produced (active channel internals, etc.), some should be improved to work correctly (the helium circulatory compressor); certain sub-systems are planned to be integrated to the loop (systems for the determination of moisture and other impurities in helium, etc.). The start of the HTHL operation is expected during 2011 and the integration of the active channel into the LVR-15 core during 2012.

  6. Quantum hydrodynamic model for the enhanced moments of inertia of molecules in helium nanodroplets: Application to SF6 (United States)

    Lehmann, Kevin K.; Callegari, Carlo


    The increase in moment of inertia, DeltaI, of SF6 in helium nanodroplets is calculated using the quantum hydrodynamic approach [Callegari [et al.], Phys. Rev. Lett. 83, 5058 (1999); 84, 1848 (2000)], which we extend here to an explicit three-dimensional treatment. Three plausible helium densities are reconstructed by interpolation of previously published "density cuts" in terms of an expansion into cubic harmonics (several interpolation strategies are presented). This allows us to predict a value of DeltaI that ranges from as low as 30 u[middle dot]A2 to as high as 318 u[middle dot]A2. The lower limit reproduces the prediction of Kwon [et al.] [J. Chem. Phys. 113, 6469 (2000)], who use the same hydrodynamic model and an unpublished density based upon a Path Integral Monte Carlo calculation. These values can be compared with the experimentally measured DeltaI (310plus-or-minus10 u[middle dot]A2) for large (N[greater-than-or-equal, slanted]103 He atoms), and with Fixed Node, Diffusion Monte Carlo calculations by Lee, Farrelly, and Whaley [Phys. Rev. Lett. 83, 3812 (1999)], which found DeltaI=290-305 u[middle dot]A2 for N=8-20 helium atoms. The present results show that the value of DeltaI obtained from the hydrodynamic model is quite sensitive to physically reasonable variations in the helium density; therefore one has to be careful as to which density to use. Because the model is based upon the assumption that the helium is in the ground "quasienergy" state of the helium-molecule time-dependent potential, we propose that calculations should be done using densities calculated at 0 K rather than at finite temperature. We have extended our original algorithm to also handle irregular boundaries. We find that in the present case the calculated value of DeltaI only changes by a few percent.

  7. How to make Raman-inactive helium visible in Raman spectra of tritium-helium gas mixtures

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    Schloesser, M.; Pakari, O.; Rupp, S.; Mirz, S.; Fischer, S. [Institute of Technical Physics, Tritium Laboratory Karlsruhe - TLK, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology - KIT, Karlsruhe (Germany)


    Raman spectroscopy, a powerful method for the quantitative compositional analysis of molecular gases, e.g. mixtures of hydrogen isotopologues, is not able to detect monoatomic species like helium. This deficit can be overcome by using radioluminescence emission from helium atoms induced by β-electrons from tritium decay. We present theoretical considerations and combined Raman/radioluminescence spectra. Furthermore, we discuss the linearity of the method together with validation measurements for determining the pressure dependence. Finally, we conclude how this technique can be used for samples of helium with traces of tritium, and vice versa. (authors)

  8. Two-color time-resolved spectroscopy of helium using high-order harmonics

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    Larsson, J.; Mevel, E.; Zerne, R.; Wahlstroem, C.-G.; Svanberg, S. [Lund Univ. (Sweden). Dept. of Physics; L`Huillier, A. [CEA Centre d`Etudes de Saclay, 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette (France). Dept. de Recherche sur l`Etat Condense, les Atomes et les Molecules


    The radiative lifetime of the 1s2p {sup 1}P state of helium is measured in a two-colour ionization experiment with a 5% accuracy. The state is excited by the 13th harmonic of a tunable 80 ps laser and ionized by a synchronous ultraviolet laser, with a variable time delay. This experiment demonstrates that the high harmonics generated in a jet of rare gas exposed to an intense laser field provide a tunable short-pulse XUV source ideally suited for pump/probe type of studies and, in particular, short lifetime measurements. (author).

  9. Performance of Screw Compressor for Small-Capacity Helium Refrigerators (United States)

    Urashin, Masayuki; Matsubara, Katsumi; Izunaga, Yasushi

    A helium compressor is one of the important components comprising a cryogenic refrigerator. The purpous of this investigation is to develop a new small-capacity helium screw compressor. The performance of a single-stage compressor at high compression ratio and the cooling performance of the compressor are investigated. A semi-hermetic screw compressor with new profile screw rotors, with which high performance can be obtained, is utilized in this investigation. Lubricating oil is applied to cool the compressor motor and the compressed gas. As a result, an overall isentropic efficiency of 80% is obtained when helium is compressed to a compression ratio of 19.8 with a single-stage screw compressor. At the same time, the temperature of a compressor motor and discharge gas can be maintained at low levels. Therefore, it is found that a single-stage screw compressor can compress helium to high compression ratio.

  10. Gaseous Helium Reclamation at Rocket Test Systems Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — GHe reclamation is critical in reducing operating costs at rocket engine test facilities. Increases in cost and shortages of helium will dramatically impact testing...

  11. One of the Helium Liquifiers in the North Area

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    Several Helium Liquifiers were installed in the North Area to cool superconducting magnets used in the experiments. At center top is M.Dykes, at bottom right J.Dozio. See CERN Annual Report 1979 p.82.

  12. General mechanism for helium blistering involving displaced atom transport

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    McDonell, W.R.


    A mechanism developed to account for formation of vertically elongated blisters in high displacement environments produced by /sup 252/Cf alpha particles and fission fragments has been extended to formation of done-shaped blisters in the low displacement environments produced by simple helium ion beams. In this mechanism, transport of displaced atoms to relieve compressive stresses in the helium-implanted layer allows interconnections of small, subsurface bubbles to form the blister cavity. The same transport may cause thickening of the blister caps at low implantation energies. The transition from dome-shaped to vertically elongated blistering occurs between the 300 and 3000 displacements per helium atom produced by simple helium ions and /sup 252/Cf radiations respectively.

  13. Self-Calibrating Vector Helium Magnetometer (SVHM) Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This Phase I SBIR proposal describes proposed development of a conceptual design for a Self-Calibrating Vector Helium Magnetometer (SVHM) for design and fabrication...

  14. High-Range Scalar Helium Magnetometer (HSHM) Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This SBIR Phase I proposal describes development of a conceptual design for a High-range Scalar Helium Magnetometer (HSHM) for the field range +/-16 Gauss. The HSHM...

  15. Helium, hydrogen, and fuzz in plasma-facing materials (United States)

    Hammond, Karl D.


    Tungsten, the primary material under consideration as the divertor material in magnetic-confinement nuclear fusion reactors, has been known for the last decade to form ‘fuzz’—a layer of microscopic, high-void-fraction features on the surface—after only a few hours of exposure to helium plasma. Fuzz has also been observed in molybdenum, tantalum, and several other metals. Helium bubbles in tungsten and other metals are also known to change the hardness of the surface, accumulate at grain boundaries and dislocations, and increase hydrogen isotope retention. This article reviews helium- and hydrogen-induced surface evolution, including fuzz formation, in tungsten and other plasma-facing materials, as well as modeling and experimental efforts that have been undertaken to understand the mechanisms of fuzz formation, helium and hydrogen transport in plasma-facing materials, and relevant atomic-scale and electronic effects relevant to plasma-facing materials.

  16. Dark Matter Detection Using Helium Evaporation and Field Ionization (United States)

    Maris, Humphrey J.; Seidel, George M.; Stein, Derek


    We describe a method for dark matter detection based on the evaporation of helium atoms from a cold surface and their subsequent detection using field ionization. When a dark matter particle scatters off a nucleus of the target material, elementary excitations (phonons or rotons) are produced. Excitations which have an energy greater than the binding energy of helium to the surface can result in the evaporation of helium atoms. We propose to detect these atoms by ionizing them in a strong electric field. Because the binding energy of helium to surfaces can be below 1 meV, this detection scheme opens up new possibilities for the detection of dark matter particles in a mass range down to 1 MeV /c2 .

  17. Advances in molecular mechanism of cardioprotection induced by helium (United States)

    Ding, Yi-ping; Zhang, Ju-yi; Feng, Dong-xia; Kong, Yan; Xu, Zhuan; Chen, Gang


    Helium has been classified as a kind of inert gas that is not effortless to spark chemical reactions with other substances in the past decades. Nevertheless, the cognition of scientists has gradually changed accompanied with a variety of studies revealing the potential molecular mechanism underlying organ-protection induced by helium. Especially, as a non-anesthetic gas which is deficient of relevant cardiopulmonary side effects, helium conditioning is recognized as an emerging and promising approach to exert favorable effects by mimicking the cardioprotection of anesthetic gases or xenon. In this review we will summarize advances in the underlying biological mechanisms and clinical applicability with regards to the cardioprotective effects of helium. PMID:28744366

  18. Gaseous Helium Reclamation at Rocket Test Systems Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The ability to restore large amounts of vented gaseous helium (GHe) at rocket test sites preserves the GHe and reduces operating cost. The used GHe is vented into...

  19. Self-Calibrating Vector Helium Magnetometer (SVHM) Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This Phase 2 SBIR proposal describes the design, fabrication and calibration of a brass-board Self-Calibrating Vector Helium Magnetometer (SVHM). The SVHM instrument...

  20. Transport and extraction of radioactive ions stopped in superfluid helium

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    Huang Wan Xia; Gloos, K; Takahashi, N; Arutyunov, K; Pekola, J P; Äystö, J


    A new approach to convert a high energy beam to a low energy one, which is essential for the next generation radioactive ion beam facilities, has been proposed and tested at Jyvaeskylae, Finland. An open sup 2 sup 2 sup 3 Ra alpha-decay-recoil source has been used to produce radioactive ions in superfluid helium. The alpha spectra demonstrate that the recoiling sup 2 sup 1 sup 9 Rn ions have been extracted out of liquid helium. This first observation of the extraction of heavy positive ions across the superfluid helium surface was possible thanks to the high sensitivity of radioactivity detection. An efficiency of 36% was obtained for the ion extraction out of liquid helium.