This week’s Image of the Week comes from JPhysB‘s Special Issue on Addressing Quantum Many-body Problems with Cold Atoms and Molecules. In their contribution to the issue, Martin Kiffner et al perform calculations of autoionization rates for two rubidium Rydberg atoms with overlapping electron clouds. They find that, independent of the initial state of the atoms, the autoionization rates increase exponentially with the amount of charge overlap.
- Quantum mechanical calculation of Rydberg–Rydberg autoionization rates
- Special issue on Addressing Quantum Many-body Problems with Cold Atoms and Molecules
- Special Issue on Rydberg atomic physics
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Front and article images adapted from Martin Kiffner et al 2016 J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 49 204004 © 2016 IOP Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.