Spectral line shapes of autoionizing Rydberg series

Kiyoshi Ueda

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Within the framework of multichannel quantum-defect theory, Seatons scrR matrix is transformed to a modified reactance matrix with null submatrices for the open-open and degenerate closed-closed channel couplings. Using this coupling matrix, parametric expressions for the photoionization cross section in the autoionization region analogous to Fanos resonance formula are derived for four cases: (i) many open channels and one closed channel, (ii) many open channels and many closed channels which do not interact either directly or through open channels, (iii) one open channel and many degenerate closed channels, and (iv) one open channel and two nondegenerate closed channels. The utility of the derived expressions in fitting experimental data is demonstrated using absorption spectra of Xe, Ge, Ca, and Sr.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2484-2492
Number of pages9
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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