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Quenching of the 2pnd 1Po doubly excited states of helium by a dc electric field


Braune,  Markus
Molecular Physics, Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Society;

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Bučar, K., Žitnik, M., Mihelič, A., Penent, F., Lablanquie, P., Palaudoux, J., et al. (2014). Quenching of the 2pnd 1Po doubly excited states of helium by a dc electric field. Physical Review A, 90(1): 013412. doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.90.013412.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-001A-2BBE-E
The fluorescence yield quenching of low-lying doubly excited 2pnd 1Po states is observed to depend strongly on a dc electric field strength and its orientation with respect to the polarization of the incoming photon beam. The reduction of the yield accompanied by the lifetime shortening is attributed to the Stark mixing with the neighboring 2sns 1Se states, which redirects the 2pnd 1Po decay to the prompt autoionization channel. For n≥4, the lifetimes decrease from several hundred picoseconds down to several tens of picoseconds when an electric field in the kV/cm range is applied parallel to the photon probe polarization. Practically no lifetime change is observed for polarization perpendicular to the electric field direction. The results of the complex-scaling calculations are in a good agreement with the experimental data.