ionizing collisions, metastable xenon, shielding, enhancement effects, ionization
Using 40 ns laser pulses, we probe the real-time dynamics of ultracold ionizing collisions in metastable xenon. We time resolve both shielding and enhancement effects, and observe the production of Xe2^+ molecular ions through associative ionization. We estimate the rate of molecule formation in excited-state collisions, and directly measure the role of both flux enhancement and excited state survival in the collisional enhancement process. Conceptually simple theoretical models are used to predict the dynamics of the collisional shielding.
Original Publication Citation
C. Orzel, S. D. Bergeson, S. Kulin, and S. L. Rolston, ”Time-resolved studies of ionizing collisions,” Physical Review Letters, 8, 593-596 (1998). The original publication of this article can be found at http://link.aps.org/doi/1.113/PhysRevLett.8.593
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Bergeson, Scott D.; Orzel, C.; Kulin, S.; and Rolston, S. L., "Time-Resolved Studies of Ultracold Ionizing Collisions" (1998). All Faculty Publications. 653.
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