Asymmetric-top description of Rydberg-electron dynamics in crossed external fields

Phys. Rev. A 47, 3113 – Published 1 April 1993
M. J. Gourlay, T. Uzer, and D. Farrelly


Rydberg atoms in external electric and magnetic fields have recently emerged as atomic-scale laboratories where the quantum mechanics of classically nonintegrable systems can be studied. In this article we show, using classical canonical perturbation theory, how the intricate nonlinear dynamics of a Rydberg electron in crossed electric and magnetic fields can be described in terms of two coupled asymmetric tops.


  • Received 11 September 1992
  • Published in the issue dated April 1993

© 1993 The American Physical Society

Authors & Affiliations

M. J. Gourlay, T. Uzer, and D. Farrelly

  • School of Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0430


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