The classical dynamics of Rydberg Stark atoms in momentum space
Abstract
The classical dynamics of a bound electron in a static electric field is discussed. The wellknown HamiltonianJacobi equations are examined and reexpressed in momentum coordinates, the preferred coordinates for the interpretation of many experimental measurements. It is shown that the combined Coulomb and static electric fields result in classically forbidden regions in momentum space. The equations of motion are discussed and the role of the electron's angular momentum is described.
 Publication:

American Journal of Physics
 Pub Date:
 November 2008
 DOI:
 10.1119/1.2961081
 Bibcode:
 2008AmJPh..76.1007M
 Keywords:

 30.00.00;
 45.00.00;
 ATOMIC AND MOLECULAR PHYSICS;
 Classical mechanics of discrete systems