Source of metastable H(2s) atoms using the Stark chirped rapid-adiabatic-passage technique

  • Yatsenko L
  • Shore B
  • Halfmann T
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We propose the use of Stark chirped rapid-adiabatic-passage method, a technique in which the energy of a target state is swept through resonance by a slowly varying dynamic Stark shift to induce complete population transfer from the ground 1s state to the metastable 2s state of the hydrogen atom. Parasitic ionization pro- cesses are strongly reduced by using a two-color excitation scheme. Our detailed numerical calculations show that under judicious choice of pulse parameters, up to 98% of the population can be found in the 2s state at the end of the process.

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