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Excitation of 1S and 3S Metastable Helium Atoms to Doubly Excited States
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2009 (English)In: Physical Review Letters, ISSN 0031-9007, E-ISSN 1079-7114, Vol. 102, no 15, 153001- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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We present spectra of triplet and singlet metastable helium atoms resonantly photoexcited to doubly excited states. The first members of three dipole-allowed 1,3Po series have been observed and their relative photoionization cross sections determined, both in the triplet (from 1s2s 3Se) and singlet (from 1s2s 1Se) manifolds. The intensity ratios are drastically different with respect to transitions from the ground state. When radiation damping is included the results for the singlets are in agreement with theory, while for triplets spin-orbit interaction must also be taken into account.

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2009. Vol. 102, no 15, 153001- p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-120984DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.102.153001ISI: 000265285700023OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-120984DiVA: diva2:304308
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