Lifetime of excited atomic states

J. D. Cresser*, A. Z. Tang, G. J. Salamo, F. T. Chan

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In this paper we derive an expression for the lifetime of excited atomic states taking account of contributions due to nonresonant two-photon transitions. Explicit integration of the two-photon emission spectrum is not required. The results are applied to the case of the hydrogen atom.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1677-1682
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1986


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