Measurements of electron-ion collision rates and Rydberg atom populations in ultracold plasmas by using short electric field pulses
Ultracold plasmas are good tools for studying fundamental plasma physics. In particular, these plasmas are well-suited to study so-called strong coupling physics the physics of plasmas where nearest-neighbor Coulomb interactions become large enough to cause spatial correlations and break assumptions. An ultracold plasma makes such a good tool because it is it is free of interactions with neutral atoms, and has a well controlled and tunable initial conditions. The UCPs in this work were created from the photoionization of cold 85Rb atoms. The experiments described in this thesis are focused on ...
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