Investigation of sodium-helium interaction potentials

Leo, P.J., Peach, G., and Whittingham, I.B. (2000) Investigation of sodium-helium interaction potentials. Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, 33 (21). pp. 4779-4797.

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Abstract

We present a detailed theoretical investigation of the sodium-helium interaction and report results of quantum close-coupled calculations for the pressure-broadened widths and shifts of the sodium D lines and the 819.48 nm line over the temperature range 70-500 K, and for the total and fine-structure cross sections in the 3p 2P level. We also present the first theoretical investigation of the hyperfine pressure shifts using a semiclassical scattering formalism and report results for the hyperfine transition in the 3s 2S1/2 ground state over the temperature range 70-1000 K. Finally, we calculate the refractive index of helium for sodium matter waves with velocities up to 2000 m s-1.

Several of the calculations were performed using two versions of the adiabatic molecular potentials of Peach (Peach G 1996 unpublished) and the results compared with those obtained using the l-dependent pseudo-potentials of Pascale (Pascale J 1985 XIII Summer School on Quantum Optics ed J Fiutak and J Mizerski pp 39-91) and Peach (Peach G 1996 unpublished). Detailed comparisons with other theoretical calculations and experimental results are also made.

Item ID: 12929
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1361-6455
Keywords: sodium-helium interaction
Funders: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Projects and Grants: EPSRC grant no. GR/J 23235
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2017 22:31
FoR Codes: 02 PHYSICAL SCIENCES > 0202 Atomic, Molecular, Nuclear, Particle and Plasma Physics > 020201 Atomic and Molecular Physics @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970102 Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences @ 100%
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