Autoionizing states of the hydrogen atom in strong magnetic fields

H. Friedrich, M. Chu

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For a hydrogen atom in a uniform magnetic field in the range B2.35×108-2.35×109 G we have calculated the energies and widths of resonant states which can autoionize by decay of a Landau excitation. The autoionization widths are quite large with some lifetimes as short as 10-15 sec. The widths decrease with increasing azimuthal quantum number |m|, hydrogenic quantum number, or magnetic field strength. With decreasing field strength the lower resonances approach the ionization threshold which they cross with finite width and a pseudoresonance structure of finite width persists below threshold in the quantum defects of the bound states. Because of the finite widths, there are no approximate level crossings as these resonances cross the ionization threshold.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1423-1428
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1983
Externally publishedYes


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