Abstract

We show that it is possible to manipulate electronic energy transfer collision cross sections between different atomic species by using a strong electromagnetic field close to resonance with a transition between two excited states to modify the energy levels (i.e., to create dressed states), which may be placed in or out of resonance with populated states (forming a population reservoir) in one of the species. We outline an estimate for a transfer cross section for a demonstration scheme and show that cross-section enhancements up to the order of 103 are possible.

© 1988 Optical Society of America

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