A new Bohr-Rydberg spectrum of two-electron states
Recently observed states in He- in which two electrons reach high levels of excitation are shown to fit a Rydberg sequence of bound-state energy levels in a six-dimensional Coulomb potential (1/R). Thereby, these states provide conclusive evidence for a new class of quantised energy levels residing at the 'Wannier saddle point' of the two-electron system. In the vicinity of this saddle point of the potential surface, the system reduces to that of a single particle in an attractive Coulomb potential in the six-dimensional hyperspherical radius R=(r12+r 22)12/. Energy positions, angular momentum aspects and intensity ratios of the observed states are all in conformity with this picture.
Publication Source (Journal or Book title)
Journal of Physics B: Atomic and Molecular Physics
Rau, A. (1983). A new Bohr-Rydberg spectrum of two-electron states. Journal of Physics B: Atomic and Molecular Physics, 16 (23) https://doi.org/10.1088/0022-3700/16/23/002