- Conference date: 22-25 April 2002
- Location: Gatlinburg, Tennessee (USA)
Cold dense samples of Rydberg atoms spontaneously evolve into ultracold plasmas. Initially some cold ions are formed by black body photo ionization and collisions, and they trap electrons freed later. It appears that these trapped electrons initiate an avalanche of ionization of the remaining Rydberg atoms. How quickly the avalanche occurs is determined in part by how rapidly energy is supplied to the system.
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