A small electric field is shown to increase the dielectronic recombination, via autoionizing Rydberg states, of an electron from a continuum of finite bandwidth. The continuum of finite bandwidth is a broad autoionizing state which is part of a series converging to a higher limit, and the field enhancement of the rate occurs because the field converts the nl Rydberg states to nk Stark states, increasing the number of contributing recombination paths. The experimental results are in excellent agreement with the predictions of an isolated resonance approximation treatment and show clearly both the positive effect of Stark mixing and the negative effect of field ionization on dielectronic recombination.
J. G. Story et al., "Electric-Field Enhancement of Dielectronic Recombination from a Continuum of Finite Bandwidth," Physical Review A, vol. 51, no. 3, pp. 2156-2161, American Physical Society (APS), Mar 1995.
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